American University of Central Asia
European Studies Department
Senior Thesis Qualifying Rules
I. Senior Thesis Organization and Planning
A. General Description:
A Senior Thesis is an original intellectual and creative output that rounds out and caps each student’s program of study.
A senior thesis is a large, independent research project that ES students undertake in the senior year of their study. The senior thesis involves two semesters of independent research and writing efforts resulting in a substantial paper on a subject pertaining to European culture, economics, history, law and politics.
B. Proposing a Senior Thesis/Project
A Senior Thesis is an opportunity for undergraduates to complete an extended, significant intellectual work on a topic of their choice. While students normally choose the themes that broadly lie within the academic discipline of a relevant program, AUCA encourages students to explore cross-disciplinary topics and themes that lead to integration of knowledge received in various fields and disciplines.
Students are encouraged to plan their senior thesis as early as possible. In the second semester of their third year students are required to formally submit the proposed topic for their senior thesis (see Tentative Senior Thesis Proposal Form).
The deadline for tentative senior project proposal is the last Monday of April of junior year. Students are not required to complete and demonstrate an extensive research before proposing a topic. However, they are expected to have a clear idea about key research questions on the topic proposed. The proposed topics can be changed/ revised at a later stage based on consultation with faculty advisors.