The senior thesis is an advanced research and writing project for qualified senior art history majors on any topic of special interest within the discipline of art history. The student identifies a research problem and constructs an original argument based on research and visual evidence. The final project should show a command of the relevant scholarship, a clear grasp of visual analysis and the ability to construct and defend an original thesis on the basis of these skills. Each student chooses a faculty member of his/her choice to supervise the thesis, as well as a second reader. The thesis will be approximately 20-25 pages in length (5,000-6,000 words) and use the Chicago style.
Students in the Junior Seminar participate in the annual Chapman University Student Research Day, crafting posters that display their research and networking with students from across the university.
Throughout the academic year, students get involved in exhibitions and events around campus, getting hands-on experience with art world logistics.
(Pictured left: Art History major Ivy Withrow with her research poster)