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Thesis Seminar North American Studies


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.


See timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Students have to submit draft thesis proposals, thesis introductions, and chapters for in-class discussion (Discussion Board Blackboard).

Course load

Not applicable

Assessment method

Not applicable


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

Not required.


Via uSis.


Attendance is required for MA students in North American Studies.


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