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The History Department at Whitman College

Major Examination Documents

 

 

Senior history majors must submit the following four documents related to oral and written exams:

 

1.      The "Statement of Coursework and Exams" will provide the advisor's name, a list of classes taken and planned, indication of the field for the written portion of the major exam, the title of the oral exam, and the signatures of the advisor and the faculty responsible for the written and oral examinations.

 

2.      The "Oral Examination Proposal" will provide a 100- to 200- word description of a topic for the exam. The topic shall present a question or issue to be examined across two geographic areas, specifying the time periods and areas involved. The paragraph may suggest why you are interested in the topic or what you expect to find. The proposal must be signed by the two professors, one for each of the geographic areas studied, who will conduct the oral examination. The "Oral Examination Proposal" must be appended to the "Statement of Coursework and Exams" and is due at 2:00pm on Friday, October 17, 2014. The final paper in History 401 will explore the topic for orals; instructions will be provided in class.

 

3.      The "Initial Outline of the Oral Presentation and Bibliography" should reflect your preliminary research. At this point, you must have completed enough research to have an idea of what material will be covered in the presentation. The outline is not to exceed one page, with one-inch margins and a legible typeface no smaller than 12 points, i.e., the outline is a guide to the presentation, not a narrative to be used by the student. The bibliography should indicate the relevant materials that you have identified. This may include materials assigned in classes you have taken or additional research. This document must be signed by both professors. The outline and bibliography are due the at 2:00pm on Friday, February 6. 2015.

 

4.      The "Final Outline" is the actual document that you will use during the oral examination. Like the initial outline, it will not exceed one page, with one-inch margins and a typeface of at least 12 points. The outline should cover the major points of the presentation and may provide some of the details to be discussed. In order for this outline to be an effective guide to the oral presentation, most of the research must be completed before the outline is written. The signatures of both professors must be obtained before the outline is handed in. No further changes will be allowed in this document, which is due at 2:00pm  on Friday, March 13, 2015.

 

The student must provide copies of all required documents to the department chair, advisor, and each of the professors involved in the written and oral examinations.