The Senior Essay

In November of your senior year, you will submit a proposal for your essay to the Department of Literatures in English. The purpose of your proposal is to define the project for your senior thesis, demonstrate the viability of your project, and locate yourself within the critical debate about your chosen literary texts.

The essay should be 30-40 pages long, not including notes, bibliography and other apparatus. In late April of your senior year, you will submit a bound copy and an electronic copy of the Senior Essay in its final form. The hard copy should be delivered to the English House Office and the electronic copy should be sent to Bryn Thompson

Once you turn your bound essay in, it is distributed to your thesis adviser and to a second reader for response and evaluation

Essay Schedule Spring 2024

Friday Feb. 9 Ten pages due to your adviser by 5 p.m.

March 22

Ten more pages are due to your adviser by 5 p.m.
Friday April 12 Rough draft of complete thesis due to your adviser by 5 p.m.
Monday April 29

Electronic and hard copy due by 5 p.m. Please send to Bryn Thompson ( and to
your adviser. Final and firm deadline for completed thesis. We’re asking for both electronic and hard copies.
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Contact Us

Department of Literatures in English

English House
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5306

Bryn Thompson, Administrative Assistant