THESIS OPTION (PLAN A)
Candidates electing Plan A (thesis option) will write a scholarly essay of approximately 60-75 pages on a subject they have chosen in consultation with two faculty members who will serve as their readers. Before enrolling in English 500, each candidate must complete a written prospectus of the thesis.
The prospectus will provide a formal summary of the student's proposed study. More specifically, it will include the following:
After completing the prospectus, the student should present it to his or her two faculty advisors for their approval. The advisors should indicate their approval by signing a prospectus completion form, which also requires the signature of the graduate coordinator. Only when a copy of the prospectus, along with the signed prospectus completion form, is submitted to the English Department secretary will the student be permitted to enroll in English 500. Students may not enroll in English 500 through CASPER.
The student should understand that the prospectus stands as a working agreement that defines the scope of the thesis. 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.
Important Note: The prospectus requirement does not apply to students in the creative writing program. Creative writing students are, however, required to submit a petition, signed by their two readers and the graduate coordinator, before they may enroll in English 500. This petition is available from the English Department secretary, and must be returned to her.
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