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English Senior Project General Guidelines

These guidelines are meant to achieve uniformity in terms of organization, general requirements and timely completion of the Senior Project. Specific details will be decided by individual project directors and readers as they work with their students.

The Senior Project should be substantial in terms of research, creativity and execution. Although not mandatory, the suggested length is 15-20 pages. For guidelines, including MLA style, students should refer to the current edition of "Kirszner & Mandell, The Brief Wadsworth Handbook."

While the Senior Project has traditionally consisted of a research paper in literature, some faculty members might also be willing to direct students on other options, such as creative writing, or a project that incorporates a particular aspect of literature and/or writing in a significant manner.

During the first half of Winter Quarter, students should consult with a full-time faculty member of the Department of English and Philosophy and ask her/him to act as director. The director can then suggest a reader.

Note: Either the project director or the reader must be a tenured or tenure-track member of the Department of English and Philosophy.

By the sixth week of Winter Quarter, students should register for the Senior Project for Spring Quarter by submitting the proposal form, along with their proposal, to Elizabeth Thorpe, Coordinator of English Senior Projects, in MacAlister 5063.

Note: Students cannot register for ENGL 499 until their proposal has been approved by the project director, the reader, and the Coordinator of English Senior Projects.

Students are responsible for the following:

  • Initiating the process of securing a Senior Project director
  • Following stipulated guidelines and suggestions
  • Meeting with their director regularly
  • Completing all work on time
  • Presenting their Senior Project to their peers and to the faculty

Download the Senior Project Guidelines and Proposal Form [DOCX]