Dissertation Projects

Current Dissertation Projects

Rachel Achs
What Warrants Blame?

Diana Acosta Navas
Discursive Inequality and Citizenship

Olivia Bailey
On Empathy

Ewa Bigaj
The Aesthetics of Mathematics

James Bondarchuk
Kant’s Fact of Reason as Pure Practical Apperception

Javier Caride
Naturalism and Normativity

Ryan Davis
Why Does Liberty Matter?  Outline of a Theory about Liberty's Priority

Sandy Diehl
Living in the Eyes of Others

Noel Dominguez
Moral Responsibility without the Responsibility

Doug Kremm
Practical Cognitivism: An Essay on Normativity and Objectivity

Paul Marcucilli
In Search of Epistemic Normativity

Patricia Marechal
Aristotelian Powers

Jen Nguyen
Locating Leibniz's Monads: the Point of View Proposal

Thomas Pendlebury
The Grounds of Sense

Michael Rabenberg
Death: Three Philosophical Essays

Ronni Sadovsky
Emancipatory Social Norms

Wendy Salkin
Informal Political Representatives and the Possibility of Democratic Legitimacy

Will Tadros
Coercive Proposals and Coercion's Effects

Kate Vredenburgh
Varieties of Explanation

Recent Dissertations

Byron Davies
Dependence on Persons and Dependence on Things in Rousseau’s Social, Psychological, and Aesthetic Theory (anticipated May 2018)

Lauren Davidson
Into Question: An Account of Inquiry (March 2018)

Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc
The Authority of Morality and the Recognition of Persons (November 2017)

Zeynep Soysal
Formal Analyticity  (May 2017)

Shantia Rahimian
Phenomenal Concepts, Transparency, And The Hard Problems of Consciousness (May 2017)

Lauren Kopajtic
Sovereign Sentiments: Conceptions of Self-Control in David Hume, Adam Smith, and Jane Austen (May 2017)

Paul Julian
Objectivity and Intersubjectivity in Moral Philosophy  (May 2017)

Micha Glaeser
Counsel and Command: An Address-Dependent Account of Authority (November 2016)

Jeremy Fix
Acting from Thought about Action (November 2016)

Emily McWilliams
Belief and Ameliorative Epistemology (November 2016)

Celine Leboeuf
The Social Constitution of the Body: Bodily Alienation and Bodily Integrity (May 2016)

Alex Prescott-Couch
Rational Reconstruction and the Construction of an Interlocutor (November 2015)

Enoch Lambert
Species, Humans, and Transformations (November 2015)

Nataliya Palatnik 
Kant’s Science of the Moral World and Moral Objectivity (November 2015)

Oded Na'aman
Loving, Valuing, Regretting, and Being Oneself (November 2015)

Marc Gasser 
On Perception’s Role in Aristotle’s Epistemology (May 2015)

Johann Frick 
‘Making People Happy, Not Making Happy People’: A Defense of the Asymmetry Intuition in Population Ethics (November 2014)

David Langlois 
The Normativity of Structural Rationality (November 2014)

Austin Booth
Essays on Biological Individuality (November 2014)

Colin Chamberlain 
The Self-Body Problem in Descartes and Malebranche (November 2014)

Elizabeth Miller 
No Metaphysics within Physics? (May 2014)

Michael Kenneally 
Intellectual Property Rights and Institutions: A Pluralist Account (May 2014)

Nico Cornell 
Wrongs Without Rights (November 2013)

Craig Nishomoto 
Duties of Rescue: a Moderate Account (November 2013)

Patricio Fernandez 
The Power of a Practical Conclusion (November 2013)

Sharon Berry 
Three Papers on and around the Access Problem (November 2013)

Allison Kuklok 
Conceptualism and Objectivity in Locke’s Account of Natural Kinds (November 2013)

Thesis / Project / Dissertation

General Information

Spring 2018 Changes to Thesis/Project/Dissertation Submission

Starting in Spring 2018, graduate theses, projects, and dissertations will be produced only in online format (ScholarWorks).  The University Library has been depositing Sacramento State graduate theses, projects, and dissertations in ScholarWorks, our campus repository, since Fall 2009.  All theses, projects, and dissertations in ScholarWorks are full-text searchable and available in common search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

Though the campus is moving to an online format for the submission of theses, projects, and dissertations, the university’s format guidelines still apply.  This means that students will still need to:

  1. Attend a mandatory Thesis/Project Format Workshop
  2. Make an appointment during the limited or regular thesis/project/dissertation submission period to have the thesis/project/dissertation format review by OGS before submitting and uploading the required documentation to OGS by the submission deadline in the semester of graduation:
    1. The committee and department approved signature pages of the thesis/project/dissertation; and
    2. Upload of the final thesis/project/dissertation onto ScholarWorks.

Spring 2018 Thesis/Project Format Workshops:  http://csus.edu/gradstudies/currentstudents/thesis-project-dissertation/formattingworkshops.html

Spring 2018 Appointments, Submission & Deadline:  http://csus.edu/gradstudies/currentstudents/thesis-project-dissertation/submission-and-deadlines.html


What is a Thesis?

The California Code of Regulations: Title 5 Education, Section 40510 defines a thesis as:

The written product of a systematic study of a significant problem. It identifies the problem, states the major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation. The finished project [product] evidences originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation.

What is a Project?

The California Code of Regulations: Title 5 Education, Section 40510 defines a project as:

A significant undertaking appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and rationale. It is described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project’s significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation.

Projects can be done alone or in collaboration with other students.

What is a Dissertation?

A dissertation is the major research project normally required as part of the work for a doctoral degree. Dissertations are expected to make a new and creative contribution to the field of study, or to demonstrate one's excellence in the field.

The California Code of Regulations: Title 5 Education, Section 40511 states:

The dissertation shall be the written product of systematic, rigorous research on a significant professional issue. The dissertation is expected to contribute to an improvement in professional practices or policy. It shall evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale.

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