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Thesis Seminar


Admission requirements

This course is intended for MA students in North American Studies


Students will be guided through the process of writing their MA thesis through group discussions in a thesis seminar and regular individual meetings with their thesis supervisor.
In the first semester we will meet four times in a seminar setting to discuss digital research databases such as the MLA bibliography, America: History and Life, and the Lexis-Nexis Congressional Database as well as research methods, possible thesis topics, narrowing down topics, and thesis planning and supervision.
In the second semester, there will be regular seminar meetings to discuss how to write thesis research proposals, productive thesis statements, introductions and conclusions, etc. as well as individual chapters by students.
Once students have chosen a thesis supervisor, regular individual meetings will be scheduled to discuss progress and provide feedback on written chapters.

Course objectives

Students learn:

  • To practise research methods and skills, including use of digital databases to locate primary and secondary sources and correct use of citation styles (MLA, Chicago/Turabian, etc.).

  • How to write a thesis research proposal.

  • Thesis planning and writing skills (thesis organization, introductions and conclusions).


See timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method



Blackboard will be used.

Reading list


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Dhr. Prof. Dr. A. Fairclough
Dhr. Dr. E.F. van de Bilt
Mw. Dr. J.C. Kardux


Attendance is required for MA students in North American Studies