07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R
Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
Section Information for Fall 2019
HIST 797 is the required research seminar for graduate students. The goals of the course are to produce an article-length research paper that makes an original contribution to knowledge; to present research to the class; and to assist other students in their work. Students are bounded by the topic “war and society,” but may pursue research in any time period of human history and in any geographic location on planet Earth. However, students should bear in mind limitations on the availability of sources and the instructor’s limitations (I am a 20th century US historian.) HIST 797 has one central requirement: a research paper of 8,000-10,000 words (plus citation) based on original research in primary sources on a topic of the student’s choosing that makes an original contribution to knowledge. There are a number of preliminary requirements along the way, but the writing and presentation of the final essay is the point of the course. It is through this essay that students will demonstrate the ability to:
Students are encouraged to consider their research topics prior to the start of the term, including preliminary investigation of primary and secondary sources. Feel free to reach out to the instructor in the month prior to the start of the semester to touch base about your ideas. However, students are not required to consider their topics in advance, as the 3 credits awarded for this course assume that the entire project can be conceived and executed within the confines of the semester.
Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies, Education (Community College) or History.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.