The Senior Essay

The Literature and Comparative Cultures Major senior essay stands, we like to think, at the pinnacle of your academic achievements at Yale. It forms a summation of all the literary and linguistic skill, knowledge, and wisdom you have acquired during your years at this university.

Feeling a little intimidated? Don’t be. The senior essay gives you the opportunity you’ve always wanted to sink yourself fully into your favorite literary topic under the supervision of a Yale faculty member.

Normally, unless there’s a very, very good reason not to, you’ll find yourself working with texts in the language of their original composition. But that won’t be a problem for you by then. You’ll welcome it.

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