Course Syllabus (word document)
Office Hours: Monday 2:30-3:30
This two-quarter research seminar is designed has a broad subject
area: African American History in the United States. The object
of the course is to facilitate the writing of article-length
research papers on topics of individual interest. These papers
can focus on aspects of ongoing original research and can serve
as chapters in a dissertation or larger study. Although it is
not a requirement, I hope the papers will be of publishable
are three limitations. First the papers should focus on some
topic of African American history. Secondly they should be based
on primary source research. Thirdly the work should be original.
The recrafting or resubmitting of papers from previous courses
or projects is unacceptable. Papers on African American history
in the West, including the Pacific Northwest, can be considered,
with the author’s permission, for the York-Mason Prize,
an annual award of $1,000 for the best original research in
this regional field.
will meet periodically during the Winter and Spring terms primarily
to discuss research techniques and writing strategies. Some
preliminary assignments will be due during the Winter term.
Rough drafts and the completed paper will be due Winter quarter.
No grade will be assigned until the end of Spring term. It will
retroactively apply to Winter term.
is assumed that you already had a thorough understanding of
African American history when you enrolled in the course. However
for background reading I suggest you consult the syllabi, bibliographies
and website resources for HSTAA 313, 322, 540 and 540A all of
which are found on my website.
1: First Class, Introductions General discussion of course expectations
regarding the research paper.
3: Preliminary prospectus due. This should be a brief discussion
of the proposed topic and the key issues that you intend to
explore. Bring copies for the entire class.
6: Preliminary bibliography due. This should include major primary
sources and an extensive list of secondary sources.
8: General Meeting to discuss paper progress and possible problems.
Instructor and students will help craft possible solutions and
10: Individual appointments to discuss paper progress.
2: General Meeting. Update on paper progress.
5: Rough Drafts of paper circulated among classmates. Papers
can be exchanged via email.
6: General Class Meeting, comments and suggestions from students
on classmates papers
9: Final Drafts completed and circulated.
10: Completed papers submitted to instructor