Completing a master's thesis on an approved topic. Individual students explore the writing and publishing process, from thesis to monograph and beyond. They complete a typewritten, submitted, revised, and defended product before the end of the term. Based upon primary and secondary sources of information, the expected length is at least 50 pages. Teleconferencing is required. Prerequisite: MAMS 510.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Most current editions of the following:
Additional monographs may be assigned as appropriate.
Getting It Published, 2nd edition
By Germano, William (University of Chicago Press (2008)) Required
The U.S. Military Profession into the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition
By Sarkesian, Sam C. and Robert E. Connor, Jr. (Taylor & Francis (2007)) Required
To engage in methods, theories, principles, techniques, and concepts common to the liberal arts.
To evaluate primary and secondary sources from multidisciplinary perspectives on the U.S. military.
To master writing, analytical, and presentation skills on an approved research topic.
Review methods, theories, principles, techniques, and concepts for advanced research.
Synthesize points of view with a coherent and comprehensive approach to an approved topic.
Discover the finer points of publishing etiquette from submitting a manuscript to getting a contract.
Create a publication quality thesis for reporting on the state of the art research.
Submit multiple drafts and revisions of a thesis in the CMS or APA format.
Defend a master's thesis before a faculty board.
Instructors should introduce participants to various tools - practical and theoretical - that scholars have used to publish writings on military affairs. The process must include an effective oral and written defense of the work. Pre-approval of the research topic is required. Topics for the course should include, but not be limited to, the following:
The military professional
Writing a manuscript
Journals, collections, anthologies, electronica, and books
Selecting and contacting a publisher
Surviving the review process
How to defend a thesis
Matters of style
Delivering the completed thesis
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.