HIST290 History Seminar

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST290 History Seminar
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
COMP111 (C or better) and 15 credit hours in HIST (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Technological Competence.
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. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. practice the techniques of historical writing using the University of Chicago style;
    2. research, using both digital and traditional resources, a chosen historical topic using primary and scholarly secondary sources [Technological Competence];
    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 and/or digital history project.
  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 Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, participation in classroom/online discussions and/or oral arguments.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 1/2014; New Core 8/2015