After completing their coursework, students must enroll in a Research and Methods course in preparation for the final project. At the end of this course, students prepare an Academic Plan that includes a description of the courses they have taken, a brief description of the final project, an organizational outline of the project, and a preliminary bibliography. Once the MALS advisors have approved that document, students return to campus to meet with the program’s steering committee, a group of six faculty members drawn from departments across the College, for discussion and approval of the coursework and the final project proposal. The majority of these projects are research papers between 50 and 75 pages in length; however, many also incorporate a range of other media, including documentary films, creative writing, and visual art.
Throughout the proposal, writing, and revision of their final projects, students work closely with two final project readers whose areas of expertise overlap with those explored in the project.
Recent Final Projects:
- Willa Cather in Political Context: Politics and Social Change in Willa Cather's Writing
- Reconciling Greed and Altruism in the Open Source Community
- The Way to Wanakena: A Photodocumentary Study on the Concept of Community in an Adirondack Hamlet
- The Unique Nationalism of Isaac Albeniz
- Too White to be Black, Too Black to be White: A Discussion on Biracial Female Group/Individual Identity
- Films of the 1950s: Two Perspectives on Post-War America
- Walking through the Darkness: Pastoral Care to Survivors of Traumatic Loss
- Mining Our Heritage: Oral History and Place-Based Learning in the Adirondacks
- Dispelling the Myth of the One Tribe Nation; The Work of David Wojnarowicz
- A Historical Examination of Punishment and Forgiveness in Literature for Children
- The Changing Institutional Role of the Art Museum in the United States
- Empathy, Social Intelligence and Critical Thinking: What Can Theatre Education Offer?