Section Information for Spring 2017
In HIST 499, students build on their experience in HIST 300 and the skills and knowledge they have developed as history majors to write an original research paper of about 20 pages. In this section of HIST 499, we will focus on late 20th century U.S. history (approximately the 1960s-1980s) and paper topics will grow out of research related to women’s and gender history. This approach allows for a broad range of potential topics. In this writing-intensive course, students will complete weekly writing assignments, both on the required reading and on their research. Students registering for this section should also note that their schedule needs to allow them to spend time in the library every week, outside of class time. In the first few weeks of the semester, students will complete a series of research projects. An original research question will emerge out of those initial projects. Students will then spend the bulk of the semester doing their original primary research (some of which must be in an archives, such as GMU’s Special Collection & Archives), placing their research within relevant secondary literature, and writing their senior thesis paper. They will also regularly share their findings and drafts with classmates. In the end, as a capstone to a history major’s college career, HIST 499 students gain experience with the methods, challenges, and collaboration required of advanced historical scholarship.
Satisfies the general education requirement in systhesis.
Satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.
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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.
Prerequisite(s) enforced by registration system.
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.