ENGLISH 495 - Honors Colloquium: Drafting the Thesis
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Admission to the English Honors Program and permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The goal of this course is to support you in conceiving and writing an honors thesis. A thesis is a multi-part analytical project, which requires different skills from those needed to write a shorter essay on a prescribed topic; we therefore explore the research and writing methods such a project requires, such as creating a project bibliography, reading scholarship critically in order to join a scholarly “conversation,” identifying what makes good research questions, drafting discrete sections with an eye to revision, bringing multiple pieces of writing together into a larger whole, and understanding the purposes of individual sections, such as abstracts, introductions, and conclusions. We will discuss the difference between summary, description, and analyses of texts, explore what constitutes good “evidence,” and spend a lot of time helping each other create strong arguments.

Most of the course is organized as a workshop. You will present your work in progress to the class, and are required to read and critique the work of your classmates. In a linked series of assignments, your writing for the fall semester will culminate in an approximately 35-40 page polished draft of your thesis. By the end of the semester, you will have a strongly focused sense of what changes and additions are needed before you turn in the final version of your thesis in March. You will also have achieved a sense of the challenges and rewards of advanced work in literary study.


ENGLISH 495 - Honors Colloquium: Drafting the Thesis
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM

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