Each student enrolled in the M.A. Program is required to write a research paper in one of his or her three elective classes. This requirement is in addition to any exams or other course requirements in that elective.
Students will write their research paper under the supervision of a faculty member from the department. The Director of the M.A. Program is also available to provide feedback on the proposal and drafts of the research paper.
The research paper provides an opportunity to write a substantial piece of academic work in which the student is expected to demonstrate mastery of a field, along with the ability to think originally and to convey results clearly in writing. The process of writing a research paper under the supervision of an instructor also gives students a chance to get to know their advisor, and may be the basis for writing a letter of recommendation.