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A thesis (plural: 'theses') is a document written in support of an academic degree or professional qualification. It presents the author's research and findings.[1] It means the same as dissertation.

The term dissertation can be used to describe an argument without relation to academic degrees. The term thesis may also be used for the central claim of an essay or similar work.

Thesis Types[change | change source]

Senior thesis:

There are different types of thesis paper for different fields, for example, if you are an English major then for your thesis you can be asked to write a short story, a media student can be asked to submit a short film.

Graduate thesis:

A graduate thesis also known as graduate dissertation is something a student works on with a member of the faculty who has specialized in the relevant field. A dissertation is 50-100 pages long. In fields such as science, it is based on an experiment whereas, for humanities, it is an extended version of your college paper.

History[change | change source]

Originally, the words "dissertation" and "thesis" had separate meanings. When, at ancient universities, the professor had completed his lecture, there would be a disputation. During this, students could take up certain points and argue them. The position that one took during a disputation was the thesis, while the dissertation was the line of reasoning with which one supported it.

Etymology[change | change source]

The word "thesis" comes from the Greek θέσις, meaning "position", and refers to an intellectual proposition. "Dissertation" comes from the Latin dissertātiō, meaning "discourse".

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References[change | change source]

  1. International Standard ISO 7144: Documentation – Presentation of theses and similar documents, International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, 1986.