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How do I find a topic?

When you look at our examples of past senior theses and creative projects, you’ll see that many possibilities exist. Topics/projects often come from within a student’s major area, but this is not a requirement. In some theses or projects, students combine majors or use internships or study abroad experiences. If you finished a favorite course feeling you would have liked more time to explore a particular aspect of that course, you may be able to turn that desire into an idea for a topic.

If you have only a vague sense of what your topic might be but definitely know whom you would like as an advisor, make an appointment to talk to the dean or associate dean, your honors advisor, or your prospective thesis mentor. Talking over your ideas with one or more of these people may provide areas for you to consider or clarify your interests and goals.