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EIU Master of Arts in English

Thesis in Literary Studies

The Components of a Prospectus in Literary Studies (approximately 1500 words, accompanied by a schedule and relevant bibliography):

  • Clear statement of the goals of the project, including pertinent background that demonstrates understanding of research in the field of study
  • Statement of the critical approach(es) to be employed
  • Clear presentation of the structure for the thesis and an explanation of how the parts relate to each other and to the whole
  • Substantial and current preliminary bibliography that identifies primary texts and major secondary works to be studied
  • Identification of thesis director and committee
  • Projected timeline for finishing the literary thesis

Thesis Guidelines:

The thesis in literary studies should be an original scholarly work that engages thoughtfully with the research in the field of study and adds in a substantive way to the general body of knowledge. The thesis includes a substantial bibliography or works cited.

Graduate Studies Committee Rubric for Thesis Prospectus in Literature, Composition, or Professional Writing

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