Paper in the Major


The Paper-in-the-Major is the capstone writing experience in the Whittier College curriculum.

Researched and written in the senior year (occasionally in the junior year), this paper demonstrates students' command of their major's perspectives, methods, and body of knowledge, as well as their ability to communicate these skillfully in writing.

The Paper-in-the-Major can serve as a writing sample in applications to graduate programs.

Specific topics and formats for the Paper-in-the-Major are determined by the faculty in each department.