The Senior Essay is an extended critical research and writing project undertaken with the guidance of a faculty advisor. For one-term senior essays, the essay itself is due in the office of the director of undergraduate studies according to the following schedule: (1) end of the fourth week of classes: five to ten pages of writing and/or an annotated bibliography; (2) end of the ninth week of classes: a rough draft of the complete essay; (3) end of the last week of classes (fall term) or end of the next-to-last week of classes (spring term): the completed essay. Consult the director of undergraduate studies regarding the schedule for submission of the yearlong senior essay.
Students wishing to undertake an independent senior essay in English must apply through the office of the director of undergraduate studies in the previous term; deadlines and instructions are posted at https://english.yale.edu/undergraduate/applications-and-deadlines.
Visit https://english.yale.edu/undergraduate/senior-essay for the complete program description, project guidelines, and application form.