You may do a term paper or a term project. If you do a project, the project must be accompanied with a brief written report on the project.


01. The paper should be written in conformity with the current issue of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and The MLA Style Manual except for rules noted below. Copies can be obtained at most bookstores on in the library.

02. The first paragraph must contain a clearly stated thesis, and should contain a statement of purpose.

04. Proof read. The paper should be free from fragments, awkward sentencing, comma errors, misspelling, errors in subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement, and other errors of mechanics or grammar. Students will receive a one grade penalty for confusing common words such as “to, two, and too,” “there and their,” “profit and prophet,” “here and hear.” Consequently you must check for spelling errors with more than the use of a computer’s spell check.

05. There should be approximately a sixty-forty balance of documentary support passages favoring primary sources.

06 For most papers students should consult at least three books and two articles, or two books and three articles on the subject. Our textbook and the Internet may be used, but these resources may not be counted toward the total of books and articles consulted.

07. The text should contain approximately 1500 to 2000 words, not counting notes, cover page, or works-cited pages. The paper will be from seven to ten pages. Permission may be given for longer or shorter papers if the nature of the paper necessitates the difference.

08. Number your pages in the upper left hand corner. The first page is not numbered. The second page of text is numbered with the Arabic numeral “2.” Then pages are numbered sequentially. The cover page is not numbered. If you have (an) outline page(s) it is (they are) numbered with small Roman numerals, not the sequential Arabic numbers.

09. Type or use a computer. “Times New Roman” is a suggested font type face in 10, 11 or 12 points.

10. There should be a cover page with the following information: the name of the paper, the name of the author, the date submitted, the name of the course both in terms of department, number and section and in terms of English title, and the name of the professor of the course spelled correctly.

11. Sources used should be appropriate to the topic.

12. The paper must have a conclusion that sums up the paper.

13. The paper must have a works-cited page that exhibits the correct bibliographic form.

14. Do submit your paper in a term paper folder or binder that holds the pages together. Do not submit loose pages. Do not decorate the folder in any way.

15. Keep a copy of your paper for your records. Papers do get lost.

16. When in doubt, please use a note to give credit to sources you are using. Papers will be checked for plagiarism.

17. You may make relevant comparisons between a religion being studied and your faith. However, avoid witnessing for your faith based on assumptions that are only valid within your particular faith position.

18. You may write a major paper for this course and another course, if you have permission of both professors.

19. You may not recycle a paper that you have submitted or written for another courses at this university, in high school or at another university. With the approval of the instructor you may use a paper that you have previously written as a basis for an expanded paper on the same theme or a different theme. . Advance permission is required.

20.The topic must primarily concern an Indian or Oriental Religion. While comparisons are possible with other religions the paper must not be primarily about a non-Indian or Oriental Religion.

21. Topics may include the following

A. Study of the writings of a particular theologian or philosopher within one of the world religions that we have studied.

B. A study of a particular philosophical problem within one of the religions studied. For example the problem of evil, or the problem of the nature of God.

C. A study of a social problem within a particular religion. For example the role of women, or the issue of abortion, or the caste system.

D. A study of a political problem within a particular religion. For example the political claims of the Sikhs or the support or lack of support of the United States for India in its relationships with China or Pakistan.

E. A study of a particular genre of literature within a particular religion. For example Indian or Buddhist poetry.

F. A study of social practices within a religion. For example Japanese flower arrangements, the tea ceremonies, or various meditations or fighting practices.

G. Social practices such as marriage or funeral or coming of age rituals within a religion.