History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-002: Underground Railroad
(Fall 2011)

East Building 122

Section Information for Fall 2011

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.


Topics vary according to instructor. History majors strongly urged to take HIST 300 as soon as possible after reaching 30 credits. Grade of C or better is required to graduate with BA in history. Students may repeat HIST 300 only with permission from the Department of History and Art History and repetitions are limited.

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