Advanced Work and Senior Theses


All students may apply to take advanced 4000-level coursework in Literature by asking permission of an instructor as long as they meet the prerequisites of an individual course. Application to Reading & Writing Courses is by manuscript submission.

Students may only take one Reading & Writing course per term.

Please be advised that students in Reading & Writing courses are required to to attend all Literature Evenings and Poetry at Bennington Readings, typically held every other week (Wednedays at 7pm)


The Literature Faculty does not require a senior thesis or project from students concentrating in literature as part of their Plan, as long as students have successfully completed a number of 4000-level Literature courses.

Any Bennington student, regardless of their primary concentration, may propose a senior thesis or project in literature to a member of the Literature Faculty by the second week of the Fall term, and can proceed as long as they have prior faculty approval.

The minimum lengths of acceptable theses are as follows:

Original poetry: 30 pages

Critical essay: 50 pages

Original fiction: 75 pages

Translation: To be decided on an individual basis

Whether working within the Senior Projects class or independently, seniors who are expected or independently, seniors who are producing thesis projects are expected to have a completed rough draft of the entire work due on the second Thursday of December (in 2014, Thursday, December 11). Please present your work on or before that date to Brooke Allen, the Literature faculty coordinator (in her office in Barn).

Over the winter break, the literature faculty will review your work and come to a decision on whether or not it is acceptable as a potential thesis. Those whose work is passed on to the next stage will be assigned a faculty member to work with on revising their thesis during the spring term.

Final drafts of the finished theses will be filed with Crossett Library in late May.