1. Topic plan

1. Thesis Topic Plan

The thesis process begins with the “Thesis Topic Plan”, to be completed toward the end of the semester preceding thesis work. This step is designed to get you thinking about a topic and to get you started identifying some relevant literature. You do not need to have your thesis plans fully developed or finalized by the time you submit this topic plan. The topic plan includes the following:

  • a general topic and preliminary research question for your thesis
  • your preferences for thesis advisor
  • an annotated bibliography covering four readings relevant to your topic/preliminary question

The Thesis Topic Plan should follow the format indicated on this page and should be submitted to the Department Chair by the following dates:

  • For Fall semester theses: May 15 of the junior year (if you will be away during short term, you are welcome to submit it by mail or to submit it in April before leaving campus)
  • For Winter semester theses: December 1 of the senior year