Preparing a Thesis
The faculty of the department strongly urge students who intend to apply to doctoral programs to write a thesis. The English Department requires that the thesis be between 50 and 70 pages in length.
students should take the MA examination, unless they have an original research
idea they would like to pursue.
who wish to take English 691: Thesis
as their exit requirement must adhere to the procedure below and abide by all
must notify the Graduate Coordinator at least one quarter before they intend to
submit a prospectus.
same quarter, the Graduate Coordinator will assist the students in finding two
appropriate readers for the proposed topic.
must submit a copy of the prospectus to the two readers no later than the third
week of a quarter to give them time to evaluate it and offer suggestions for
revision. Readers should return the
prospectus to students by the end of the fifth week of the quarter. Follow
this link for a printable copy of the prospectus
Follow this link for a printable copy of the prospectus coversheet.
end of the same quarter, students should submit a final copy of the prospectus
to the two readers and the Graduate Coordinator.
The two readers also sign the Prospectus Deadlines sheet
and give it to the Graduate Coordinator.
The Graduate Coordinator will inform students if their prospectus has
been approved. If either reader
does not approve the final version of the prospectus, students must then take
English 690: Comprehensive
must submit the final version of the thesis to the two readers no later than the
third week of the quarter before they wish to graduate.
The prospectus and the final copy of the thesis may not be submitted in
the same quarter.
the end of the same quarter, the Graduate Coordinator will arrange for the
students to orally present the thesis unless they have already presented it at a
conference or have a letter of acceptance from a conference.
· Students must deposit a copy of their thesis with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Specific instructions on the format of the thesis are available from the Walter W. Stiern Library. Complete details are available at the following address: http://www.csub.edu/library/MasterThesisApp.pdf
Note: students enroll for English 691 only once.
In subsequent quarters they should enroll in English 700 to maintain
current enrollment and their library privileges.
prospectus must contain the following sections:
Follow the link above for a printable copy.
Good research begins with a good idea.
State the purpose clearly and concisely.
If the purpose is vague, the thesis will be vague as well.
Research never begins in a vacuum, but with the work
of others. You start where others
have left off. Review the relevant
research thoroughly; the readers of the prospectus should realize that you are
very familiar with the area of investigation.
Develop the review because it will become a very important section of the
to the field
How is the project original?
What will it add to the body of knowledge in the field?
Are your findings substantial enough to present at a conference?
If not, you should probably not pursue this particular topic.
This is your plan for investigating the topic of
This section is directly related to your review of
literature. Include all items that
you mention in the review of literature.
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