Proposal Guidelines: Thesis (Creative Work)

Proposals need to be 10-12 pages (minimum) typed, double-spaced. Use the citation and formatting styles typical for your discipline.

Proposals for the Honors Thesis (Creative Work) need to have the following components:

  1. A working title that is descriptive of the work
  2. A clear statement of the problem or goal of the creative project
  3. The significance of the project (why it matters)
  4. Any necessary background or definitions for understanding the topic of your project
  5. A literature review that is relevant to the topic and which describes the field(s) in which the study is intervening or contributing (should be substantive and demonstrate the student’s exploration of the topic)
  6. Design & Creative Process
    1. A discussion of the student’s creative plan, media, justification for this process
    2. Role of the Student: what will the student’s role be for this project?
      1. Documentation of student’s training and ability to carry out the project (coursework, past experience)
    3. Research Ethics Statement, if needed
      1. Clearance from Institutional Review Board, if applicable
    4. Timetable for the Creative Work (from present to graduation)
    5. Resources and Materials available to the student in order to carry out the project.

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