All upper-level courses in Modern Languages and Cultures introduce students to scholarly research and prepare them to carry out additional more extensive, independent research. Essays and other intellectual work undertaken in upper-level courses offer opportunities to develop analytical writing skills and allow you to pursue engaging and challenging topics that might lead to a larger research project.
Research papers for the Research Seminar and honors theses most often emerge from work you have begun in other courses. Moreover, our upper-level courses all have a research component to them, whether that is a portfolio, a final paper, or a visual or digital project. These collective endeavors arise from projects comprising part of the class or drawing on research of your professor. Therefore, upper-level classes provide the first critical step for those interested in pursuing research in MLC.