HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History

HIST 499-004: Age of Washington
(Fall 2024)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M

Horizon Hall 3001

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Section Information for Fall 2024

George Washington (b.1732-d.1799) played a pivotal role in American history during the French and War, the American Revolution, as the first President of the United States. He was also a major Virginia planter and slaveowner. This course is the capstone of the History major. Students are required to do a major research paper on some aspect of Washington’s life, ideas, military exploits, or political career. Students should focus on a particular aspect of Washington’s life, such as his relationship with his wife Martha or with his enslaved people, his attitude toward allowing Blacks to serve in the Continental Army, his support for inoculation of American troops for smallpox, his role in establishing the US Capital at Washington, DC, his dealings with Indians before, during, or after the American Revolution, or his connections with other political or military leaders such as Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, General Lafayette, or with individual Native American leaders and their tribes. It is also to possible to focus a paper on the role and memory of Washington in American culture, including the building of the Washington monument. 

This course is Research Intensive and requires a substantial time commitment from students. Papers, based on both primary and secondary sources, must be approximately 20-25 pages long. This course meets the requirements for Synthesis and Writing Intensive in the Major for the Mason Core.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses. Notes: Subject determined by instructor. Student may present no more than 3 credits for graduation credit. Must receive passing grade to graduate with BA in history. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Topic Varies, Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 90 credits
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C or 300XS) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, ENGH 302XS, HNRS 110C, 110XS, 210C, 302C or 302XS).
C Requires minimum grade of C.
XS Requires minimum grade of XS.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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