Field Paper Guidelines
To fulfill their written work requirement for graduation, students on the "non-thesis track" must write and submit two approved twenty-page "field papers" to the Director of the Program at the time of graduation clearance. Field papers are customarily written in the context of M.A. seminars in History at the College and approved by their instructors.Students may request exceptions to this requirement, but those requests should be made of the Director well in advance of one's planned graduation date and may not be possible to accommodate.
Standards: An approved field paper is a research paper of approximately twenty-pages in length that includes a title page at the front and a bibliography at the back. Papers must uphold professional norms (especially as concerns originality, citations and style) and will have earned the grade of a "B" or better in an M.A. seminar in history at the College. The paper should cite all its sources in (either foot- or end-) notes according to the style set forth in the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.The text of the paper should also uphold the stylistic guidelines of the Chicago manual, especially as to punctuation, capitalization, and italicization. All texts should also be spellchecked and paginated before submission to the department. Texts that do not uphold these standards will NOT receive the final approval of the Director necessary for graduation clearance.
Certification: Please note that the "Certification" must be signed by the reader of your field paper before submission to the Director for final approval. Students should also complete the Certification of Completion of Field Paper Requirement.
Submission: Deliver the "Clearance Form/Non-Thesis Track" and the two "Certification of Completion of Field Paper Requirement" memos, along with physical copies of the certified field papers, to one of the M.A. Directors for signature. (Both forms are available under "Forms" on our website). The Director keeps the two papers. Then students deliver the forms to the Humanities Division BEFORE deadline for submitting the field papers.