Dean of General Studies and XFU Vice President
General Studies Assistant Dean
Episode Studies Department Head
Movie Studies Department Head
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[The Episode Studies Department]
[The Movie Studies Department]
Areas of Study
This is the department for students who wish to study topics that don't fit in with other schools at the University.
The way getting a degree in General Studies works is the following. You must first decide what you wish to write your thesis on. Here are some suggested areas of study:
Of course, these are just overall, suggested areas of study. Feel free to modify,
reinvent, widen, or narrow any of them to your satisfaction. You may even
create your own topic area since this is General Studies department.
The only requirements are that:
Please make sure to peruse the Course Catalogue and verify. I can't tell you how many Gen Studies applicants have been turned away because of these rules (especially rule 2). If you are uncertain as to whether your thesis topic would be better suited for another School, email the dean of that school. (School listings and deans' names can be found at The XFU Course Catalogue.)
Final decision on these issues lies with me.
Standard Degree. Must submit one thesis on approved subject.
Second Level Degree. This requires another thesis.
Highest Degree Available. Must submit a third separate thesis.
Your thesis must be at least 10K in size for a major, 5K in
size for a minor. (Larger is fine, too.) NC-17 language and subject matter is
allowed, but not recommended - all within relatively good taste, of course.
Please keep in mind that your thesis will be archived at the XFU, so anything
you would be embarrassed to see in print, do not write.
I will be responsible for "grading" your work. You will be informed as to the status of your degree along the way. (Please allow me at least two to three weeks to review your work.) If your work is not accepted the first time, please do not be offended. We want our archive to represent the Best of the Best of X-Philes' Writing. No degrees have a time constraint. Take as long as you want to finish your work, and re-submit again to me.
Your thesis must prove your theory. A good paper possesses the following elements:
~In other words: Tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Then, tell them what you told them.~
I'd suggest reading others' theses
before starting your own. A good writer knows others' work.
If you need any help with any of the above directions or just your writing in general, please email us. It's our job to help.
Here are some recommended places for research:
The XF Official Site
There really is good deal here to use in your research.
The XF Alphabet Book
Your A-Z's of XF information
About.Com: The X-Files
Current XF links and news
Lots and lots of links
Archive of various authors' episode reviews
The X-Files Movie
Great place for character research
The Gillian Anderson Website
Order of the Blessed St. Scully the Enigmatic
The Society for the Prevention of Cruely to David Duchovny
Fox William Mulder on the Web
2 Minute XF News Stop: Cancer Man Dept.
The Cigarette-Smoking Man
The Office of the Assistant Director
Walter Skinner/Mitch Pileggi
The Lair of the Rat
Alex Krycek/Nicolas Lea
The Melissketeers Home Page
Melissa Scully/Melinda McGraw
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