Analysis of the major primary sources and scholarly research of modern American history leading toward a comprehensive examination.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course provides comprehensive analysis of the basic content and scholarly literature of modern American history.
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Research Interests and Methodology Assignment
Students will select a sub-field or research methodology within the course field to pursue in subsequent assignments.
Critical Text Review Assignments (2)
Students will write a 4 to 5-page synopsis and critique of a leading “synthesis” text on the topic or period. Students must choose from a list of provided texts in the Weekly Reading Lists. This assignment will be submitted through Canvas and not provided to other students.
Discussion: Collaborative Annotated Bibliography Assignments (6)
Students will produce an annotated bibliography of approximately one paragraph per entry. Five books/five articles/five critical primary sources (1 from each secondary source must be produced within the past 2 years). Each student will produce the bibliography in a Microsoft Word document and submit the document to the course discussion for other students to use in preparing for their comprehensive exams. Students must reply to at least one other student’s post in 500 words with questions exploring the significance of the chosen items, Students will then respond to at least one other student’s replies to their own initial post in 500 words.
Oral Examination Assignment
Students will schedule time with the professor to perform an oral interview. This will assess the student’s command of the readings within the field.
Comprehensive Examination: Major Problems Assignment
Students will be presented with two questions from a pool of questions by the professor (by phone or email.) Students will select one to answer and submit it within 2 hours via the course assignment link. This will be formatted as a standard essay.
Comprehensive Examination: Narrative/Lecture Assignment
Students will be presented with two questions from a pool of questions by the professor (by phone or email.) They will have to select one to answer and submit in the course assignment link within 2 hours. This will be formatted as a lecture given within a class.