Carol G Thomas
Writing and discussion of senior thesis. Offered: Sp.
The senior thesis seminar is the capstone course in the European Studies major. With a background gained by courses in aspects of European history, institutions, and culture;in study of a modern European language; and in a research seminar students complete the research and writing of a detailed research paper that includes use of foreign language sources. Including bibliography, the studies generally comprise 40 pages of presentation and analysis.
Student learning goals
Greater proficiency in use of a foreign language for research
Honing of writing skills
Sharpening of critical analysis
Solid understanding of an important issue in European Stud
Preparation for further study at the graduate level
Appreciation of cooperative efforts in the seminar
General method of instruction
General direction for the process at the outset includes definition of each student's topic, selection of a specialist advisor in that area, appointment of a specialist research librarian, a hands-on session in the library with a research librarian, creation of a schedule of stages. After the first several weeks, most of the process will be carried on by independent work with regular appointments with advisors and the instructor of the seminar.
Solid language skills and background in particular areas of European studies.
Class assignments and grading
Timely completion of the work required as the several stages showing increasing refinement of analysis and growing command of the evidence.
In addition to the above, grades are suggested by the individual advisors for the final theses. The instructor of the course reads all of the work as it is completed by stages and also all of the completed theses in order to determine a comparative ranking.