Formatting for the Comparative Literature Senior Thesis

Please use the following guidelines when formatting the final version of your thesis.


12 point for the main text
10 point for footnotes
Times New Roman

Pagination and headers:

Top right corner
A header which includes your last name is optional

Page setup and line spacing:



Clear front, black plastic back cover

Cover page (see sample below):

Information on the cover page should appear, centered on the page, in the following order (please do not use caps):

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Name
  • Thesis mentors
  • Compared languages
  • Submission statement
  • A senior thesis submitted to Barnard College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts
  • Month and year of submission


Honor Code (*):

The honor code should appear on the second page of the thesis:

We, the students of Barnard College, resolve to uphold the honor of the College by engaging with integrity in all of our academic pursuits. We affirm that academic integrity is the honorable creation and presentation of our own work. We acknowledge that it is our responsibility to seek clarification of proper forms of collaboration and use of academic resources in all assignments or exams. We consider academic integrity to include the proper use and care for all print, electronic, or other academic resources. We will respect the rights of others to engage in pursuit of learning in order to uphold our commitment to honor. We pledge to do all that is in our power to create a spirit of honesty and honor for its own sake.



(*) Please include your signature after the above statement.  




Use MLA formatting for in-text citations

Be consistent with your method of inputting titles of books, articles, etc (as in underline versus italics, etc)

Follow MLA rules for the works cited page




Sample Cover Page:


Catchy Title



Long Subtitle which Generally Includes the Titles of the Texts Examined





Thesis Mentor 1:

Thesis Mentor 2:




A senior thesis submitted to Barnard College in partial fulfillment of the

requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts



May 2017