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Guidelines For Writing The Narrative for the LAS Proposal

Educational and Career Goals

In one paragraph, outline your educational goals.  Conclude this paragraph with a transition to the explanation of your career goals.

In a separate paragraph, outline your career goals.  Indicate the type of career you plan to enter and why you have selected this career.  Explain the connection between your educational and career goals.  End with a transition to the list of the courses you plan to apply toward the “Supporting Courses and Related Areas” as well as your “Additional Courses”. 

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (12 credits)

Write one paragraph for each of the four supporting courses you have selected.  In each paragraph, explain how each course meets the requirement.  If you have not yet taken the course, obtain a copy of the syllabus to identify the learning objectives for the course.  You may also interview the instructor to learn specifics about the course.  Include detailed information about each course that you plan to include in your program. 

Research Methods/Projects:

You must either study research methodology in the discipline appropriate to your option or conduct an independent research study.  Explain in detail the research you have done or will do in the course you have chosen for this requirement. Quote your research question, list the sources you consulted to gather your data, explain the analysis you performed to interpret your data, and describe the end product of your research. The end product will be a speech or a paper.  If you have not yet taken the course, such information is usually available from the course syllabus.

Communication Skills:

Communication skills include verbal, symbolic and written skills including speaking, writing, acting, production of fine arts, signing, and symbolic logic.  Most people have given a speech, written a paper, or worked on a group project in one or more of their courses. Explain in detail what course assignment(s) you wish to use to fulfill your communication skills requirement. If you have not yet taken the course, such information is usually available from the course syllabus.

Critical Analysis:

These are courses in which you analyze, evaluate, or synthesize theories in the discipline.  For example, in philosophy you explore concepts such as truth or justice.  You may take a religious studies class in which you compare concepts from different religions.  An African/African American Studies class may point out how history is skewed by the absence of the experience of people of African heritage.  Women’s Studies classes may point out how a certain theory was developed without the inclusion of women.  Some courses explicate several theories for the same phenomenon: juvenile delinquency or abnormal psychology.  Explain in detail in what way the course or a specific assignment within the course you have selected for critical analysis fills the requirements for conducting critical analysis and evaluation. If you have not yet taken the course, such information is usually available from the syllabus.

Theory and Its Application:

These courses focus on theory, principles, central concepts, or fundamental issues in a discipline.  Explain how the course you have selected fulfills the requirement for learning basic theory in your chosen area of study. If you have not yet taken the course, such information is usually available from the syllabus.

Additional Courses (24 credits total) At least 9 credits of the 24 total must be from the humanities or social sciences.  At least three different subject areas must be represented in the major.

Additional Selections (9 credits):

Additional selections consist of courses that will lead you toward your educational and career goals.  These courses may be at any level.  Write one paragraph for each of the three courses that satisfy this component.  Explain what you learned or expect to learn in the class and how that knowledge relates to your goals. If you have not yet taken the course, such information is usually available from the syllabus.  

400-level Selections (12 credits):

Write one paragraph for each of the four courses that satisfy this component.  Explain how the content of each course supports your educational or career goals.

400-level Capstone Course (3 credits):

Write one paragraph in which you describe the course which is designated as your capstone course.  Explain what you will do in this course and how this course will help to prepare you to enter graduate studies or the workforce. 

Revised February 27, 2008