History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History

HIST 499-003: Senior Research Seminar in War and Remembrance
(Fall 2017)

Mason Hall D005

Section Information for Fall 2017

Saying that something is “etched in stone” is a way of expressing its permanence. In commemorating their wars, Americans literally etch a social or collective memory of the past in stone in memorials throughout the United States and especially in the nation’s capital, yet interpretations of past conflicts vary among social groups and have changed dramatically over time. In this class, course lectures, readings, and student projects will address war and collective memory in the United States, that is, how individuals, groups, or communities have reflected on their warring past at a particular moment in history. Students will learn to think and write like historians by examining primary- and secondary-source materials related to the study of war and collective memory, including text-based sources but also non-traditional sources like landscapes, monuments, film, and material culture. Skills developed in the course include basic research methods, analyzing sources, interpreting and contextualizing historical documents, framing questions, critical thinking, historical writing and citation, and preparing and delivering an oral presentation.

Research/Scholarship Intensive

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

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. 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 90 credits
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, HNRS 110C or 210C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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