HIST 401

Topics Proseminar

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 11, 2010 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This proseminar is an advanced-level discussion course, required for history majors. It focuses intensively on scholarly literature produced by historians around a specific topic. The topic changes from one offering to the next; the topic will be stated in the university's course schedule each semester. In each offering, students will read and carefully analyze several historical monographs and analyze the methods and approaches used by the assigned authors.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Learns to critically analyze and evaluate the use of evidence by professional historians, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Learns to critically analyze and evaluate the use of logic by professional historians, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Learns to critically analyze and evaluate the use of rhetoric by professional historians, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Understands the basic methods used by professional historians in considering and presenting evidence and fashioning interpretations, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.