Thesis Timeline

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Students work throughout the process with their advisors and the Chair. After completing the Senior Seminar (COLT 85), students enroll in COLT 87. A written thesis is usually 60-80 pages; students also give an oral presentation based on their project.

Thesis Timeline

Junior Year

  • Identify a topic of interest
  • Identify and contact potential faculty advisor
  • Write a one-page proposal in consultation with faculty advisor by June 1 to include:
    • Topic
    • Faculty Advisor
    • Brief bibliography of summer research readings

Spring Term

  • If funds are needed for research that will be conducted abroad during the summer, submit application along with proposal (before April 1)
  • Decide which terms will be your thesis terms (Ideally they will be back to back: either fall and winter or winter and spring)

Summer

  • Research, read, write in consultation with faculty advisor
  • Prepare an annotated bibliography of primary or secondary sources as determined with the advisor.

 

Senior Year

Fall Term

  • Meet with your advisor and submit annotated bibliography within the first two weeks of term
  • Enroll in Italian 88 by September 25, 2016
  • Research, read, write in consultation with faculty advisor
  • If funds are needed for research that will be conducted abroad in December, submit application along with proposal (before November 1)

Winter Term

  • Enroll in Italian 89 to complete your thesis
  • Read, write in consultation with faculty advisor
  • Enroll in Italian 88 if you did not take in fall term
  • Research, read, write in consultation with faculty advisor

Spring Term

  • Enroll in Italian 89 to complete your thesis
  • Finish writing, format thesis using MLA guidelines and submit thesis to your advisor by May 8
  • Public oral presentation by May 22
  • Submit 3 bound copies of thesis to department by May 29