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HISTORY

HIST-482
Research Seminar (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section. This seminar introduces students to a field of research not limited geographically, for example, military history, gender history, revolutions, etc. Students complete a series of common readings and then design, outline, research, and write their own historical research papers on a topic of their choice relating to the course theme. Papers are built on primary sources and engage the historiographical questions most relevant to the topic. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: HIST-299.

HIST-482
001
HISTORY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Research Seminar (3)

Imperialism and Colonialism

In this seminar students write an original research paper exploring aspects of imperialism and/or colonialism in a region and time period of their choice. The class studies a common set of readings on these two topics and students work on their individual projects by developing research questions, identifying primary and secondary sources, and exploring these sources to craft an original historical analysis.

HIST-482
001
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Research Seminar (3)

Crime and Punishment in American History

This course takes a historical approach to understanding America's prison practices and explores how race, gender, class, region, politics, and ethnicity shaped our nation's carceral history, treatment of criminality, and the evolution of mass incarceration in America. Students read and evaluate a group of common interdisciplinary texts, but the focus is the completion of an original research paper. The goal is to examine how and why local, state, and federal practices of incarceration changed over time, and to place the evolution of carceral institutions, definitions of crime, and prison experiences within a historical context. Most research questions focus on the nineteenth and twentieth century, with some exceptions.