Proposal for a Senior Essay or Senior Thesis in English and American Literatures, 2012-13 This form asks you to provide us with information concerning your Senior Essay or Senior Thesis in the English and American Literatures Department, and allows you to express your preference for an advisor for the project. Please fill out this form and bring it with you to the Senior Work Kick-Off Dinner, Tuesday September 11 (6:00- 7:30 p.m. in the Atwater Dining Room). Your name: I.D. Number: Email Address: Month and year of graduation: Telephone: Box number: Note: It is expected that all students proposing to write a critical senior Essay or Thesis will have completed the junior seminar (either at Middlebury or abroad) as a prerequisite to the project or will have secured approval for the project from the department chair. You are strongly discouraged from attempting to take your junior seminar in the same semester as your senior essay. Please indicate seminar prerequisite (course, instructor, semester, year) or departmental approval here: ___________________________________________________. In addition, all majors in English and American Literatures who wish to elect a creative senior essay or thesis must have completed two 300-level courses in creative writing, and must have received a grade of at least B+ in both of these courses before undertaking an essay; or at least A- in those courses to qualify to write a thesis. The creative writing faculty will grant approval to write a thesis (two semesters) only to the strongest such proposals. Please provide on the next page of this form a preliminary description of your proposed project, and check the appropriate boxes below for your intended project scope and schedule: EL 700 (Critical Essay) Fall or Spring EL 701 (Creative Essay) Fall or Spring EL 710 (Critical Thesis) Fall Winter Spring EL 711 (Creative Thesis) Fall Winter Spring Description of Proposed Project (100-200 words): (Students proposing to undertake two-semester creative thesis projects, please attach 10 pages of your best creative prose, or 5-8 poems, to this proposal.) Proposed Advisor First Choice: __________________________ Second Choice: ________________________ Third Choice: __________________________ It is your responsibility to find potential advisors for your project. Though it may not be possible for you to work with the advisor of your first choice, the Department is committed to helping you find an advisor with whom you would be content to work. See the Complete Guide to Writing Your Critical [Creative] Senior Essay or Thesis for a list of possible advisers and their areas of interest.
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