Prerequisite CORE-GG 2018, CORE-GG 2025, CORE-GG 2028 or CORE-GG 2029, or permission of the MA Program Director, Karen Hornick (firstname.lastname@example.org). Section 2 is for students who intend to complete a thesis drawing largely from research in the fields of the social sciences. Pass/fail only. This 2-unit course is taken during the second semester of full-time study, or after completing 12 credits. This course is only offered in the Spring semester. Students may not take this class in their first semester and are strongly advised to take it after they have completed the Proseminar requirement. Please note that, throughout the semester, all sections of this course will occasionally meet together at the regular class time; this includes the first day of classes, Tuesday, January 24th, in which all sections meet at Silver Center, Room 414.
Students in this class will draft and complete the thesis proposal. They will learn about the structure and content of the thesis proposal as they: (1) consider ways of integrating their work and articulating a core problem; (2) discuss the conventions of scholarly discourse, documentation, and argumentation; and (3) formulate goals that are ambitious but also achievable in a reasonable amount of time and in accordance with the availability of resources. Multiple sections of this course will be offered for students in the Social Sciences and Professions, the Humanities, and the Arts. Please note: unlike other requirements in the thesis and defense sequence of classes, the Thesis Proposal Seminar is offered only once a year in the spring semester. The course will combine classroom instruction and affinity-group work as well as special events and activities. In some weeks the course sections will meet separately, in other weeks all sections will come together for plenary sessions that may include events and activities such as guest lectures, library visits, and human subjects research instruction. Possible texts will include The Craft of Research (Booth, Colomb, and Williams). To pass, students must submit a final draft of the thesis proposal that has been read and approved by the adviser. The instructor’s acceptance of the draft will count as official Gallatin approval but students must also submit their proposal using the appropriate form, which will then be emailed to the adviser and Seminar instructor for confirmation.