HIS 372M • Prosmnr in Historical Writing-W
*Directed study course must meet university requirements for a substantial writing component as stated below HIS 372M is an independent study course in which a History faculty member provides individual instruction in historical research and writing to a History undergraduate student. The coursework is the equivalent of a three-hour certified writing component course. The course topics are arranged with an individual history faculty member. Final approval to enroll in this course is determined by the Associate Chair. Applications should be made well in advance of the first day of each semester and will not be accepted after the 4th class day. Students should have a clearly formulated topic in mind before approaching faculty about the possibility of taking a HIS 372M. The proseminar topic should be related to the individual faculty member's area of teaching or scholarship -- it might, for instance, be a subject or issue covered in one of that professor's regular History courses. In most cases, students should have taken a course previously from the professor whom they ask to teach a proseminar. Only faculty members of the History Department can act as proseminar instructors (check under the current faculty heading of the History Department website for a list of possible instructors). Faculty members may or may not agree to work with a student depending on their interest in the proposed topic and their other commitments. Lecturers are generally advised not to teach proseminars due to their heavy workload while faculty members at other ranks may want to limit themselves to one or two proseminars a semester.
If a professor agrees to teach a proseminar, the form, available in GAR 118, should be completed. In a typical HIS 372M, a student might be required to submit a two-page proposal early in the semester on the research to be conducted, a draft of the research paper toward the end of the semester, and a final paper (of approximately 16-25 pages in length) by the last class day of the semester. The course should be taken on a letter grade basis. It may count toward 3 hours of the required 30 hours for the history major but will not automatically count toward the geographical area requirements (e.g., European history, etc.) and may not be substituted for HIS 350L-W. The course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Students interested in proposing a proseminar course must: be a junior or senior history major, have a UT GPA of at least 2.5, and have completed at least six hours of History courses at UT Austin with a minimum 2.5 History GPA Non-majors will be considered but must have the above prerequisites and have completed a certified writing course. The Associate Chair makes the final decision regarding student eligibility and quality of the proposed proseminar. If the course is approved, the student must then register and pay during the appropriate registration period. Students should keep proseminar paperwork with their permanent academic records so they can provide documentation regarding the exact topic of the course should it become necessary later on. If you have any questions, please consult the History advising office.