* Note: The text below is the overarching template text for the Final Essay/Paper for the entire RCI program. Your instructor may have altered this text for your section, please consult with your instructor/TA or course space for more contextualized information.
RCI Final Essay/Paper Guidelines
Make sure your final essay meets these requirements:
Structure: Make sure your introduction clearly introduces your contemporary issue (use of a “hook” to grab your readers attention would be appropriate) and your central points (thesis/argument). The body of your paper should clearly identify the historical roots of your contemporary issue through time and across space. The body of your paper may work either backwards or forwards in historical time. Or you might find it necessary to employ other organizational forms, such as geography or sub-topics. Whatever you choose, make sure that your narrative flows. Remember to provide a conclusion that brings all the various parts of your essay together, especially addressing the question of how an understanding of the past is important to understanding your issue in the present.