HIST290 History Seminar

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST290 History Seminar
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
COMP111 (C or better) and 15 credit hours in HIST (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
In this capstone course students analyze issues and topics in American, Western and/or World history through a heavy focus on historical research, writing, presentation, and defense. Consequently, major topics include the techniques and methodologies of cultural, economic, political and social history.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. practice the techniques of historical writing using the University of Chicago style;
      2. research a chosen historical topic using primary and scholarly secondary sources;
      3. analyze topics and issues in the American historical heritage through writing;
      4. analyze topics and issues in the Western historical heritage through writing;
      5. analyze topics and issues in the historical heritage of at least one non-Western culture through writing; and
      6. present and defend a historical research paper.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction to Historical Writing
    2. Introduction to Historical Research
    3. University of Chicago/Turabian Style
    4. The Methods of Economic History
    5. The Methods of Political History
    6. The Methods of Cultural/Social History
    7. Presentation and Defense of Historical Research
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, participation in classroom/online discussions and/or oral arguments.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 1/2014