Philosophy Research

Senior Thesis / Independent Study

An honors thesis in philosophy is an opportunity for sustained, deep, critical engagement with a philosophical problem or puzzle. It can be the most challenging and enriching intellectual experience of an undergraduate career. At the same time, it’s not for everyone. Mount Holyoke students are not required to write an honors thesis. The philosophy department takes seriously both the opportunities and challenges involved in embarking on such a project, and encourages students to talk with their advisor about whether their particular intellectual and academic goals would be best served by writing one.

If you’re interested in writing a thesis, continue reading for more on the nature and scope of the project, expectations (ours and yours), and important dates. Current students can find out more information about pursuing a thesis in Philosophy on Pathways, our integrated advising platform.