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Department of Philosophy

College of Arts & Sciences

Thesis Proposal Guidelines

Disciplinary Standards

The thesis proposal or "prospectus" is a narrative of approximately five pages (≅1500 words) and represents something like a contract between the student and his/her graduate committee. The student should work with his or her major professor to develop the thesis prospectus and submit it to the graduate committee for approval near the beginning of the third full semester of study. The committee should approve the prospectus before the student begins the research, and the student should submit the prospectus to committee members at least two weeks before the prospectus defense date.

The narrative of the prospectus should contain the following information:

  • Proposed title of the M.A. thesis
  • Thesis committee members, including the major professor and external member
  • The problem you wlll address: Summarize arguments of those philosophers who have written on the subject, provide literature citations, and identify the particular problems your project will address.
  • Your contribution: Explain how your thesis is going to contribute the dialectic state of philosophical play.
  • Statement of procedure: Explain how you plan to structure and organize your thesis into chapters.
  • Bibliography: Provide some of the major sources you will employ throughout your thesis project.

Departmental Logistics

When your proposal has been approved, your advisor will inform the DGS and request that you provide a copy of the proposal for the DGS's files.

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