AMST-304 American Studies Senior Thesis Seminar I
Fall for 2017-2018
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

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


AMST-304-01 Senior Seminar in American Studies
Georgetown’s Senior Seminar in American Studies helps 4th-year students
in the program prepare for the writing of the senior thesis in the
course of their final year of undergraduate study. The seminar leads
students through the necessary stages of conceptualizing a thesis
topic, planning a research strategy, choosing a thesis advisor and
beginning the process of writing in order to make the time devoted to
the thesis in the spring semester as efficient and productive as
possible. As part of this process, the seminar will encourage students
to reflect on a number of different issues relevant to their own sense
of place in the evolving field of American Studies; this reflection
will entail some writing and discussion, including the production of a
project proposal and annotated bibliography around the fifth week of
the term, as well as their engagement in a number of in-class
discussion sessions focused on key debates that have shaped and
reshaped the field in the past half-century. In addition, students will
develop a keener sense of the scope and variety of scholarly projects
currently defining American Studies at Georgetown through contact with
faculty invited to share their work with the seminar, and through their
own individual contact with faculty who might serve as their thesis
advisors. Finally, through a number of sessions and less formal
discussions devoted to library research, to the development of
multi-media projects, and to the general mechanics of research writing,
the seminar will also provide students with ample opportunity to
develop skills vital to the production of sophisticated, high-quality
thesis projects.
Credits: 03
Prerequisites: American Studies Seniors Only
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