Theater & Dance Thesis Guidelines

The Theater and Dance Department will notify each major by email of their thesis due date and the date and time of their oral conversation with their thesis committee. Due dates corresponding for fall performances may be as early as mid-March; other due dates will be no later than the end of April. 

Majors must:

A.  Submit by noon of the due date three copies to members of your committee. Copying of theses should not be done on the Theater and Dance Department copiers.

B.  At the oral meeting, you will be given back the three copies to make any corrections before submitting the thesis to the Registrar. Make corrections to all three copies.

C.  Submit one final unlabeled copy to the Registrar's Office the day before the last day of classes and one labeled copy to the Department of Theater and Dance. Keep one copy. Students being recommended for summa cum laude will need to submit a final copy with a DVD of their senior project enclosed.

Majors should familiarize themselves with the college's thesis guidelines and the requirements for Latin Honors.

Latin Honors Recommendations

The department may recommend that a major be awarded Latin Honors, which are conferred along with the Bachelor of Arts degree at Commencement. Although every major must pass the senior departmental honors course(s), a recommendation for Latin Honors is not needed to fulfill the requirements of the major. 

Successful completion of the senior departmental honors course(s), even at a high level, does not automatically result in a recommendation for Latin Honors.

The department bases a recommendation for Latin Honors on an evaluation of the quality of the senior project and written thesis, the student's academic record in all Theater and Dance courses, and the quality, scope, and collaborative effectiveness of studio and departmental production work done by the student during the student's time at Amherst. 

While the Theater and Dance faculty may recommend a student for Latin Honors, final determination and approval rests with the Faculty of the College. Certain overall college grade-point average requirements apply. A student may be awarded a lower level of honors than recommended by the department.