Senior Project

The senior project draws upon a discipline's methodology and provides a culminating, independent experience of the major. Because presentation and communication of finished projects are typical of a culminating experience, many senior projects will include writing and oral communication components. A student must complete only one senior project to satisfy the college requirement, but individual departments may require a senior project as part of the major requirement.

Procedures for senior project registration:

  1. Students will register for 490 (senior project), and in some disciplines, 491, for the semester during which they intend to complete the requirement. Students are encouraged to register for senior project in the first semester of the senior year.
  2. Students with a minimum 3.50 GPA in their major may apply to pursue a year-long senior honors project, 493. Applications must be submitted to the scholars program office by the last class day of the semester preceding the term in which the project begins. The application can be found at
  3. The senior project must be submitted to the registrar's office upon completion and not to the senior project advisor.
  4. The final date for submission of the senior project is up to 5 p.m. of the day two weeks previous to the last day of classes in the semester. Students may withdraw from the senior project without record up to 5 p.m. of the day five weeks previous to the last day of classes in the semester. Students who withdraw from the senior project after the day five weeks prior to the last day in the semester but before the final submission date will be given a "W" for the course and will be required to register for the course in a subsequent semester. There will be no extensions, and no incomplete grades will be given. Extra hours charges incurred as a result of registering for the senior project will not be remitted after the fourth week of the semester.
  5. When senior projects are received by the registrar's office, the projects are passed on to the appropriate faculty members for grading.
  6. Students are expected to comply with any additional guidelines concerning the senior project that are specified by particular departments.
  7. Petitions for exceptions to any of the above prescriptions may be submitted to the Academic Planning Committee; the proposal statement must be signed by the student's advisor.