Tasks to complete before writing the proposal:
1. Choose a topic: Identify a subject within your discipline (major/discipline/field of study). The subject has to be something that people who work in your field of study would be interested in. For example, if my field of study is psychology, I could choose an article that is discussing animal testing ethics or childhood brain development. There are many options, so try to choose something you’re interested in.
If you do not have major or career path, you may choose any issue. Please keep in mind, though, that the information you learn during this assignment will be helpful in the future if you choose an issue within your field of study.
2. Choose your article: Once you have identified the issue, you should choose one scholarly articlefrom the library databasesthat discusses this issue from your academic discipline’s perspective.
Discipline: An academic discipline or field of study is a branch of knowledge that is taught and researched as part of higher education.
Examples of disciplines: English, Graphic Design, Engineering, Nursing, Performance Arts, Biology, Marketing, Political Science, Business, etc.
To identify the disciplinary perspective of an article, look at the credentials of the authors; what do they have degrees in? Those degrees are likely the perspective that they are coming from when discussing the subject, but you will also have to look at the focus of the content within the article AND the focus of the publication (academic journal who published the article) to determine this.
Fill out the following for your RA Proposal:
Proposals are graded based on effort, so if you do not address some of this information, then points will be deducted.
- Your field of study (discipline):
- Discipline (and how you know):
- A brief summary of content: