School of Rhetoric

The Culmination of a Regents Student's Education

Senior Thesis Finalists 2019: Evelyn Voelter, Mackenzie Noell, Clara Grace Cowden, Ryan Duncan, Hunter Walker, Raleigh Dewan, Zach Smith (winner), Avery Smitheal, Bonnie Lowrie, Preston Thomas
The Regents senior thesis provides students the opportunity to express their ideas on the True, Good, and Beautiful using all the skills and knowledge they have gained as Regents students. A Regents education aims to create the ethically good human, being capable of producing effective, thoughtful, and grace-filled words in both written and oral form.

The process of preparation can be divided into two clear sections: thinking and writing. The thinking part of the process is the most challenging for students because they have to “discover or invent” the argument of their topic through diligent research. Ludwig Wittgenstein, a 20th century Austrian-British philosopher, captured this process eloquently saying, “Thinking is hard. What does this really mean? Why is it difficult? It is almost like saying, ‘Looking is difficult.’ Because looking intently is difficult. And it’s possible to look intently without seeing anything, or to keep thinking you see something without being able to see clearly. Looking can tire you even when you don’t see anything.” Through this process, students often discover that there is so much more to learn about their topic and the world around them.

Students are required to consider and examine their topic from a Christian worldview. How has their topic been shaped by humanity’s sinfulness, by humanity’s redemption and God’s truth? What Biblical truths and principles
does their argument reflect? The thesis itself does not have to contain specific Christian language or Scripture, but the argument has to be scrutinized through a Christian worldview lens.

Written on the front of the Rhetoric building are Latin words that translate to “a good man speaking well.” What you hear today is a culmination of the hard work and perseverance in pursuit of this ideal.

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