HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History

HIST 499-001: Senior Seminar: Revolutionary America
(Fall 2022)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM W

Innovation Hall 328

Section Information for Fall 2022

This course is the capstone of the History major. Students are required to produce a substantial research paper based on their reading of primary and secondary sources from the founding era of American history. This period is broadly construed as encompassing the entire era that includes the French and Indian War, the American War for Independence, the writing of the U.S. Constitution, and the post-revolutionary era until about 1820. In consultation with the instructor, students will focus on a topic of their choice, which can range from traditional political or military topics to include issues relating to women, Native Americans, slavery, religion, or culture more generally. Explorations of transatlantic connections, including revolutionary France and Haiti, are also possible. After reading a short text providing a brief overview of the American Revolution, students, with the assistance of the instructor, will focus their attention on the various stages of the research and writing process. This course is very time-intensive. Students are invited to email the instructor before the semester to discuss possible topics. 

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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.
Mason Core: Synthesis
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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