This month, many seniors will breathe long sighs of relief as they finally turn in their alternately adored and loathed theses. Listed below is a small sample of some of the fascinating and unusual works of scholarship that this year's seniors have produced.
Although some lucky seniors have already turned in their theses, many are still furiously researching and writing. As an aid to those who have yet to turn in their magnum opus, we've compiled a list of places in the Square that will print your thesis for you (once it's written).
Beginning next year, seniors in the Department of Folklore and Mythology will have the option to either complete a traditional written analysis or pursue another medium of representing their time within the concentration.
Not every senior thesis gets accepted to the Festival de Cannes or praised by Michael Lewis and The Wall Street Journal, but that's not necessarily a reflection on the thesis writer. In fact, many of the College's most successful alumni didn't even write a thesis. And many of those who did might agree with Conan C. O'Brien '85: "A lot of hard work [goes] into [a] thesis. And no one is ever going to care." During last week's Commencement, we decided to check out the Harvard University Archives to unearth a few theses (alas, we couldn't get any Radcliffe ones there) written by future movers and shakers while they were just lowly undergraduates.