The discussions in these disserations are very formal and the non-specialist unfortunately does not gain much by reading them. Exceptions include the Martirosyan's historical dissertation (a dictionary), dialectal pronunciations in Vaux's dissertation and colloquial Western phrasings in Khanjian's dissertation, but the reader should not even expect to understand 90% of these two later dissertations without at minimum a BA in linguistics. Martirosyan's dictionary is accessible, although the non-Indo-Europeanist will find it difficult to understand the discussions about the possible derivations of words. The goal of the synchronic research, essentially, is to create or fine-tune an existing (generative) formalism to account for the facts of Armenian phonology, morphology and syntax. Armenian is interesting for this purpose because it was recently ranked as one of the most typologically odd languages: its features are rare or, rather, the combination of its known features is rare among the world's 6000 or so languages.
Students writing a qualitative/quantitative dissertation must accumulate a minimum of 3 credits of EDU-800 before graduation; students writing a historical dissertation, who have not taken EDU-707, must accumulate a minimum of 6 credits of EDU 800 before graduation.
A brief Historical Dissertation of the board S4S
Knowing that, UIUC embarked on an ambitious program to digitize the entirety of its historic dissertation and theses collections with the goals of expanding access, promoting the campus’ past research and scholarship, and, wherever possible, connecting with authors (alumni) to provide open access to their scholarship.