room, committee members should fill out and seal their ballots before any discussion of the
student’s performance takes place.
The student will be responsible for seeing that the thesis or extended seminar papers aredistributed to the examination committee one month prior to the examination.A student who wishes to write a thesis should consult with his/her advisor prior to the end of thefirst year of course work. The student should prepare a brief prospectus and have it approvedby his/her MA committee. The prospectus should include a preliminary bibliography containingrelevant secondary sources and should identify the primary sources the thesis will address. Asa rule of thumb, theses should be a minimum of 25000 words, excluding front matter,
bibliography, and any appendices. Once the student’s MA committee has approved, the
prospectus should be forwarded to the graduate committee for its approval.
Theses should follow the style dictated by “Typing Directive for Graduate Theses, Projects, andDissertations” (available from the Graduate School) and Kate L. Turabian,
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
.8. CONTINUING TO Ph.D.
An MA student may switch from the terminal MA to the MA/PHD track. At the end of the students’
third semester, the student must obtain a petition to continue to the Ph.D. from the GraduateSchool. It will then be forwarded to the department graduate committee for evaluation. Eachsemester, faculty complete evaluation forms for students in their classes. The departmentalgraduate committee considers these evaluations in determining whether to allow a student tocontinue in the program.