AAS Senior Colloquium

The Senior Colloquium is required for concentrators.

Through the course of study, readings, and lectures, concentrators have applied their AAS knowledge into developing independent writing and research assignments, leading to the senior thesis. A senior thesis must be written by every senior at Princeton, and in AAS, the thesis is the culminating research informed by a student’s selected subfield and a subject of inquiry of the student’s choosing. 

In the Senior Colloquium, concentrators workshop their thesis for clarity and improvement and also practice becoming conversant about their research by contextualizing their work alongside pertinent contemporary issues and news stories. Workshopping the theses of each student as a group, guided by a member of the core faculty, gives all concentrators a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the field of African American Studies.

The format of the Colloquium is a gesture towards modeling the sort of fruitful exchanges and convened conversations that African American Studies concentrators can bring with them as they leave the University to enter new workplaces, campuses and neighborhoods in which race continues to be a salient and unequal force. AAS concentrators graduate from Princeton as people who can not only manage differences but can live with differences as a value in their lives. AAS concentrators leave Princeton with a common commitment to social change.

Professor Ruha Benjamin will serve as the Faculty Advisor for the 2021-2022 Senior Colloquium.


Additional Details

  • $300/term stipend
  • $500 in senior thesis research funding (please visit SAFE for details)
  • One to two student presentations per session


Senior Colloquium Schedule

Fall 2021 Meetings

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Spring 2022 Meetings

  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2022