PSCI 494
Senior Thesis Research and Writing Workshop Spring 2024
Division II

Class Details

Reserved for and required of those students invited to continue in the honors program following the department’s approval of their research proposal at the end of the fall semester seminar, the spring semester Senior Thesis Research and Writing Workshop provides a focused forum for the exchange of ideas among thesis writers, who will regularly circulate excerpts of their work-in-progress for peer review and critique. During this time, students will work primarily with their assigned faculty advisor, with the workshop leader’s primary role becoming one of coordination, troubleshooting, and general guidance. Near the end of the semester, students will receive feedback on their complete draft from their advisor and two additional faculty readers selected by the workshop leader; following revisions, the final work–a roughly 35 page piece of original scholarship–will be submitted to and evaluated by a committee of faculty chosen by the department for the awarding of honors as well as presented publicly to the departmental community at an end-of-year collective symposium.
The Class: Format: honors independent study
Limit: 12
Expected: 8
Class#: 3704
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a roughly 35 page piece of original scholarly work that will be submitted to an advisor and faculty readers and then revised in accordance with their feedback, peer review of other thesis writers' work-in-progress, public presentation at an end-of-year collective symposium
Prerequisites: PSCI 493 and departmental approval at the conclusion of that course
Enrollment Preferences: permission of the department
Distributions: Division II

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