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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
History (HIST)
Majors’ Introductory Seminar
Majors’ Introductory Seminar
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HIST 2005W - Majors’ Introductory Seminar
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Introduction to the analytical and writing expectations of the history major. Topics vary by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for more details. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
By the end of the semester, each student should be able to: • Outline the historical facts (chronology, geography, peoples and leaders involved) involved in the world wars of the twentieth century; • Identify, analyze, and evaluate the major causes of those wars; • Identify the factors that played a major role in determining their outcomes; • Display their knowledge of the sources of modern military history; • Demonstrate an awareness of the complexity of historical causation in evaluating the importance of each period that comprised, contributed to, or demonstrated the consequences of those conflicts; • Be able to understand and analyze critically two (or more) scholarly works and the abstract arguments articulated, particularly with respect to their theoretical orientation, sources of support, and persuasiveness; • Be able to formulate and express a logical argument based on the student’s analysis of scholarly works in a short paper; • Have read a variety of primary and secondary materials pertaining to impact of the world wars on the modern world and be able to recognize and differentiate various genres of writing and types of audience encountered in history; • Conduct focused research in the National Archives and other public repositories of primary sources; • Draft a paper based on their research describing the role played by an individual (and his or her family and community) in the world wars and the impact of the war on that individual’s family and community; • Provide citation to the evidence employed in you paper using the Chicago Manual footnote-bibliography system; • Respond to evaluations by the professor (and another student) calling for revision of the paper to produce a well-written final research paper; and • Make an effective oral presentation to the seminar with respect to the individual you researched.
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