Senior Thesis

The senior thesis demonstrates the culmination of a Providence student’s rhetoric school education–depth and breadth of knowledge on a chosen topic, academic research,consideration of Christian philosophy’s impact on that topic, use of rhetorical appeals, academic writing, and persuasive speech. Each thesis should reflect critical thinking skills, current research, and an ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, both in written and verbal formats. The written thesis is a 12-15 page persuasive essay on an academic topic, submitted prior to the presentation. The oral presentation is a 20 minute presentation of the student’s research and claims followed by a ten minute question and answer session by the appointed thesis panel.

Examples of Previous Thesis Presentations

  • “Let’s Talk About It: How Language Influences Our Understanding of God’s Word”
  • “Learn to Discern: The Lost Beauty of Socioeconomic Diversity in Classical Education”
  • “Putting the Wild Back in Your Child: Improving Education Through Outdoor Experience”
  • “Auschwitz: The Ignored, Forgotten, and Overlooked”
  • “It’s a Musical World: How a Return to Classical Music Education Can Preserve Order Amidst Chaos”
  • “Art and Algebra: Revisiting Arithmetic, Geometry, and Other Useless Studies”
  • “Talk to the Hand: Achieving the Best School Option for Deaf Students”
  • “The Electridemic: Are ElectricCars Practical?”
  • “Bang!: Detrimental Effects of Violent Video Games on Contemporary Culture”

Thesis Advisors

One of the largest assets to a Providence senior in the completion of their thesis is their mentorship under a faculty Thesis Advisor. The thesis advisor’s primary role is to be a friendly face for the student — a coach, someone who will provide the student with supportive feedback and opportunities to converse about the thesis subject, manuscript, and Christian perspective. This Providence Preparatory faculty or staff member assists the student by

  • Learning about the thesis subject with the student
  • Engaging the student by asking him/her questions about the thesis subject
  • Helping the student ”own” their project by directing him/her to resources
  • Listening to the student present the thesis speech before thesis week
  • Attending the student’s thesis presentation and facilitating the Q/A portion of the event

Providence Preparatory Thesis Program Distinctives

  • The student, not the advisor, is responsible for the ideas presented at the thesis presentation
  • The advisor should see the thesis process as an opportunity to mentor and mature the student
  • The advisor/advisee relationship provides the student with opportunities to practice professional etiquette
  • The advisor should see themselves as one of many people who is using the thesis process as an opportunity to shepherd the student toward preparing for increased independence, responsibility, and Christian conduct

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