Academics

Colloquium 2020

Class of 2020 Senior Thesis and Colloquium

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of the seven-year program. Each Bosque senior undertakes a year-long independent research project and delivers their findings in a twenty-page+ research essay and then presents their findings in a public presentation format at Colloquium. Student projects may involve interpretation of new primary source material, or reading sources in the original Spanish or Latin, or ethnographic fieldwork, or scientific demonstrations or experiments, to name a few of the options.

Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a formal viva or defense. Though the project is supported with a skills curriculum, students exercise considerable independence in planning and conducting their own work. Each student is advised by a committee of faculty members who help them to develop the interpersonal or "soft" skills that are as important for lifelong success as the easier-to define "hard" skills of interdisciplinary research. Colloquium, which normally takes place over two evenings the week before graduation is a celebratory event honoring the student's whole Bosque career. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the students in the Class of 2020 were asked to record their presentation and submit submit the video. We hope you enjoy listening to and watching their presentations which reflect the hard work and dedication each senior put into their thesis project.