The MA thesis constitutes independent work undertaken with the advice and supervision of an experienced scholar. The goal of ENGL 5909 is to familiarize the student with the research activity necessary for composing a short graduate monograph, traditionally a miniature version of a dissertation. As with a dissertation, the thesis will be defended at an oral examination. Upon completion, it will be examined by a board of at least four faculty members. The thesis must communicate the results of successful scholarly research in an organized and systematic manner with a coherent and intelligent argument. The bibliography for the thesis should represent a thorough acquaintance with recent scholarship on the topic. Read the guidelines for the preparation of graduate theses.