The senior thesis is the capstone project of an Oakcrest student’s education and a cherished academic tradition. Working with a faculty advisor, each senior writes an in-depth, 10-15 page research paper on a topic of her choosing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The most valuable outcome of the senior thesis is the chance for students to enhance skills that are the foundation of future academic success. This capstone experience is a true celebration of genuine scholarship. It exhibits our students’ creativity, intellectual engagement, mental discipline and the ability to meet new challenges. Seniors then present their theses to the whole school in a formal presentation.
The Edwina Maksym Senior Thesis Award
The Edwina Maksym Senior Thesis Award is given to senior theses of exceptional scholarly quality. Below, watch one of the winners of the 2020 Edwina Maksym Senior Thesis Award give her presentation.
Past Thesis Topics
The Bard in Broadway: How Shakespeare's Works Influence Modern Musicals
The Christian Answer to Suffering: From the Cross to the Modern Man
A Return to Beauty: Poetry as the Salve of the Divine
Who Is the Happy Warrior?” : How Courage and Adventure Cultivate Truth and a Fulfilled Life
The Theology of Mercy and Mental Health
Love in the Stars: The Importance of Literature seen in C.S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy
A Harmony of Opposites: Liberty and Order in the U.S. Constitution (1789) and the Polish Constitution of 1791
Life’s Symphony: Music as Fundamental to the Human Journey
"Just Friends": On Platonic Relationships Between Men and Women
How Beauty Will Save the World: The Way of Flourishing and the Radiance of a Good Life
From Honor To Humility: The Development of The Hero From The Pagan Achilles to The Christian Joan of Arc