KC Johnson


This course is the spring-term continuation of the Scholars’ Program senior thesis colloquium.

Course Requirements:

  1. Attendance and participation (10%): Attendance is mandatory for this course. Participation is also essential to this seminar.  Your informed response to assigned readings, class discussion, and your colleagues’ ideas is vital to the success of everyone in the room.
  2. Research log (5%): The research log should record how you are researching (e.g. which search terms in which database), what you are finding (notes from these resources), and your reflections or inspirations (or problems) as you go along.  Your weekly log should be emailed to me each Sunday, by 11.59pm, each week of the semester.
  3. Public presentation (25%): At the end of the semester, you will be asked to make a public (12 minute) presentation on your research topic.
  4. Final thesis (60%): The thesis will be the culmination of the year’s work, and is due at end of term.

My Contact Information:

Due dates

11 February     Chapter Two draft due

3 March           Chapter Three draft due

31 March          Complete draft due

17 May             Final thesis due

All due dates are final. Except for documented family or medical emergencies, no extensions will be given. All papers should be submitted to me via email, at the address above. All assignments also should be submitted to your advisor, and (except for the final thesis) to your fellow group members.


February 2: Introduction, Updates

February 4: No class–research day

February 11: Chapter Two draft due

E-mail to fellow group members the evening before class. Selected presentations in class.

February 16, 18, 23: No class–research day

February 25: In-class updates

March 1: Research day

March 3: Chapter Three draft due

E-mail to fellow group members the evening before class. Selected presentations in class.

March 8, 10, 15: No class–research day; individual meetings with instructor

March 17: Thinking about Revisions

  • Craft of Research, Chapter 14

Bring in 5 pages for stylistic revision. Selected presentations in class.

March 22, 24, 29: Research days–no class; extended office hours.

March 31: Complete Draft Due

  • Chapter 15, Craft of Research; in-class discussion on oral presentations

April 5: No class–research day

April 7: NCUR

Classes from 12 April-21 April will run from 11.00-12.30. Plan accordingly.

April 12, 14, 19, 21: In-class Practice Presentations

May 3, 5: No class–research day

Attendance is required at all presentations from our section, except for hours in which you have other classes. Plan accordingly.

May 9, 10: Public presentations

May 17: Final thesis due

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