高级”比较,或全面的, reflect Oxy’s educational philosophy of learning deeply and independently.


Comps are the senior-year theses, field research projects, 艺术展览, presentations or creative works required by academic majors at Oxy to demonstrate mastery of the subject. Each discipline defines its expectations differently, but they all challenge students to expand and excel intellectually, and place the capstone on their educational experience.

A U.S. 新闻 & 世界报道 survey of senior academic officers nationwide included Occidental among the top 12 institutions “with stellar examples of senior capstones” (in the good company of Brown, 杜克大学, 普林斯顿大学, 斯坦福大学, 和耶鲁大学). The comps experience is rigorous but rewarding, resulting in a substantive intellectual contribution and a launching pad for future professional or graduate work.

You might draw your comps inspiration from your diverse surroundings in 洛杉矶 或者你的 research and exploration abroad. Whether the subject is the emotional geographies of the Great Migration, the international politics of the Butterfly Effect, or generating music using artificial intelligence, senior comps inspire many Oxy students to unimagined heights.

Recent 比较高级 Projects

艺术 & 人文学科


媒体艺术 & 文化
竹子的根 is a multimedia documentary project that explores untold histories of post-WWII Japanese America through the storytelling of Oliver’s grandparents, Toshiro and Keiko Otake. The project takes form as a 网站 with video interviews as well as an interactive gallery exhibition featuring short films, 家庭的工件, 和更多的.

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Lainey mixed her love of medicine, 科学, and Chinese history through translations from the Chinese classic Journey to the West. Detailing diagnostic processes, 处方创造, and administration of medication, she brought a difficult-to-read adventure to new light. “This gave me a deep read into various medical 文化s, something that will help me on my path to being a physician.”

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批判理论 & 社会正义
Hunter’s project examined the intersection of critical disability studies and deaf studies, aiming to unravel the exclusivity and ableism prevalent in the deaf community. 透过这个镜头, Hunter found materiality, 影响, and loss to be crucial elements in expanding and empowering both deaf 文化 and disability studies.



当医院关闭时, neighboring hospitals are tasked with treating additional patients, and patients face increased travel time. Utilizing economic theory and complex data sources, Grace’s senior comps project aimed to estimate the spillover effects of hospital closure on inpatient mortality.

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Matalin conducted a close reading of 的帮助 as both a novel and film. A tale of interracial solidarity between a wealthy white woman and Black domestic workers in 1960s Mississippi, Matalin drew on Black feminist scholarship to critique the story’s use of white saviorism. She explored what it reveals about the larger trend of Black erasure in American narrative-making as a historical practice.



外交 & 世界事务
Exploring the construction of Canada’s national identity as "humanitarian," Leela used a specific asylum law called the Internal Flight Alternative to understand how violence on the Canadian border is invisibilized. She analyzed 715 recent asylum cases to determine if this law was applied consistently. 在阅读这些案例时, I learned how many legal loopholes exist to deport individuals who have a right to asylum.”


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Danielle argued that the relationship between land and language in Indigenous communities can explain the correlation between geographic areas of high linguistic diversity and high biodiversity. “By connecting language, 文化, 与生态, I emphasized that protecting linguistic diversity is integral to ensuring the survival of species, which is key to keeping Indigenous languages and worldviews alive.”

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Shayne obtained Apatite (U-Th)/He analyses, an isotopic method for determining the thermal history of geologic materials, along a NW-SE transect of the Garlock fault in the Tejon Ranch Conservancy to better understand the late-stage uplift and exhumation of California’s Tehachapi Mountains. “The work was very challenging, but just as rewarding and it gave me valuable research experience to use in graduate school.”

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With the objective of creating an educational tool that bridges the knowledge gap and alleviates apprehension, Miriam developed a virtual reality PC Builder that introduces novice users to the basics of computer assembly. 通过引导, step-by-step instructions, users can interact with virtual components such as the CPU, 内存, GPU, 和主板, simulating installation movements using VR technology.