RESEARCH AND THESIS
English 699. Research and Thesis
Credit Hours (1-6).
Prerequisite: Eligibility for admission to candidacy and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate and Extended Education.
Successful completion of six semester hours of Research and Thesis is required for the Master of Arts degree in English. The completion of a thesis enables graduate students to investigate independently specific problems or areas of interest under the direction of a graduate faculty member who is supported by at least two other graduate faculty members serving as the student's thesis committee. The specific focus of each student's thesis will vary from student to student and requires the approval of the supervising graduate faculty member, the graduate student's two other thesis committee members, and the Dean of the Graduate and Extended Education. Students may complete both traditional research oriented theses or creative theses that are composed of essays, poetry, and/or fiction written specifically for the thesis and under the supervision of the committee.
Detailed Description of Content of Course
Each proposal for a thesis must include a description of the thesis's goals and methodologies. That description should include the primary and secondary readings that will be central features of the study or production and the nature and types of research or creativity.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Each proposal for a thesis must include a description of how the study will be conducted. This description should detail the kinds of meetings and other interactions the graduate student, the thesis adviser, and the other thesis committee members will have. If other persons will be a part of the study, their roles and the nature of their interactions with the student should also be detailed.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
Each proposal for a thesis must include a description of the study's goals and objectives. These goals can be both content centered and process centered.
Each proposal for a thesis must include a description of how the student's performance will be evaluated. When the thesis is completed, the thesis grade will be recorded as "Pass" or "Fail."
Other Course Information
A Thesis Proposal Examination and an Oral Thesis Examination shall be a part of all theses. For the Thesis Proposal Examination, the candidate will submit a prospectus of the thesis to the committee. The committee will meet with the candidate to review and approve the prospectus; suggestions for changes in the prospectus are to be incorporated prior to its submission to the office of the Dean of College of Graduate and Extended Education. This examination must be completed no later than two weeks before the end of the term preceding the semester in which the student registers for thesis hours. After the thesis has been completed under the direction and supervision of the thesis committee, the student will complete an Oral Thesis Examination. This examination must be completed prior to the submission of the thesis to the Dean of the College of Graduate and Extended Education. The committee will meet with the candidate for an oral examination of one hour on the topic of the thesis. The Oral Thesis Examination must occur at least two weeks prior to graduation.
Review and Approval
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