Fall 2018

TTh, 1:30-2:45 pm


Jacksonville University

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Hingson

Class location: Gooding 110

Office location: Gooding 106 (Division of Social Sciences Main Office)

Office phone: (904) 256-7215

Office hours: M-Th, 11 am-12:30 pm, and by appointment (ends December 6)


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Course Description and Expected Course Outcomes: This research and writing intensive course is required for history majors and is designed to develop research, critical thinking, and writing skills.  Success in the course depends on attending classes regularly, turning in assignments on time, reading assigned materials, and participating.  This course counts toward a B.A. and B.S. in History.  As a result of this course, the student will be able to do the following:


·         Learn basic historical research techniques.

·         Reflect on the nature on the nature of historical study, including the roles of fact and interpretation.

·         Read historical sources effectively.

·         Prepare a research paper based on a variety of primary and secondary sources.

·         Review various topics in world and U.S. history.

·         Participate in class discussions on the study and interpretation of history.


HIST 300WR meets all four of the “pedagogical characteristics” of a Research Intensive (RI)-designated course.

·         Use of primary literature, primary sources, original work, etc. in lieu of a textbook or other secondary source materials.

·         Student conducts original research or creates original work product(s) as majority of grade earned/assignments in course.

·         Student submission of course work product(s) for oral presentation, poster, performance, and publication at a public forum (on campus to international meeting).

·         Major emphasis on instruction in research methods.


Attendance and Make-up Policies: Attendance is required when assignments are due, and failure to do so will result in a zero for that assignment.  In order to allow an unexcused absence to be counted as excused or an assignment to be turned in late, it is the responsibility of the student to provide proper documentation from a doctor, university official, lawyer, or other professional.  A “make up” may be scheduled by appointment or at the end of the semester.  Finally, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a withdrawal from the course within the designated withdrawal period.  Not doing so will result in failure for the course.


Academic Dishonesty: Any evidence of cheating or plagiarism will result in automatic failure for the course.  Cheating is defined as the attempt, successful or not, to give or obtain aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations.  It includes copying the writings of others with or without their knowledge.  Plagiarism is defined as the use, without proper acknowledgement, of the ideas, phrases, sentences, or larger units of discourse from another writer or speaker.  All are expected to know and abide by the policy as stated in the university catalog and student handbook.  More information related to academic integrity, misconduct, and students’ rights and responsibilities is located at:


Assistance for Needs Related to Disability: Requests for testing or instructional accommodations due to physical and learning disabilities, as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, need to be reported to the instructor during the first week of the semester.  These requests will require a confidential letter authorized and signed by an administrator in JU’s Office of Student Life (904-256-7067).  Course requirements will not be waived, but accommodations may assist in meeting the requirements.


Student Behavior: Students are expected to behave according to accepted norms ensuring a climate wherein all can exercise their right to learn.  Such norms are set forth in the JU catalog.  Please be sure that you have read and understood that section.  I will not tolerate classroom behavior that violates these norms.  These include sleeping, consistently arriving late, leaving early without prior notice, rude behavior toward others, or bringing live cell phones, laptops, or other electronic devices in the classroom.  Such behavior will be grounds for dismissal from the class, judicial proceedings, and/or failure of the course.


Textbooks (required): It is important to buy your textbooks promptly because the bookstore’s policy is to send unsold books back to the publishers after 2 weeks into the semester.

·         William Kelleher Storey, Writing History: A Guide for Students. 4th edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. [Storey]

·         Jenny L. Presnell, The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students. 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. [Presnell]

·         Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th edition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. [Turabian]

*Additional readings (both primary and secondary sources) will be provided by the instructor. 


Requirements and Grading Scale:

Assignments (40%): 200 points

Research Project (50%): 250 points

Participation (10%): 50 points

Total: 500 points


SCALE: A=500-450; B+=449-435; B=434-400; C+=399-385; C=384-350; D+=349-335; D=334-300; F=≤299

*No grade of “I” or “Incomplete” will be given unless a documented emergency prevents you from completing the course.


Assignments: Throughout the semester, there will be a series of in-class assignments that will help you learn practical skills related to historical methods or what some historians describe as “thinking historically”.  These skills include but are not limited to constructing a thesis and argument, interpreting and comparing primary sources, analyzing and writing narrative, distinguishing causes of change, evaluating and constructing theory, considering historians’ interpretations (i.e., historiography), understanding historical process, navigating library holdings and archives, learning how to cite various types of sources using the Turabian citation system, etc.  All assignments will help in preparing for the research paper.  Late assignments will not be accepted and will receive a zero.  No “make-up” assignments are provided.


Research Project: It is required to write a research paper (minimum 3500-6000 words excluding footnotes and bibliography, typed, 12-point/New Times Roman font, double-spaced) based on primary sources and critically selected secondary sources (e.g, monographs, academic articles, and journalistic articles).  It is important to start these projects early.  Turning in late portions of the research paper will be penalized 25 points for each 24 hour period (starting the minute after the class session it is due) it is late.  Topics must be approved by the instructor before research begins.


Extra Credit: Students may earn extra credit for participating in academic conferences scheduled throughout the year.  Any grade change associated with this will be applied only after all requirements are completed.  Eligible students must be willing to participate and fulfill the requirements and expectations of the conference organizers.


Participation: Students are expected and required to participate in discussions related to the take-home/in-class assignments and the research paper.  We will also be taking trips to JU’s Swisher Library and other places around the Jacksonville area, and it is important that arrangements for transportation are made for this purpose.


SCHEDULE/READINGS: Instructor reserves the right to change the schedule if necessary



Topics, Supplemental Materials, and Important Tasks

August 28


·         Introductions and Syllabus (Syllabus Contracts and Contact Information Due Next Class Period)

·         Handout on Historical Fields/Interests DUE!

August 30

Storey, chapter 1; Turabian, chapters 1-2; Presnell, chapter 1




September 4, 6, 11, 13

Storey, chapter 1; Turabian, chapter 3, 15-17; Presnell, chapters 2-4, 6-10





September 18


Research Proposal Draft #1 and Bibliography Draft #1 Due; Discussion of Proposed Topics

September 18, 20, 25, 27

Storey, chapters 2-4; Turabian, chapter 4; Presnell, chapter 5







October 2, 4, 9, 11

Storey, chapters 5-9;

Turabian, chapters 5-12 and Part III






October 16, 18, 23, 25, 30


Research and Individual Consultations

Drafts of Outline, Proposal, Bibliography are Due

(Meet in Lobby of JU Swisher Library)


November 1

Draft Research Paper #1 Due and Discussion

(Provide one copy for instructor and one copy for peer;

sign up for individual appointments)

November 6


Individual Consultations; bring peer copy

November 8


Draft Research Paper #2 Due

November 13, 15


Research Paper Presentations (Gooding 111)

Draft Research Paper #3 Due via E-mail

November 19-23



November 27, 29, December 4, 6


Research Paper Presentations (Gooding 111)

December 13

(12-3 pm)

Final Draft Due

Research Paper Presentations

Major Assessment #1

Major Assessment #2



HIST 300WI: Technique of History, Breakdown of Requirements and Point Values







Quiz on Sources/Citations


Library Assignment


Plagiarism Assignment


Sources Worksheet


Primary Sources Assignment








Research Questions










First Draft


Second Draft


Final Draft






Taxonomy Worksheet





5 points are deducted for each time a student does not participate in any one of these activities





Library Research Literacy Survey

Field Trips

Individual Consultation #1

Individual Consultation #2

Major Assessment #1

Major Assessment #2

Discussions (e.g., Citations, Midwife’s Tale)

Peer Review

Paper Presentation











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