Each student will create an 8-credit creative thesis that showcases his/her creative writing completed during the program, demonstrates social relevance, and includes scholarly references. In the thesis, the student is expected to explore something new, demonstrate seriousness of purpose, convey a sense of depth, and communicate an act of discovery or insight. S/he should select work that represents his or her individual stamp, but must also accompany it with a pertinent scholarly essay. Thus, every final thesis and portfolio will combine an academic paper relevant to the creative work compiled by the student over the course of study. The final product will include, not only the scholarly essay, but the creative works that have been produced, creating a robust portfolio of scholarship and creative writing. For example, a learner preparing a thesis based on the novel would include a scholarly piece that puts his/her novel in an historical, literary, and/or theoretical context, while signifying how his/her contribution relates to relevant literature in the field.