The Master of Arts degree in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art has specific thesis requirements. Use the links below to choose your program:
The thesis. His purpose: to state specifically the topic of the essay. His creed: be specific and be firm. This little sentence--or two or three--forms the heart of the essay. Everything. EVERYTHING in your essay relates back to the thesis. Therefore, I strongly suggest writing your thesis statement before writing anything else. In doing so, you set a direction for your entire paper before allowing yourself even a chance at losing focus. That is where pre-writing comes in. See below for my recommended strategy of pre-writing.
To avoid any skimming of this crucial information, I cut the fluff and provide you with basic facts in bullet format:
> Significance of the thesis: establishes organization and purpose in an essay
- The thesis not only gives you direction in your essay but also provides the reader insight into the topic.
> Location: commonly at the end of the introduction
- To start, we will stick with this common location. If you just happen to put the thesis statement
somewhere else, great, but do not struggle to fit it in somewhere odd if unnecessary.
> What to avoid: vagarity, overwhelming wordiness, and any person but the third!
- Be specifc! Include all of the points in your essay if you can.
- No "I will tell you" or "Now I will write about." Jump right in and state your topic without "I" (first person)
or "you" (second person). The reader already knows that you are the speaker and he is the audience.
I'm sorry, but I can't provide specific thesis advice to you
The Senior Thesis is the written document describing your research project, and is a vital part of both and your . Written communication of scientific accomplishments is an essential component of research. Even the most stunning technical accomplishments are worthless if they are left buried in a lab notebook. However, there is not a single formula or recipe for technical writing. A thesis describing a synthetic organic project will certainly look quite different from a theoretical physical chemistry thesis. Thus, what follows are some general guidelines for thesis content. You should talk with your adviser frequently about specific thesis details. It is also wise to ask your Senior Research Adviser and second reader for advice based on their reading of a preliminary draft.