Invention: Developing a Thesis Statement

developing a thesis statement If you're an advanced degree program be it an Masters degree or PhD candidacy, you know that part of the requirements will be to begin writing your thesis statement. And for some, this can be something that is disconcerting to say the least. Consider for a moment that often times a thesis is considered a gateway to things like tenure within the university, research grants, and over all, can drastically boost your academic career. As such, writing a thesis statement becomes very important very quickly.

Here are some resources for developing a thesis:

If your assignment asks you to take a position or develop a claim about a subject, you may need to convey that position or claim in a thesis statement near the beginning of your draft. The assignment may not explicitly state that you need a thesis statement because your instructor may assume you will include one. When in doubt, ask your instructor if the assignment requires a thesis statement. When an assignment asks you to analyze, to interpret, to compare and contrast, to demonstrate cause and effect, or to take a stand on an issue, it is likely that you are being asked to develop a thesis and to support it persuasively. (Check out our for more information.)


Developing A Thesis - Harvard College Writing Center

Summary: These OWL resources will help you develop and refine the arguments in your writing.

To illustrate how analysis brings us to the development of a thesis, Professor Donaghy suggests three steps regarding a simple reading of the following Gary Snyder poem, "Pine tree tops:"


Now that you're familiar with the story or novel and have developed a thesis statement, you're ready to choose the evidence you'll use to support your thesis. There are a lot of good ways to do this, but all of them depend on a strong thesis for their direction.In our section on , we developed a thesis for our topic of "The Austrian Catholic Church and the Anschluss." Initially, we were not entirely sure what our main questions on this topic were, nor their answers. They had something to do with the level of responsibility the Austrian church bore for its collaboration with the Nazis, that we knew, but we were unsure whether that level of responsibility was high, moderate, or perhaps nonexistent.