Fall 2017


History 299: Historical Methodologies

An introduction to the methods, techniques, and concepts used by historians. The main emphasis will be on methods of historical research and analysis, including specific problems confronting historians in dealing with evidence, interpretation, and theory in differing chronological and geographic settings. Reading assignments, discussion, and a major research paper using primary sources are required. Required of the history major. Prior completion of at least one course at or above the 200 level strongly recommended. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Prof. Schmitz, 4 credits, MW 2:30-3:50 p.m.

–Fulfills the department's Methodologies course requirement.


History 401: Topics in Comparative History

Limited to and required of senior history majors, this course will explore a number of broad themes common to a variety of civilizations, comparing and analyzing these themes as they develop or are played out in chronological and geographical perspective. Examples of such themes include slavery, imperialism, industrialization, the patterns of political reform, the role of women in society, and the impact of technological change on society. Readings, discussions, and several short papers will be required.

Profs. Charlip and Woodfork, 4 credits, M 7:30-10:00 p.m.

–Fulfills the department's Comparative History (401) course requirement.


Spring 2018


History 299: Historical Methodologies

An introduction to the methods, techniques, and concepts used by historians. The main emphasis will be on methods of historical research and analysis, including specific problems confronting historians in dealing with evidence, interpretation, and theory in differing chronological and geographic settings. Reading assignments, discussion, and a major research paper using primary sources are required. Required of the history major. Prior completion of at least one course at or above the 200 level strongly recommended. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Prof. Lerman, 4 credits, T 7:30-10:00 p.m.

–Fulfills the department's Methodologies course requirement.