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Thesis

The writing of an acceptable thesis is mandatory for some programs and an option for others.

Students should check the programs of study as outlined in this catalog to determine if the thesis is required. Students must enroll in a minimum of one (1) credit hour of thesis per semester until completion. Each program sets the required total hours of thesis for completion of the degree, but there is no limit to the number of credits a student may earn in this course while pursuing completion of the degree. All thesis courses are to be graded on a pass (P) / satisfactory progress (SP) / not pass (NP) option and will not be used in calculating the grade point average (GPA). A grade of incomplete (I) may not be assigned. Students must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour until completion.

 

General Requirements (students should consult their advisors for departmental requirements for the thesis): the original copy of the thesis shall be on acid-free bond paper of 16 to 20 pound weight. Each page of the thesis shall have a margin of at least one and one-half inches on the left and at least one inch on the right. The top and bottom margins shall be at least one inch.

The thesis must be completed and in the hands of the examining committee no later than four weeks before the end of the semester in which it will be completed. Some departments require an earlier deadline. After the thesis has been accepted by the examining committee and after the candidate has passed his/her oral examination (thesis defense), the candidate prepares an original and two photocopies or three computer original copies, pays any binding fee to the Library and submits them to his/her thesis director. One copy of an abstract of not more than 400 words must be submitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Administrative procedures for culmination of the process are:
a) the graduate student in conjunction with the Thesis Director schedules a date for the thesis defense;
b) the graduate student submits an Oral Examination form (available in the College of Graduate & Professional Studies) a minimum of 30 days prior to the scheduled defense to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies;
c) the thesis defense takes place;
d) the thesis director submits written notification to the Registrar of the successful defense including the thesis title;
e) the thesis director awards the final grade in Thesis Research;
f) the graduate student delivers the thesis and required copies to the Library for binding;
g) the Library submits written notification to the Registrar of the receipt of and payment for the binding of the thesis; and
h) the graduate student submits the abstract to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

Please see individual program listings below for specifics about the thesis in each program.

 
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Communication Sciences & Disorders

The writing of an acceptable thesis is an option for the Communication Sciences and Disorders major.

The thesis proposal will summarize the proposed study and give research methodology or critical framework for the study. The thesis proposal is formulated by the student in consultation with an advisor and submitted to the student's thesis committee. The student's thesis committee will be composed of three graduate faculty members; adjunct faculty will not serve on this committee. The Longwood University Human and Animal Subjects Research Review committee must approve the proposal prior to commencement of the research. Students must have already filed the Application for Graduate Degree to be eligible to enroll in CSDS 600 - Thesis. The grading system for the evaluation of the thesis will be pass (P) / satisfactory progress (SP) / not pass (NP). A grade of incomplete (I) may not be assigned.  Students must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour until completion.

The student must pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis and related questions. The official examiners will consist of the three committee members. An Oral Examination scheduling form (available in the College of Graduate & Professional Studies) must also be filed with the program coordinator and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at least four weeks (30 days) prior to the oral examination (defense) date.

The completed thesis, when approved and defended, will carry the signatures of the members of the thesis committee. The student will supply three copies of the approved thesis, two of which will be placed in the Longwood Library with any binding fee being paid and another in the departmental library (see the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for general requirements for writing the thesis). The student will provide an abstract of the thesis of not more than 400 words to be filed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

Education

The writing of an acceptable thesis is an option for the Curriculum and Instruction Specialist/Music concentration and the Special Education/Liberal Studies 5-year concentration.

The thesis proposal will summarize the proposed study and give research methodology or critical framework for the study. The thesis proposal is formulated by the student in consultation with an advisor and submitted to the student's thesis committee. The student's thesis committee will be composed of three graduate faculty members; adjunct faculty will not serve on this committee. The Longwood University Human and Animal Subjects Research Review committee must approve the proposal prior to commencement of the research. Students must have already filed the Application for Graduate Degree to be eligible to enroll in MUSC 690 - Thesis in Music or SPED 600 - Thesis Research. The grading system for the evaluation of the thesis will be pass (P) / satisfactory progress (SP) / not pass (NP). A grade of incomplete (I) may not be assigned. Students must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour until completion.

The student must pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis and related questions. The official examiners will consist of the three committee members. An Oral Examination scheduling form (available in the College of Graduate & Professional Studies) must also be filed with the program coordinator and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at least four weeks (30 days) prior to the oral examination (defense) date.

The completed thesis, when approved and defended, will carry the signatures of the members of the thesis committee. The student will supply three copies of the approved thesis, two of which will be placed in the Longwood Library with any binding fee being paid and another in the departmental library (see the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for general requirements for writing the thesis). The student will provide an abstract of the thesis of not more than 400 words to be filed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

English Creative Writing

The candidate for the Master of Arts - English with a concentration in Creative Writing is required to complete a creative thesis.

Students in this concentration should wait to register for thesis (ENGL 600) until a minimum of two (2) workshop course requirements have been met as the student's thesis will be comprised of work produced and revised over the course of study. Students must have already filed the Application for Graduate Degree to be eligible to enroll in ENGL 600 - Thesis. In preparation for thesis completion and defense, and in coordination with the program director, the student will select a thesis director from the Creative Writing faculty. The second faculty selection for the committee should also be a member of the Creative Writing faculty. To complete the committee, the student may choose any member of the English graduate faculty. The student's thesis director serves as chair of his/her thesis committee. As soon as a member of the graduate Creative Writing faculty agrees to act as director for the thesis, the student should submit a one-page thesis proposal to the program coordinator. This thesis proposal should be signed by the director of the thesis and by two other graduate English faculty members who are qualified to serve and who have agreed to serve as readers for the thesis. (The departmental graduate committee and the Creative Writing program coordinator must approve exceptions to the members of the thesis committee.) The thesis, a body of work in the student's primary genre, should be of publishable quality and must be introduced by a critical abstract.

