Attendance/Participation (10%)

Participation is vital to your success in this course. You are expected to attend all course meetings and to come to class prepared. That is, you should have completed the reading or any assigned writing, bring a hard copy with you in class, and be prepared to participate actively in class discussion through comments and questions.

Weekly Assignments (20%)

You will have an assignment due at the beginning of each week on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. (except as otherwise noted) via Dropbox. These assignments are designed to guide you through the research process. Though some may seem small, putting your best effort into each one will ensure that the final paper represents your best work. I will explain the assignment in class the week before it is due; if you miss class, it is your responsibility to get details from another student or visit office hours. Any submission that receives a grade below C will receive a 0. You may then re-do the assignment within one week for up to 80% of the original points.

Writing Conferences (5%)

There are three required individual conferences during the semester. If you miss a conference it will be graded as a zero.

Research Paper (55% total)

  • Proposal (10%), due Sunday, March 4. The proposal will be a formal explanation of your project, including the driving questions, your proposed historiographic contribution, and an explanation of the sources you are utilizing.
  • Paper draft (15%), due April 12-April 17 (dates individually assigned to students). This paper will be graded as a draft, but it should be complete, that is, it should meet the required length, include all elements of an essay, and represent your best work.
  • Final paper (30%), due Wednesday, May 2. The paper must be at least 6,000 words in length (exclusive of footnotes), prove an original argument using a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and clearly situate your argument within relevant historiography.

Student Poster/Presentation Day (5%)

Each student is required to participate in the CELTSS Student Poster and Presentation Day, traditionally held during the last week of classes. You will have the option either to design a poster or give a brief talk about your research. Your grade will be based on the quality of the poster and how clearly you convey your argument, topic, research methods, and sources, and significance.

Presentations (5%)

Each student is required to give 15-20 minute oral presentation based on your research project. You will be expected to demonstrate mastery of your topic and convey clearly your argument and its historiographic significance. Students will sign up for times either during the last week of classes or during the assigned final exam time slot.