Undergraduate Study

Senior Thesis Guidelines


Theses are due on April 15, 4:30pm, or, if that is on a weekend, the next business day.  Submit a pdf file to your adviser and second reader, and to Tina_Creamer@brown.edu.  If also submitting for the McVickar prize, please indicate in your cover email to the above recipients.  In addition, the University requires that you submit a copy to the Brown Digital Repository. Please do so here: https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/

Title Page

Your cover page and/or the first page after the cover page should contain the following information:

  • The title of the thesis
  • Your name
  • Senior Thesis
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Adviser (primary adviser's name)
  • Second Reader (second reader's name)
  • The day, the month, and year the thesis is to be submitted

Other Front Matter

You may opt to include a forward or acknowledgements.

Table of Contents

Your thesis should include a list of the chapters and any other sections and the page numbers on which those chapters or sections begin.  

The Text

The thesis text should be double-spaced and pages should be numbered. Footnotes may be single-spaced.  12-point font is preferred.  Black ink should be used to ensure typing or printing of uniform blackness and legibility.  If using a laser printer, it should have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch. Use a recognized format (e.g., Chicago Manuel of Style for citations and bibliography).