In the spring term, junior independent work takes place outside the normal course load. Students write a research paper of approximately 30-35 pages under the guidance of a faculty adviser.
Choosing an adviser
At the beginning of the semester, students are asked to rank three preferences from a list of faculty members available for advising junior papers. Assignments of advisers are made as much as possible on the basis of student preferences. Students may arrange to have a faculty member from another department serve as adviser for the spring-term independent work. However, the Departmental Representative must be notified of such arrangements.
In consultation with their advisers, students may select any topic for the spring- term junior paper, subject to the provision that the spring-term topic and the written work accomplished during the fall-term junior seminar fall into different geographical areas and time periods. Geographical areas are defined as (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) Australia, (d) Europe, including Russia, (e) Latin America, (f) Near East, and (g) United States and Canada.