The following is a schedule of deadlines for the RELS comprehensive project:
Spring of Junior Year-Summer before Senior Year
You should select and begin to focus your comps topic in the spring/ summer prior to your senior year, in close consultation with the faculty member you wish to be your Comps Research Advisor (note: this may or may not be your Major Advisor).
All senior RS majors should be enrolled in RELS 490, the Senior Seminar. This seminar is intended to assist in the process of conducting research, developing and refining your research focus and thesis, organizing and drafting your paper, and revising your draft to present an articulate and sophisticated final analysis. A detailed schedule of deadlines will be included in the Senior Seminar syllabus. An initial draft of your senior comprehensive project will be due at the end of this course in December. Although the course will be taught by one member the Religious Studies faculty, you also should be in regular contact with your comps advisor.
On the first day of the senior seminar in the Fall, you will need to have a clear, focused comprehensive topic, a preliminary bibliography, and a project proposal ready to present to the class.
Comprehensive projects are due. You should submit one printed copy to your comps advisor that meets the following requirements: minimally 35 pages in length, double-spaced, using standard fonts and margins, with complete citation of sources and bibliography, and cover page including title, your name, and date.
Projects returned for final revision and editing.
Turn in two bound copies of the FINAL VERSION of your comprehensive project to your advisor. The finished paper should reflect the flawless form that comes from copious revision and proofreading.
After papers have been read by at least two departmental faculty, with your advisor as the primary reader, the RELS department chair will tell you if your project was awarded “Honors,” Pass,” or “Fail.” Official notice is then sent to the Registrar.
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