Some of our graduate degree programs offer a thesis option. That means that students can choose between additional coursework or the successful development and defense of a masters thesis. The thesis format and style can vary depending on the degree program, subject matter and faculty involved. However, to aid both students and faculty in the development of a highly professional thesis, we have developed a thesis manual. If you are considering this route, make sure you contact your faculty advisor and review the material contained within this document.
Why choose the thesis option?
First off, it can be incredibly rewarding to complete all of the requirements necessary for a successful proposal and defense. Of course, there is a tremendous amount of pride that comes along with this monumental project.
Through the thesis process, you will likely become highly knowledgeable about the subject matter you chose to study. This can be both intrinsically rewarding, as well as pay off when you go out for th job search.
If you have any dreams or visions of going on for your doctoral degree, the successful completion of a master's thesis can have a very positive result when viewed by doctoral admissions committees.
- May 1, 2014 (M.A. English) Lori Douglas defended her thesis “The Impossibility of Corrections in The Corrections: Desire is the Desire of the Other” Chair: Dr. Doug Julien (English) Committee: Dr. Doris Davis (English) and Dr. Drew Morton (Mass Communication)
- May 5, 2015 (M.A. English) Jesse Morrow defended his thesis “Subversive Maneuverability: The Politics of Race in the Literary Works of Raymond Andrews.” Chair Dr. Doug Julien (English) Committee: Dr. Jonne Akens (English) and Dr. Craig Nakashian (History)
- May 11, 2015 (M.A. English) Relinda Ruth defended her thesis “Extinguishing the Cultural Identity of African Women through Double Colonization: A Gynocentric View of Things Fall Apart and The River Between.” Chair: Dr. Doug Julien (English) Committee: Dr. Doris Davis (English) and Dr. Michael Perri (History)
- December 9, 2015 (M.A. English) Corinne Billings defended her thesis “Literary Psychological Analysis and Tension in Autobiographical Comics.” Chair: Dr. Doug Julien (English) Committee: Dr. Doris Davis (English), Dr. Drew Morton (Mass Communication), and Dr. Michelle Bumatay (Willamette University – French and Francophone Studies)