Watson Institute at Brown University
Development Studies

Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis Options

The senior thesis must focus on a particular theme, utilize the student’s regional expertise, and/or incorporate foreign language skills.

Option 1: Senior Thesis (academic paper)

The typical thesis is an individual research project that results in an eighty to one hundred-page document consisting of a theoretical chapter and several empirical chapters.

Students wishing to write a thesis that requires advanced knowledge and advising from a particular field should take extra coursework in that field before the senior year. (For example, students planning to do a project that requires advising from a professor in the economics department should take three of the following courses by the end of their junior year: ECON 1110 or 1130, 1210, 1560, 1620 or 1630).

Option 2: Media Project

For a multimedia project to be considered it must be based on an analytical framework and supported/supplemented by 2-3 written chapters: introduction, background, empirical, conclusion.

DEVL 1980 is designed to support media projects as well – with a focus on the supplementary chapters required.

Multimedia projects include but are not limited to:
Documentary film
Audio/Visual project
Audio Podcast work
Multimedia Installation

If the senior thesis contains a multimedia/documentary project, by the beginning of the junior year students are required to secure an advisor and approval from the DS Program Director.

Option 3: Other Projects

Other forms of projects are subject to the approval of the DEVL 1500 instructor and DS Concentration Advisor.