English Department

The Senior Year

As you start your senior year it is imperative that you consult with your academic advisor to make sure that you have completed or will complete your College, Divisional, and Departmental requirements. The thesis is only one of the requirements you must fulfill to graduate. Students who do not meet all requirements, including the PE requirement, will not be allowed to graduate. The ultimate responsibility to meet these requirements rests with the individual student, but you can get help from Registrar Office personnel and Faculty advisors.

You should note that college requirements state that students must earn credit for at least six academic units of work in their degree year. No fewer than two academic units, at least one of which shall be in a non-thesis course, shall be earned in any semester.

The English thesis is usually a piece of individually designed research and interpretation--a chance to apply in an intense fashion those methods learned in the program. Aspiring writers may propose to write a creative thesis, such as original fiction, poetry, or drama. Thesis is a program of research (a full course for a year in almost all cases) to be done as independently as is appropriate in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Guidelines for choosing a thesis topic and advisor and a series of due dates to guide the process of thesis writing are printed in "Guidelines for Thesis Students" available from the office of the Division of Literature and Languages (ETC 112B). The English Department subscribes to the due dates therein, with the addition of one preliminary requirement that its majors submit a proposed thesis topic and potential advisor during the first week of classes in the senior year; then the Department meets to match advisors, advisees, and topics.