HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-003: Gilded Age
(Fall 2014)

01:30 PM to 04:15 PM M

Robinson Hall A123

Section Information for Fall 2014

Introduction to historical methods is the preparation for the capstone course, HIST 499, in the history major. As such, it is an opportunity for class members to concentrate on the steps involved in the process of writing an original, extended research paper in which they synthesize the skills that they have honed during their undergraduate majors. This particular offering of the seminar will focus on the Gilded Age, the period in American history roughly between 1877 and 1900 and a time notable for its rapid technological advances, spectacular economic growth, political corruption, nascent reform, labor unionization, and excess of all kinds. As such, it provides opportunities for a wide range of research topics, ranging from nineteenth-century temperance, civil service reform, bi-metallism, and interstate commerce, advertising to immigration, western expansion, Populism, and varieties of vice. The seminar’s twin goals are, first, to read a basic text that will introduce the history of the period and suggest ideas for further research and, second, to write an extended, formal essay on a topic relevant to the course topic.

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry., Writing Intensive in 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
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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