HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-001: Introduction to Historical Method: Slavery, Abolition, and the Underground Railroad
(Fall 2022)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T

East Building 122

Section Information for Fall 2022

The course will introduce students to the theory and practice of history. It will use the Underground Railroad and its connections to enslavement and abolition as the vehicle for teaching skills in historical thinking, research, and writing. The Underground Railroad was a loose network of individuals dedicated to undermining the institution of slavery and gaining freedom for African Americans enslaved by the institution. Studying it will provide an opportunity for using historical skills and methodology to separate myth from truth in the process of writing a research paper.

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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: Mason Impact., 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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