Week One

Undergraduate Thesis - What does that mean?

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Remembering --

This class is a direct continuation of LIT 485A.

In the first half of Senior Thesis in Literature, you
* chose a literature topic that you wished to focus on;
* conducted intensive research on that topic based on your chosen research question;
* and completed a research analysis and literature review

To complete the class, you synthesized the research to reach conclusions about how contemporary critics have approached your topic and what arguments they have made about it.

Even more so, critical thinking was developed.
Critical thinking, a self-motivated and self-disciplined process, exercised your ability to evaluate, reflect, and analyze. When developed for academic pursuits and intellectual integrity, you interwove literary theory and tapped into historical, economic, moral, and philosophical application.

Leaping Forward

This is the moment when you shift gears and ask a completely different set of questions:

What do I have to bring to the table?

What do I have to say about this text (or bodies of text) that will add—if only in a small way—to the understanding of my peers and fellow readers?

The introduction you will write for the discussion board this week provides a valuable opportunity to take stock of what you have accomplished and begin to consider such questions in the light of what you have learned.

Always -

* Back up your work.
- Email the assignments to yourself for a back up copy.
- Use a flash drive

* Plan ahead
- This course is highly research and writing intensive.
It's also a short term! Plot and plan ahead for every situation that may delay or hinder assignment submissions.

* Communicate
- Writing is never a solitary activity. Remember the faculty - from teachers to advisers = are here to help.
- Use Smarthinking
- Friends

The road may seem long and there's a short time to complete the goal -- but I, as well as SNHU's faculty, believe you can achieve the goal. Otherwise, this course may not be offered.