GUIDELINES FOR THE SENIOR PROJECT IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
WHAT IS MEANT BY THE TERM “SENIOR PROJECT”?
The Senior Project consists of an independently researched paper and a formal oral presentation of the main research results. The student completes this project under the guidance of the International Studies Coordinator and a faculty adviser whose field is related to the proposed area of investigation. It is worth three hours of credit, divided up over three, one-credit courses (INTS 4101-Proposal, INTS 4102-Paper, INTS 4103-Presentation). It is anticipated that the student will need a period of approximately two semesters to complete the Senior Project; the first semester will be devoted to background research and the development of a proposal (INTS 4101) as well as learning the basics of college-level research in the course RHET 3300-Introduction to Research; in the second semester the actual paper (INTS 4102) will be completed and an oral presentation (INTS 4103) of the findings will be prepared.
WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF A SENIOR PAPER?
The Senior Paper is designed to teach the process of identifying a problem, becoming familiar with the concept of a literature /data search, collecting source materials, devising a methodology for effective analysis, and presenting the findings in an integrated, clearly written paper. It challenges the student to accept and meet the standards imposed on scholarly publications. Ideally the student will be able to make an original contribution to his/her major subject area. Using a foreign language as a research tool is highly desirable.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Identify a specific problem with international dimensions in the area of your interest. Write a short outline of a possible project. Compile a bibliography and a list of web resources that would provide information on your topic. Seek out a faculty member knowledgeable in this field and seek his/her help in narrowing your topic and in devising a study plan.
HOW DO I COMPLETE THE SENIOR PROJECT?
You and your adviser will meet regularly to discuss your progress and you will agree on a certain set of deadlines for the submission of a first and second draft and the final version of the paper. You will also prepare a presentation accompanied by visual aids designed to communicate your major findings to an audiences of faculty and peers.
Titles of Past Senior Projects
German Culture and Language Teaching Project Bryant Middle School 1994 - Sondra Haile Curtis, Fall 1994
U. S. Future in Foreign Wars - Tracie Shelby, Spring 1996
Profiles of Arkansas Businesswomen: Their Stories of Success - Susan Brown, Spring 1997
Marketing to the New Majority: Telmex as a Case Study of Effective Target Marketing - Kendra Faulkner, Spring 1999
Russian Nuclear Proliferation - Suzanne Munson, Fall 1999
Cultural Classroom: Teaching Global Awareness at Heifer Ranch - Adriana Garcia, Spring 2000
Latin America’s Emerging Markets: Which Market is the Best Location for the State of Arkansas to Locate Another Foreign Office - Elizabeth Evans, Spring 2000
Journey to the Middle East and North Africa: A Guide for Students - Maria El-Shawarby
Connecting Public Health to Development in Latin America: A Global Perspective - Nicole Claas, Spring 2000
Development of an Exporting Guide for an Arkansas Company - Olga Mitina, Fall 2000
Powerless Words: Newspapers in Venezuela and Their Role in the Presidential Election of 2000 - Kathleen McDonald
Multicultural Education for the UALR Share America Saturday Youth Leadership Club - Cassie Tavorn, Spring 2001
Japanese Foreign Policy and Relationship With the United States in the Post World War II Years - Hiroko Narahara, Fall 2001
Zimbabwe and Aids - Millicent Anderson, Spring 2002
NAFTA and the Environment - Erika Foster, Spring 2002
Die Stationen der Veraenderung: ein Tanz Zwischen Zwei Kulturen - Shirley Schuette, Spring 2002
The Social Impact of the Growth of the Hispanic Population in Central Arkansas: A problem - Anne Hollan, Fall 2002
Changing the Face of Poor Populations: India and the World Bank - Anne Holland, Spring 2003
The New European Union - Stephen Graham Linder, Fall 2004
Kosovo: The Use and History for War and Revenge - Glediana Rexha, Summer 2004
Guatemalan Adoptions: Past, Present, Future? - Julianna Durham, Fall 2008
The Southeast Anatolia Project: A Model for Sustainable Development - Brad Scruggs
Zapatistas: The Post-Modern Revolution - Joshua Thomsen, 2010
The Evolution of Public Opinion and Voting Behavior: The Immigration Debate - Amanda Snider, 2011
Entomophagy: Why Not Eat Bugs? - Robert Nunn, 2011
La Narcocultura - Caroline Head, 2011
Serb-American Diaspora: The Youth Generation - Aleksandar Margitic, 2011
Towards a Shamanic Keats: Themes in His Life, Letters, and Poetry - Samantha Youngs, 2011
Realismo Mágico as a Staple of Mexican Culture - Ginna Wallace, 2011