Policies for All-College Thesis within the English Department
Proposals for Theses must be submitted to the English Department by March 15 of the student's junior year.
A student writing a thesis within the English Department must turn in a full draft of the thesis to the director by Thanksgiving of the student's senior year.
If the committee judges the work produced in the fall semester to be inadequate, the director should meet with the student and change the project to an ILP. A student whose project is converted to an ILP must take English Capstone the following semester.
A thesis proposal should provide more than a simple topic; it should give a sense of the key questions or problems the thesis will address, and how it will address them. The proposal should also include a substantial working bibliography.
A thesis proposal must be approved by the director before it is submitted to the department.
The director of the thesis must be a member of the English faculty.
Each faculty member should direct no more than one thesis per academic year.
Thesis projects cannot double-count for more than one major.
A student who chooses to write poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction for the thesis must have completed a course in the genre of the proposed thesis.
A student who chooses to write poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction for the thesis must also complete a critical essay. In this essay, the student describes the research that informs the project and outlines the process of developing the project. The critical essay must document sources and include a list of works cited.