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HIST 494: Senior Seminar In History

Course Description

The Senior Seminar in History is dedicated to the research and writing of a senior thesis. All participants are expected to apply the techniques of scholarship as generally accepted by the historical profession. The seminar is the culminating experience for graduation as a history major. Completion with grade of “C” or higher is required.

Prerequisite: HIST 294; HIST 121; HIST 122; HIST 101 or HIST 111; HIST 102 or HIST 112; and nine hours of HIST electives at the 300- or 400-level.

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Turabian, Kate. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
    • ISBN-978-0-226-81638-8
  • Storey, William Kelleher. Writing History: A Guide for Students. 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
    • ISBN-978-0-19-023894-0

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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Course Overview

The Senior Seminar in History is the culminating experience of the History major. The primary aim of this course is for students to demonstrate their capabilities as a historian by researching and writing an original senior thesis. Students will also learn the art of critique and revision through the peer review process. In order to pass the course, students must receive a grade of “C” or better on the final draft of the senior thesis.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key events in U.S. and world history.
  2. Articulate a philosophy and theory of history that aligns with current historical research practices.
  3. Detect assumptions, bias and opinions in primary source materials.
  4. Produce an original thesis using the Chicago Style.
  5. Criticize the research methodology of a peer after reviewing a thesis draft.
  6. Defend the evidence and argument of a thesis.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (15) 75 8%
Research Proposal (1) 50 5%
Thesis Bibliography (1) 50 5%
Thesis Outline (1) 50 5%
Thesis First Draft (1) 100 10%
Thesis Critique and Thesis Defense First Draft (1) 50 5%
Thesis Second Draft (1) 125 12%
Thesis Critique and Thesis Defense Second Draft (1) 50 5%
Thesis Final Draft (1) 400 40%
Exit Interview (1) 25 2%
History Assessment Test (1) 25 2%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions -- Friday
Discussion 1 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 2 5
Research Proposal 50 Sunday
Bibliography 50
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 4 5
Thesis Outline 50 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 6 5
Thesis First Draft 100 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 8 5
Thesis Critique First Draft 25 Thursday
Thesis Defense First Draft 25 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 10 5
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 12 5
Thesis Second Draft 125 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 14 5
Thesis Critique Second Draft 25 Thursday
Thesis Defense Second Draft 25 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 5 Friday/Saturday
Final–History Assessment Test 25 Saturday
Exit Interview 25
Thesis Final Draft 400
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Readings

Each week you will be assigned various readings from the course textbooks. These readings, as well as any other required "Instructional Materials," will be listed in each weekly module in the "Content" area of the course. Be sure to complete all readings and review all instructional materials prior to attempting the weekly assignments.

Discussion Expectations

Each week, you will participate in two online class discussions. These discussions are meant to deepen your understanding of the topics addressed in the course. You will create a 500 word initial posting in response to a discussion question. You will also be required to reply to at least one other student's posting for each discussion topic. Your reply should have a minimum of 100 words and should be substantive, respectful, and helpful. Remember the goal of the discussion is to provide sounding boards for each other and to learn from each other.

Each of these weekly discussions is worth 5 points. Please note that, although these discussions are only weighted at 8% of the overall grade, they closely align with the assignments each week and therefore are essential to the successful completion of the course.

Your initial discussion posts are due on on Fridays by 11:59 PM CT.  Your response posts are due Sundays by 11:59 PM CT, with the exception of Week 8, where your response posting is due on Saturday by 11:59 PM CT.


Research Proposal

In the first week of the course, you will submit a Research Proposal for your Senior Thesis by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday. This assignment is worth 50 points. Your Research Proposal should be 7-8 pages in length using double line-spacing and a 12-point standard font such as Times New Roman. You should use 1-inch margins and numbered pages. Please use Chicago Style for all citations.

