HST 3000: Introduction to the Study of History

Fall 2010

Course Description:
This course is an introduction to key historical concepts and skills, such as the nature and types of history; historical periodization; the reading and analysis of primary and secondary sources; research, writing, and documentation styles; the basic use of computers for historical research and writing; and history as a profession. The course is required for history majors, and it should be taken as soon as possible after the major is declared.

Course Goals:
This course will provide:
·     an introduction to the nature of history, competing philosophies of history, and types of history;
·     an introduction to the varieties of historical writing and reading strategies;
·     an introduction to methods of historical research and bibliography;
·     an introduction to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources;
·     an introduction to citation (footnotes and bibliography) conventions in history;
·     an introduction to oral presentation skills for the history class;
·     an introduction to the basic use of computers in historical writing and research;
·     an introduction to the World Wide Web as a research tool and to methods for the analysis of Internet materials;
·     an introduction to history as a profession.

Required Text:  
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 6th ed.

Grading Scale:  
A         94-100
A-        90-93
B+       87-89
B         84-86
B-        80-83
C+       77-79
C         74-76
C-        70-73
D+       67-69
D         64-66
D-        60-63
F          0-59

Internet Analysis (10%)
Oral Presentations (10%)
Class Participation/Discussion Board (15%)
Precis/Activities (15%)
Annotated Bibliography (15%)
Book Review (15%)
Research Paper (20%)

Attendance Policy:  
Students are expected to attend class regularly and be on time.  This course is structured as a workshop, which means you must complete the assignments in a timely fashion and come to class prepared to discuss the material.  You are responsible for getting any information from class discussion that you might miss due to your absence before the next class meeting.  Five points may be deducted from your participation grade for each class meeting you miss.  Please consult the section on Class Attendance Policy in the catalog for official University policy.

Make-up Policy:  
All assignments should be submitted/completed on the due date.  Students may lose ten points for each calendar day the assignment is late, and additional work may be assigned per the instructor’s discretion.  All assignments must be submitted to receive credit for the course.

Code of Conduct:
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the University’s Code of Conduct outlined in the student handbook.  Disruptive behavior in the classroom, including extraneous talking and the use of electronic devices, will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion from the class.

Communication Policy:
Students should regularly check their University email accounts and the Announcements section of the Blackboard site for information about the course. It is the students’ responsibility to consult these sources and be aware of any announcements or revisions to the course schedule.

Students with Documented Disabilities:  
Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments should speak directly to Disability Support Services and the instructor during the first two weeks of class.  All discussions will remain confidential. This syllabus is available in alternative formats upon request.  For assistance, please contact Mary Helen Walker, Office of Disability Support Services, D. F. Lowry Building, (910.521.6695) or visit the Office of Disability Support Services website.

Withdrawal from the Course:  
The last day you may drop this course with a grade of “W” is Monday October 18, 2010.

Academic Honesty:  
Academic misconduct in any form will not be tolerated.  It is your responsibility to recognize and understand the various types of academic misconduct, including plagiarism.  Please consult the Academic Honor Code in the Student Handbook or at UNCP’s Division of Student Affairs website for official guidelines regarding the definition and handling of academic misconduct.  You may also consult the following websites for more information regarding plagiarism:



Grade Notification:  
To protect the confidentiality of student records, I will not discuss grades via the telephone or email.  Please see me personally or consult Blackboard or Braveweb if you wish to know your grades.

Course Schedule: 

NOTE:  See Blackboard for a detailed schedule, additional readings, due dates, and a thorough explanation of the assignments.

August 19:  Course Introduction

August 24/26:  History and Historians

August 31/September 2: Choosing a Research Topic and Developing Research Questions

September 7/9: Annotated Bibliography

September 14/16: Analyzing a Student Research Paper

September 21/23: Documentation, Quotations, and Plagiarism

September 28/30: Research Topics:  Prospectus, Annotated Bibliography, Oral Presentations

October 5/7: Primary Sources

October 12: Secondary and Internet Sources

October 19/21: Elements of a Good History Essay

October 26/28:  Research/Individual Meetings with Dr. Billingsley

November 2/4: Book Reviews

November 9/11:  Research/Individual Meetings with Dr. Billingsley

November 16/18: Historiographic Essays

November 23:  Research

November 30/December 2:  Research Papers:  Oral Presentations

    Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2010