Paper Proposal

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Your Final Project for History 201 is due the last day of class and will represent twenty percent of your final grade. For each 24 hours the project is late there will be a penalty of fifteen percent, unless a University Excuse is provided. You will choose your own topic, and the method you want to use to present that topic. Failure to cite sources is plagiarism, which will result in a zero for the assignment.


Listed below are some possible topics, but the only real requirement is that the project be connected to a topic/theme covered in this course—that is, something that happened before 1500 CE. If you wish to focus on a topic/theme not listed below, you just need to send an e-mail for approval.

Think Specific:

The Origins of Life on Earth

Early Civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, etc.)

Early Life in the Americas/Asia/African Kingdoms

Greece or Rome: there’s a lot out there on both of these, so please e-mail for approval of specific topic

Greek or Roman Philosophy/Mythology

The Caste System

Origin of a religion: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism

Chinese Philosophies: Confucianism, Daoism, or Legalism

Protestant Reformation


Black Plague

Renaissance: as with Rome and Greee, there’s a lot to cover, so please e-mail topic for approval

Later Period African Kingdoms: Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Swahili City-States

Or, More Thematic:

The Role of Geography in State Formation

Family Life (in any specific civilization)

The Changing Roles of Women (or Men)

Cultural Encounters

Comparison of Two Religions/Civilizations/Philosophies

The Role of Economics in History

The Role of Music/Literature/Art (in any specific civilization—or studied across two or three?)

Fictional Biography: Write the life of someone who lived during one of the time periods coverd

in class, showing how at least six historical events shaped that person’s life.


Written Paper Option:

If you choose to present yout material in the form of a written paper, it must be at least four, and no more than six, pages long, word-processed in a standard font no larger than 12 point, with one inch margins on all four sides. The paper must have citations and a bibliography. Students can choose to follow the MLA Style or the Chicago Style, but formatting must be consistent in the final paper.

The paper must be drawn from six distinct sources. Two of these must be full-length books with footnotes and sources of their own; two must be articles from academic, peer-reviewed journals. Each source must be used at least once; failure to use six distinct sources will result in a loss of points.

Multimedia Option:

The same requirement as the written paper: six distinct sources, including two full-length books with footnotes and sources of their own, and two must be articles from academic, peer-reviewed journals. Each source must be used at least once; failure to use six distinct sources will result in a loss of ten points per source.

With this option, though, you can create a presentation using PowerPoint, Prezi, or Tour-Builder. These presentations must include at least 12 slides, as well as a title slide and a bibliography slide. You could also create a movie, live-action or animated, that runs at least 10 minutes. Or maybe you like to write music? Write 10 minutes of original music to get your ideas across. There’s a whole new word of multimedia options, some of which your professor may not even know about. Send an e-mail to explain your approach, so I can approve it, and then go into more detail in your research proposal.


Research Proposal 5

The proposal should introduce the general topic of your project, the specific aspect of the topic that you will focus on, why you think this topic is worthy of a research paper. You should also include a description of your planned presentation. The paper proposal is due Sunday, February 26th via CANVAS. Upload as a WORD document.

The paper proposal should include the following:

An introduction to the topic

A thesis statement

An explanation of the type of final product you will produce (paper or multimedia)

And a discussion of one primary source from the textbook that is related to the topic.

The proposal should be approximately 500 words in length.

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