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Tetsuden Kashima
AES 495
Seattle Campus

Senior Seminar

Focus on a central comparative theme for individual research topics.

Class description

The Senior Seminar strives to integrate your knowledge acquired in the American Ethnic Studies curriculum. It focuses on individual research topics for AES majors and it is intended as the synthesizing course. There are two course objectives. First, to write a senior thesis/paper and second, to read and discuss materials relevant to writing an effective paper. A week by week approach, if followed, will result in an acceptable research paper by quarter's end. The first few weeks are critical to the final project. They are devoted to choosing a topic, narrowing it sufficiently to encompass it within the parameters of a senior paper, and deriving a thesis statement. In addition, we will be discussing some important concepts raised by the Paul Wong's chapter on race relations in the United States. The post-middle portion of the quarter is spent researching, writing and fine-tuning your paper. The last portion of the quarter will be where you present your findings and complete the final draft.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar format

Recommended preparation

Have some topic areas of interest for a senior paper.

Class assignments and grading

Meetings to discuss the topics; narrowing the focus; research and writing of the paper.

In class materials and final senior paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tetsuden Kashima
Date: 10/26/2005