Senior Project

By the end of reading period in the spring term of the junior year, students choose whether they will work toward a yearlong or a one-term senior project. Yearlong senior projects are completed in HSHM 490, 491; one-term projects are completed in HSHM 492. Students who choose a one-term project must take an additional HSHM-listed course to complete the major. Distinction in the Major is awarded only to students who complete a yearlong senior project.

For both the one-term and yearlong senior projects, students must select a project adviser, propose a tentative topic and title, and submit a proposal to the Senior Project Director early in the fall term of their senior year. See the handbook for more details.

The senior project may be a written essay or an alternative project such as a film, exhibition, catalog, atlas, or historical data reconstruction. In the case of an alternative project, the student must identify a second reader in addition to the adviser before the project is approved by the senior project director. Either the adviser or the second reader must be a member of the faculty in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Alternative projects will include a written component that explains the sources used and the intellectual significance of the project.

For more details about requirements and deadlines, please see the HSHM Senior Project Handbook.

>> Click HERE to download the 2023–2024 Senior Project Handbook <<

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The HSHM Senior Project Director is Megann Licskai. For questions, please contact either Professor Licskai ( or the Undergraduate Registrar, Erica Lee (