MALS 79000: Thesis Research (3 credits)
You should start planning your thesis halfway through the Liberal Studies Program (when you have close to 18 credits). Ideally, it should focus the interests you have explored in your course work. In the past, students have successfully developed a paper written for a course—or a couple of papers—into a thesis.
The thesis should be 50-60 pages long—in other words, as long as two or three term papers. It is sometimes useful to think in terms of two or three chapters.
You should register for thesis credit only when you have completed the course work for the degree, or at least 24 credits. Some students register for one course and the thesis in the final semester, and some register for the thesis only.
Notable recent theses successfully filed for the degree include the following:
"Redefining the United States Intervention in the Dominican Republic in 1965" by Mariela Morel (2013)
"Al-Shabaab and Human Rights in Somalia" by Melissa Sirola (2013)
"The Banana Industry in Honduras" by Henry Gutierrez (2013)
"The Effects of Corruption on Democratization and Equity in Russia" by Dominique DiTommaso (2013)
"Theorizing Korean Identity: The Mobility of People, Food, and Capital" by Frank Dax (2013)
"Walt Whitman and the Art of Loafing" by Charles W. Rowe (2013)
Mina Rees Library Instructions for Preparing & Depositing the Masters Theses: