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A Master's Thesis (HST 701)
Some students may choose to emphasize the research
element of their programs by writing a master's thesis. The thesis is a
3 credit project for those matriculated before Summer 09, a 6 credit
project after that. As a 6 credit project it should be spread out over
at least 2 semesters. Students who choose to do a thesis must have a
3.8 GPA or the written permission of both the first and second reader.
Students who are approved for a 6 credit thesis can eliminate 1
elective from their course of study. Thesis is graded and a B grade is
necessary for fulfilling the requirements of the MA. If the readers
cannot come to an agreement about the grade, the Graduate Committee
will mediate. Students who earn an A or A- will have their theses bound
in the library. Those students must submit three copies of the final
revised version in the correct format.
a thesis is a major undertaking and will require some advanced planning
on your part. It is not a project that can be developed quickly or on
the spur of the moment. A master's thesis involves extensive research
on a clearly defined and limited topic. It also includes a clear sense
of where your original research into primary sources fits into the
larger historiography of your topic.
EXPECTATIONS and CONTRACT for History 701 (Thesis)
Student must fulfill the following:
a 3.8 GPA or a letter from both their first and second reader
explaining why the student should undertake a thesis.
two faculty to serve who are appropriate for your topic (if you do not
know who to ask please ask the graduate director for advice).
to these readers a thesis proposal (in writing) and a list of possible
primary sources prior to signing the contract.
- Finalize the project’s parameters with readers prior to signing the contract
- Meet regularly throughout the semester/summer with the first reader
- Submit drafts (number specified by the first reader) of the thesis to the first reader.
- Submit a full draft to both readers in plenty of time for revisions prior to the filing deadline.
- Organize a thesis defense with both readers with plenty of time for revisions.
- Make final revisions and turn in a clean copy to the readers for final approval prior to the filing deadline.
the final copy according to the guidelines issued by the Office of
Graduate Studies and Research (available from the Graduate Director) if
the thesis is given an A or A-. The history department secretary will
arrange for copying and binding of three copies.
Faculty readers must fulfill the following:
- The first reader must provide clear grading criteria prior to signing the contract.
- The first reader must approve the project proposal and make any changes in writing prior to signing the contract.
- The first reader will advise/approve of primary sources available to the student prior to signing the contract.
first reader will return drafts of the thesis in time for the student
to make any needed revisions in order to graduate at the agreed date.
- The second reader will approve the proposal and primary sources prior to signing the contract.
The second reader will return the final draft of the thesis in time for the student to make revisions.
readers will approve the final revisions, decide on a grade and sign
the finished copies if the grade is an A or A-. The grade will be
submitted to the Graduate Director.
Last Updated 7/21/10