The student is expected to submit a proposal to his research committee as early as possible. The committee will meet with the student to discuss the proposal. The dissertation is required of every graduate student and must be an original contribution to scholarship resulting from investigation in the student’s research committee, both with regard to scholarship and to literary quality.The final oral examination will cover the dissertation and the general field of the dissertation, and such other parts of the student’s program as the Research Committee may determine. If the examiners are satisfied with the candidate’s performance, then they sign the approval sheets for the dissertation and an official recommendation of the candidate to the Graduate School.

Five bound copies of the thesis are required. The original copy will go to the Library; other copies will go to the Graduate Committee members, the Advisor, the Major Department, and the student.