B Y T H E N U M B E R S
All theses written by Princeton seniors are archived in Mudd Manuscript Library. The library provides electronic access to a searchable database at http://www.princeton.edu/~mudd/databases/.
A total of 51,655 theses are listed in the database, which covers from 1926 to 2002.
The longest thesis listed runs 756 pages (Jeanne Faust '76, English, "Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald '17: A Collection of Short Stories").
The shortest thesis listed runs three pages (Gianluca Tempesti '89, electrical engineering, "Overview Opto-Electronic Integrated Circuits").
The five departments with the most theses archived are: history (7,091), English (6,047), politics (5,512), economics (5,480) and Woodrow Wilson School (3,084).
A look at some Princeton alumni and the titles of their theses can provide a preview of their future careers:
Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker '52: "Two Sides of the Conflict: Bevin vs. Bevan."
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley '65: "'On That Record I Stand' -- Harry S. Truman's Fight for the Senatorship in 1940."
Actor Dean Cain '88: "The History and Development of the Functions of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp '89: "An Argument and Plan for the Creation of the Teachers Corporation."
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld '54: "The Steel Seizure Case of 1952 and Its Effects on Presidential Powers."
Actress Brooke Shields '87: "The Initiation: From Innocence to Experience: The Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Journey in the Films of Louis Malle, 'Pretty Baby' and 'Lacombe Lucien.'"
Vanguard Group founder John Bogle '51: "The Economic Role of the Investment Company."
Guitarist Stanley Jordan '81: "Computer Music and Visual Concert."
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