Bibliography

Bibliographies should be separated into sections of primary and secondary sources and must be formatted according to the guidelines of the Turabian Guide.  You will want to begin to build on your research from HIST 294 this week.  In Week 1, craft a revised Bibliography, adding primary and secondary sources and revaluating the sources you located for your Annotated Bibliography in HIST 294.  You should add a minimum of two (2) additional quality academic books or articles and two (2) additional primary sources directly tied to the topic for this week's submission.

Bibliographies are due on Sunday 11:59 PM CT.


Thesis Submission

During Week 2, you will submit an outline of your thesis. This outline is due by Sunday 11:59 PM CT. The The first draft of your thesis is due on Sunday of Week 3 by 11:59 PM CT and should include a draft of the bibliography. You will be submitting a second draft of your thesis by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of Week 6. The final draft of your thesis is due by Saturday of Week 8 by 11:59 PM CT. Your final thesis draft should be 20-25 pages (or 5,000-6,000 words) using a standard font such as Times New Roman 12-point. The word count does not include the bibliography.

All of these phases of your thesis will be submitted to the Dropbox located in the course. In order to access the Dropbox for submission of the Thesis Final Draft, you will need to complete both the History Assessment Test (HAT) and the exit interview.


Exams

The History Assessment Test (HAT) is a proctored, two-hour exam. It will have 120 multiple-choice questions. The HAT can be accessed in D2L. It has to be taken in order to submit the Thesis Final Draft. The exam will open Monday 12:01 a.m. CT of Week 8 and close Saturday 11:59 p.m. CT. Only one attempt is allowed.

Proctoring Information

The “Student Proctor Information Submission Form” must be uploaded to the Proctor Information Dropbox by the end of Week 2. This form and additional information about Proctoring is located in the Content area of the course.


Exit Interview

The exit interview consists of 12 questions that ask students to reflect on their experiences as a history major at Columbia College. This information is collected for departmental assessment purposes. You must complete the exit interview in order to access the Dropbox for the final thesis draft. You will be able to access the Exit Interview in the "Content" area of the course.




Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Choosing a Thesis Topic and Submission of the Research Proposal
Readings

Turabian, Chapters 1-2 (pp. 5-23), Chapter 16 (pp. 144-163)

Storey, Chapter 1 (pp. 4-31)

Instructional Materials

Introductions
Introduce yourself to your fellow students. Please give your name, your major, and discuss any special interests.
Discussion 1
In a paragraph, explain the topic of your thesis and the argument that you will make in the thesis. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Discussion 2
Identify and explain the content of one (1) secondary source and one (1) primary source from your bibliography. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Research Proposal
The research proposal should include an overview of the topic, including a tentative thesis statement, review of other historians work on this topic, research questions, methodology, and an accounting of primary source materials to be used.
Bibliography

Bibliographies should be separated into sections of primary and secondary sources and must be formatted according to the guidelines of the Turabian Guide (Chapter 16).  You will want to begin to build on your research from HIST 294 this week in order to prepare your project bibliography that lists the primary and secondary sources you will use in the senior thesis.  In Week 1, craft a revised Bibliography, adding primary and secondary sources and revaluating the sources you located for your Annotated Bibliography in HIST 294.  You should add a minimum of two (2) additional quality academic books or articles and two (2) additional primary sources directly tied to the topic for this week's submission.

Bibliographies are due on Sunday 11:59 PM CT

Week 2: Analyzing and Interpreting Sources / Outlining the Thesis Project
Readings

Turabian:Chapters 4-6 (pp. 37-72)
Storey: Chapters 2-4 (pp. 32-77)

Instructional Materials

Discussion 3
Summarize the primary source material you are using as the evidence for your thesis. Explain why you have selected this body of work and how you anticipate using these sources. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Discussion 4
Briefly explain how other historians have addressed your thesis topic and how and why that has changed over time. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Thesis Outline
Write a comprehensive and detailed outline of your proposal. You should include an outline entry for each paragraph’s central idea and indicate which sources you will use as evidence in each paragraph.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: First Draft of the Thesis
Readings

Turabian: Chapter 7 (pp. 73-82)
Storey: Chapters 5-6 (pp. 78-105)

Instructional Materials

Discussion 5
Share with the class your process for note-taking as you write your thesis. What works best for you? How do you stay organized? You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Discussion 6
Peer Review: Post your first draft here (note that you must also submit it to the relevant Dropbox), with an explanation of what you have left to add to the project. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Thesis First Draft

Students must submit a first draft of the thesis. Your submission should be a minimum of 10 pages (roughly half of the final project) and should be polished—well-written, properly formatted, and with correct citations. You must also include a draft of your bibliography. 

