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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
February 28, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Major Research Paper Option

Students who choose this option must complete CQ600 Colloquium, the two Core Courses (CQ601 and CQ602), three elective courses and CQ695 the Major Research Paper (MRP).

Students in the MRP stream are required to select courses from at least two of the programís three fields of inquiry in addition to the required Core courses and the Colloquium.

The Major Research Paper is considered to be similar to a thesis in quality of work, but less than a thesis in scope. Students will complete a paper in which they engage in original research on an approved topic. Typically papers will be between 50 and 70 pages in length, excluding bibliography. The MRP will be evaluated by an Advisory Committee consisting of a faculty supervisor and one faculty reader. The supervisor will work closely with the student in supervising the research and writing of the paper, but both may advise and both will grade the final paper. The final grade will be an average of the two grades. All CAST faculty who are members of the Graduate Faculty may serve as supervisors. There is an oral defense of the Major Research Paper.