Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: MTuW 10-11

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Over the course of the semester you will develop writing skills (outlined in the Overview) that will help you craft clear and cogent prose, and study skills that will assist you in doing fine work on an exam. The course requirements are designed to help you sharpen these skills. You will write one short (3-4 pages) and one long (8-10 pages) research paper: the first will ask you to research, compare and analyze primary sources only on an assigned topic; the second expects you to develop the topic, identify the primary and secondary sources, and construct the analysis. You will take a series of quizzes, one midterm and one final exam: the biweekly quizzes will focus your attention on the reading, the midterm will cover the material up until the exam, and the final exam will be comprehensive.
The quizzes are part of class participation, which also includes preparation of readings and assignments, and participation in discussions in the classroom and in an electronic bulletin board. Obviously, if you do not attend class you can not participate in the in-class discussions, and participation in the bulletin board is not a substitute for classroom contributions. Come to class.
All quizzes, papers, in-class assignments and exams will have set deadlines. These deadlines will be announced in advance and are non-negotiable; any that you miss will earn a grade of "F."
Participation/Quizzes 20% Biweekly

Short research paper

15% Oct. 6 (draft); Oct. 18 (final)
Midterm exam 15% October 23
Long research paper 25% December 13
Final exam 25% December 20, 9am-12pm