English Senior Thesis Format

Rules for Submission of the Senior Thesis in English at Dickinson College

1. The final draft of the senior thesis:



A. Should be a minimum of 10,000 words and a maximum of 15,000 words (approximately 35 to 50 pages), not including apparatus (works cited, acknowledgements, etc.), in 12-point Times New Roman typeface with 1” margins. Word count must be appended to the document upon submission.

B. Should correctly follow MLA format, including the works cited pages.

2.  Students must submit three copies of their final paper.

One final copy for grading by 5 p.m. on Friday of the 12th week of classes. (If this date is a College recognized religious holiday, the due date will be 5 p.m. the Monday following.) This copy should be double-sided and given directly to the instructor.

 By department policy, late papers will receive a grade of F.


Two additional copies, due by 3 p.m. on the last day of classes, to Ms. Kelly Winters-Fazio, the English Department Academic Coordinator.

One copy left unbound on acid-free paper for the college archives for permanent retention. This copy of the paper should be double-sided and printed out on acid-free paper to ensure its longevity. This copy should be left unbound and placed in an individual envelope or folder with the student’s name on the tab.


One bound copy to be housed in the English department. This copy of the paper should be double-sided and bound by the Print Center. You may choose a colored cover sheet for the front and back cover page.

3.  All three copies should be fully paginated, including any acknowledgments, preface, appendices, and works cited.



4.  The title page of all three copies of the paper should include full title, author, date of submission, and the name of the 404 instructor.



5.  Grades for English 404 will not be submitted until ALL copies of your 404 paper are received.


Revised Dec. 2013