MALS students are required to complete a thesis under the supervision of three faculty advisors. The thesis may take the form of academic or applied research, or it may be a creative work.

Preparing Your Thesis Proposal

Once you've completed six courses, you'll begin working on your thesis proposal. To get started, review the thesis proposal guidelines

Thesis Grants

Once your thesis proposal has been approved, you may apply for a one-time MALS Thesis Research Grant up to $500.00 to help with with expenses incurred during off-campus thesis research. 

Thesis Research

You may opt to conduct your thesis research and writing without being enrolled, or you may enroll in MALS 137. Everyone who enrolls in MALS 137 must be in residence and receives 100% tuition scholarship for the course. Learn more about your thesis research options.

Submitting Your Thesis

There are several steps to submitting your thesis, starting months before graduation. Make sure you read the directions for submitting your thesis well in advance.

The Byam Shaw-Brownstone Thesis Excellence Award

The Byam Shaw-Brownstone Thesis Excellence Award is awarded annually in recognition of the outstanding thesis in each MALS concentration (General Liberal Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, and Globalization Studies).