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Ethnic Studies
Course Description

Ethnic Studies 191
Senior Seminar

From today onward, you will begin to develop your research topic, and you will start writing! This course is designed to guide you through the process of writing so that you can produce a solid thesis. You must begin this task with an open mind. You must be receptive to all suggestions, including those regarding:
• changes in your writing methods
• reading specific texts
• reconsidering your writing style
The task of producing a thesis will be both difficult and rewarding!

Wayne C. Booth, et al., The Craft of Research, 3rd edition
Uwe Flick, Introducing Research Methodology: A Beginner's Guide to Doing a Research Project

Peter Elbow, Writing With Power, (available on ebooks via the Mills library, and on reserve)
Ann Raimes, Keys for Writers
Shawn Wilson, Research Is Ceremony
William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Course Requirements
Thesis: 25-40 pages

You will be graded on a point system.
Each week you will receive an assignment handout.
Assignments must be submitted on time in order to receive points.
You will be able to receive a total of 100 points, which will account for 50% of your grade. The remaining 50% of your grade will be based on your completed thesis.

• Writing is a PROCESS -- from thought to finished product requires “messiness.”
Do not try to write it “right” the first time. Drafts are meant to be imperfect.
• We will share drafts in order to receive and consider feedback from readers.
• Please type all assignments and work-in-progress.

Re: Plagiarism: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!
Your thesis offers the chance for you to develop your own thoughts, perspectives, and approaches to a specific question.

The Department of Ethnic Studies takes plagiarism very seriously. Any work that includes plagiarized material will receive an F grade. Additional consequences include receiving a failing grade for the entire course and being reported to college authorities. If you have any questions about how to cite secondary material, including internet resources, please ask your professor.

If you think you may have a disability or mental health issue that affects your learning experience, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 430-2264.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17