Recent Undergraduate and Honors Theses
Under the direction of English faculty, students can plan, research, and write an undergraduate thesis that builds upon existing scholarship and contributes to our discipline’s understanding of a particular subject, whether that subject is a specific body of literature, film, popular culture, and so on. Thesis projects can be done as part of a student’s participation in the Honors program, or as a special non-honors project. For more information, contact the Honors program director.
- Lauren Chivington (2017, Ben McCorkle, Director): “The Girl, the Jew, and the Maus: Holocaust Narratives in Controversial Media”
- Via L. Smith (2015, Sara Crosby, Director; Honorable mention, 2015 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum): "When I Became a Werewolf"
- Tabitha Albright (2011, Ben McCorkle, Director): “Call me Tabs: The making and breaking of a Marine Corps wife”
- Rebecca Sullivan (2010, Sara Crosby, Director): “Falling short of feminism: Why modern retellings of fairy tales perpetuate negative stereotypes of the aging woman”
- Pamela E. Mohon (2008, Stuart Lishan, Director): “Alexandra leaving: An exploration into Sherlock Holmes and the writer, reader, character relationship”
Other Research Projects and Creative Opportunities
In addition to developing their own thesis project, students can take advantage of other formal and informal opportunities in English to showcase your talents and skills. For example, by taking the Literary Publishing course (English 3662), students can get hands-on experience editing and producing the Cornfield Review our campus literary journal, which has been around since 1976. English also sponsors or supports a number of public readings each year where students can share their work, such as those sponsored by the Kapow! creative writing club or the “In My Own Words” freshman writing series. Informally, students sometimes submit work begun in courses to widely circulated publications such as The Marine Corps Times, The AURCO Journal, and Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Art of Persuasion.