In the following syllabus, Professor Charles Cohen introduces his course, articulates his goals for his students, clarifies the place of a Writing Fellow in a Comm-B course, and outlines his paper assignments. Under "minor assignments", note how Professor Cohen gives a series of 50 word (that's right. . . only *50* word!) writing assignments. These assignments not only mean less grading time for the professor and TAs; they force students to gain the invaluable skill of writing to the heart of the matter on a particular topic.
This course is intended to make you into an historian—which is not the same thing as knowing where Nathaniel Bacon slept or how many commas Hamilton used in the 27th Federalist Paper.
The required readings consist of two packets designed specifically for this course. They are available from the Humanities Copy Center, 1650 Humanities Building: