The Warners--Mary, Clive, and Seth--were inspirational instructors who taught at Santa
Monica College from the early 1940s through the early 1990s. This essay contest reflects their
dedication to and interest in the fields of history and philosophy.
The 2002 Warner History
(not restricted to Social Science majors)
Take this opportunity to examine the role of
Terrorism in History
Submit your essay to be considered for a cash
Minimum requirements to enter the essay competition:
- U.C. transferable G.P.A. of 3.0
- At least 12 units completed at Santa Monica College
- Completed at least 3 units of SMC history courses
- Grade of "B" in each SMC history class
Applications are available at the Social Science Office, Room L.A. 110 M.Application
Deadline--April 2, 2002
5p.m. – no exceptions
5-8 page essay is due on Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Essay Evaluation Criteria
- Historical Orientation. Since the Warner Award was established in honor of
three historians, it is essential that the essay be primarily historical in content. Although the topic
might suggest political, philosophical, or sociological approaches, the winning essay will focus on
the topic in historical context.
- Thesis. The essay should contain a clear, integrating thesis developed early in
the paper. The remainder of the essay should then be devoted to elaborating and refining the
thesis with relevant evidence and/or examples from history.
- Analysis. Interpretation and analysis are more important than narration and
summation. You must support your thesis with historical examples and show in your essay how
you arrived at your conclusions and why you rejected other possibilities. Your work should reflect
- Critical Thinking. Your work should explore alternative, differing opinions
- Originality. Your essay should detect and define aspects of the topic that
might not necessarily be considered in that light or might be overlooked.
- Composition. While such matters as careful organization, correct grammar
and spelling, and neatly typed/computer-generated copy are important; a compelling style of
presentation is essential to a winning essay. Simplicity and clarity are good guidelines. Avoid
jargon and/or flowery language. Proofread your final draft before submitting it.
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