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List of Dissertation Subjects Set by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


The subjects for the Bowdoin Prizes which are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for 1897-98 to students resident at the University are given below:

Of the nine prizes, seven (not more than one hundred dollars nor less than fifty dollars each) are offered for the best dissertations or compositions written by students of more than one year's standing in the University, who have never received an academic degree. The two remaining prizes (one hundred dollars each) are offered for the best performances on any of the subjects named below, written by graduates of any college who are residents at the University as students in the Graduate School, or by members of the Senior class of 1897-98 in Harvard College.

Three prizes for dissertations in History, Philosophy, Literature:

1. Jonathan Edwards as a Philosopher.

2. The Psychology of Invention.

3. Christianity and the Roman Government.

4. The Conception of the "Economic Man."

5. The Cambridge Platonists.

6. The Contemporary National Movement in Bohemia.

7. The Future of Polynesia.

8. The Relation of Racine's Plays to the Contemporary Political and Religious History of France.

9. The Character and Genius of Tennyson.

10. Benjamin Jowett as a Scholar and Teacher.

11. The Church Architecture of today.

Two prizes for dissertations in Natural Science:

1. The relation of the mathematical theory of elasticity to the designing of engineering structures.

2. The electrical and ether theories of the Roentgen rays.

3. Analogies between the state of solution and the ceriform state.

4. Relations of vegetable parasites to their hosts.

5. The importance of biochemistry and its relation to morphology.

6. The line of mammalian descent.

7. A discussion of the evidences of change of level of sea or land along the Atlantic coast of North America since the beginning of the cretaceous period.

One prize for a dissertation on any of the following subjects:

1. The private character and public policy of Demosthenes.

2. The life and writings of Bacchylides.

3. The fortifications of ancient Athens.

4. Was the Government of Athens in the middle of the fifth century B. C. really democratic?

5. Possible sources of Roman Satire in Greek mimes.

6. The character of the Emperor Claudius.

7. Fortune tellers and astrologers under the early Roman Emperors.

8. The Germans in Latin literature. One prize for a composition in Greek or Latin:

1. An original essay in Greek, of 2000 to 2500 words, on any subject chosen by the competitor.

2. An original essay in Latin, of 2000 to 2500 words, on any subject chosen by the competitor.

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