Political Science

Senior Capstone

Each senior at Washington College is required to complete a senior capstone experience (SCE) on a specific topic selected by the student in the fall semester of the senior year in consultation with a member of the Political Science Department.

Majors will write a thesis, which should be a minimum of 30 pages, and will present that research during our annual spring Senior Symposium in the form of a poster session. The SCE will be graded, with 90 percent of the grade derived from the written component of the thesis and 10 percent of the grade derived from the poster presentation.

Downloadable Thesis Examples:

Molly Igoe: Newspaper Coverage of First Ladies

Julia Zheng: Abortion Attitudes among Millennials

Graham Hulsey: Media Preferences in the 2016 Presidential Elections


Download the 2018-2019 SCE Memo
Download Thesis Grading Rubric
Download Thesis Poster Session Grading Rubric



See Thesis Posters from 2017-2018: