FAQs

FAQs

Can I write one BA for two majors? 

Yes, although you have to petition the college (Office of the Dean of Students) by the end of 10th week of fall quarter. 

Do I need to take the environmental studies BA colloquium?

The environmental studies major requires that you take a BA colloquium to guide you in the writing of your BA thesis. If you are a double major and have petitioned the college to use one thesis for both majors, you may choose which major to take the BA colloquium in. The environmental studies department encourages students to take the BA colloquium in the environmental studies major, as it will help them meet the deadlines for the ENST major. Should you choose to take the BA colloquium in your second major, you will need to make sure you stay up to date with the requirements for the environmental studies major and you should schedule meetings with the BA preceptors in ENST to ensure you are staying on track.

Where can I go to find examples of BA theses?

Past BA theses can be found in Gates-Blake 113 and you are welcome to browse them. Simply come by to see if someone is there, or email one of the preceptors to schedule a time to look through them.

When do I take the BA colloquium?

You take the BA colloquium the Fall quarter of your senior year. There is an additional optional Winter colloquium, to help you continue to make progress on your thesis. 

When do I need to have a topic for my BA thesis?

You will be required to submit a topic form the Spring of your third year, that includes a title or a topic for your thesis and indicates who your faculty thesis adviser will be.

What is a faculty thesis adviser?

For your ENST BA thesis, you are required to have two readers. At least one of these readers must be a faculty member (any individual who has taught at least one stand-alone course at the University of Chicago), although you can have two faculty readers, should you choose to do so. The second reader is usually your BA preceptor.

Deadlines

Juniors:

BA Topic Form
Due to the department
End of week 8, Spring quarter

Seniors:

Double Major petition
Due to the Office fo the Dean of Students for seniors with two majors
End of week 10, Fall quarter

Final BA Thesis
Due to your preceptor and faculty adviser
End of week 2, Spring quarter

Bound Copy of Final Thesis
Due to the department
End of week 7, Spring quarter

Forms

All forms needed for the major can be found here.