Students are expected to produce an essay with a cohesive and complete structural paradigm: each essay should consist of a strong and articulate thesis, an introductory paragraph providing necessary background/explicatory information, several pages of analysis, and a concluding series of paragraphs that not only summarize but analyze the argumentation of the narrative as a whole.
Each student must gather evidence from at least 10 academic resources, and utilize at least 6 of these 10 resources in order to support his/her argument. These sources must be cited within the paper in proper MLA format. The essay must conform to the standard requirements: 10 or 12 point font (must be times new roman or the equivalent), double spaced, 1” margins on each side of the paper. The essay must be between 7-9 pages in length; this number is not to include works cited page or any additional addenda. Students are required to not only provide outside evidence and personal analysis of said evidence, but also demonstrate the capability for abstract thought and critical analysis of their own–each must take the arguments presented, deconstruct them, and construct a new argument.
The topic for this paper is to be chosen by each student according to his/her interest. The paper topic must follow the following theme: a societal ‘problem’ or difficulty and its possible or proposed solutions.