English 426—Thesis Proposal (PDF Version)
MC 418, W 3:10 p.m.
Grant T. Smith, Ph.D.
Fall Semester, 2009
Office: MC 533
Phone: 796-3485; E-mail: email@example.com
Office hours: TR 10 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or by appointment
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, seventh edition
- A flash drive or jump drive to store your research notes.
Course Description: This class is designed to prepare the student for the senior English capstone project.
- Identify a research question to be answered OR identify one to two literary influences (authors, works) that may inform your creative work
- Consult the English Department senior thesis project criteria for the appropriate area of emphasis regarding your topic.
- Draft a research plan to become knowledgeable about your topic
- Implement the plan
- Present a thesis, bibliography, and thesis proposal to instructor for approval
- Produce a thesis proposal that has been approved by me and by a second reader from the English Department faculty.
- Complete a draft of your Graduation Portfolio that addresses the student learning outcomes that you do not anticipate being fulfilled by your thesis.
- Provide other evidence of how you developed those student learning outcomes.
- We will meet collectively once a month (first Wednesday of the month) to discuss challenges, progress – and to share concerns and offer support
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- If you identify a research question or if you identify appropriate literary influences
- If you write a thesis proposal (two to three pages)
- If you write a thesis statement (for a creative piece, this may be an introduction to the piece)
- If you write a bibliography of consulted works
- And if you complete all of these things before the last day of semester classes, then you will be receive an A. If you do not, then we shall negotiate your grade.