As students enter the Advanced Research Seminar, they will have finalized their choice
of a degree project that best suits their career plans and use the seminar as a research
workshop to prepare for the project selected. Degree project options include:
- Thesis (with oral defense) – a formal analysis based on significant research exploring
a critical issue within the field of English studies, offering fresh perspectives
and successfully defended to the thesis committee.
- Action Research Thesis (with oral defense) – a formal analysis based on significant
research exploring a pedagogical problem within the field of English studies, offering
fresh perspectives and successfully defended to the thesis committee.
- Professional Publication and Conference Presentation – submission of scholarly work
to an appropriate professional journal/website/anthology in the field of English studies
representing significant research and analysis. Presentation of the primary research
at a state, regional or national scholarly conference is required; publication is
not a requirement for degree.
- Comprehensive Examination – with the guidance of a faculty member(s), students will
sit for a two-part written exam (a field exam, administered by the department, and
a specialty exam, based on the student’s primary research area), with an oral component.
Successful completion is required for the degree.