This seminar is intended for PhD students to complete the History Department’s first-year
requirement to write a research paper. The syllabus is designed around a progression of
assignments that will culminate in a 7000-10,000-word (25-40-page) paper, based on original
research, that strives to make a significant contribution to the historical literature. The length is
derived from submission guidelines of major scholarly journals, and the aim is to craft a wellargued,
well-written essay that can stand as a draft of an article or dissertation chapter. In tandem
with the course requirements, students will consult with their advisors about primary and
secondary sources specific to their fields and projects.