Each student must successfully defend his/her thesis in an oral examination. This defense, focusing on elements related to thesis content, craft and specific genre should take place as soon as possible after the thesis is completed (see English 600 course description for deadline information). The grading system for the evaluation of the thesis will be pass (P) / satisfactory progress (SP) / not pass (NP). A grade of incomplete (I) may not be assigned. Students must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour until completion.

The thesis shall follow industry-standard manuscript format. The student is to supply three copies, two of which will be placed in the Library and another in the departmental library.

The official examiners will consist of the three committee members. An Oral Examination scheduling form (available in the College of Graduate & Professional Studies) must also be filed with the program coordinator and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at least four weeks (30 days) prior to the oral examination (defense) date.

The completed thesis, when approved and defended, will carry the signatures of the members of the thesis committee. The student will supply three copies of the approved thesis, two of which will be placed in the Longwood Library with any binding fee being paid and another in the departmental library (see the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for general requirements for writing the thesis). The student will provide an abstract of the thesis of not more than 400 words to be filed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

English Literature and Education & Writing

The candidate for the Master of Arts - English with a concentration in Literature or English Education and Writing may register for thesis (Engl 600) at any point following his/her admission to the program. Students must have already filed the Application for Graduate Degree to be eligible to enroll in ENGL 600 - Thesis.

The student should begin early to explore thesis possibilities with instructors. The program coordinator will assist the student -- as will any member of the graduate faculty -- in the choice of a thesis director. As soon as a member of the graduate English faculty agrees to act as director for the thesis, the student should submit a one-page thesis proposal to the program coordinator. The thesis proposal should be signed by the director of the thesis and by two other graduate English faculty members who are qualified to serve and who have agreed to serve as readers for the thesis. (The departmental graduate committee must approve exceptions to the members of the thesis committee.) After the thesis committee has approved the proposal, the student can begin work on the thesis. The student's thesis director serves as chair of his/her thesis committee. The completed thesis, when approved, will carry the signatures of the members of the thesis committee.

The thesis shall follow the format of the latest MLA style sheet. The student is to supply three copies, two of which will be placed in the Library and another in the departmental library. Each student must successfully defend his/her thesis in an oral examination. This defense of thesis should take place as soon as possible after the thesis is completed (see English 600 course description for deadline information). The grading system for the evaluation of the thesis will be pass (P) / satisfactory progress (SP) / not pass (NP). A grade of incomplete (I) may not be assigned. Students must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour until completion.

The student must pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis and related questions. The official examiners will consist of the three committee members. An Oral Examination scheduling form (available in the College of Graduate & Professional Studies) must also be filed with the program coordinator and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at least four weeks (30 days) prior to the oral examination (defense) date.

The completed thesis, when approved and defended, will carry the signatures of the members of the thesis committee. The student will supply three copies of the approved thesis, two of which will be placed in the Longwood Library with any binding fee being paid and another in the departmental library (see the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for general requirements for writing the thesis). The student will provide an abstract of the thesis of not more than 400 words to be filed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

Sociology

A thesis is a manuscript that documents systematic inquiry into a research question. It, like a comprehensive examination, allows for a capstone type of integration of material.

A student should register for SOCL 600 - Thesis Research after earning 27 credits. The Application for Graduate Degree must have already been filed in the Registration Office and a paper registration form must be completed to enroll. The student will earn six credits for the thesis research course upon successful completion of an oral defense of the thesis. Successful course work, thesis preparation and defense will result in a total of 33 credit hours.

A student interested in the thesis option should begin exploring thesis possibilities with instructors soon after entering the program. The graduate faculty will assist students in the choice of a thesis director and committee members. The committee must consist of a thesis director and two other graduate sociology and anthropology faculty who are qualified to serve as committee members and readers of the thesis. As soon as the student has secured members of the thesis committee, he or she must develop an acceptable thesis proposal. This proposal must be approved and signed by the committee and the department chair. After the thesis committee has approved the proposal, the student may be asked to defend orally the proposal.

The student must conduct research and report the results in the appropriate sociological format. The thesis should demonstrate originality and understanding of the chosen topic. The grading system for the evaluation of the thesis will be pass (P) / satisfactory progress (SP) / not pass (NP). A grade of incomplete (I) may not be assigned.  Students must remain continuously enrolled until completion.

The student must pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis and related questions. The official examiners will consist of the three committee members. An Oral Examination scheduling form (available in the College of Graduate & Professional Studies) must also be filed with the program coordinator and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at least four weeks (30 days) prior to the oral examination (defense) date.

The completed thesis, when approved and defended, will carry the signatures of the members of the thesis committee. The student will supply three copies of the approved thesis, two of which will be placed in the Longwood Library with any binding fee being paid and another in the departmental library (see the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for general requirements for writing the thesis). The student will provide an abstract of the thesis of not more than 400 words to be filed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.