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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIS7938

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): In line with the proposed change from 4 to 3 credit hours, this course will be offered for 3 credit hours only.
Comments: Required for History Prog. Change in hours from 4 to 3. To GC. Not Repeatable. LO need revision. Emailed 4/14/16. Upd 4/21/16. GC apprd 5/5/16 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
    5380 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 7938 PhD Capstone Seminar

    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)
    PhD Capstone Seminar
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Interdisciplinary seminar is designed to foster mutual discussions, critiques, and suggestions aimed at supporting each participant in their effort to develop a viable research proposal that is appropriate in their discipline.

  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?

    This is the final course needed in the History, Sociology, SIGS Ph.D. programs. Students from the various departments -- usually fewer than five per semester -- are required to enroll in this class.

    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

    To assist students in constructing dissertation proposals for theoretically significant and methodologically sound dissertation research.

    To develop skills to effectively communicate with audiences of intelligent and highly educated people who are not familiar with specialized disciplinary or substantive vocabularies

    To develop skills necessary to be a part of a community of scholars engaged in the common goal of generating significant and defensible knowledge about social life

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course, students will:

    • Be conversant with the qualitative and quantitative methods used in History and its PhD sister disciplines

    • Determine whether these methods will be of use in their own project

    • Produce a dissertation proposal in which they outline their own methodologies, informed by the PhD sister disciplines’ methodologies

    • Demonstrate their ability communicate their ideas productively and collegially with student in PhD sister disciplines

    C. Major Topics

    Varies by instructor

    D. Textbooks

    Varies with instructor

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Varies with instructor

    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, SIGS, Sociology Ph.D. programs

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Sociology and SIGS

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