This year-long course offers students the opportunity for graduate level research and writing in some chosen area of American, British, or world literature. Students must formulate a written thesis proposal and assemble a three-person academic support committee, equipped with relevant expertise. The proposal will then be submitted for approval to the individual's advisory committee. Assuming the project is universally approved, the student will meet with one or more members of the committee on bi-weekly basis to review progress on research and written work. The final result will be a scholarly essay of 40 - 60 pages, to be presented as an academic paper in a public forum.