The requirements for the course are as follows: (1) Preliminary Assignments including quiz (30%); (2) First Draft (30%); (3) Final Paper (30%); (4) Oral Presentation (10%); and (5) a self-evaluation (one-page, typed, single-spaced) assessing your performance in the course (not graded but required) and a “Letter to the Next Class” (one-page, typed, single-spaced, in sealed envelope). All of these will be discussed in considerable detail in class.

writing intensive requirements

The course fulfills a university writing intensive requirement as well a Department of History & Art History major requirement. the department requires that students earn a C to meet the departmental rules regarding successful completion of the major.

  1. Construction of an original historical thesis
  2. Use of primary sources in support of thesis statement
  3. The degree to which the work is situated appropriately in the existing literature of secondary sources, produced by historians as well as scholars in other disciplines
  4. The synthesis of diverse sources and the sophistication of the historical analysis
  5. How well the work is linked to larger political, social, and cultural issues appropriate to the topic
  6. How well knowledge and skills acquired in other disciplinary contexts is integrated
  7. The organization of the presentation and the quality of the written narrative

oral presentation requirements

There are few opportunities for students to present their research to an audience. Although the synthesis and writing intensive rubrics no longer require an oral presentation, this iteration of HIST 300 will require a presentation for successful completion of the course. Please note that students will dress professionally for their talks.

  1. Demonstrates ability to synthesize several aspects of general education in presentation
  2. Demonstrates ability to present one’s work in a clear and organized manner
  3. Ability to handle questions from the audience
  4. Completed the presentation’s essential elements within the allotted time
  5. Ability to engage and maintain the audience’s attention

scholarly inquiry (RI) requirements

HIST 300 is also an RI course or Scholarly Inquiry courses. Students in an RI course are expected to learn about the recursive process of scholarly inquiry either through studying previous scholarship or as preparation for participating in an original project. HIST 300 students will learn content and skills that make them capable of evaluating scholarly work and may prepare them to conduct their own scholarly project. This particular iteration of the course includes the completion of a scholarly essay based on original research. Specifically, the learning goals of the this particular course are:

  1. Select a research topic
  2. Frame a research question
  3. Conduct research in relevant primary and secondary sources that span a variety of
  4. Evaluate the quality, credibility, and limitations of the arguments presented by scholars
    working on similar topics
  5. Situate your findings within the scholarly literature of your topic
  6. Craft a historical argument that is appropriately supported by the evidence you compile
    through your research
  7. Connect issues in your topic to larger intellectual or social concerns; that is, to appreciate
    and convey the broadest significance of your research
  8. Effectively communicate the fruits of your research orally and in writing