Seniors choose either to take a senior seminar (which entails a substantial research paper) or write a senior thesis to complete the major. 

  • Senior seminars are 3-credit courses taught by IS faculty with an IS course number. 

  • Students writing a senior thesis enroll in a 3-credit thesis-writing course each semester, for a total of 6 credits. Three of these credits can be used in lieu of one elective in their concentration.

  • Students with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher may apply for IS Program approval to write a thesis as a Scholar of the College, an honor that leads to consideration of the thesis for the Morrissey College’s McCarthy Prize in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Scholars of the College earn either 9 or 12 credits for their thesis research. Early in your junior year, please read the Morrissey College’s Scholar of the College qualification and application rules.

[Detailed information about the thesis program will be posted soon.]