Together with the required Senior Seminar, the Senior Project is the English major's culminating experience. Projects build upon students' previous experience with scholarly research, creative writing, or the secondary education program, and include both a substantial piece of writing and an oral presentation. Students either begin a new project or revise a substantial writing piece from previous coursework. Students may complete a Senior Project within the Senior Seminar with the permission of the seminar instructor, who will serve as their senior paper advisor.
Students complete the senior project for 1-credit or 2-credits. The 2-credit option differs from the 1-credit option both in product and process. The 2-credit senior project should be about twice the length of the 1-credit project. In addition, the 2-credit project requires that the student make his or her research and writing process visible in written work that the advisor and student agree upon. This may include an annotated bibliography, shorter early drafts, research notes, and self-reflective writing. For the 2-credit senior project the student should meet with the advisor every 2-3 weeks.
REGISTRATION FOR THE SENIOR PROJECT (ENG 490): All students register for 1-credit of English 490: Senior Project and submit a project proposal electronically to the Department Head by the end of the second week of the semester in which the student is completing the project. If a student wishes to complete the senior project for 2-credits after consulting with his or her senior project advisor, the student must submit the project description to the department head for approval in the semester prior to undertaking the senior project (for example, at the time of registration). If the 2-credit option is approved, the department head will contact the Registrar to increase the credits from 1 to 2.
Education projects are typically unit plans. The unit includes an 8-10 page research component with bibliography and a teaching component with daily lesson and assessment plans.
You are to seek out on your own your Senior Project advisor, who may or may not be your regular academic advisor. Consult the department faculty web site for faculty members’ areas of interest and/or consult with your academic advisor or the Department Head. A professor may suggest another advisor would be more appropriate for your project given your preferences, faculty interests and expertise, and faculty advising loads. You may also wish to consult with the English Department Head. After your Project Proposal (below) has been submitted to the Department Head, the department will assign second (and sometimes third) readers.