History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 711: Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 711-001: Disasters in History
(Spring 2017)

Research Hall 202

Section Information for Spring 2017

This research seminar will examine disasters--famines, earthquakes, hurricanes, epidemics, shipwrecks, fires, etc.--as lived experiences and cultural constructions from the early modern period through the industrial era. The course objective is for each student to write a major paper (25-30 pages) based on research in primary sources and situated in its appropriate historiographical context. After completing some introductory readings at the beginning of the semester, students will spend most of their time researching, writing, and revising their papers. Because finding and refining a research topic can be extremely time-consuming, students who register for this class are strongly encouraged to do some preliminary general reading and email the professor with ideas for possible topics before the first class meeting (ckierner@gmu.edu).

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research in specialized topics using primary sources.

Notes:

May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

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