Thesis Defense – HIST 690

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/08/2022

Course Description

This course will allow a student to defend his/her thesis.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to allow the student who is completing a thesis to continue writing the final chapters of his/her thesis and to complete his/her thesis defense, according to the guidance and direction of his/her thesis director.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Quiz: Thesis Policy

At the beginning of the course, the student must complete the Thesis Policy Quiz, which covers the guidelines and standards that the student must follow throughout the thesis defense process. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 multiple-choice questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.

Research Journal

During the course, the student must submit 1 Research Journal. This journal must provide the instructor with a brief update on what progress the student has made on his/her thesis research, and how the project has progressed since the previous module/week. The journal submission must be at least 200 words.

Thesis Chapter Drafts (3)

Throughout each thesis-related course, the student will continue to draft each chapter of his/her thesis. Building on the submission of Chapter 1 in HIST 601 and Chapter 2 in HIST 689, the student must submit the remaining chapters of his/her thesis throughout HIST 690. The student will be required to submit both a Rough Draft and an improved Final Draft of each chapter, based on the feedback of his/her thesis director.

Thesis Defense Draft

For this assignment, the student must complete a draft of his/her thesis defense and submit it for approval. For specific direction on what this draft must look like and how it should be submitted, the student must contact his/her thesis director.

Thesis Submission

Near the end of this course, the student must submit a complete and revised copy of his/her entire thesis, containing every chapter, each of which must be considerably revised and updated in accordance with comments from his/her thesis director. This thesis submission must follow all school-specific policies regarding formatting and style.

Thesis Defense

Building on the Thesis Defense Draft submitted earlier, as well as any comments and direction from the thesis director, the student must complete his/her thesis defense by the final module/week of this course. Details on how to complete the defense will be provided by the thesis director.