The ARMS senior project is a significant component of the ARMS curriculum and is required of all majors. (For a full description of the program’s graduation requirements please consult the College Catalog: http://www.stolaf.edu/catalog/academicprogram/american-rac-multi-studies.html.)
The general guidelines for this project are as follows: All graduating ARMS majors must complete an intermediate length interdisciplinary research paper, or other comparable project, reflecting knowledge of more than one ARMS-related field. We have traditionally defined this as twelve (or more) pages of original text, plus citations, or the artistic equivalent of such a paper. The project must be interdisciplinary, relating the material from two (or more) ARMS credit courses in different academic disciplines.
Senior projects are supervised by a faculty member active in the ARMS program, ideally one teaching an ARMS-related course in which the senior is currently enrolled. (It is possible, but not necessary, that the project might be produced in conjunction with work in this course.) This faculty member is responsible for supervising the project and certifying its satisfactory completion.
The project will conclude with an oral presentation of findings, (or comparable performance or artistic display), before the assembled ARMS faculty and interested students. This public presentation will occur at the end of spring semester. The faculty will then approve the award of ARMS majors based on satisfactory completion of the requirement.
By November 1, senior ARMS majors must do the following:
- Confer with faculty members to find a senior project supervisor;
- Complete the form below and send it to the Director of ARMS.
If you have questions about finding a project supervisor or creating an appropriate project, please contact the ARMS director.
ARMS Senior Project Form
Senior Project Supervisor:
Semester description (a paragraph describing your topic and method):
Return form in duplicate to your project supervisor and the ARMS director.