The Senior Thesis consists of a research paper 35—45 pages in length. It is a year-long project, and students writing a thesis should register for C3997x–C3997y. Normally the fall semester is devoted to research, the spring semester to writing. All thesis writers are required to participate in a class, which is scheduled for Mondays, 6:10-8:00. On alternate weeks, students meet as a group or individually with the instructor. Group meetings are designed as a series of research and writing workshops geared to the students' research projects. Students receive a total of six credits for successful completion of the thesis and class.
In order to apply, students will follow a selection process similar to the one currently used for Seminars. The student is asked to identify a topic for the Senior Thesis and an Advisor among the Faculty of the Art History and Archaeology Department. The student is then asked to submit an application, with an indication of the subject of the thesis and the name and the signature of the advisor, followed by a one-page proposal (400 words) outlining the subject, the goals, and the methodology of the Thesis and a preliminary bibliography. This bibliography should list 5 primary and 5 secondary sources and describe in a few sentences why each title is useful for the project. It is important that the student review the proposal and bibliography with the faculty sponsor before submitting the application.
The deadline for submissions is August 17, 2015. Submissions should be delivered in hard copy to the Department's Office, and are addressed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Director, in consultation with the Thesis Advisor and Class Instructor, will evaluate the applications and decide on their approval or rejection.
Students intending to write a thesis should begin formulating a research topic and approaching potential faculty sponsors during the spring of the junior year. Currently, there are several fellowships for which students may apply that support thesis related research and travel during the summer and senior year.
Summer Research Grants for Rising Seniors
The department is able to offer SUMMER RESEARCH TRAVEL GRANTS to facilitate the preparation of a senior thesis. These competitive grants can be used for domestic and international travel to art collections, archives, architectural sites, monuments, etc. In order to apply, students must submit the following by Monday, April 13th:
1. A proposal of 750 words
2. An itemized budget
3. A letter of recommendation from a Barnard or Columbia Art History Department faculty member
The proposal should include a statement on the overall significance of the project, outlining the particular research proposed for the summer and how it will contribute to the thesis. Please submit a hard copy of your Summer Research Travel Grant application materials to Amanda Young in 826 Schermerhorn by Monday, April 13.
Emailed submissions will only be accepted if the applicant is currently studying aboard.