Teaching > RWU HP451 Senior Thesis Project > Assignments > Thesis Proposal


  • Name, RWU ID, email, phone
  • Date
  • Working title
  • Thesis advisor
  • Readers (two, proposed): name, title, contact information
  • Statement of purpose, problem statement, hypothesis, or research question(s)
  • Goal
    • Rational of how this work will contribute to the field and to your portfolio, professional goals
    • Justification of need, relevance, significance
  • Literature review (preliminary)
  • Research approach, methods—analytical techniques including data sources (primary and secondary), means of collection, measurement, variables, analysis), standards employed
  • Outline (chapters)
  • Timetable, schedule
  • Limitations (what is beyond scope), issues, key assumptions, implications



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Pinyerd, David. The Preservation of Pre-World War II Coast Guard Architecture in Oregon. Master of Science, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 2000.

Senior Theses (scroll down), Cultural & Historic Preservation Program, Salve Regina University.