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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIS6936
Tracking Number - 2713

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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

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-01-13
  2. Department: History
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 123500
  5. Contact Person: Barbara Berglund
  6. Phone: 8139746225
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: HIS
  9. Number: 6936
  10. Full Title: Graduate Writing Seminar in History
  11. Credit Hours: 2-4
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Graduate Writing Seminar
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Designed for Masterís 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.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  26. 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.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D.
  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. Major Topics: Research Methods, Scholarly Debate, Contribution to the Field, Scholarly Composition
  32. Textbooks: Will vary
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Will Vary
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Attendance and Participation: 20%

    Final Thesis Chapter or Writing Sample: 80%

  35. 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.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. Itís 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.

  37. 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 universityís policy on plagiarism, go to
  38. Program This Course Supports: History
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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