Lower Division Courses
Upper Division Courses
Students take 7 courses at the 300 level. At least two of the upper division courses will be given over to fulfilling a sequenced history practicum requirement. The sequence consists of a 300-level course and a linked section of HST 390 PRACTICUM IN HISTORICAL RESEARCH AND WRITING. Students are encouraged to develop a thematic or topical focus in consultation with their advisor.
Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: standard, pre-law, or public history.
INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL SOURCES AND METHODS
This is the first of two introductory core courses required of all history majors, history minors, and education majors with a concentration in history. In this course, students will learn the varied ways in which scholars interpret the past, focusing particularly on the evidence and arguments used by historians in their work. To that end, students will learn about the varieties of primary sources (textual, material, oral) as well as the varied methods historians use to analyze such evidence. In addition, students will practice analyzing primary source evidence in oral and written presentations, learn how to use the library for historical research, and how to discern scholarly arguments in secondary sources.
(WRD 103 and WRD 104) or HON 100 is a prerequisite for this class.
CRAFT OF HISTORY
This course is the second of two introductory core courses required of all history majors, history minors, and education majors with a concentration in history. In this class, students will bring to bear the skills in historical sources and methods learned in HST 298 to complete a substantial independent research project. To that end, students will learn how to identify a historical question or problem about which to conduct research; how to find, obtain, and evaluate primary source evidence to research; how to build a secondary source bibliography using reference works, monographs, and scholarly journal articles; and develop and execute a coherent plan for writing and revising a substantial research paper (of at least 10 pages in length) based on an integrated use of both primary and secondary sources.
HST 298 a prerequisite for this class.
HISTORY CAPSTONE SEMINAR
Open to seniors majoring in History. Others may take course with permission of instructor.
(HST 199 or HST 299), Senior standing and status as a History major or minor are a prerequisite for this class.
HISTORY IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS
.With the goal of enhancing historical literacy and critical thinking, this course invites students to explore how the interdisciplinary tools of historical inquiry aid them in their encounter with the multicultural past through study of a particular society or societies. Students discover how historians extract meaning from primary and secondary sources while exploring the problems and issues involved in analyzing and using a variety of sources. Topics of this course vary and are set by the faculty. Each section of HON 102 will be subtitled to indicate its topic; please see the schedule for current offerings
Membership in the University Honors Program is a prerequisite for this class.
PRACTICUM IN HISTORICAL RESEARCH AND WRITING
The History Practicum allows students to engage in deep and sustained historical research and writing, with multiple opportunities for instructor feedback and student revision. It is also an excellent way for students to experience firsthand the linkages between broad reading in a given field and subsequent primary-source based research in that field. Every autumn and winter quarter, certain 300-level course offerings will be designated as Practicum-linked classes. Students ready to take this course can choose among the offerings as suits their interests.