In general, most independent work in Art & Archaeology begins with the selection of an object or objects or a theme on which to focus. In all cases except for the fall JIW, the student then develops an original interpretation of this material—one that does not already exist in the scholarly or critical literature and that employs modes of reasoning or methods that reflect original thinking—based on examination of the object of inquiry, review of the secondary literature, archival research, primary documents, and examination of other relevant or useful literature from other fields. A student’s particular course of research will be determined by the nature of his or her topic, thus the preceding list represents just some of the types of sources on which a student will draw in conducting his or her research, formulating his or her argument, and writing his or her paper or thesis.
Please see the Independent Work Guide for detailed information.
The Department Style Guide will assist you in formatting your work.