Topic Proposal Essay
The proposal explains your research interests and formulates
a tentative thesis per the one research question that has been approved.
To write the proposal, you must present thoughts on the
approved topic and research question from the brainstorming exercise.
You are to write your essay of 500-600 words, (1 ½-2 pages) using
MLA paper formatting.
Overall, the proposal is to be:
your rationale – your reasons for your topic and
research question choice,
more personal and more specific in wording and
thoughtful, well-developed, and revised for
content, form, grammar, and mechanics (as always).
*You may use “I” in the
proposal, but do use it sparingly. You should explain not only what your choices
are, but why you chose them. Also, it’s important that you continue reading sources,
mostly in the KSU library so to understand more and more the approved research
The proposal also gives an overview of what you expect to
find during research. You may think of this paper as a place to form a
hypothesis about your research. You should answer the following questions:
What three disciplines or fields argue about my
topic, research questions, and so on? How might these three perspectives add depth
to what I plan to argue? In other words, what is the conversation in three
different disciplines that pertain to your topic and research question? (e.g.
psychological, economical, etc.)
What do I know about my topic, more
specifically, my research focus already?
What is my experience with it, if any? Why was I
motivated to write on this research topic and question?
What would the general public know about my
topic? What might my peers know? Why might they need to know to better
understand the argument I plan to make?
What do I expect to find when conducting more research?
What key concepts/terms might I need to define
for my reader?
You may also include questions of your own as part of your
proposal. These questions are written by you, in question form, and are included
in the paper as an indication of what you plan to look for as you review
sources for your paper.
The proposal also includes a tentative thesis statement. Between
sources, what do you think the common thread will be? (e.g. consider concepts
that are mentioned in various sources, same schools of thought, etc.) In other
words, what one main thought will your research questions surround?
A complete draft is due for peer review on Fri., Feb. 14.
The final draft is due by 11:59 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 14 to the
respective dropbox in D2L.