Departmental Thesis Format Guidelines

Departmental Thesis Format Guidelines

Due to the library's requirement that senior theses be uniform in structure, the student must adhere to the following guidelines when submitting the final draft of the thesis.

Title Page

Must include title, student’s name, a phrase indicating what the thesis is submitted for (fulfillment of University Honors, Departmental Honors, etc.), Millersville University, and the date it was successfully defended.

Second Page

Must list the thesis defense committee. Their signatures are required for the thesis to be placed in the University Archives. Also, please note the department for which the thesis was written on this page.

Abstract Page

Must include title, name, department, and a brief summary of what the paper is about. Please underline keywords that best describe the subject of the thesis as they make cataloging the thesis easier.

The following examples show the format that these pages should follow. As spacing has been condensed for the web, please see examples of theses in the English office for sample layouts. Pages begin underneath the horizontal rules and do not contain labels like "Title Page."


Title Page




Millersville University


Of Replicants and Electric Sheep:
Exploring Dystopia in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner

A Senior Thesis Submitted to the
Department of English & The University Honors College
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
For the University & Departmental Honors Baccalaureate

By
Matthew Johnson


Millersville, Pennsylvania
May 2003


Committee Signature Page


 

 

This Senior Thesis was completed in the Department of English,
Defended before and approved by the following members of the Thesis Committee:

(Signature of Professor)


Roberta Jill Craven, Ph.D. (Thesis Adviser)
Assistant Professor of English



(Signature of Professor)


Timothy Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of English



(Signature of Professor)


Jeff Karnicky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English

 


Sample Abstract Pages


 


MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY
MILLERSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA


Honors College Date: May 10, 2002
English Departmental Honors Curriculum: BSEd English

 


ABSTRACT
TITLE: Calling on Girls: A Case Study of Adolescent Girls’ Participation in Classroom Discussion

STATEMENT OF PROBLEM:
The purpose of this study [is] to determine the extent to which gender affects adolescent girls’ participation in classroom discussion and to determine what factors promote a noticeable difference in quality and quantity of girls’ involvement in these discussions.

SUMMARY OF INVESTIGATION:
Through research on the intersection of adolescent girls, gender roles, and classroom discussion, I was able to identify those factors significant in shaping adolescent girls’ interactions in classroom discussions. I conducted teacher research in an eighth grade classroom which consisted of observations and interviews and determined that such factors as content, teachers and peers, self-esteem, and physical environment affect participation. I used these findings as the basis for recommendations for teachers who wish to promote the contributions of girls in classroom discussion.

 


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MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY
MILLERSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA


Flight Sensation: Mystical Transcendence
In the Early Poetry of Garcia Lorca


Menina I. Green


English Department

 

Abstract Page

The author examines the early poetry of Garcia Lorca through the lens of a mystic journey. Poems selected have been arranged sequentially to support a reading of a pilgrim’s progression along the mystical path: (1) The Pilgrim Embarks on the Mystic Way; (2) The Craving for a Soulmate; (3) The Dark Night of the Soul; and (4) Illumination.

This mystical theme becomes a paradigm through which the meanings of the poems are interpreted in a new way. The mystical worldview is suited to the imagery and highly original metaphors in Lorca’s work, enlarging the usual connotations of his sensual imagery into the realm of the mystical or supernatural.

Most mystics themselves use imagery to transcribe their experiences, mystical dreams and desires. Traditional mystic symbols such as the wind, heart, wounds, a dagger, desire, travels and journey, and loneliness abound in Lorca’s poems. Read from a mystic’s perspective, the poem soars in metaphors on wings. The soul speaks.

Thus, Lorca’s poems can be seen as expanding the reader’s perception as well, creating an extraordinary experience of transcendence.

 

 


 

MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY
MILLERSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA

Vowel Production in Speakers of Japanese-English Interlanguage:
Implications for the Nature of Transfer and
Second Language Acquisition


By Allison G. Plank/Spring 1996

ABSTRACT

Interlanguage is a unique linguistic system developed in the process of second language acquisition. It is neither the native language of the learner nor the target language of the learner, but something “in between.” Its relation to such things as the development of first-language speech in children, the presence of language transfer, and other theories of second language acquisition have led many linguists to target it for research. In this particular study, vowel production in the interlanguage of Japanese second-language English speakers was considered. Speech samples from six native Japanese-speaking females and six native English-speaking females were collected in order to identify a pattern in the English vowel production of the Japanese informants and to draw conclusions about the influence of transfer. In addition, Bell’s Audience Design Theory was tested by using two different audiences with the Japanese informants. Patterns that indicate the influence of transfer and variability were formed according to approximations made. Collected data also confirmed the validity of the Audience Design Theory.

 


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