Term Paper (4,000 – 5,000 words, 50%) due April 4. 

Consult me in person about possible topics and trajectories for the term paper far in advance and then put your ideas together in the paper proposal.  Make your essays as lucid and persuasive as possible, for your grade will reflect both the cogency of your argument and the coherence and creativity of your writing. Good essays are adventures in writing and thinking. The academic essay (from medieval French essai, meaning trying or testing or venturing) is a flexible yet rigorous form of intellectual work that pursues an argument down to its logical conclusions. So pick a topic you care to write about. Take a position on a debatable issue. Persuade your reader to accept, or at least respect, your position.