Original creative work option

The original creative work option allows you to address or explore your interests through artistic, or other expressive, forms, which may include, but are not limited to: photography, film, video, or other visual media, creative writing, and performance. You should design a project that addresses themes or questions of relevance to your area of concentration. Your project should demonstrate your ability to think and act independently and to apply what you have learned during your major course of study.

Typically, there will be three stages to the original creative work: the proposal, creation, and presentation.

I. The proposal.

Your proposal should include:

  • Identification of themes or questions to be addressed and an explanation of their relevance to your area of concentration.
  • An explanation of what form your work will take, and an explanation of how that form will enable you to address your chosen themes or questions.
  • A discussion of how your project will make a contribution to knowledge and understanding in your major field.
  • A plan for presentation of your work.

You will write your proposal in consultation with your advisor. Once your advisor has approved your proposal, a you can continue to the next stage of work. Your advisor may bring in a second reader to evaluate the merits of a proposal.

II. Creation.

Following approval of your proposal, and under the supervision of your advisor, you may begin their primary creative work. Typically, you will be enrolled in GEOG 499 while engaged in this stage of the project. Your grade in that course will be based on your advisor’s assessment of the success of your work, but that assessment will not be made until after completion of the presentation stage.

III. Presentation.

Generally, presentation should follow the plan outlined and approved in your proposal. However, changes can be made as needed and with the consent of a your advisor. The nature of a project’s presentation will vary according to the form of the work, available and appropriate means, and student interests.

In assessing the completed work, advisors may consult with additional reviewers. The recruitment of additional reviewers will depend on the nature of the work, and the joint judgment of advisor and student as to what kind of expertise or perspective is needed to assess the project. However, a your final grade in GEOG 499 will be the sole responsibility of your advisor.


Mike McGlade, Geography Department Chair

Email: mcgladm@wou.edu   Office: HSS 211

Tel: 503-838-8381