ryanlikesvespas Posted January 24, 2012 Share Posted January 24, 2012 Ok, real quick with my situation: I finished my BA in History in May 09. Started MA in History in August 09, and completed all course work in 12 months, and enrolled in the thesis course in August 2010. I'm currently in the Air Force and found out and left for flight training soon after. I received an "Incomplete" for the thesis course, and have something like 7 years to complete it. I was not required to write a thesis during my undergrad, and my graduate work was full of courses with the "read a book in a week, write a 3 page book review, and give a 5 minute presentation to your peers" sorts of classes. I did write a few original 12-15 page papers for professional conferences as an Undergrad and first semester Graduate student. Ok, so fast forward to present. I still haven't started on writing this damn thesis. The clock is ticking, I'm getting antsy, and know I need to get the ball rolling. I have little interest in pursuing a PhD at this point, like I did when starting grad school. I have 8 years left of my 20 years until retirement in the Air Force, and have thought about possibly pursuing community college or online teaching work down the road. So the thesis... Because I have been out of the loop for a year and half or so, I've kind of lost contact with my advisor (who is also the dept chair). I've sent him two emails over the last few months with no response. For all I know, he's on sabbatical. Or he was paid for the course I took with him, thinks I bailed, and isn't answering me. My questions to him have pretty much been exactly what I'm here seeking... Was anyone else lost when it came to beginning your thesis? Overwhelmed? Confused? My research interests are in early American colonial history, and I interned at two maritime museums. My institutions thesis handbook is very broad, with nothing even specific for the humanities. Hell, I don't even know how many pages I need to be shooting for, as I've read here and other places it ranges wildly. As for content, am I looking to write an historical narrative of something specific (a person, battle, ship, town) or something more broad? I know you must walk a line between to broad and too narrow. Maybe I just have too much pride to call my advisor and ask him these questions well after I should have when I enrolled, but was too busy flying airplanes. If anyone can offer any information, support, ect, I would be extremely grateful. I want to get this thing done. I'm not looking to change historical thought or break ground on new ideology. I'm looking to get my $20,000 piece of paper and move on with my life. Thanks so much! </rant> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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