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2018 Bimson Seminar: "Challenging Student Perceptions of the Middle East"

Below: Featured Senior Thesis Projects

All International Studies majors at CSU are required to complete a senior thesis project. This project can take the form of a traditional scholarly research paper, a creative project, or another option related to the theme of their capstone seminar. The work below represents a sampling of the wide variety of projects and topics pursued by our students.

Research Papers

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.

Travel Narratives

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.

Creative Projects

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.