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Thesis Option

Students who chose the thesis option will complete six hours of HI 695, Thesis hours, and a thesis defense (HI 699).

If you will be writing a thesis, you should first decide on an area of research and contact a member of the faculty who will agree to serve as your advisor. You and your advisor will then determine what two other members of the faculty are best suited for your thesis committee. You will register for six thesis hours (course in which you work on your thesis). You will need to complete the Thesis Proposal Form and return it to the Graduate Coordinator. To register for thesis hours, you should contact our Senior Administrative Assistant, Ms. Jeanne Baughman (jbaughman@una.edu) requesting thesis hour registration and provide the name of your thesis advisor. This should be done from your University email account. When registration closes, we are unable to register you for Thesis Hours.  

As you approach completion of your thesis, you should contact our Senior Administrative Assistant, Ms. Jeanne Baughman (jbaughman@una.edu) requesting defense registration, and this should be done from your University email account. When registration closes, we are unable to register you for Thesis Defense and that WILL delay your graduation.  You should not expect to complete your Thesis Defense in the summer as faculty are not generally available. Only in extraordinary circumstances will exceptions be granted and that is at the discretion of the faculty.

Important Note: It is your responsibility to contact your committee and schedule your defense (day and time). Ms. Baughman will work with you to find a location.  The Deadline to defend your thesis is by the Friday of the 11th week of the semester. You should provide your thesis to all committee members (a hard copy, not an electronic file unless you have made prior arrangements with the committee members) no later than ten class days before the defense. Failure to complete your thesis by the deadline will not constitute a reason for moving the deadline. Exceptions will only be granted in the most extraordinary of circumstances and that is solely at the discretion of and with the unanimous consent of all committee members.

Thesis Preparation Guidelines

Your thesis should be prepared in accordance with the following guidelines and the template found here. When in doubt, consult the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Margins: One inch all around AND .5 inch left gutter.

Spacing: Text should be double-spaced.  Front matter and Works Cited should be spaced as seen in the example.

Page numbers: Bottom centered. Lowercase Roman numerals for front matter, Arabic for the text and back matter.

You must provide the department with two printed copies, each with signed signature pages. These should be printed on high quality (20 lb weight, acid free) white paper in black ink.

Feel free to speak with the Graduate Director about any concerns or questions you may have.  And do this sooner rather than later. Incorrectly prepared manuscripts will affect your ability to graduate.

Thesis Template

Thesis Proposal

Thesis Defense

Thesis Completion

Program of Study-History

Program of Study- Public History, Historical Preservation

Program of Study- Public History, Historical Administration