Research in the Civil War – HIUS 820

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Doctoral research seminar that develops advanced historical research and writing skills through the study of selected topics of the American Civil War era.




The Civil War is the most heavily documented event in the pre-twentieth-century American history. Learning to research and write on the Civil War will help to develop important skills in the practice of the historian's craft.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate reading comprehension through bibliography compilation.
  2. Demonstrate graduate-level writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate research ability using secondary sources as well as both published and archival primary sources.
  4. Produce a graduate-level primary source research paper suitable for presentation or publication.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to complete a thread following the instructions below.

  1. Each student will make an initial post of at least 300 words in response to the prompt for each forum.
  2. In addition, each student will reply to at least 2 posts in each forum. Each reply must be at least 100 words. The replies may be in response to other students' initial posts, or to comments by other students or by the professor on the student's own posts. (MLO A and B)

The student will complete 8 quizzes in this course. Each quiz will cover the video lecture(s) for that week. Quizzes will be open-notes and consist of multiple-choice and/or true-false questions.