Unit 3: Expanding into Your Own Research Topic

by admin - November 4th, 2019

To date in this course, I’ve provided materials and topics for your exploration into American religious history. In the final unit of the course, you’ll be conducting your own research project on a topic of your choice, resulting in a 12-15 page research paper. I’ve added new material to the Unit 3 folder on Blackboard for you to use as you work on this project.

Research Paper Guidelines

Your process begins with a close look at some relevant historiography (if that’s a new word for you … I’ve added a supplemental module in Blackboard under Unit 3) on Wednesday Nov 6, when we discuss Day 18 in the Course Reader, three articles tackling religious historiography from three different perspectives.

I also STRONGLY RECOMMEND everyone have a one-on-one meeting in person (or via Skype) with me between Nov 4-12 to discuss possible topics and approaches.

No class on Monday, Nov 11 — the long weekend should hopefully give you a chance to do a final brainstorm on your topic and what sources you’d like to use.

On Wed Nov 13 we will have a research session in the library with Ross Griffiths, the History library liaison and archivist; hand in your proposal that day as a printed paper.