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HISTORY

HIST-399
Conversations in History (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section. This intensive seminar introduces majors to the study of history. By delving into a topic, students learn various approaches to the study of history that have evolved over time, as well as the mechanics of writing history. Usually offered every term. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: history major or permission of instructor.

HIST-399
001
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Conversations in History (3)

The Crusades

This course studies the debates surrounding the meanings and significance of the Crusading movement, a phenomenon that not only shaped medieval culture but continues to influence our own world. Students learn to identify major schools of thought and methodologies, as well as some of the biases and agendas that have characterized the historiography of this often-contentious topic. Students also consider how historians use primary sources and structure arguments.

HIST-399
002
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Conversations in History (3)

The American Revolution

This course explores topics in the historiography of the American Revolution. It is not a course about the American Revolution per se as a historical event, process, or era, although students may gain some content knowledge along the way. Rather, the course examines the various ways in which historians have approached the topic in order understand the nature of some of the scholarly conversations in the history of the American Revolution.

HIST-399
001
HISTORY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Conversations in History (3)

American Consumerism

This course examines how historians have understood consumerism in American history, from the arrival of the Consumer Revolution to North America in the seventeenth-century through the advent of modern industrial capitalism in the twentieth century.