Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
HIST 3301 Section 001
MW Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
Historical Inquiry

Description of Course:

Most of you are here as History majors or minors because you enjoy history in some fashion, whether it be reading books, watching documentaries, participating in reenactments, or consuming history in some other form. This is good, but it is not what being a historian is all about. Historians (and as History majors you should consider yourselves at least Apprentice Historians!) make history!

The primary objective of this section of Historical Inquiry is to help you make the transition from consumers of history to producers of history. You may come to think of this class as “History Boot Camp.” The course will address issues such as the history and philosophies of the discipline, important practitioners, theorists, and critical approaches, as well as the nuts and bolts of doing historical research (library research, source analysis, bibliography, citations, style, etc.).

Required Texts:

MacMillan, Margaret. Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History. New York: Modern Library, 2009. ISBN: 9780679643586.

Presnell, Jenny L. The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 0195176510.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Sixth edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN: 0226816273.

Williams, Robert C. The Historian’s Toolbox: A Student’s Guide to the Theory and Craft of History. 2nd ed. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2007. ISBN: 9780765620279.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly homework assignments
Short Formal Papers
Position Paper

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