Course Description

490.802 - Thesis and Careers in Science Writing

This course involves the revision of a program thesis and a final capstone experience that prepares a student for a science writing career. If possible, students should enroll in this final program course after completing all other cores, workshops, and electives. Thesis: Each student's thesis is created from writing in earlier courses. Students revise and refine an individual portfolio that includes creative writing, journalism, and communication writing. Students submit a Science Writing Thesis Planning Form at least one month before the course begins. Student should prepare a thesis draft before the course starts; the term is spent revising that work. Capstone: The group experience of the course requires each participant to develop a career plan that includes personal goals such as publication, job applications, or job advancement. Other capstone experiences may include attending science writing events or seminars, publication of a course magazine or journal, and discussions of the changing business of writing. The Science Writing Program also may propose an optional mini-residency that includes a series of final onsite experiences at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and Washington. (This thesis course applies only to the MA in Science Writing; for the MA in Writing, see 490.801.)