Thesis research papers in International Studies analyze, respond to, and address "wicked problems" and other challenging, critical questions with global resonance. They present original work with a clear thesis statement that is supported by evidence. In investigating their subjects, our students draw on primary sources and scholarship in multiple disciplines and multiple languages. Their work contributes to the growing interdisciplinary field of International Studies.
This option allows students to integrate course content on travel with their personal international or cross-cultural experience to create a travel or immersion narrative. Most International Studies majors have had an international experience by the time they graduate. This thesis option provides an opportunity for them to meaningfully share and reflect on their diverse experiences.
The International Studies senior thesis may take the form of a creative project, such as a film, creative writing piece, website, or artwork. This option requires major effort, self-motivation, and experience in the student's medium of choice, but it also yields impressive and creative results. It highlights our students' wide-ranging skill set.