Research Hall 201
Section Information for Spring 2017
This writing intensive course will focus on the broad topic of the information revolution in America between 1750-1876. This revolution came in the form of new institutions, such as specialized learned societies, military academies, new types of colleges, as well as museums and libraries; in the emergence of scientific disciplines; and in the emergence and proliferation of new ways to disseminate knowledge across the republic, offering access to a greater number of people. The objective of this historical methods class is for students to be introduced to the work of historians and to begin doing the work of a historian themselves. Students will be provided with a core set of skills to draw upon and utilize in upper-level coursework, in particular in preparation for taking the capstone course, History 499. Students will learn how to develop research questions, find and analyze both primary and secondary sources, organize their analyses into arguments that are supported by evidence, and present those arguments effectively in both written and oral forms. Satisfies the Mason Core requirement in Synthesis.
Satisfies the general education requirement in systhesis.
Satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.
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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.