The St. Mary’s Project in English is designed for students with a definite, large-scale, independent project they wish to accomplish primarily on their own. It is ideal for students who have consistently developed particular interests, who desire to prepare for graduate study or a particular profession such as journalism, or who are ready to take on a substantial creative-writing task. The project draws on and extends knowledge, analytical skills, and creative achievement developed through previous academic work. By the end of his or her junior year, the student should initiate the project, identify an area to be explored, propose a method of inquiry and/or process of work appropriate to the project, and, in consultation with the English faculty, determine a mentor who will supervise the project. The project should reflect the social context, the body of literature, or the conceptual framework to which it contributes. The project must have a significant English component, but it may be within this discipline, across disciplines, or in an established cross-disciplinary studies option. Supervised by an English faculty mentor, each project is subject to departmental approval (for details on the English SMP, see the English Department website). (Please see College guidelines for the St. Mary’s Project.) The project must be shared with the College community through a public presentation of some kind. Prerequisite: Senior standing, approval by faculty mentor and by the English Department. Consult faculty mentor for project guidelines.