Senior Exit Requirement

Every UCSC student must complete a senior exit requirement in order to graduate. In LALS, the preparation and completion of this requirement is usually structured into the senior year, and the requirement is fulfilled via one of four options (see below).


Combined Major Senior Exit Requirement

Senior Exit Requirements for LALS Combined Majors vary. You can view and download combined major worksheets with Senior Exit Requirement information here. You will also discuss your senior exit options when you declare your combined major.


Senior Comprehensive Requirement Options for LALS Majors (choose one)

  1. Passing a Latin American and Latino studies senior seminar (course number 194). In these courses, students must write at least 30 pages cumulatively during the quarter. The final paper must be based on independent scholarly research, demonstrate advanced skills in critical analysis, and have undergone revisions. Senior standing and completion of courses 100A and 100B are required before taking a 194 course for fulfillment of the Senior Exit Requirement.
  2. An expanded research paper, a minimum of 20 pages in length. This paper often builds on related course work and requires approval from the relevant faculty adviser before the end of the winter quarter of the senior year. Students must be enrolled in an independent study tutorial to complete this paper.
  3. A senior thesis, generally between 40–60 pages, based on two or more quarters of sustained independent research under the supervision of a faculty advisor while enrolled in an independent study (approved by petition to LALS, and with the approval of the faculty advisor). If the thesis option is selected by a combined major, it should be planned in consultation with an advisor from each department, completed under the supervision of a faculty member from either department, and read and approved by both advisors; one advisor is sufficient if this faculty member is affiliated with both departments. This option is recommended for those students seeking to enter graduate school.
  4. A senior project, which can be either a creative project or a community-action project. Creative projects include website design, video, performance, slide show, photo exhibit, or other media work. A short written analysis of the student’s experience in conducting the project is required. Community-action projects often involve sustained research and/or activity conducted in a community organization or public interest group, usually stemming from an internship. The required short, written analysis must be 10 pages at minimum.

Senior Exit Requirements handout with all four options in detail

When you have completed your Senior Exit Requirement (if thesis, senior project, or senior paper), please turn in the Senior Exit Requirement Completion Form, completed by you and signed by the advisor/sponsor of your senior exit requirement (you do not need a form if you choose the senior seminar option).