The Senior Essay

The Literature 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.

In addition to working with a Yale faculty member who is an expert in your topic, you’ll also be under the supervision of the Literature Major’s own Senior Essay Co-ordinator, Professor Candace Skorupa. While ultimately the completion of the senior essay project remains the responsibility of each student, Prof Skorupa (who knows more about senior essays than pretty much anyone anywhere) will oversee your project from beginning to end. Few departments have a Senior Essay Co-ordinator, which indicates just how seriously the Literature Major takes your project.

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