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General Course Information for HIS499: Capstone Research Project

Course: HIS499 - Capstone Research Project
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: This seminar is the capstone course for the history major. The objective of the capstone course is to produce a paper that is exemplified by extensive research, critical thought, and intellectual engagement. The project should excite students and deepen their historical understanding. As a "senior project," it will combine primary sources with secondary interpretations in an original and interesting way.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop an appropriate historical research project.
  • Present the important historiography surrounding their topic.
  • Annotate the theses of the books and articles they read for their project.
  • Place their project's thesis within its proper historiographical context.
  • Explain the historical debates surrounding their topic.
  • Complete the historical project successfully.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN HISTORY
    • Analyze a variety of primary sources.
    • Analyze secondary sources for their argument and use of supporting evidence, including how the argument may be influenced by the incompleteness of evidence or by biases that are part of surviving evidence.
    • Conduct historical research and support with appropriate primary and secondary source materials.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. History.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of World History.
    • Discuss current concerns, new theories, new evidence and issues that shape the history of historical interpretation.
  • MAJOR IN SOCIAL SCIENCE WITH A PRELIMINARY SINGLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL (CALIFORNIA)
    • Analyze a variety of primary sources.
    • Analyze secondary sources for their arguments and use of supporting evidence.
    • Assess the significance of major trends in U.S. History.
    • Assess the significance of major trends in World History.
    • Conduct research in history and the social sciences supported by appropriate primary and secondary source materials.
    • Delineate the central demographic, economic, and political developments in the history of California from the eve of Spanish settlement to the present.
    • Discuss current concerns, new theories, new evidence, and issues that shape interpretation in history and the social sciences.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures