History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-001: Introduction to Historical Method: The Appalachian Trail
(Spring 2017)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course focuses on the methods of professional historian and prepares history majors for doing archival and historiographical research. We will also spend time getting ready for the writing of the capstone research paper in History 499. The topical focus of the course will be the history of the Appalachian Trail, America's oldest long distance National Scenic Trail. The history of the AT includes almost any subject you can imagine--public policy, race, environmental issues, class issues, questions of power, gender, crime, health, eugenics, and more. As a result, students will have no trouble finding a specific research topic. One optional hike on the AT is planned for later in the semester when the weather warms up.

Scholarly Inquiry

Satisfies the general education requirement in systhesis.

Satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.

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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. Notes: 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 30 credits or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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