HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-003: Introduction to Historical Method: Washington’s World
(Fall 2023)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M

Innovation Hall 330

Section Information for Fall 2023

This course uses the broad topic of the life and times of George Washington (1732-1799) to introduce History majors to the methodology of researching, interpreting, and writing history. The final project will be a contribution to ARGO: American Revolutionary Geographies Online, a digital repository of maps from the revolutionary era (1750-1800), hosted at the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. Each student will research and write an essay about a certain feature of a map chosen from that collection or the information it conveys. High-quality work will be published, after editing, as part of the ARGO project. 

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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., Topic Varies, 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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