The Senior Thesis
In order to graduate from New College of Florida, all students, regardless of Area of Concentration, undertake and complete a senior project or thesis. The completed project should demonstrate the ability to express ideas and information in writing. When the thesis is approved by the thesis sponsor, the original copy is archived in Jane Bancroft Cook Library. The student is responsible for delivering the final copy of the thesis to the Library the Monday of graduation week by 5:00 p.m. If the Library has not accepted the senior thesis, the student will not be able to participate in the College’s graduation ceremony, his or her diploma will be withheld and a hold will be placed on his or her transcript until the library copy has been accepted. The printed Library copy should be submitted unbound, preferably in an envelope. The student must also email the complete pdf of the thesis and a Word or rtf file of the abstract to email@example.com. The Library pays for one bound copy of the thesis for the archive. A Divisional copy of the thesis may be made at the request of an appropriate faculty member and will be charged to that Division. All theses that have been completed at New College are available in Cook Library. Signature of the abstract by the faculty thesis sponsor or sponsors signifies approval of the thesis for deposit in the Library.
If the thesis takes other than written form—for example, a work of art—the student must also submit a written description of the project to the Library, along with slides, a video, or a recording as the baccalaureate committee deems appropriate.
The bound copy of the thesis available to library users should be professionally presented as the scholarly document it is. Hence the thesis must comply with certain regulations as to format. Each year the Dean of the Library assigns a library thesis coordinator who checks the theses for form and who receives and signs off on the final document. The library copy of the thesis must conform to the following requirements:
For senior theses, the abstract should summarize the problems addressed, the research, the methods, and the major findings. For senior projects, the abstract should describe the project, its medium and its shape, and the problems or issues that the project addressed.
Electronic Copy of Thesis
Every student must submit the following:
One final copy of the entire thesis in pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org
The file should be submitted at the same time as the print copy. The pdf will be uploaded to the Thesis Database by the library staff.
Additional Materials on Disc
Citations and Bibliography
Arrangement of Thesis
Preliminaries or Front Matter
Variations on this model may be made by students in consultation with the faculty thesis sponsor.
Submission of the Library Copy
A senior thesis is a scholarly document. Digital copies of theses are made available upon request to members of the public for a fee.
The print thesis must be submitted to the Jane Bancroft Cook Library in a 10 x 13” envelope. Audiovisual materials that are part of the thesis project should be submitted with the print copy. All non-paper materials, such as photographs, CDs and DVDs, must be labeled with the thesis student’s name and year of graduation.
Students must submit an electronic copy of their thesis via email to email@example.com. Submit the complete thesis as a pdf file.
The final library copy should be as clean and correct as possible. The library thesis coordinator may reject manuscripts with light or unreadable print or that otherwise do not meet the specifications described here. Remember: The library thesis coordinator will review your thesis copy for margins and signatures. There will be no further review by Library staff after acceptance of the thesis. The library thesis coordinator is responsible for accomplishing review in a timely manner.
The Library copy of the thesis, both in print and as a pdf, must be submitted no later than 5:00pm on the Monday of graduation week.
Sample Title Page
(2 " top margin)
THE THEORY OF X
Submitted to the Division of______________
New College of Florida
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree
Bachelor of Arts (Single space all of this)
Under the sponsorship of_______________________
(Note: Both the title and the author’s name are generally capitalized. If the title is more than one line long, an inverted pyramid form is the customary lay out.)
THE THEORY OF X
New College of Florida, 2013
Follow this form. The type of information given at the top of the page and at the end (title, author, school, year and “abstract” at the top, name of professor and academic division at the bottom) must be included in all abstracts.
The abstract should not exceed two hundred words, or a page and a half of text. It must be double-spaced. The customary arrangement calls for the information at the top to be centered in the manner indicated, and for the title to be capitalized. Variations on this should be discussed with the faculty thesis sponsor. Triple-space (or otherwise mark a clear break) before and after the word “abstract”. The faculty thesis sponsor’s signature is required. If an unsigned thesis is submitted, the faculty thesis sponsor will be notified.
Type Name of Faculty Thesis Sponsor