Capstone Proposal 1-Unit Workshop Syllabus Dates: Session I = February 13, 2010 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session II = April 3, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Meeting Place: Bldg. 2 Conference Room ____________ All MAH students are required to take this workshop prior to beginning work on the final project but after completing 24 units of coursework. PURPOSE: The workshop prepares students to write the proposals for their capstone projects by providing: 1) an introduction to the process for completing the proposal 2) a brush-up on research methods and organization 3) a forum for questions and discussion of tentative topics You should finish the workshop with: 1) a clear direction and plan for your project; 2) a draft of your proposal and 3) a project advisor. FORMAT: The workshop consists of two one-day, weekend sessions. The materials used in the workshops may vary somewhat with instructor, but the basic format and content will be the same, regardless. Please note: Creative Writing proposals will be covered too. Preliminary Workshop Assignment (weekend #1): Bring an essay of about 200 words to the first class describing your “research qualifications,” explaining your education, experience, background, and reading that have prepared you for the topic you intend to pursue. Tell how you became interested in this topic, how it relates to your course work, and how you feel it is important to your future. Session I (First Weekend): Preparing to do the Final Project A. Formulating a thesis question, narrowing your topic B. Reading and researching related materials C. Reviewing the interdisciplinary character and values of your project D. Reviewing each part of the project proposal E. Choosing an advisor Assignment for Second Session (weekend #2): Bring to the second class your proposed project title and a statement of the “problem” you plan to examine or project you plan to explore. Indicate who has agreed to be your advisor. If you plan to do interviews, bring your certificate showing you have completed the Human Subjects tutorial. This means you must have at least a start of a thesis statement prepared for your advisor. Your focus should be clear and clearly stated. In other words, to pass this course, you must have a draft of a proposal ready by the end of the second session. Creative writing people will have obtained permission to do the CW option, and will have a clearer direction on how explore. Indicate who has agreed to be your advisor. If you plan to do interviews, bring your certificate showing you have completed the Human Subjects tutorial. This means you must have at least a start of a thesis statement prepared for your advisor. Your focus should be clear and clearly stated. In other words, to pass this course, you must have a draft of a proposal ready by the end of the second session. Creative writing people will have obtained permission to do the CW option, and will have a clearer direction on how to proceed with their final projects. Session II (Weekend 2): Tools for Research and Writing The reference librarian will conduct part of this session on electronic retrieval resources and will answer questions concerning other library resources. The instructor will conduct the remainder of the class. A. Explore library resources B. Practice retrieval techniques C. Review the writing process; discuss thesis guidelines (e.g., formats, page number), timeline D. Investigate methodology E. Discuss individual proposals and get peer input F. Group offers suggestions and critique of each proposal G. Address last-minute questions FOLLOW-UP ASSIGNMENT: Your advisor will submit electronically (e-mail attachment) the final draft of your thesis proposal to the Program Director AFTER it has been approved by your thesis advisor. Your proposal will be forwarded to the Humanities Committee. They will, in many cases, recommend revisions. After making those revisions and getting your advisor’s approval, you will resubmit your proposal to the Program Director. You will not receive credit for the course until you have submitted a working draft of the proposal. Once the Humanities Committee approves the proposal, you will be notified by the Director of the Humanities Program indicating that you have met the requirements for the Thesis Proposal Workshop, and you will be granted permission to proceed with your thesis or project. However, to save time, you should continue working on your project while waiting to hear. Once you begin the second phase of the Capstone Project, you need to register for HUM296B (2 units). You are expected to finish your project by the end of the semester in which you register. However, if you need more time, you may register for HUM297A (1 unit) then 297B and 297C (1 unit each). Make sure you register for the semester in which you plan to graduate AND complete the application card for the registrar. DEFINITIONS: Thesis: A position or proposition that is set out and maintained by argument. Dissertation: A position or proposition that is set out and proved by original research. Master’s in the Humanities Program Capstone Proposal Format (submit three copies) NAME______________________DATE________ADVISOR______________________ (Address each section. Limit: 4 single-spaced pages, total) I. TITLE Give the tentative title you plan to use. It should convey, in the fewest words possible, a concise statement of the subject of your final project. II. THE PROPOSAL Thesis: A short paragraph in which you state fully but succinctly the problem or question you plan to investigate. Project: A short paragraph that briefly but fully outlines your project, showing how it constitutes a public intellectual or intellectual/creative activity and its interdisciplinary character. III. REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE Identify written works on your subject. Concisely summarize the major works and relate them to your proposed topic or project. An annotated bibliography would serve very well here. IV. THE PROCEDURE Describe in detail how you plan to investigate the problem or how you plan to execute your project. V. THE PROBABLE CONTENTS In so far as you can predict at present, state the probable chapter headings as they will appear in the Table of Contents of your thesis or essay. VI. THE PROBABLE TIMETABLE To the best of your ability to predict, give a timetable/schedule for your research, meetings with your advisor, and completion date. VII. BIBLIOGRAPHY Create a short list of works that are relevant to your proposed topic. This list should be selective and should follow the format dictated by your advisor.