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Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 489W Advanced Writing and Research (1)

This course is for juniors and seniors who wish to undertake intensive independent research and writing on a topic of their choosing, in order to gain experience managing a project with the length and complexity of a future senior capstone project. The Seminar will provide instruction in finding productive points of contact in research across disciplines (drawing on student's previous academic writing and class member interests), framing research questions, writing a research proposal, developing a methodology or theoretical approach, conducting library research, evaluating sources, and structuring a substantial essay. Seminar participants will write and revise their papers in stages, read and respond to papers of others, integrate feedback into their written work, and present a version of their final projects for a live audience.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Will complete a capstone project (senior thesis) within the following two semesters. Not currently enrolled in senior thesis hours. Consent of instructor.
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Newman Holmes