Since 1927, Bates College has offered an Honors Program to promote, develop, and recognize academic work of higher quality than ordinarily required for the baccalaureate degree. The honors thesis is the written component of the yearlong program completed during the senior year under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Historically, the final copy of the honors thesis has been submitted in paper format and made available for research at the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. To promote greater access to senior theses by the Bates community and the world beyond Bates, the College introduces SCARAB, the College's institutional repository.
Paper copies of honors theses from 1927 through 2011 can be viewed in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. To see the library catalog record for paper copies of theses deposited in the Archives, click HERE.
Theses from 2012
The Problem of the Ordinary: Liberating the Fantastic and the Uncanny, Meghan R. Napier
Program Music and the Influence of Extra-Musical Narratives on Performance, Karen E. Nicoletti
Los “Chicago Boys”: A Powerful Exchange of People and Ideas between Chile and Chicago, Josephine B. Reinhardt
Revising Sovereignty - A Case Study of Kosovo, East Timor, and South Ossetia, Gina Cristina Sima
Counting "Whole Persons" in David Foster Wallace's Fiction, Charles J. Thaxton
The Unbending Pillars of John Adams's Political Philosophy, Anna Kane Wallman
"The Vindication of Spinsters: Winifred Holtby's Case for Female Satisfaction", Katherine Ann Wiryaman
Theses from 2011
Taking Back Sicily: The Antimafia Movement and its Counter-Hegemonic Attack on Cosa Nostra, Jennifer Anne Diefendorf