Perspectives on History (W) (3)
Acquaints students with different ways of thinking about history (historiography) and with techniques of doing and presenting historical research. This core course is designed to teach the following skills: 1. how to analyze primary sources; 2. how to read secondary sources in a critical manner; 3. how to cite sources properly; 4. how to write to the expectations of the discipline of history; 5. how to construct an historical argument; 6. how to evaluate the integrity, reliability, and usefulness of disparate sources; and 7. how to conduct independent research. A substantial term paper is required.
Should be taken as soon as possible after a student has decided to major in history (preferably by the end of the sophomore year).
Internship in Public History (3)
Designed to provide students with practical experience in the public
history field by working in a local archive, historical society, or
other historical activity. Students are assigned an on-site
mentor and write a final report on the experience for the supervising
instructor in the history department. Usually unpaid, internships
include 45 to 90 hours of work over the semester.
Open only to history majors.
Senior Seminar (W) (3,3)
An intensive study of a theme, a period, a nation, or a region; a comparison between nations or regions; or some mixture of any of these possibilities. A variety of writing assignments relative to the topic will be required.
Prerequisites: A course with maximum enrollment of 20 students in seminar format open in general only to senior history majors. Permission of instructor is required (which may be granted to second-semester juniors interested in doing honors work in their senior year).
Honors Program in History (3,3)
Especially recommended for those wishing to do graduate work in history--a one semester independent study course in addition to the 33 credits required to fulfill the major in history. A research paper of at least 25 pages is required.
Prerequisites: The Honors Program is open only to students with a grade-point average in history of 3.3 or better, and the course can be taken only after the successful completion of Senior Seminar. A student interested in taking the Honors Program course must receive the permission of a professor who will supervise the independent study.