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