# Undefined Control Sequence \maketitle … par

I'm new to LateX (first day playing around with it). Downloaded a sample (for a thesis) and I get the following error:

I've tried googling around, but it seems like undefined control sequence could mean many things. Any ideas to what it means? Please write a comment if any more info is needed and I'll edit the question.

• Whithout seeing your code it's pretty hard to see what's wrong with it. – Maarten Dhondt Feb 28 '14 at 13:31
• We really need to see a MWE. – moewe Feb 28 '14 at 13:36
• Welcome to TeX.SX! In this case it's \@degree that is the undefined control sequence (last command on the line after undefined ...). However, a minimal working example (MWE) makes this much easier to answer in more detail. (Generally, always create a minimal example demonstrating whatever the problem is, makes things easier for us.) – Torbjørn T. Feb 28 '14 at 13:37

you should define (before \maketitle) something like
\degree{Master of Universe}

otherwise the internal \@degree is not defined which is used for the title.
• Whatever thesis class is being used should have prepared for this. It should contain a line like \def\@degree{\@latex@error{No \noexpand\degree given}\@ehc}. Then a reasonably explanatory error message would be produce. – Dan Feb 28 '14 at 20:44