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

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



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



TITLE: Calling on Girls: A Case Study of Adolescent Girls’ Participation

in Classroom Discussion

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.

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


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



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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


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,


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.





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

By Allison G. Plank/Spring 1996


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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