Independent Work in African American Studies

The Department provides a detailed calendar for concentrators and their advisers each year. The following timelines for the JP and thesis provide benchmarks for the completion of independent work.

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Last Updated Monday, October 24, 2022

 

Junior Papers

Fall Term

Week Description

October 24

Submit Junior Paper Adviser preferences, JP Topic, and subfield track selection

January 13

Email your JP prospectus to your adviser and ask to schedule a day and time to meet in the first week of class in the spring term.

Spring Term

During the spring term, you are strongly encouraged to have at least three sessions with a Graduate Student Coach. These will be scheduled in January.

Week Description

Week 1

Meet with your adviser, no later than Friday, February 3 to:

  1. discuss your prospectus;
  2. discuss how frequently you will meet, and best ways to check-in;
  3. plan your next research/writing task.

Week 4

Submit partial first draft (perhaps one major section) to your adviser, no later than Friday, February 24.

Week 5

Students receive first drafts back, with comments from advisers, no later than Friday, March 3.

March 11-19 Spring Break
Week 7 Submit partial second draft to your adviser, no later than Friday, March 24.

Week 8

Students receive second drafts back, with comments from advisers, no later than Friday, March 31.

Week 10

Submit third and mostly complete draft to your adviser, no later than Friday, April 14.

Week 11

Students receive third drafts back, with comments from advisers, no later than Friday, April 21.

May 2

FINAL Junior Paper uploaded by 5:00 pm. You will receive a link and instructions on uploading the paper to Google Drive.

May 23

Students receive JP grades and comments.

Senior Thesis

Fall Term

Weeks Description

Week 2

Schedule a meeting with your adviser to discuss the thesis topic and plan for the semester, including tentative meeting times, no later than Friday, September 16.

Week 5

Submit a five-page thesis proposal to your adviser no later than Monday, October 3. The proposal should include:

  • description of the topic, the scope of the project, and methodological approach you plan to take
  • discussion of how your coursework at Princeton or elsewhere has prepared you to pursue the topic
  • a brief survey of sources and a review of the kinds of evidence you plan to use
  • a discussion of the contribution your work will make to the existing scholarship in your area
  • a preliminary bibliography
  • a preliminary writing plan or chapter outline

Week 10

Submit a partial first draft (twenty pages) to your adviser no later than Friday, November 18.

January 27

Submit a draft of an additional twenty pages to your advisor

Spring Term

Weeks Description

Week 2

Submit a draft of an additional twenty pages to your adviser no later than Friday, February 10.

Week 3

Review your degree progress in TigerHub and submit your Degree Progress Check-In by Monday, February 13 at 5:00 pm.

Week 8

Submit a draft of the entire thesis to your adviser no later than Friday, March 24.

Week 11 Last day to receive feedback from your adviser is Friday, April 14.

Week 12

Upload your thesis via Thesis Central by April 24 at noon.

May 1

Submit your Senior Comprehensive Statement and Honors Calculation by 5:00 pm.

May 5

Students receive reader reports and grades.

May 10-11

Senior Comprehensive Exams – BLOCK BOTH DAYS ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

Department Extension Policy

Extensions of independent work deadlines may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances, usually involving medical conditions. Students must petition the Departmental Representative in writing, via email in advance of the deadline. Students requesting extensions must also notify the Department by copying the Administrative Coordinator and Department Manager on all requests, including updates.

Individual advisers cannot grant extensions but must be included in the conversation.

For extensions beyond Dean's date, students must consult their Residential College Dean or Director of Studies.

One distinctive feature of the concentration in African American Studies is the plan for independent work in the junior year. In the spring, juniors write an 8,000 to 10,000-word (excluding bibliography and notes) Junior Paper, which is graded by the JP adviser.