Master’s Thesis: Language & Literature

Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided as an overview. The course outline, readings, and assignments may be subject to change in the final syllabus as determined by the lecturer and/or preceptors.

This is a one-semester, three-credit course during which students will write their thesis, the culminating project for an M.A. in Language & Literature.

Prerequisite: LITZ6398: Thesis Planning

In close consultation with a Director, students will write and revise a thesis ranging between 10,000 – 15,000 words (excluding bibliography, figures, and notes). This is a suitable length for presentation at a scholarly conference or publication in an academic journal.

Students with aspirations to write a longer thesis should discuss this with the thesis coordinator early in the process and again with the Director throughout the thesis process.

Non-traditional formats or delivery mechanisms – such as critical editions, commentaries, digital humanities projects, and translations – are possibilities that can be discussed with the thesis coordinator before beginning the first semester of their thesis work.

Note: This course is only relevant for students who have earned at least 21 credits by August 15, 2022. These students may choose between this two semester plan and the new three semester plan. All other students should plan on taking the three semester thesis plan (LITZ 6390, 6391 & 6392). For details, see the Thesis Guidelines on this page. Students should consult the Thesis Coordinator and their academic advisor with any questions about eligibility or exceptions to the “consecutive” guideline.

Thesis Assessment

Both the Director and the Second Reader will offer assessments of the Thesis; the Director will do so throughout the process, especially at the draft and final revision stages. The Second Reader will do so only once at the end of the second semester. Students will have to satisfy their Director’s academic standards for sufficient graduate-level work. All work will be graded by the Director on a Pass/Fail/Honors basis.


Note on the Schedule: The summer 2023 semester will include a one-week summer break which will fall on the week of June 19, 2023.

Week 6: Students will produce an initial draft of their entire thesis essay by Week 6 of the course and submit it to their Director, who will read it and return it with comments in a timely fashion.

Week 9: Student will revise their thesis, following their Director’s recommendations, and submit a second draft by week 9 to both the Director and the secondary reader. The Director and the secondary reader will read it and return it with comments again.

Week 12: Students will complete final revisions and submit the final, polished version of the thesis to the Director for final assessment 12.

Presentation & Dissemination

During the last stages of revision or after the Thesis has been completed, students will be invited to participate in a Thesis Theater, a conversation about the student’s thesis. These chats are free and open to the public, presented using audio and video Signum’s classroom interface, and they will be recorded, archived, and made publicly available.

Students are expected to consult with their Directors about possible venues for conference presentation and subsequent publication of their thesis. The thesis will be archived in the Signum library.

This is a one-semester, three-credit course during which students will write their thesis, the culminating project for an M.A. in Language & Literature. Prerequisite: LITZ6398: Thesis Research


DURATION: 12 Weeks

ID: LITZ 6399