The Senior Thesis and Degree with Distinction
If you are considering continuing your philosophical pursuits after you graduate, if you are heading into another field of graduate or professional study, or just for the bragging rights, a senior thesis may be for you. You will work closely with a faculty member, throughout your senior year, on your own, original research project.
Advance planning is crucial. You need a thesis proposal, a primary thesis advisor, and two other readers in place by spring of your junior year. It is not crazy to be thinking about what you might work on / who you might work with in your sophomore year and you should be honing your ideas with a potential advisor by fall of your junior year.