Moreover, it is to be understood that if, in the opinion of the examiners, the written work is not of sufficient quality to merit a passing grade, no oral examination will be held.Should the examiners reach such a decision, authors will be notified by their project director prior to the time scheduled for the oral.
Every Alleghenian completes a Senior Comprehensive Project (known as the “Comp”), a significant piece of original work, designed by the individual student in consultation with a faculty advisor, that demonstrates to employers and/or graduate schools the ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information and to write and speak persuasively.
Prior to the due date for the Senior Project, students will be contacted by the department and asked for their schedules so that oral examinations may be arranged. The oral board consists of the Senior Project director and a member of the History faculty appointed by the Department unless the student is a double major.
In this case, the second member of the board will be a representative of the student’s other major department.
By the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in History 600, students will have made significant progress in conceptualizing their Senior Project, completing the necessary research, and formulating an effective strategy for completing their project.
The course culminates in the Senior Scholar Symposium, where students give public presentations of their work to the Department and College community.