History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2011

HIST 300-002:
Underground Railroad  —  Spencer Crew

01:30 PM to 04:15 PM R —  East Building 122

The course will introduce students to the theory and practice of history. It will use the Underground Railroad and its connections to slavery and abolition as the vehicle for teaching skills in historical thinking, research, and writing. The Underground Railroad was a loose network of individuals dedicated to undermining the institution of slavery and gaining freedom for African Americans enslaved by the institution. Studying it will provide an opportunity for using historical skills and methodology to separate myth from truth in the process of writing a research paper.

Satisfies the general education requirement in synthesis.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces research skills and methods, as well as historical interpretation, culminating in written and oral presentations.

Satisfies General Education requirement for synthesis..


History majors with 30 credits or permission of instructor.


Topics vary according to instructor. History majors strongly urged to take HIST 300 early in their program of upper-level courses. Grade of C or better is required to graduate with BA in history.

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