Department of Classics,
How to begin:
Consider TOPIC, not PRODUCT
1. Think about material in the course which is
of particular interest to you and about which you would like to learn more.
2. Do some preliminary research on this topic on
the web and in the library. Be sure to consult books and journal articles as
well as webpages. You may have to order some material on inter-library loan.
Please do not wait until the last minute to do this. The best projects will be
ones which demonstrate good and varied research materials.
3. Use this preliminary research and reflection
to consider approaches that you can use to present your topic and how
(i.e., in what medium) you plan to do so.
4. You are now ready to write the prospectus.
Prospectus for Individualized project should
include the following information:
1.) a paragraph describing the topic you are
2.) a summary of what you have done so far and
plan to do to prepare this topic;
3.) an annotated bibliography of resources you
have consulted or plan to consult. Annotated means that you will add
two or three
sentences noting how you think you can use the information in this
resource for your project;
4.) a short paragraph describing how you plan
to present this project; i.e., what medium (paper, artwork, webpage, etc.)
do you plan to use and why.
The central product of this project can take the
form of a research paper, creative writing, artwork, website or any other work
which deals with material covered in course readings or discussions.
NOTE: Course books can be cited in the bibliography but only as
complements to at least ten additional works. The quality of the material
consulted will significantly affect the grade. It is highly recommended that
a variety of resources be consulted, including books, journals, and
websites. Heavy reliance on a single kind of resource (especially
encyclopedia articles) is not advised.
Here are two samples of
good individualized project. Many thanks to the authors for allowing me to share
Widdop / Logan
Here is the form
which illustrates how your
project will be graded. Note: This form may be modified slightly in actual use.
Back to Individualized Project
This material has been
published on the web by Prof.
Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth
College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at
Monmouth College Department of Classics