Senior Project

Every Alleghenian completes a Senior Project in his or her major field—a significant piece of original research, designed by the student under the guidance of a faculty advisor, that demonstrates to employers and graduate schools the ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information, and to write and speak persuasively.

Modern languages projects take two semesters: during the first, students write and defend a project proposal; in the second, they research, write, and defend orally the project itself. Many modern languages students pursue interests in other fields, choosing interdisciplinary or double majors and writing some of Allegheny’s most fascinating Senior Projects, such as:

Colette, historienne: représentations de la femme dans la littérature. (French/History)

L’Oubli collectif de mai 1968 dans les oeuvres de Daniel Cohn-Bendit. (French/Political Science)

Der Einfluss der amischen Religion auf Pennsylvanisches Deutsch. (German)

Das Frauenbild bei Max Frisch. (German)

Is the U.S. restrictive refugee policy toward Haitian migrants, based on their characterization as economic refugees, valid? ( Political Science, French)

Une Haute Idée: Edgar Dégas’ Late Works in Relation to the Symbolists. (Art History, French)

The Winds of Change: Policy Recommendations for Spain’s Wind Energy Sector. (Spanish/Political Science)

Understanding the Marginalized: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Economic Issues Facing Latinos in the 21st Century. (Economics/Spanish)

Fronteras, limbos y “conga lines”: La identidad latina en el cine norteamericano contemporáneo. (Spanish)

Institutional Language Use in the European Union (International Studies)

As Assessment of the Health of German Soccer & Germany’s Role in the Future of the Game (International Studies/German)