Independent Work in African American Studies

Important Benchmark Dates for Junior Papers and Senior Theses, 2018-2019

 The department provides a detailed calendar for concentrators and their advisers each year. The following timelines for the JP and thesis provide benchmarks for the completion of independent work.

Junior Papers:

Fall Term


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Submit JP prospectus to the Junior Seminar professor and your adviser When you email your prospectus to your adviser, ask them to set a time to meet in the first week of class in the spring term.

Spring Term

**During the spring term, you are strongly encouraged to attend at least three of the Lunch Writing Sessions designed to provide concentrators with group JP reading and writing time and assistance from graduate students.

Week 1

Meet with your adviser (no later than Friday, February 8) to 1) discuss your prospectus; 2) discuss how frequently you will meet, and best ways to check in; 3) plan your next research/writing task.

Week 4

Submit partial first draft (perhaps one major section) to adviser (no later than Friday, March 1).

Week 5

Students receive first drafts back, with comments from advisers (no later than Friday, March 8).

Week 7


Week 8

Submit partial second draft to adviser (no later than Friday, March 29).

Week 9

Students receive second drafts back, with comments from advisers (no later than Friday, April 5).

Week 11

Submit third and mostly complete draft to adviser (no later than Friday, April 19).

Week 12

Students receive third drafts back, with comments from advisers (no later than Friday, April 26).

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

FINAL Junior Paper uploaded by 5:00 p.m. You will receive a link and instructions on how to upload the paper to WebSpace.

Senior Theses:

Fall Term


Week 1

Schedule meeting with adviser to discuss thesis topic and plan for the semester, including tentative meeting times (no later than Friday, September 14).

Week 5

Submit five-page thesis proposal to adviser (no later than Friday,
October 12).

The proposal should include:

  • description of topic, scope of the project, and methodological approach you plan to take
  • discussion of how your coursework at Princeton or elsewhere has prepared you to pursue the topic
  • a brief survey of sources and discussion of the kinds of evidence you plan to use
  • a discussion of the contribution your work will make to the existing scholarship in your area
  • a preliminary bibliography
  • a preliminary writing plan or chapter outline

December 14

Submit partial first draft (twenty pages) to adviser

February 1

Submit draft of additional twenty pages to adviser

Spring Term


Week 2

Submit draft of additional twenty pages to adviser, no later than Friday, February 15).

Week 6

Review your degree progress in Stuview  and submit your Degree Progress Check-In to the Department Manager ( by March 15 at 5:00 pm.

Week 8

Submit draft of entire thesis to adviser, no later than Friday March 29.

Week 11

Upload your thesis via the Thesis Central Senior Thesis Submission System to the University Archives, and submit 2 unbound hard copies to the Department Assistant (, by April 19 at 12:00 noon.

May 3

Submit Senior Comprehensive Statement and Honors Calculation to the Department Manager ( by 12:00pm.

May 8

Students receive comments from first and second readers

May 15-16

Senior Comprehensive Oral ExamsBLOCK BOTH DAYS ON YOUR CALENDAR

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