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MALS Thesis

Students are expected to complete a thesis as part of the M.A.L.S. degree requirements. Students work under the supervision of three faculty advisors, and may begin work at any time after the proposal has been formally approved by the MALS Curriculum Committee. The thesis may take the form of academic or applied research, or it may be a creative work.

MALS Thesis Proposals:

The M.A.L.S. Curriculum Committee adheres to the following deadlines for submission:                                     

  • For SUMMER:     April 15
  • For FALL:          August 1
  • For WINTER:     October 15
  • For SPRING:      February 1

The Curriculum Committee will not review late submissions. The student, not the faculty advisor, is responsible for ensuring a timely proposal submission to the M.A.L.S. Office.

Thesis Proposal Guidelines (PDF)

Thesis Proposal Form

Thesis Research Residency Agreement Form


2012 Thesis Titles and Abstracts (PDF)

2011 Thesis Titles and Abstracts (PDF)


Thesis Research Grant


Submitting Your MALS Thesis:

Thesis Guidelines (PDF)

The MALS thesis should be presented in a polished draft form to the candidate's three readers by MARCH 15, before June graduation.

After any changes or additions required by the readers are made, students must email a copy (Word Document or PDF) to Ruth Dube in the Graduate Studies Office for formatting review by MAY 1.

After all further corrections are made, one official hard copy on bond paper (unbound, unclipped and without punched holes) of the thesis is due to the MALS Office in final form signed by all three readers by May 15. There are several forms to be filled out at the time you deliver your thesis. Please allow yourself time to do this paperwork.

All students must upload an electronic copy of their final complete thesis (include Title Page without signatures) as a single document to the following web address by May 15



Below are a few MALS thesis titles:

    • "From Ohiyesa's 'Deep Wounds' to the 'Civilization' of Charles: Critiquing and Articulating Native American Manhood in Eastman's Autobiography"
      (Cultural Studies)
    • "WE'RE THE LUCKY ONES: An Oral History of Parents who Adopted from China"
      (Creative Writing)
    • "Who Gets Left Behind? Christian Fundamentalist Literature's Depiction of Multiculturalism"
      (General Liberal Studies)
    • "The Evolving Mission of the Public Women's College"
      (General Liberal Studies)
    • "What Hip Hop Looks Like: Recontextualizing the Hip Hop Aesthetic"
      (Cultural Studies)
    • "The Compatibility of Islam and Democracy in the Middle East"
      (Globalization Studies)
    • "Deliberate Falsehoods; The Rhetoric of Production and the Disappearance of the Animal"
      (Cultural Studies)
    • "Lexical Transilience and Counter-Colonial Poetics: Contemporary Keys to Roger Williams' 'A Key into the Language of America'"
      (Cultural Studies)
    • "It Indeed Feels Real: Archival Photographs and Ken Burns' 'The Civil War'"
      (General Liberal Studies)
    • "WHO KNOWS GOD'S WAYS?: An Oral History of Catholic Nuns in Ireland"
      (Creative Writing)
    • "Post-Secondary Education for African American Students in America: Problems and Prospects"
      (General Liberal Studies)
    • "'On Campus': Creative Non-Fictitious Television for The College-Bound Audience"
      (Creative Writing)


Last Updated: 2/24/15