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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

p: 704-894-2385

Mailing Address

Box 7056
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Senior Capstone

All CIS majors perform significant research in their field of study, which they subsequently compile into a substantial senior thesis. Writing a thesis counts for two course credits (CIS 495 and 496). In order to graduate with a CIS major, you must complete CIS 495 (fall) and 496 (spring) successfully.

While a seemingly daunting task, a thesis is an opportunity that allows you to:

  • Explore a topic of your own choosing in depth
  • Hone the skills that you've learned and learn new skills along the way
  • Perform substantive work eligible for honors and, not infrequently, publication
  • Enhance your candidacy for admission to graduate school

Your thesis is a major part of your CIS experience and your faculty advisers are aware of the challenges. Be assured of our respect for your enterprise and our knowledge of your future satisfaction in having conducted your own research. You can depend on our encouragement and support.

To ensure that you stay on schedule with the development and writing of your thesis, multiple deadlines and milestones have been established during your junior and senior years. See the Schedule for Juniors and the Schedule for Seniors.