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.
Obviously, 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:
Faculty readers must fulfill the following:
History major Amy Freeman publishes article on Eastman Dental Dispensary in the D&C
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama interviewed by Yomuiri, Japan's major national newspaper.
Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.
Dr. Bruce Leslie has been made a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.
The Robert Marcus lecture will be on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall.