Writing a Senior Thesis


By the end of the spring semester of your junior year you should decide whether you will write a thesis. It is still possible to decide to write one in September of your senior year, but it is best to begin the process as early as possible. Some people begin thinking about this as early as their sophomore year, and this can often result in a better thesis.

The department's Thesis Guide contains advice about writing a thesis, a description of the overall process of writing and grading a thesis, and a list of required steps and deadlines.

Please use the links to the left to find out more about human subjects, funding, grading, etc.

You may also find it helpful to read this article, A Guide to Thesis Writing that is a Guide to Life by Hua Hsu, found in the April 6, 2015 New Yorker.


Thesis Resources


Senior Thesis Support Seminar
This is a seminar which meets once a week during the fall semester for students enrolled in Sociology 99. Attendance is mandatory. The purpose of the seminar is to help with the research stage of the thesis, to give detailed advice about the writing stage, and to share experiences in doing research. We have run the seminar for the last four years and it is described as very helpful by the students who took it.

Please see our Workshop's website for up-to-date information: https://socthesis.fas.harvard.edu/ 

Data Analysis Assistance for Sociology Thesis Writers
Quantitative Adviser: Sean Bock
Qualitative Adviser: Joseph Wallerstein

Reviewing Past Sociology Theses
All prize-winning theses are housed in the Pusey Archives and are available for review. To locate theses, please search by authors last name: https://hollis.harvard.edu/primo-explore/search?sortby=rank&vid=HVD2&lang=en_US