Level 3 Requirements

Exit Options

There are four possible exit options for the International Studies Masters program, thesis, internship and public policy paper, six additional credits and reseach paper, or study/research abroad and research paper.  Students must declare, in writing, to both the Chair and Graduate Coordinator which exit option they choose prior to the end of their fourth semester of coursework. An Exit Option Declaration form is available in the Department of International Studies office.

Options include the following:

1.  Thesis:

Students must have finished all course work before beginning the thesis. In most cases, students will be expected to have taken his or her comprehensive exams prior to beginning the thesis. Students must work with the Department Chair and the Graduate Coordinator to identify an Advisor (from the Department of International Studies, or in area of concentration, with the approval of the Chair for the latter).

Students are required to select a thesis committee consisting of the director and two readers. However, one reader can be an external committee member from another department. All committee members must be full-time faculty.  Students must identify two or three additional readers for the thesis. Readers should have some expertise in either the field of study or concentration. Readers are subject to approval by the Chair or Graduate Coordinator.

Students must submit a Thesis Proposal for approval by the Advisor, Chair, and Graduate Coordinator. Students will meet with the Advisor at intervals agreed upon with the Advisor. Advisor will supervise a student's progress towards completion of the thesis. A student will defend her or his thesis in front of the entire committee, composed of Advisor and Readers. The Chair and Graduate Coordinator, if not on the committee, may also be present.

 

2.  Internship and a Public Policy Research Paper.

Student must have finished all course work before beginning internship. Internship agency/site must be relevant to the field of study and concentration and will require approval by the department (Chair and Graduate Coordinator). Student will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week over 15 weeks. Student duties and responsibilities:

  • Enrolling in INST 780, Advanced Internship.
  • Work with the Department Chair or Graduate Coordinator to identify an Adviser (from the Department of International Studies, or in area of concentration, with the approval of the Chair). The adviser must sign the Exit Option Declaration form, available in the INST office.
  • Submitting bi-weekly reports to adviser during the internship period. Student will meet with adviser to evaluate reports at intervals agreed upon with the Advisor.
  • Submitting a paper proposal, including selected bibliographical entries, to Adviser, Chair, and Graduate Coordinator for approval before beginning work on the public policy research paper.
  • Writing a public policy paper of at least 50 pages in length, exclusive of bibliography.
  • Receiving a grade of B or better from advisor for the public policy paper. In the case of a dispute, the paper will be reviewed by the Graduate Coordinator and, as necessary, the Chair.

 

3.  Six Additional Credits and Research Paper.

Students chosing this option have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • One three credit course in INST, not being used to satisfy any other requirement.
  • One three credit course in area of concentration or field of study, not being used to satisfy any other re-quirement.

Substitutions for the above two courses are possible with the approval of the Chair and Graduate Coordinator.

  • Work with the Department Chair or Graduate Coordinator to identify an Adviser (from the De-partment of International Studies, or in area of concentration, with the approval of the Chair for the latter). The adviser must sign the Exit Option Declaration form, available in the INST office.
  • Submitting a paper proposal, including selected bibliographical entries, for approval to Adviser, Chair, and Graduate Coordinator before beginning work on the research paper.
  • Writing a research paper of at least 50 pages in length, exclusive of bibliography.
  • Receiving a grade of B or better from advisor for the research paper. In the case of a dispute, the paper will be reviewed by the Graduate Coordinator and, as necessary, by the Chair.

 

4.  Study/Research Abroad and Research Paper

Students choosing this option have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Student must gain approval of the proposed study/research abroad program from the Chair and Graduate Coordinator by writing a proposal detailing the objectives and outcomes of the project. 
  • Student must spend at least one semester (minimum 12 weeks) abroad participating in an accredited program approved by the Chair and Graduate Coordinator.
  • Student should choose an area where he or she speaks the language, or explain in writing how not knowing the language will not impair ability to study or conduct research in the chosen country.
  • Work with the Department Chair or Graduate Coordinator to identify an Adviser (from the Department of International Studies, or in area of concentration, with the approval of the Chair for the latter). The adviser must sign the Exit Option Declaration form, available in the INST office.
  • Submitting regular reports during the period abroad to Graduate Coordinator and Advisor by email or alternative method, identified as necessary.
  • Submitting a paper proposal, including selected bibliographical entries, to Adviser, Chair, and Graduate Coordinator for approval before beginning work on the research paper.
  • Writing a research paper of at least 50 pages in length, exclusive of bibliography.
  • Receiving a grade of B or better from advisor for the research paper. In the case of a dispute, the paper will be reviewed by the Graduate Coordinator and, as needed, by the Chair.

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