HIST 390: Historical Research & Writing
Welcome to HIST 390, as taught by Professor Tom Isern. This is the methods course required of all History majors at NDSU. The course is required for a reason: because it teaches the skills you need to succeed in the academic major and as a professional historian. The course is a workshop that imparts mastery of the craft through instruction, interaction, mentorship, and most of all, practice. The course requires a high level of focus and responsibility. Attendance at class sessions is required, invoking the terms of the NDSU policy on Class Attendance.
Media & communications: mainly old-school and simple. Written work will be submitted in hard copy, with no late submissions accepted without documented reason. Course information, including full syllabus information and much more, distributed online via GoogleDrive. Out-of-class communications by email, telephone, and face-to-face conversation. No use of Blackboard whatsoever. (Speaking of communications: there may be times in class when you may want to use the Internet to look up something relating to our proceedings, but please do confine use of electronic communications during class to course-related matters. Unless there is a possible emergency, or you have dependents who may need to reach you, it is best to switch off phones during class.)
General ToneProf. Isern takes seriously the motto that runs across the NDSU home page: "Student-Focused Land-Grant Research University." Here's how it pertains to HIST 390.
University Distinguished Professor