PROJECT OPTION (PLAN B)
* Please note that the following description refers to pedagogical projects only. Creative writing students, while they are not required to write a prospectus, must obtain the signatures of a first and second reader and the Graduate Coordinator on a the Prospectus Sign-off sheet and must file this with the department secretary to be enrolled in English 502.
Plan B culminates in a research project which investigates a pedagogical problem of some sort, usually one connected with the teaching of literature or composition to high school or community college students. Candidates should choose their topics in consultation with two faculty members who will serve as their readers. Before enrolling in English 502, each candidate must complete a written prospectus of the project.
The prospectus (normally 5-10 pages in length) will include the following:
The student should understand that the prospectus stands as a working agreement that defines the scope of the project. It is not a blueprint from which one never deviates; indeed, after more research, the student may find that substantial changes must be made, and he or she should discuss these with the readers involved. If, however, the student decides to embark on an entirely new topic, he or she must repeat the process of preparing a prospectus and securing the approval of their readers.
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All graduate students planning to complete a thesis or project
beginning in Fall 2008 and beyond must consult with their committee
and file a thesis/project contract with their prospectus. The contract
will be drafted by your committee and must be signed by each reader
and by the candidate.