Research Methods: Writing a Thesis Proposal

Requirements for your proposal (see this outline for how to structure it):

  • Due on the last day of class.
  • 6-10 pages including bibliography (recommended length for bibliography: 2 pages).
  • Thesis statement (which can certainly change).
  • Schedule with deadlines.
  • Some kind of section (2 pages minimum) in which you discuss the primary and secondary sources you will use and your main ideas.

Some websites with information about writing a thesis proposal. (Note that some sites discuss writing a proposal for a project in the sciences; proposals for topics in the humanities and the social sciences may and will differ.)

How to write a thesis proposal (environmental sciences)

Senior thesis proposal guidelines (social sciences)

Senior thesis information (with information about a number of academic disciplines/majors)

Brief guidelines for a senior thesis proposal (humanities)

Guidelines to writing a thesis in the Social Sciences


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