Christina D Wygant
Critical and methodological issues. Required of candidates for an Honors degree.
The thesis course provides the opportunity for students to work through difficult concepts, challenge their own assumptions, and create noteworthy projects. Students are guided through the process by encouraging creative thinking, facilitating writing workshops, and supporting class and individual discussions. Since every student approaches the thesis project from a unique perspective, the individual goals of the student are supported during this exciting and challenging process. CHID offers a platform for students to create projects they are most passionate about without the boundaries and limitations of a ‘traditional’ thesis process. With the thesis class, there is a space created for student ownership of education.
Student learning goals
This class provides a useful balance to the independent, solitary work of thesis writing.
The purpose of this class is to establish a community of writer/researchers to provide support, critical feedback and motivation to each other.
Students will “workshop” each other’s written work, providing detailed, constructive feedback.
With this class, students will have a collaborative experience of engaging in discussion with peers and helping each other work through ideas through the work shop format.
The ultimate goal of this seminar is for each student to work on a thesis project of outstanding quality.
General method of instruction
This course is designed to support students as they complete their senior thesis projects. Students will conduct most of the work on their own, including identifying a topic, doing relevant research and writing up their results in a focused, coherent way.
In order to register for CHID 491, students must complete the CHID 491 form, which includes the following: 2-3 paragraph statement of research interests; work plan; and advisor signature. This form can be found on the CHID website.
Class assignments and grading
All seminar participants are required to participate in the peer review process, which includes reading and commenting on peers' work. Students are also required to complete and hand in the following: • Brief statement of research interests (due before quarter begins) • Quarter-long work plan (due before quarter begins) • Significant questions (minimum ˝ page) and three major claims • List of sources from advisor • Revised work plan • Revised list of sources • Annotated bibliography • Detailed 3-4 page thesis proposal • Three self-designed assignments
Grades are based on two factors: participation (50%) and writing assignments (50%).