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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 481 - Senior Thesis

Analysis of the nature of history, of the way historians reason, and of the search for meaning in history. Students must earn a minimum grade of C as a major requirement. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, Spring).

Prerequisites: HIST 302 with a grade of C or higher and senior standing.

Credits: (4)

General Education Category: CE - Culminating Experience

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Locate finding aids, primary, secondary, and tertiary materials in the library, archives, and online
  • Analyze and draw reasoned conclusions from primary and secondary sources
  • Isolate and compare the central question(s) and perspective(s) of different kinds of historical narrative
  • Reconstruct patterns of historical continuity and change in the historical period of study
  • Analyze cause and effect relationships, bearing in mind multiple causation
  • Identify the relationship between historical fact and historical interpretations, and situate analysis within a larger historiography
  • Plan and write a substantial research paper on a topic of your choice, based on preparatory steps
  • Present coherent, persuasive, and original historical analysis orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate proper use of formal source citation and avoid plagiarism
  • Share ideas and critique historical works as part of a collegial community of scholars

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