MEMS 491 - Honors Senior Colloquium
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
1 - 6
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Honors student and senior standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The centerpiece of the MEMS concentration is the senior Honors thesis, which is meant to be the single most meaningful piece of work you will do as an undergraduate at Michigan. This course is designed to guide you in this difficult and rewarding process, from first glimmerings, to conceiving the project, doing the research, and writing your honors thesis. We will spend some time each week working together on learning techniques and methods generally applicable to academic research in the humanities. We will also discuss what makes an honors thesis different from a long end-of-term paper. The honors thesis is a major essay, composed over the course of at least two semesters. The thesis should not be merely an extended survey of the relevant critical or scholarly literature; nor should it be a record of your private musings on a given topic. The thesis should display extended evidence of the author’s searching, creative, well-articulated thoughts about his/her subject. It should also be built on a substantial amount of original research, and display a strong conceptual grasp of the issues it raises.

This course is a workshop for thesis writers. It concentrates on practical and theoretical problems of research and writing with special reference to methodological questions. The course will meet in a seminar format for 3 hours per week. Students will elect a total of 6 hours for the course but may divide this into two terms. Students will write a 60-100 page Honors thesis.

MEMS 491 - Honors Senior Colloquium
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This class will meet in 2713 Haven Hall.
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