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:
- The Language of Sport and the Social Construction of Gender
- Teaching the Adirondacks: A Pilot Curriculum
- People, Land, and Time: An Anthropological and Environmental Study of the Southwest
- High Heels & High-Tech: A Study of Women in the Workplace
- Moving On: Early Bereavement, Grief, and the Acceptance of Death
- Tzel Koratainu: Programmatic Attempts to Mitigate the Effects of Child Abuse
- The Politics of the Ivory Trade: A Comparative Study of Elephant Ecology in Botswana, Kenya, and Japan
- The Diffusion of British Steam Technology and the Creation of America's First Urban Proletariat
- Literature of Loss and Place: An Illustrated View
- The Moroccan Jewish Piyyut: Judeo-Arabic Music and Culture
- Artist and Audience: The Individual in the Museum
- Worthy is the Lamb: Pastoral Symbols of Salvation in Christian Art and Music
- The Uses of Play: Enhancing Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness