Possible approaches include classical theory, cultural materialism, structuralism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminist theory, or postcolonial theory.
If I want to adopt the new English major, how do I determine what field requirements my prior courses fulfill?
Refer to this chart.
Declaring English as your major
When you declare your major, the registrar’s office will assign an advisor to you. When your advisor is on sabbatical or on leave, you will be assigned a new advisor. When your original advisor returns, you will be moved back to your original advisor.
You can change your advisor. Once you have the permission of the new advisor, the new advisor must contact the registrar’s office and the department chair to request that you become their advisee.
Enrolling in Courses
When you have formulated a proposal for an Independent Study, discuss your proposal with the professor who you would like to “work with”. Once that professor accepts your request, you may register online and the professor will then approve the course.
During the spring semester of your junior year, formulate a proposal for an honors thesis. This is usually a topic that you have already worked with in a prior course. Before May, discuss your proposal with the professor who you would like to “work with”. Once that professor accepts your request, you may submit your proposal online and the professor and the department chair will then approve the course. With their approval, you will be registered for EN483. Typically, students spend the summer doing their research and the fall semester writing their thesis.
This is your starting point: What is your thesis topic and which professor is knowledgeable in this area?
A student, who is interested in doing an honors thesis, will approach a professor with their idea for their thesis and if the professor is interested, the professor will ask the student to solidify their ideas into a draft proposal including primary and secondary sources. Once the student has done this, they will schedule a second meeting with the professor. After the second meeting, the professor/Honors Advisor will confirm a commitment to the student and make suggestions for revisions to the draft proposal in order for the student to generate the final proposal. The student will then be responsible to submit their final proposal to their Honors Advisor and the department chair by May 5th.
By May 5 of your junior year you need to have secured a tutor (honors advisor) and written a formal proposal that defines the work to be done and the methods for achieving it. ANY APPLICATION RECEIVED AFTER MAY 5th, WHETHER FROM A STUDENT AT COLBY OR ABROAD, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
The final draft of your thesis must be submitted for grading by the end of Jan Plan before classes begin for the spring semester.
An alternate option is to do a one-semester honors thesis (EN484f, four credits) in the fall semester, but your thesis must be completed by the last day of classes of the fall semester. Students who select this option must do their research during the summer in order to write the thesis during the fall semester. If you are interested in this option, please discuss the timing with your advisor.