Planning Your Proposal
You will have a general idea of your final thesis topic after having completed six courses.
You will then form a committee of three faculty members to serve as your thesis readers. Your first reader must be an individual who holds a regular Dartmouth faculty appointment. It is critical that you work closely with your first reader for advice in formulating your proposal.
One of your readers must be a MALS faculty member and ONLY your third reader may be a faculty member outside the Dartmouth community – please include this person’s CV along with a short statement from you to show how this person’s expertise contributes to your thesis topic.
*Additional Guidelines for Creative Writing Concentration Students:
Before you embark on your thesis, you are expected to complete an independent study (IS) that will specifically prepare you for your thesis. The IS should generally follow a course in the corresponding genre, except when a student makes an acceptable case for doing otherwise. Likewise, the thesis should generally be in the genre of the independent study you have completed. Exceptions may be made if a student has done outstanding work in a different genre.
In general, students should not expect approval to write a thesis in a genre in which they have not had a course as well as an independent study.