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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination is an alternative to the thesis in the Spanish Master of Arts program.

Assessment of Learning Objectives:

The paper is rated on the objectives below using the following numeric scale:

  • 1 – Poor (F)

  • 2 – Minimally Acceptable (D)

  • 3 – Average (C)

  • 4 – Good (B)

  • 5 – Excellent (A)

Overall: Meets department’s content and formatting specifications

  • Minimum 25 pages of content exclusive of appendices or works cited

  • Appropriate title which accurately reflects content and objectives of the study

  • 200-word abstract

  • Minimum of 5 keywords

Articulation of a clear hypothesis or thesis

Rationale / justification of study

Overall quality (relevance and timeliness) of sources

  • Use of appropriate primary sources

  • Critical interpretation of primary sources

Overall quality of formatting of citations and bibliography (MLA or APA)

  • Are sources correctly and duly acknowledged?

  • Are broad, sweeping generalizations supported with relevant sources?

  • Do the sources used in the body of the paper match those listed in the bibliography?

Language

  • Clear, grammatical and coherent prose

  • Are there deficiencies (spelling, accent use, punctuation, agreement) that detract from the paper’s quality?

  • Has attention been paid to using a sufficiently academic register?

Overall quality

  • Design of a project/paper which reflects knowledge of the subject matter

  • Organization of evidence into a coherent argument

  • Coherence and organization of ideas throughout the paper. That is, do the supporting points have a logical structure and flow? Do they tie back to and clearly support the thesis?

  • Demonstration of significance of findings / conclusions