Senior Independent Study is a unique requirement at Wooster and a special opportunity for you to develop intellectually and philosophically. Your senior thesis can be on any philosophical topic that interests you. Some students choose topics that examine an aspect of a central question in philosophy. Other students write on problems and ideas that arise from a specific philosopher of the past. Still others work in areas where philosophy intersects with other disciplines, such as mathematics, art, and literature.
Last year’s Senior IS titles included:
- Radical Adornments: Subversion Through Self-Presentation
- A Stroll Through Cantor's Paradise: Appraising the Semantics of Transfinite Numbers
- Problems of Irrationality: Self-deception and Akrasia
- On Rationality and Morality: Three Kinds of Approaches
- Plays with Words: Understanding Visual Interpretation through Ed Ruscha's Text Works
- Alternative Facts Are Not Facts: Arguments against Conceptual Relativism and for a Pragmatic Notion of Truth
The Senior Independent Study thesis you create is your own. Your thesis should be an example of your best work. Your advisor’s role is to help you shape your project and to challenge you to perform your best, but in the end, the thesis is your responsibility. It is your responsibility to know the deadlines and the requirements related to your project. The standard pattern in this department is for each student to meet weekly with his or her advisor for at least an hour of discussion. Each advisor should periodically inform each student whether he or she is making adequate progress toward completion of the thesis. In almost every case that progress will be measured by the amount and quality of writing produced. Throughout the year there are specific departmental deadlines which are designed to help you make effective progress in completing your thesis.