Public History Independent Study Guidelines

An independent study is designed to give students an opportunity to conduct research and write a scholarly paper or create a public history project. The process works this way:

  1. The student is responsible for the initial project idea(s).
  2. At our first formal meeting, we can brainstorm the project together and work out  objectives and a  a rough timeline.
  3. You then create a syllabus that delineates a schedule for research and writing as well as project deadlines and milestones.  It will also include the objectives of the study (What do you hope to achieve?) and a project proposal. You’ll provide me with the syllabus, which you’ll prepare soon after our first meeting.  In the project proposal, include:
    • Type of project
    • Intended audience
    • Venue
    • Available sources
    • Scope
  4. We will meet every other week at a preassigned time. During these meetings, you will give a progress report and we will discuss research and issues that may arise. 
  5. Research should be conducted in primary and secondary sources.
  6. Each student is required to write a 2-3 page reflective essay about their process that is due at the end of the semester.
  7. Everything must be completed before the end of the semester. 
  8. Grades are based on the quality of the work and adherence to the deadlines set in the syllabus.
  9. If you create a project, you will write a 10-12 page research paper that informs your project work. This anchors you in the relevant historical material.
  10. If you write an academic paper, it must be at least 20 pages long with an annotated bibliography. 
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