Will you be conducting archival research, and if so, where, and for what purpose?
Does one section of your dissertation rely on your having completed another section first?
Thesis proposals should be submitted before substantial research has been completed.
Typically, it should be submitted before or during the first semester in which the student registers for research credits.
Even better, explain how you are intervening in the status quo already established by these existing critics or theorists.
You should also give a sense of the kinds of critical activity you plan to carry out: will you do close readings of primary texts? Will one or more chapters be devoted to a survey of existing scholarship?
The justification for and Significance of the Study Now you start to get into the substance of your proposal.
You may run to a few pages in this section, and amplify on what you introduced in Section B. Methodology or Procedures Again–this is a substantive section of the Proposal. This section describes the activities necessary to achieve the objectives.
The Vice Provost is charged with responsibility for review and approval or rejection of all proposals.
Proposals that do not meet the standard of the Graduate School will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.