MALS 4020 - Graduate Research and Writing
Critical thinking, accomplished through solid research and clear writing, is paramount to success in one’s academic and professional pursuits. This course enables students to develop clear analytic and rhetorical writing skills at the graduate level; these skills will be utilized throughout the curriculum in all degree areas. Each student will organize and produce a focused paper on a topic related to the student's degree field that contains a continuing argument centered around a clear thesis statement supported by the work of experts. Sources will be evaluated for validity and incorporated in the paper with regard to the absence of plagiarism and proper Turabian author-date documentation. Focusing on the thesis statement, students will research and analyze current data and trends in the field, build a rhetorical argument, and draw conclusions. The course stresses editing and revision for mechanics, style, and language. It is designed to improve writing and communication skills for use in academic and professional settings. This course is required of all degree seeking students and should be taken in the first two quarters of enrollment. A final grade of B or better must be earned in this course to meet degree requirements.
NOTE: This course is not offered this term. Please refer to the annual schedule for Arts and Culture to see the next time this course is offered.