The second way one uses the word "thesis" is in reference to a major paper that one writes as a capstone for his or her bachelor's or master's degree. Whereas term papers are projects that last one term, theses are projects that last several terms. Theses are usually much, much longer than term papers, often stretching past two hundred pages. Perhaps counterintuitively, however, theses often cover much more specialized topics than term papers. For example, one may write a term paper on Herman Melville for a literature survey course, but one would be much more likely to write a thesis on homosexual symbolism in Herman Melville's Moby Dick or on some other extremely specific aspect of one of Melville's novels. In fact, one could write an entire thesis on a single paragraph of Moby Dick . The goal of a thesis is to expound fully one's opinion on a given subject and to confront and exhaust all the opposition to that opinion. Therefore, one usually specializes his or her thesis topic almost to the point of absurdity.
Perhaps some students are told not to begin a sentence with "because" to avoid sentence fragments
(something like "Because Mary and Samantha arrived at the bus station before noon" is a sentence fragment), but it is perfectly
acceptable to begin a sentence with "because" as long as the sentence is complete (as in "Because Mary and Samantha arrived at
the bus station before noon, I did not see them at the station.")
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences from the Writing Center at Texas A & M This page was last updated on January 26, 2015 . Copyright Randy Rambo , 2012.