Wesleyan Theses

Wesleyan theses and dissertations in the library collections fall into three main groups:

Click on the name of any group for more information. Additional queries about theses and dissertations should be directed to Special Collections & Archives staff.

In summary, one archival copy of each thesis and dissertation is received by SC&A, where it is treated as a manuscript. It does not circulate and must be read in the SC&A reading room. Since 2007, many theses are available as full text documents in WesScholar, Wesleyan's institutional repository. See http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etds/

There may be additional uncataloged copies elsewhere on the campus, in department offices or with thesis advisers. Additionally, a microfilm of each Ph.D. dissertation is kept in the Microforms Center.

Wesleyan has awarded masters' degrees since 1892 and Ph.D.s since 1965; the first honors theses date from the 1930s.

How do I request a photocopy?

You may request a thesis by submitting a Request for Reproduction.

In order to make a copy of an undergraduate thesis, the author's permission needs to be on file before we are permitted to copy any or all of the thesis. If it is not already on file, we will contact the author and request permission. This process can occasionally be lengthy.

Once we have both author permission and a completed Request for Reproduction, we will contact you with the cost of the thesis.  The cost for photocopying or document scanning all SC&A materials is 50 cents per page for non-Wesleyan community requests and 10 cents per page for Wesleyan community members (faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc.). There is a charge of $3.50 for shipping & handling. Checks need to be drawn in US dollars, made out to Wesleyan University and sent to Special Collections & Archives, Wesleyan University, 252 Church St., Middletown, CT 06459. We cannot accept credit cards.

Upon receipt of the payment, we will begin the photocopying process.

For any questions regarding Wesleyan University theses, contact Special Collections & Archives at sca@wesleyan.edu.

Click here for Information for Honors Thesis Writers