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Carol G Thomas
EURO 495
Seattle Campus

Thesis Seminar

Writing and discussion of senior thesis. Offered: Sp.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Anne Ec Hilton
Date: 01/25/2008