History | Seminar in U.S. History
H750 | 17570 | Clegg

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only

This course has two major purposes.  First, it will expose students
to the procedures, methodologies, and research strategies that
historians use to produce original works of scholarship.  Second,
the course is designed to guide students through the process of
researching and writing an article-length paper on some aspect of
the history of the United States from the colonial period to the
present.  During the first of half of the course, students will be
required to select a research topic and begin marshalling sources
for an original paper.  At this time, the class will discuss a
number of issues that are relevant to the production of historical
knowledge and scholarly literature.  The course will cover matters
such as historical context, audience, theories of history,
historical fallacies, interpretation of sources, note-taking,
copyright/plagiarism, and “objectivity.”  During the second half of
the course, students will regularly report their findings to the
class, which will offer feedback to individual students.  Toward the
end of the semester, students will turn in first drafts of their
papers, which will be circulated amongst the instructor and other
students for evaluation.  At the end of the semester, students will
turn in a final revised draft of the research paper.