Students generally identify their research interest, their mentor, and possible topics as they progress through the program. We do not advise making the decision about writing a thesis until the Spring semester of the first year at the very earliest.
We suggest you start asking your professors immediately for feedback on term papers to help you think of how they might be built out into a thesis. The decision to write a thesis may impact the courses that you take as well. For example, you may want to take a methods class the semester before writing.
We advise students to do the thesis over the course of one academic year, and to sit in on the year-long Thesis Writing Seminar (offered at the undergraduate level). The seminar provides guidance and support for thesis writers, and is separate from the thesis advising you receive from your mentor. Occasionally, we offer a separate graduate section of the Thesis Writing Seminar.
For questions, contact MLC Program Director Anastasia Nylund at firstname.lastname@example.org.