Week 4: Critiquing and Defending the First Thesis Draft
Readings
Instructional Materials
Discussion 7
Summarize for the class the thesis, strengths, and weaknesses of your classmate’s thesis you reviewed. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Discussion 8
Summarize for the class how you will make the corrections and improvements to your thesis suggested by your peer reviewer. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Thesis Critique First Draft

Write a 1-2 page critique of the peer thesis that you were assigned. See the Guidelines for Critique and Defense in the content area for specifics regarding this assignment. Your instructor has assigned you to a partner or group for your peer review. you will find your peer assignment in a post from the instructor in the general discussion post area of the course. You will keep this same peer review group throughout the course.

 

Thesis Defense First Draft
Write a 1-2 page defense of your thesis that responds to the specific issues raised by your peer reviewer.
Week 5: Ethics in the Historical Profession
Readings

Turabian: Chapter 12 (pp. 122-123); Chapter 14 (pp. 131-134)
Storey: Chapter 9 (pp. 126-131)
American Historical Association Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct (PDF)
Hoffer: “Falsification: The Case of Michael Bellesiles” from Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Frauds-American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin. (Supplied PDF)

Instructional Materials


Discussion 9
What do you believe are the most important points in the AHA Standards of Conduct? You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Discussion 10
In what ways did Michael Bellesiles violate the AHA Standards of Conduct? Why does it matter? You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.

Students should continue work on the thesis project.
Week 6: The Second Thesis Draft
Readings
Instructional Materials
Discussion 11
How different is your second thesis draft from the first draft you submitted three weeks ago? What has been the most challenging part of writing a complete draft? You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Discussion 12
Peer Review: Post your second draft here, with a summary of your argument. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Thesis Second Draft
Students must submit a second draft of the thesis. This must be a complete draft of the thesis and bibliography.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will be able to access the evaluation via a link that will be sent to your CougarMail account. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Critiquing and Defending the Second Thesis Draft
Readings
Instructional Materials
Discussion 13
Summarize for the class the thesis, strengths, and weaknesses of your classmate’s thesis you reviewed. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Discussion 14
Summarize for the class how you will make the corrections and improvements to your thesis suggested by your peer reviewer. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Thesis Critique Second Draft
Write a 1-2 page critique of the peer thesis that you were assigned. See the Guidelines for Critique and Defense for specifics regarding this assignment.
Thesis Defense Second Draft
Write a 1-2 page defense of your thesis that responds to the specific issues raised by your peer reviewer.
Week 8: The Thesis Final Draft and the History Assessment Test
Readings
Instructional Materials
Discussion 15
Explain for the class your personal research philosophy. You must read and respond to at least one other student’s post. Remember that the goal of the discussion is to be helpful, provide a sounding board, and to learn from your classmates, so your response should help meet that goal.
Final–History Assessment Test
You must take the HAT, a proctored exam, in order to access the Dropbox for the final thesis draft. Proctor information for the HAT must be submitted by the end of Week 2.
Exit Interview

The exit interview consists of 12 questions that ask students to reflect on their experiences as a history major at Columbia College. This information is collected for departmental assessment purposes. You must complete the exit interview in order to access the Dropbox for the final thesis draft. You will be able to access the Exit Interview in the "Content" area of the course.

Thesis Final Draft
The final draft of your senior thesis is due by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday. See Senior Thesis Guidelines for specific details.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. Late assignments will only be accepted due to a documented deployment or illness, and the instructor must be notified prior to the due date of the assignment. A grade penalty will apply.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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