Thesis and Capstone Information
The major written requirement for the MA Studies and MA Studies Maritime is a master’s thesis. A thesis is an examination of a well-defined historical subject that relies chiefly on primary sources, published or unpublished, to form an argument. It should possess some degree of original thought on the topic, or in its approach to that topic.
The thesis should not be a compilation of detail or a simple narrative. Instead, it should pose an argument. It should be expository rather than descriptive. The typical M.A. thesis is about one hundred (100) pages in length.
Theses for students in the Program in Maritime Studies may differ from traditional MA theses because of their emphasis on archaeological methodology. Such theses, however, must incorporate relevant historical materials-including primary sources-in their evidential bases.