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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIS6939

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): The only proposed change to this course is to reduce the credit hours from 4 to 3 in order to bring it in line with the seminars offered by all other departments in the College.
Comments: Required for History Prog. Change in hours from 4 to 3. To GC. Repeatable - Yes, to 99 Emailed 4/14/16. Upd 5/5/16. GC Approved To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Apprd eff 7/1/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5378 2016-01-26
    Department College Budget Account Number
    History AS TPA/123500/10000/000000/0000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Julie Langford 8139743249

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HIS 6939 Seminar in History

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Seminar in History
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    The theme, region and period of seminars vary with the specialty of the instructor. Students meet together for 6-9 weeks to discuss readings. Over the remaining weeks, students do original research and write analytical papers, guided by their professo

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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?

    Every History M.A. and Ph.D. student is required to take between 3-5 different iterations of this course.

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    Ph.D. in History or related discipline

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This is a variable topic course and objectives vary with the topic.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    • Identify major themes, figures and events pertinent to the topic

    • Describe different historiographical approaches to the topic

    • Conduct historical research using primary and secondary sources

    • Produce well-organized, well-developed papers aimed at an academic audience

    • Critically evaluate information in light of its logical consistency, evidence and justified conclusions.

    • Analyze and explain relationship between presented information and concepts.

    C. Major Topics

    This is a variable topic cose and topics vary with instructor

    D. Textbooks

    This is a variable topic urse and textbooks vary with instructor

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Usually between 6-8 books

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Varies by instructor

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Varies with the instructor

    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

    Varies by instructor

    J. Program This Course Supports

    History M.A. and Ph.D. programs

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Any other program that allows for interdisciplinary electives

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