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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIS6936

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for History MA/PhD. Elective - need Textbook confirmation. Faculty emailed 2/7/13. cleared 2/27/13. GC approved. To USF sys 3/4/13. to SCNS 4/22/13. Apprd eff 6/1/13

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2713 2012-01-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    History AS 123500
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Barbara Berglund 8139746225

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HIS 6936 Graduate Writing Seminar in History

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    2-4 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Graduate Writing Seminar
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Designed for Master’s level students in their final year who are planning to write a Thesis or preparing a writing sample for their Ph.D. applications, and will train students in historical research practices.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to compete with national trends

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course will expand the offerings in the History Department's graduate program. It will provide the Department with a much-needed forum in which to focus on preparing students to produce high-quality research. This will support student success by preparing Thesis writing students to complete their theses more quickly and effectively with a better understanding of research methods. It will also prepare students progressing to Ph.D. studies to write more competitive samples and increase their chances of acceptance to top programs.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    - To train students to critically evaluate historical scholarship dealing with the practice of historical research

    - To provide with the skills necessary to skillfully approach significant research projects

    - To train students participate in historical scholarship

    B. Learning Outcomes

    - Students will be guided in producing significant research papers

    - Students will learn to critically evaluate the work of their peers and to implement the constructive criticism of their peers in their own work

    -Students will improve their reading and writing skills

    C. Major Topics

    Research Methods, Scholarly Debate, Contribution to the Field, Scholarly Composition

    D. Textbooks

    Will vary

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Will Vary

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Attendance and Participation: 20%

    Final Thesis Chapter or Writing Sample: 80%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The course will require reading assignemtns and in-class discussion of assigned readings, as well as the submission of a significant research paper representing a chapter of a student's Thesis or Ph.D. application writing sample.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Late work may be accepted at the discretion of the instructor and only when the student has made arrangement with the instructor prior to the due date or can demonstrate extenuating circumstances byond their control. Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. Cheating is the attempted or unauthorized use of materials, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise. Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's ideas, research or writing as your own. The instructor of this course reserves the right to: 1) request that assignments be submitted as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to For the university’s policy on plagiarism, go to

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

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