History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 499: Senior Seminar in History

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2011

HIST 499-001:
Revolutionary Russia  —  Rex A. Wade

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T —  Robinson B111

The purpose of this senior seminar is to develop skills in the methods and techniques of historical research and writing. We will approach this primarily via a major historical research paper. We will examine how the historian goes about developing, researching, and writing a paper, including analysis and use of various types of sources. Strong emphasis is placed upon being able to complete a polished piece of historical research and writing. All papers will be on some aspect of Russian/Soviet history, including international relations as well as domestic history, of the revolutionary period (about 1880-1930). Those who have not had modern Russian/Soviet history should see me before class about background reading. Students should be aware that it will probably be necessary to use other libraries in the region. Presentation of finished papers to the class and oral critiques of another’s paper will be part of the class.

Satisfies the general education requirement in synthesis.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses.

Satisfies General Education requirement for synthesis..

Prerequisites:

History majors with 90 credits, ENGL 302/ENGH 302, HIST 300, and completion or concurrent enrollment in all Mason Core courses.

Notes:

Subject determined by instructor. Student may present no more than 3 credits for graduation credit. Must receive passing grade to graduate with BA in history.

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