History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-008: Sexuality in 20th Century America
(Fall 2011)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

Krug Hall 253

Section Information for Fall 2011

HIST 300 is about doing history. To that end, we will be asking the following questions as we conduct our investigations: **What are the FACTS of America's sexual history? What do we know about sex in the past? **How do historians INTERPRET what they know about Americans' sexual behavior? How do they construct their arguments and advance their claims? How do we evaluate those claims? **What kind of TOOLS do historians use to prove their arguments? Are some kinds of evidence better than others? How do historians approach their sources, especially when dealing with a sensitive, personal topic like sex and sexuality?

Satisfies the general education requirement in synthesis.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces research skills and methods, as well as historical interpretation, culminating in written and oral presentations. Notes: 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 30 credits or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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