Provisional AOC/Thesis Prospectus
By the middle of the fifth academic contract (including contracts exempted by transfer credit), the student must complete a Provisional Area of Concentration Plan. A student may not register for the following semester until the Office of the Registrar receives the form. A student may submit a new form modifying the plan at any time prior to the filing of the Thesis Prospectus.
1. General Studies: Requires the endorsement of two faculty from different Divisions and presupposes study in all three Divisions. No Area of Concentration is recorded on the transcript. Any student who has completed the Liberal Arts Curriculum is eligible to graduate in general studies.
2. Divisional Concentration (Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences): Requires the endorsement of two faculty members (usually from different disciplines) from within the appropriate Division and fulfillment of Divisional requirements. A Social Sciences concentration requires the endorsement of three faculty from that Division.
3. Disciplinary Concentration: Requires the endorsement of two faculty from a discipline presently represented at New College. For disciplines having only one faculty member, a student must petition the Division for acceptance of the disciplinary concentration when appropriate work in the discipline has been done off campus with the approval of the New College faculty member representing the discipline.
4. Joint-Disciplinary Concentration (“slash” major): This is a combination of two or more disciplines offered at New College and is indicated by a slash between the disciplines (biology/chemistry). A joint -disciplinary concentration requires the endorsement of three faculty members, at least one from each discipline. This combined concentration is used to indicate a plan of study in which substantial study has occurred in two disciplines, but not enough for a double Area of Concentration (see below).
5. Double Area of Concentration (double major): May be accomplished in one of two ways: 1. One Thesis Prospectus/Area of Concentration form is filed with signatures from four faculty members, two from each area of concentration. The student meets all requirements of each discipline. The four faculty members comprise the baccalaureate committee. The student completes one thesis satisfying the requirements of both concentrations and undergoes one baccalaureate examination. 2. Two Thesis Prospectus/Area of Concentration forms are filed and all requirements for a concentration in each discipline are met, including two theses and two baccalaureate examinations (see disciplinary concentration above).
6. Special Program Concentration: A special program concentration represent a program of study that is not found in this Catalog's "Academic Disciplines" section, and that is developed in consultation between a student and faculty members. The title must accurately describe the area of study, and must begin with the designation, "Special Program." A special program concentration requires the endorsement of two faculty. In some cases, where there are limited course offerings at New College that apply to the designated special program, appropriate off-campus work will be required. An expanded description of the proposed special program concentration must be attached to the Provisional Area of Concentration Plan form. The attachment must include a short narrative description of the program being proposed, and a specific list of all activities–course work on or off campus or other educational activities–that should be undertaken to complete the program. A similar attachment must accompany the Thesis Prospectus/Area of Concentration form. The expanded description must be signed by the faculty who signed the Provisional Area of Concentration and/or Thesis Prospectus/Area of Concentration forms. A faculty sponsor endorsing the Area of Concentration, in collaboration with the student, may retract a description at any time or modify it by submitting another under the same special Area of Concentration name. The new or modified description then supersedes the preceding description.
If the special program is similar to programs offered by other undergraduate institutions, or if it implies preparation for particular graduate or professional programs, the faculty deems it very helpful for the description to relate the program to these other programs.
A copy of the description must be submitted to the Office of the Provost of New College, which in turn will distribute it to the Chairs of the College's three Academic Divisions. They will bring the description before their Division faculties for discussion. A file of special program Areas of Concentration is maintained by the Office of the Registrar and is available to all members of the College community.
The second section of the Provisional Area of Concentration Plan provides for a description of the academic activities required to complete the plan of study at New College. This description should reflect any remaining requirements. In completing this section, the student and a faculty member within the student’s chosen Area of Concentration (often, but not always, the contract sponsor) review the student’s record and document the requirements necessary for completing the proposed Area of Concentration.
The Thesis Prospectus/Area of Concentration Form
Within each Area of Concentration, the specific mix of courses, tutorials, fieldwork, study abroad, and other projects will vary from student to student.
The academic endeavors necessary to complete an Area of Concentration often include a list or sequence of specific course requirements; additional required courses, tutorials, and projects will be determined by the student and sponsor, in collaboration with other faculty. Regardless of the chosen Area of Concentration, a New College graduate is expected to have satisfactorily completed at least eight educational activities beyond an elementary level directly related to the Area of Concentration. Furthermore, the total number of educational activities required to complete an Area of Concentration should normally be fewer than half the total number of activities included on the seven contracts and three Independent Study Projects required for the baccalaureate degree.
By the middle of the sixth semester (including contracts exempted by transfer credit) a student must complete a Thesis Prospectus/Area of Concentration form. The first section of this form indicates the type of concentration (see above). The second section outlines the work a student must complete to satisfy the Area of Concentration. The first and second sections are, then, updates of the Provisional Plan filed during the fifth contract. The third section of the form contains the thesis prospectus. It includes a working title or topic, summary description, and key bibliography for the thesis. This form supersedes the Provisional Area of Concentration Plan and requires the signatures of three faculty members. Two faculty members, one of whom is the thesis sponsor, ratify the Area of Concentration. The third (unless Area of Concentration requirements dictate otherwise) is a faculty member of the student’s choice from any of the Academic Divisions. The three signers become members of the baccalaureate committee. Although in most cases there is only one thesis sponsor, other members of the committee may serve as advisors to the student in the development of the senior thesis.
The Thesis Prospectus/Area of Concentration form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday of Module II during the sixth contract. PLEASE NOTE: A student must submit this form to the Office of the Registrar in order to enroll for the following semester.