Although the primary research and writing of the thesis takes place over your senior year, you should begin planning—reading background materials, talking with potential advisors, and searching for primary sources—in the Spring of your junior year. The thesis gives you an opportunity to "do" history—to engage in debates with other scholars, to offer your own interpretations of primary sources, to transform scattered and undigested information into a meaningful narrative and a compelling analysis. The thesis allows you to bring all of your accumulated knowledge and skills together, and to show of your capability, research skills, writing, organizational skills, originality, and creativity.
See below for a more detailed explanation of degree requirements and for information on substituting the Honors Thesis or using an internship for the Capstone Course requirement. The Capstone Course is a historical methods seminar that introduces junior and senior undergraduate history majors to the advanced skills employed by professional historians.
Students will complete readings on a particular issue, event, or process, while also developing critical research and writing skills. The goal of the course is for each student to craft an eloquent and convincing analytical essay based in primary source research.
In the process of producing the research paper, students will be required to present and discuss the thesis of the research paper with the other members of the seminar. In order to be designated a historical methods seminar the following criteria must be met: Capstone Course Within the Degree Requirements in History As part of the 18 advanced hours in history majors must take out of a total of 36 hours to complete their majors, one three hour advanced course is required to be the historical methods seminar capstone course.
Currently 6 of the 18 advance hours must be taken at the level. The Capstone course will be numbered at the level. They will have special designations in the class schedule and later in the undergraduate studies catalog.
In addition, students who do a public history or other internship under the strict supervision of the faculty and with the approval of the undergraduate director can use their off-campus experience as a substitute capstone course. Honors Thesis Students interested in undertaking a research project involving significant primary research are encouraged to consider writing a senior Honors Thesis.
You do not need to be a member of the Honors College, but the Honors College oversees and administers all Honors Theses. Minimum requirements for the Honors Thesis are a 3.
You should begin thinking about the Honors Thesis in the Junior year. If you think you might want to undertake an Honors Thesis and you meet the minimum requirements, a good first step is to speak with the faculty member who specializes in the area in which you are interested.
Once the faculty member has agreed to work with you, you can proceed to fill out the paperwork. Students who successfully complete the senior Honors Thesis generally receive six advanced hours of credit in history.
If approved, you need to bring your verification form to the undergraduate advisor in order to officially create a course for your Thesis each semester. The History Department welcomes your interest in our undergraduate program and looks forward to working with you to help you achieve your academic and career goals.
For more information contact:Senior Thesis American Studies majors complete a thesis during their senior year.
The thesis is one of the most rigorous and interesting parts of the American Studies curriculum; it helps students to bring their undergraduate coursework into focus and to produce substantial, research-driven projects.
Some departments also require you to enroll in a seminar alongside the senior thesis; check with your major advisor. Summer Before your Fourth Year Do preparatory research or research you can't do once the semester starts (i.e., fieldwork or archival research). the history department warmly welcomes rising senior history majors to find out more and ask questions about the year-long, mandatory, senior thesis experience.
FACULTY AND CURRENT STUDENTS WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SYLLABUS, TOPIC SELECTION, AND THE WRITING PROCESS.
In the past, our history majors conducted thesis research at places like the University of California at Berkeley, the Baltimore City Archives, the George C. Marshall Library, and the Library of . VARIANTS IN THE SAMARITAN PENTATEUCH OF THE HEBREW BIBLE AS COMPARED TO THE MASORETIC TEXT By: Sharon Sullivan Dufour A Senior Thesis .
The Senior Thesis Seminar (HIST UN/UN) meets in four sections. The Senior Thesis Seminar is a course in general research skills and methodology. The Senior Thesis Seminar is a course in general research skills and methodology.