HIST 301 Requirements:
All work in the course is done under the Honor Code.
Cases will be brought to the Honor Board,
should questions concerning potential or actual violation of the Honor
One bibliographic assignment.
One short paper based on a primary source (5-6pp.)
One 15-page research paper.
Regular response papers on class readings (missing more than 3 will result
in grade penalty).
Class attendance (3 unexcused absences allowed, 4+ will entail grade penalty)
Excessive lateness (more than 15 minutes) counts as absence.
Class participation: the success of this class depends on our mutual involvement
and therefore your participation in class discussions is crucial.
There will be a grade bonus for class participation.
To express their ideas freely, while being respectful to others.
To meet with me during office hours to discuss issues related to the course
or studentsí performance in the classroom.
To make an appointment outside office hours (via
To know their grade at any give time during the semester.
To give me feedback throughout the duration of the semester (in fact, you
are encouraged to do so).
There is a writing fellow available for the class, you can approach him/her
on your own, or you may be referred to him/her, should the need arise.
All written assignments are due on the day noted in the syllabus, via email
or blackboard No
extensions will be given. There will be a grade penalty
for lateness (1 grade per day).
Papers are graded based on: clarity of writing; evidence provided to support
the claim; insight; argument; spelling and punctuation; proper use of sources
(footnotes, proper acknowledgment of ideas and sources).
Footnoting should follow the formats given in Mary Rampolla's book Mary
Lynn Rampolla A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (Boston,
New York: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 1998), which is required for this
class. You can also follow this guideline:
How to Cite
Sources. Improper footnoting will result in grade penalty and/or
referring the case to the Honor Board.
Plagiarism is one of the most serious academic offenses a student
can commit at Wesleyan.
Instances of plagiarism:
submitting essays or portions of essays written by other people
as one's own;
failing to acknowledge, through footnotes and bibliographical entries,
the source of ideas that are essentially not one's own;
failing to indicate paraphrases or ideas or verbatim expressions
not one's own through proper use of quotations and footnotes;
submitting an essay written for one course to a second course without
having sought prior permission from both instructors (self-plagiarism).
One bibliographic assignment. (20%)
One short paper (20%)
One 15-page research paper. (60%: outline 20%, draft 20% and final paper
Bonus: class participation, 100% rate of attendance.
Penalties: missing more than 3 classes and/or 3 response papers, missing
the assignment deadline.