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Sewanee School of Letters Thesis Guidelines

 

ABOUT THE MA THESIS

MA students may choose to complete a thesis in lieu of a final two courses. The MA thesis is an original scholarly monograph, 40 to 60 pages in length. Each student should purchase a copy of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th Edition) to consult as she prepares her thesis. Students may also be interested in purchasing the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd Edition), though it is not required.

Though work on the thesis may begin at any time after required course work has been completed, the thesis proposal process begins during the term in which a student completes her eighth course. The Thesis Registration Form is due by September 24.

Students will begin by meeting with John Grammer to discuss their choice of thesis director. Any professor in the School of Letters, whether present or former, can serve as a thesis director, though normally none will be able to work with more than two advisees at a time. Discuss your plans with your choice of thesis director.

Students should then fill out and return a Thesis Registration Form to Dr. Grammer. Return the completed Thesis Registration Form, with their thesis advisor's signature, to Dr. Grammer by September 24. Thesis work carries six hours of graduate credit, so students should register for six hours of English 599.  They may register for thesis hours in the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms, and may register for all six hours in the same term or for three hours at a time. Fall 2013 deadline for registration is September 24. This will also require a signed duplicate course registration form. 

The School of Letters Director’ will appoint a second reader. The thesis director will serve as first reader.

A thesis proposal is due Nov. 1. The MA thesis proposal can be anywhere from two to five pages in length and should include:

• The topic to be studied, and a thesis statement about that topic

• An explanation of the academic significance of the topic

• An outline by chapters, including an introduction and conclusion

• A bibliography

After the thesis defense, three printed copies and an electronic copy of the thesis are to be submitted to the School of Letters no later than September 1. Please read the guidelines for details.

Forms (excepting the course registration form) and a calendar schedule can be found below. 

 

ABOUT THE MFA THESIS

All MFA students must complete a thesis. This is a substantial creative manuscript: a novel or sustained nonfiction narrative, a collection of short stories or essays, or a collection of poems. Length for the MFA thesis may be anywhere from 80 to 200 pages of prose or 40 to 50 pages of poetry. Each student should purchase a copy of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th Edition). Students may also be interested in purchasing the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd Edition), though it is not required.

Students will begin by meeting with John Grammer to discuss their choice of thesis director. Any professor in the School of Letters, whether present or former, can serve as a thesis director, though normally none will be able to work with more than two advisees at a time. Discuss your plans with your choice of thesis director.

Students should then fill out and return a Thesis Registration Form to Dr. Grammer. Return the completed Thesis Registration Form, with their thesis advisor's signature, to Dr. Grammer by September 24. Thesis work carries six hours of graduate credit, so students should register for six hours of English 599.  They may register for thesis hours in the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms, and may register for all six hours in the same term or for three hours at a time. Fall 2013 deadline for registration is September 24. This will also require a signed duplicate course registration form. 

The School of Letters Director’ will appoint a second reader. The thesis director will serve as first reader.

A thesis proposal is due Nov. 1. The MFA thesis proposal can be anywhere from two to five pages in length and should include:

• The genre(s) of your manuscript

• Form(s) to be undertaken (i.e., novel; collection of stories, poems or essays, etc.)

• An informal outline of pieces or chapters to be included, if applicable

After the thesis defense, three printed copies and an electronic copy of the thesis are to be submitted to the School of Letters no later than September 1. Please read the guidelines for details.

Forms (excepting the course registration form) and a calendar are below:

 

FORMS:

2013 THESIS REGISTRATION FORM

2013 MA THESIS GUIDELINES

2013 MFA THESIS GUIDELINES

2013 PREPARING THE THESIS

2013 SAMPLE TITLE PAGE

 

2013-14 Calendar:

Thesis Registration Form: July 19
Fall registration deadline: September 24
Thesis Proposal to your advisor: November 1
Spring registration deadline - January 21
Complete your draft - Prior to March 15
Director assigns 2nd reader - by March 15
Completed Draft to 2nd Reader - by April 1
Thesis Defense - by April 21
Graduation - May 10 and 11
Advisor Signature on Title Page - Sept 1
Printed Thesis copies to Sewanee - Sept 1