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Review this form your Thesis Supervisor. After securing approval and signatures from your Thesis Committee, bring the completed form to the Director of the Honors Program.

A 10-page formal Thesis Prospectus is due by April 30th. It should include a clear statement of your topic, your approach, the sources you will use and (where they are), the nature of the current scholarly discourse(s) relevant to your topic, and a statement of the relevance or significance of your proposed project.

Title Page

  • The cover page includes a working title of the thesis, the student's name, and the names of the thesis advisor and two other readers.
  • The thesis advisor has signed the cover page of the prospectus to indicate that he or she has reviewed this checklist with the student and approves the prospectus.

Topic Statement

  • The purpose of the planned thesis is clearly stated.
  • The questions or hypotheses that the student plans to answer or test are clearly stated.
  • The prospectus presents a plan for independent and original work.
  • The expectations and anticipated results/conclusions have been outlined.

Secondary Literature Review

  • The relevant secondary literature is clearly presented in the prospectus.
  • The relevant debates within the secondary literature are presented in the prospectus.
  • The studentís has clearly situated the hoped-for contribution of the proposed project in terms of relevant (and available) published work.
  • The potential significance of this project to the current thinking on the proposed topic has been clearly stated.

Methodology

  • The student has identified or can generate relevant sources for this project.
  • The student's stated approach or methodology is clearly stated and is likely to be an effective approach for the proposed project.
  • The proposed methodology can be carried out in the amount of time available with reasonable effort.

Bibliography and Citations

  • The bibliography and citations in the text follow a standard format (such as APA or Chicago style).
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