HL798 Thesis I

Course Description

The thesis courses assist the student in integrating and applying the knowledge gained from courses taken in the program and their field experience. The student will be able to translate the skills s/he developed as a result of course work as well as from experiences outside of the classroom into a project that will add to the field of human-animal studies or help solve practical problems that workers and organizations face on a daily basis. The thesis courses are expected to span at least six months, but no more than 18 months. Students will be awarded 6 credits (Pass/Fail) for completion of these two courses.

The cumulative project for these two thesis courses will be a publishable manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal or comparable venture. Ideally your project will stem from your field experience or previously applied research project. Students will complete an approved applied research project or practical project designed in conjunction with a Faculty Advisor. The thesis or project topics must be approved by the respective major’s Department Chair.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Conceive, formulate, and execute a publishable independent study that advances the effectiveness of animal protection organizations.
  • Given the uniqueness of each student’s conceived cumulative project, other outcomes will be determined by the student and Faculty Advisor.

Course Topics

Topics covered in these courses will be dependent upon the scope of the students’ cumulative project; therefore topics will be determined by the student and Faculty Advisor.

Course Materials

Any text used will be determined by the student and Faculty Advisor.