A culminating experience for all Academy students, the senior thesis is an independent research project that provides students with the opportunity to follow an intellectual passion in depth with the guidance of a university professor.
The year-long project is designed to demonstrate a student’s ability to read closely, research thoroughly, think analytically, and write coherently in a scholarly fashion. Thesis topics include research in history and politics; literature and music; linguistics and science. Papers are expected to be at least 8,000 words in length and written in accordance with generally accepted university standards. All students present their research to the Academy community prior to graduation.