Syllabus Requirements


All syllabi for History courses should include the following information:

  1. A space for the instructor’s contact information, including name, office location, phone, e-mail, and office hours

  2. A space for: “All students must be officially enrolled in the course by the end of the second full week of the semester.  No requests to add the course will be approved by the Chair after that time.  Enrolling officially and on time is solely the responsibility of the student.”

  3. A space for meeting days and times, and classroom location

  4. Course number and title

  5. Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes.  Each syllabus must have the Historical Study Expected Learning Outcomes:

    History courses develop students’ knowledge of how past events influence today’s society and help them understand how humans view themselves.

    1. Students acquire a perspective on history and an understanding of the factors that shape human activity.

    2. Students display knowledge about the origins and nature of contemporary issues and develop a foundation for future comparative understanding.

    3. Students think, speak, and write critically about primary and secondary historical sources by examining diverse interpretations of past events and ideas in their historical contexts.

     For History courses that fulfill other GEC categories, include as well the objectives/learning outcomes found in this link:  Other GEC and here for more on Objectives.

  1. A description of the course

  2. A list of required texts and other course materials, and information on where they are available

  3. Information about the length and format of all papers, homework, laboratory assignments, and examinations

  4. Grading information, indicating the percentages assigned to various requirements

  5. A grading scale

  6. Information about the scheduling of examinations and due dates for assignments

  7. A class attendance policy

  8. A weekly topical outline of course meetings, including topics to be covered, readings, film screenings, and homework. (The committee wants a sense of how much work is required of students.)

  9. The following statement on academic misconduct [Required]:

    “It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct. The term “academic misconduct” includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and dishonest practices in connection with examinations. Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee (Faculty Rule 3335-5-487)." For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct.

  10. The following statement about disability services [Required]:

    "If you have a mental or physical condition that impacts your ability to succeed in the classroom, please register with the Student Life Disabilities Services (SLDS) in Baker Hall 098. Once registered, you can receive services that will level the playing field with your peers. Examples include but are not limited to: a peer note-taker or a special recording pen, extended time or distraction-free space for exams, flexible attendance and deadlines. The SLDS will provide a letter listing only the services you need; you have every right to keep your health conditions private from me. Bring that letter with you to discuss the ways I can help you in my course. You are more than welcome to set up an appointment with me to discuss this matter privately.There is no need to come during my office hours when my door is open to other people. However, if you have a readily apparent need for accommodations, let us talk and determine the best course of action, to maximize your success and participation in the course.

    Self-advocacy is a critical life skill and it is important that you reach out to SLDS and me to ensure your own success. For more information, go to, call 614-292-3307, or e-mail"


Optional Statements

  • (Optional) The following mental health statement:

    As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. The Ohio State University offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the Office of Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) by visiting or calling 614-292-5766. CCS is located on the 4th Floor of the Younkin Success Center and 10th Floor of Lincoln Tower. You can reach an on-call counselor when CCS is closed at 614-292-5766. If you are thinking of harming yourself or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk, or it you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, 24 hour emergency help is also available through the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445 / 1-800-273-8255; or text 4hope to 741741, or visit
  • (Optional) The following statement about sexual misconduct/relationship violence:

    All students and employees at Ohio State have the right to work and learn in an environment free from harassment and discrimination based on sex or gender, and the university can arrange interim measures, provide support resources, and explain investigation options, including referral to confidential resources.

    If you or someone you know has been harassed or discriminated against based on your sex or gender, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual exploitation, you may find information about your rights and options at or by contacting the Ohio State Title IX Coordinator, Kellie Brennan, at Title IX is part of the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) at Ohio State, which responds to all bias-motivated incidents of harassment and discrimination, such as race, religion, national origin and disability. For more information on OIE, visit or email
  • (Optional) The following statement about diversity:

    The Ohio State University affirms the importance and value of diversity in the student body. Our programs and curricula reflect our multicultural society and global economy and seek to provide opportunities for students to learn more about persons who are different from them. We are committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among each member of our community; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
  • (Optional) The following statement of land acknowledgement:

    Land Acknowledgement: The Ohio State University acknowledges that its campuses have long served as sites of meeting and exchange for Indigenous peoples, including those in historical times known as the Shawnee, Miami, Wyandotte, Delaware, and the People of Fort Ancient, Hopewell, and Adena cultures also known as the earthworks builders, as well as other tribal nations of the region. The Ohio State University honors and respects the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land in which we gather.