HIST 250 Policies

Course Meetings

Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30-10:20
May Hall 116

Required Texts

The below are available for purchase at the Framingham State Bookstore and at various online outlets.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Louis P. Masur, 2nd ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003). ISBN: 978-0-312-40415-4

Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 7th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012). ISBN: 978-0-312-61041-8

Contact Information

General Policies


Any student with a disability or other extenuating circumstances should see the instructor as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any accommodations provided through CASA, including written documentation.


All students in this course must submit an electronic copy (with your name and other identifying information removed) of both your HRW paper and one paper you wrote for a 100-level history course (either at FSU or another institution) on Blackboard. These documents will be used for the university-wide assessment compulsory for all departments. The evaluation of your 100-level paper will not affect your grade in this course. Instructions on how to submit these documents will be discussed later in the semester. Please feel free to ask any questions about this requirement either of me or of Professor Sarah Mulhall Adelman.

Course Websites

Please be sure to check the course website for updates to the syllabus, assignment details, and other information about the course.


All students are required to maintain a Framingham State e-mail account, and course announcements will be sent to that address and posted to the course website. Please check your FSU account and the website regularly for updates.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

The academic community is built upon the free, open, and honest exchange of ideas and opinions. In order to achieve such an environment, students need to be confident that their peers are holding themselves to the same high standards. Cheating undermines the reputation of a university’s degrees and violates the trust of all members of our intellectual community. Accordingly, no form of cheating will be tolerated in this course. All students are expected to conform to the university’s code of conduct at all times. Any student found cheating will be referred to the Dean of Students according to university policy. Cheating on any assignment will result in an automatic failure of the assignment and other possible repercussions.

Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one’s own without giving proper credit to the source. You must acknowledge the original author or source of all quotations and ideas through quotation marks, footnotes, etc. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following:

  • the submission of a work, either in part or in whole completed by another;
  • failure to give credit for ideas, statements, facts or conclusions which rightfully belong to another;
  • failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or even a part thereof;
  • close and lengthy paraphrasing of another’s writing, without credit or originality;
  • use of another’s project or programs or part thereof without giving credit.

Submission of a work completed for another class either in a previous or concurrent term is academic dishonesty. In short, plagiarism is not allowed under any circumstances. If you have any questions about whether something might be considered plagiarism, please ask.

For more information on Framingham State’s policies on academic honesty and plagiarism, please see the CASA Writing Guide.


Federal regulations require that students engage in two hours of work outside of the classroom for each credit hour. For courses at Framingham State, which are four credits, that means that students are expected to work for approximately eight hours per week outside of class.

Catalog Information

An introduction to the theories and methods of historical research and writing. Required of all History majors. Students should plan to take this course in their sophomore year. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and two (2) 100-level History survey courses; or permission of instructor.

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