HIST 697: Data Analysis for History

HIST 697-001: Creating History in New Media
(Spring 2018)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Research Hall 402

Section Information for Spring 2018

*Enrollment into this course is controlled.  Contact Emily Gibson at egibson5@gmu.edu for approval to register.*


In this methods course you will be introduced to data analysis and visualization for historians. You will learn to work with historical data, including finding, gathering, manipulating, analyzing, visualizing, and arguing from data, with special attention to geospatial, textual, and network data. These methods will be taught primarily through scripting in the R programming language, using other command line tools as appropriate. While historical methods can be applied to many topics and time periods, they cannot be understood separate from how the discipline forms meaningful questions and interpretations, nor divorced from the particularities of the sources and histories of some specific topic. Therefore, in this course we will examine the historiographical tradition to see how historians have used data and visualization to understand the past. And we will work together to apply these methods to a series of datasets in the history of the nineteenth-century United States, with a focus on religion.

HIST 697 001 enrollment is controlled. Contact egibson5@gmu.edu to register.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces students how to create, computationally analyze, and publish historical data. Students explore theoretical and historical issues as well as learn programming skills. Notes: Students with limited computer competency should consult with department before enrolling. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: HIST 696 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

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

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