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 and should reflect at least the effort and time investment that would be dedicated to a tough upper level course. 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; in the second semester the actual paper will be completed and an oral presentation 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.
- If the faculty member is willing to act as your adviser, draw up an agreement using the attached form.
- You now start doing preliminary research under the guidance of your adviser. It is crucial that you follow his/her directions carefully and set up regular meetings with him/her to help monitor your progress.
- At the end of a pre-determined period, you will submit a research proposal to your adviser and the international studies coordinator.
- NARROWING A TOPIC:
Ask the following questions:
- What resources are available or obtainable?
- Where lie the interests of my adviser?
- Is the project “do-able” within the given time frame?
- Will such a study make an original contribution?
- WHAT NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSAL?
The proposal should be written in such a way that any educated person can clearly understand the nature of the problem you are planning to investigate. The proposal should follow the format outlined and explained below:PROBLEM: The problem that will be studied needs to be clearly stated in the first section of the proposal. Such a problem might deal with the lack of important knowledge, incorrect or missing information, a cultural misunderstanding, etc.PROJECT STATEMENT: The project statement should directly explain what the student plans to do - and plans to write - in an effort to solve the problem.MATERIALS: The material section should list what major primary and secondary sources will be used. It might also list necessary equipment, data-gathering devices, or computer software.METHODOLOGY: The methodology statement should elaborate on the project statement by explaining how the student plans to go about gathering necessary materials and writing the paper itself.SIGNIFICANCE: The concluding section of the proposal should explain why
the completed work will be important and original, and who would benefit from reading it.TIME-TABLE: It might be helpful to present a series of project stages - or “phases” - and attach a calendar that projects when each stage will be completed. Here are some titles of past Senior Project Proposals:
- Hispanic Image: A Portrayal of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
- India – Pakistan Conflict Over Kashmir
- Economic Reform, Privatization and Tourism in Egypt
- Albanians’ First Post-Communist Decade; Values in Transition: Traditional or Liberal?
- Prevalence of ADHD and Co-morbid Disorders Among Elementary School Children Screened for Disruptive Behavior
- The Kosovo Conflict
- The Woman Within the Woman
- Arts and the Third Reich
- Development of an Exporting Guide for an Arkansas Company
- The Social Impact of the Growth of the Hispanic Population in Central Arkansas
- Starting an Ecotourism Business in Central Europe
- The Jewish Museum in Berlin
- Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile: Which will be the Best Location for Arkansas to Establish a Permanent International Office in Latin America
- Hunger and Malnourishment: Growing Crops to Improve Nutrition
- Intervention and Target-Non target Attitude Changes in Indian Villages
- Nkrumah’s Vision and Ideologies: The Radical Point of View
- The Impact of the Socialist Party Upon Legislation Relating to African Immigration During Francois Mitterrand’s Reign in Three Principal Cities
- NAFTA and the Environment
- HOW TO 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
- Creation of Yugoslavia - Koraljka Zunic, Spring 1994
- 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
- Sustainable Farming in Cuba
- The West German Green Party in Historical Perspective - Genoveva Gilbert
- International Politics in Cold War and Post Cold War Africa - Ayeshah Tabicca
- Old Struggles with New Slogans: The Democratization Process in Belarus - Elena Pantjushenko
- Ballet Fun Kinder - Philippa Pidgeon
- Researching Student and Faculty Interest in Latin American Studies Program at UALR - Cynthia Lindeman
- Arkansas and the Japanese Rice Market - Hiroomi Murata
- The Bahamas: A Nation Study - Evanya Major
- Importancia Y persistencia Del “Debate De Valladolid” Facundo Sarmiento - Erika Bove