AMST-304 American Studies Senior Thesis Seminar I
Fall for 2015-2016
Georgetown’s Senior Thesis Seminar in American Studies is designed to guide 4th-year students through conceptualizing, researching, and finalizing an original and research-based thesis project of which they can be proud. The course is designed to complement the work that students do on a regular basis with their faculty advisers.
The Fall semester will provide weekly structure to guide and support the processes involved in shaping a thesis project, conducting research, analyzing research, and crafting an overarching argument. The Spring semester provides weekly structure around the processes involved in moving from research to writing, developing a draft, and revising the draft into a final thesis. Students working on non-traditional thesis will have an opportunity to work through various aspects of their projects as well. Starting in March, students present and defend their thesis projects to peers, faculty, and friends.
Throughout the year, students will develop a keener sense of the scope and variety of scholarly projects currently defining American Studies through contact with faculty and advisers and through their exploration of scholarly work on subjects that interest them in the field. There are few limits on the form the thesis can take or the methodologies students can pursue. The expectation is that students enthusiastically pursue research and draw upon multiple sources in order to tell a story about American culture and the American experience. In-class tutorials, workshops, and group discussions will enable students to learn with and from one another as they pursue their individual interests. A student’s specific project, as well as their classmates’ projects, will be sources of edification.
Pre-requisite: AMST Seniors Only
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