The research paper consists of an objective examination of a liberal arts topic related to living in a global community. You may research some
aspect of culture (e.g., politics, social change, music, film, art, theatre, literature, science, religion, etc.) in a country other than the
United States. Or, you may focus on an aspect of US culture that has implications for the global community.
**You may not write about a topic that is related in any way to your major.
Globalization refers to the worldwide phenomenon of technological, economic, political and cultural exchanges, brought about by modern
communication, transportation, and legal infrastructure as well as the political choice to consciously open cross-border links in international
trade and finance. It is a term used to describe how places and human beings are becoming more intertwined with each other around the world
economically, politically, and culturally. Although these globalization links are not new, they are more pervasive than ever before.
• The length of the paper will vary from student to student, but in general, the paper ( Review of the Literature, which is the main body
of the paper) should be between 8 and 10 pages. This does not include the title page, the body of the paper, or the references.
• References must include articles from scholarly journals, books, or websites of professional organizations.
• The paper must cite at least six references.
• No more than two sources can be newspapers and/or weekly news magazines.
• References should be current, no more than five years old, unless you have a justifiable reason for including a historical source.
• No “wiki” sources or sources without named authors.
• The final version must reflect acceptable spelling and grammar, and be written in APA format in Times New Roman 12 point font with 1″
margins. More specific guidelines for the paper will be provided, including a template for the paper.
• Interviews must be with experts in the field as documented by publications in the field or published in a scholarly journal.
Two checkpoints have been built into the course to provide feedback and to help you make steady progress in selecting a topic, conducting
research to find relevant sources, and writing the paper:
1. Initial proposal – Week 1
2. Preliminary References page, listing potential sources in APA format, thesis statement, and an outline – Week 4.
Please review the assignment directions in those particular weeks for more details on expectations and grading criteria.