Calendar of Due Dates for the Senior Essay

Literature 492 and 493
2017-2018

Fall 2017

In order to write a successful fall-semester senior essay, it is essential to start thinking about it during the semester preceding senior year and to begin some of the pertinent reading for the project during the summer. All students considering writing a fall-semester senior essay should meet with the senior essay coordinator in the late spring of junior year, in order to discuss potential topics and advisors and to become familiar with the schedule, writing process, and typical scope of the project.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Three-page prospectus, with approval and signature of advisor, consisting of (1) a statement of the major thesis or hypothesis; (2) a brief description of the proposed approach and organization of the subject, minimum 250 words; (3) a week-by-week schedule of the readings and meetings with the advisor; (4) a selected bibliography, which should include books that the student plans to read, as well as books already read.  For each source listed, a one-sentence description should explain its relevance and/or importance to the project. 

Friday, October 13, 2017 (before October break)

Rough draft due, 25 pages minimum; one copy to be delivered to the advisor and one to the DUS.  The student must hand in a rough draft by this date to receive a grade of A or A- on the final essay.  Notes or a draft that only represents part of the essay will not be acceptable.

Friday, December 1, 2017 (one week before last day of classes)

Complete essay due; two copies to be delivered to the DUS, who selects a second reader.  Essays should be 25-35 pages long and should follow the formal conventions set out in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (published by the Modern Language Association – copies of this handbook are available for your perusal in t he Literature Major Office).  Late essays will be penalized: an A will become an A- if the essay is one day late, a B+ if two days late, and so on.

Literature 491b

Spring 2018

Friday, November 17, 2017 (before Thanksgiving break)

One-paragraph description of proposed essay topic, with advisor’s name and signature.  This description should identify the subject of the essay as well as its major text(s).  The topic should represent substantially new work; essays that repeat papers submitted for other course work will not be acceptable.

Friday, January 29, 2018

Three-page prospectus, with approval and signature of advisor, consisting of (1) a statement of the major thesis or hypothesis; (2) a brief description of the proposed approach and organization of the subject, minimum 250 words; (3) a week-by-week schedule of the readings and meetings with the advisor; (4) a selected annotated bibliography, which should include books that the student plans to read, as well as books already read.  For each source listed, a one-sentence description should explain its relevance and/or importance to the project.  

Friday, March 9, 2018 (before Spring Break)

Rough draft due, 25 pages minimum; one copy to be delivered to the advisor and one to the DUS.  The student must hand in a rough draft by this date to receive a grade of A or A- on the final essay.  Notes or a draft that only represents part of the essay will not be acceptable.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Complete essay due; two copies to be delivered to the DUS, who selects a second reader.  Essays should be 25-35 pages long and should follow the formal conventions set out in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (published by the Modern Language Association – copies of this handbook are available for perusal in the Literature Major Office).  Late essays will be penalized: an A will become an A- if the essay is one day late, a B+ if two days late, and so on.

Literature 492 and 493

2017–2018

Students wishing to write a full-year senior essay must petition before the end of the spring term preceding their senior year.  The due date for petitions for the Class of 2018 is Thursday, April 13, 2017 by 5 p.m., in hard copy to the Literature Major Office.  Interested students must meet individually with the senior essay coordinator before April in the spring semester, in order to talk about ideas for topics and advisors, and to learn about the requirements and the typical scope of the year-long project.  This meeting will help the student to judge his or her own interest in the project, to understand the amount of research necessary to do before the senior year, and to learn how to write the most effective petition for the project.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One-page petition (250 words), consisting of a written description of the project, the primary texts, its possible scope, a summary of any research done to date on the topic, and faculty members with whom the student has discussed the project.  (The petition is essentially a short version of the three-page prospectus for the full-year essay that is due in early September.)  The senior essay coordinator will notify the student of the faculty’s approval or lack thereof of the petition, in a timely manner upon its submission.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Three-page prospectus, with approval and signature of advisor, consisting of (1) a statement of the major thesis or hypothesis; (2) a brief description of the approach and organization of the subject, minimum 250 words; (3) a week-by-week schedule of meetings with the advisor, texts to read, and research to do; (4) a selected bibliography, which should include books that the students plans to read, as well as books already read.

Friday, October 13, 2017 (before Fall Break)

A selected annotated bibliography, organized in three categories: (1) primary text(s) or film(s); (2) secondary texts already read; (3) and secondary texts to read.   For each source listed, a one-sentence description should explain its relevance and/or importance to the project.  This document should also contain a prose description of research conducted to date, and an outline (in point-form) of the planned essay.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Full rough draft due, minimum forty pages; one copy to be delivered to the advisor and one to the DUS.  The student must hand in a rough draft by this date to receive a grade of A or A- on the final essay.  Notes or a draft that only represents part of the essay will not be acceptable.

Thursday, April 13, 2018

Complete essay due; two copies to be delivered to the DUS, who selects a second reader.  The minimum length for a year-long senior essay is forty pages.  Essays should follow the formal conventions set out in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (published by the Modern Language Association – copies of this handbook are available for perusal in the Literature Major Office).  Late essays will be penalized: an A will become an A- if the essay is one day late, a B+ if two days late, and so on.