For more information about the Research Methods seminar, please contact Professor Jason Stevens, the program's Thesis and Capstone Project coordinator. The first purpose is to introduce students to the methods of academic research and the analytical and interpretive techniques necessary to complete the thesis or capstone.
The second is to guide the student in the development of the proposal for their thesis or capstone prohect, including identifying and securing the consent of a thesis/capstone project advisor and second reader.
The student, the advisor, and the instructor should then select a potential second reader.
The advisor should be a faculty member in the MAHG program; the second reader need not be.
See the "Selecting and focusing your research topic" tab at left for suggestions on choosing a topic, narrowing your focus, and developing a thesis statement or research question. The "Literature Review" tab will link you to helpful resources for planning a search and organizing your results.
The "Start Searching" tab gives some examples for using article databases effectively.Once the thesis/capstone advisor and the second reader have signed the proposal, the director and the chair review it.The chair will judge the proposal on its academic merits, while the director will verify that the student is in academic and financial good standing with the university and the program.The "Presentation skills" tab will help you create effective visual aids and deliver a professional presentation.Visit our Library Training, Tutorials & Webinars page to see tutorials that will sharpen your research skills and offer helpful guidance in doing a capstone, thesis or advanced research project.Recorded webinars may be watched at your convenience.Live webinars offer an interactive experience with Webster U. This is particularly important for those doing capstone projects, since their completion may depend on events or activities whose schedule the student does not control.The formal thesis or capstone process begins when a student attends the Research Methods seminar, usually after completing 20 credits.The paper may be an undergraduate paper or a graduate paper done in the MAHG or in another graduate program.If the Research Methods instructor does not judge that the paper qualifies the student for the thesis, the student may request that another MAHG instructor read the paper.