History 101 Seminars

What is History 101?

The History 101 seminar is designed to guide you through the capstone experience of your undergraduate education as a history major: the researching and writing of your senior thesis. Successful completion of this challenging but rewarding endeavor requires you to do the work of a historian. Ultimately, this translates to producing a piece of scholarship—in this case a 30-50 page final paper—in which you articulate and defend a historical interpretation/argument rooted in extensive primary source research, informed by thorough secondary source reading.

Fall 2017 History 101 Enrollment Procedures:

Priority Enrollment

If you completed the seminar preference form before July 5th, you will receive an email by July 10th with a permission number which will hold your seat in the 101 to which you have been assigned. You may then register for your 101 on or following your Phase II appointment.  You must use your permission number to add the course by Tuesday, August 15th (day 2 of the Adjustment Period) or you will lose your reserved seat.

Even if you are enrolled in the class, you must attend the first class meeting or you may be dropped from the class. (Or you may not, so please remember to be responsible for your class schedule.)

Enrollment after priority enrollment permission numbers have been assigned:

After the initial distribution of individual permission numbers, most History 101 sections will have seats open. Enrollment restrictions will be lifted for each section at the beginning of Phase II (July 10th) at which point students may register for any available course.

Students must appear at the first class meeting, or risk losing their seat. If a section you want is full, and/or you are on the wait list, please attend the first day to see if others do not. It is often impossible to add History 101 after the first class meeting.

Please note that the seats held by permission numbers will be invisible (an unfortunate side effect of our new system) so students must try to add the course in order to view how many seats are actually left in it.

101 Courses

101.003: Topics in Modern European History, French Revolution to the present

Any topics in Late Modern European history are welcome. We will meet several times at the beginning of the semester to discuss possible topics, bibliographies, and research strategies, and then again at the end to discuss paper drafts. The rest of the time I will be meeting with students individually.

Yuri Slezkine
3205 Dwinelle
TuTh 10-12
101.002: Writers' Group

This section is designed for seniors with well-conceived thesis projects that do not fit within the rubrics of other 101 seminars. Members of the group will observe a common schedule in developing, drafting, and critiquing material but will not share a common subject area.

Admission requires a written statement and the consent of the instructor. The statement should include: (1) a two-hundred word description of the proposed thesis topic; (2) a preliminary annotated bibliography (with full citations) of suitable primary sources; (3) a short bibliography of secondary sources; (4) a list of previous coursework in the proposed field of research; and (5) the name of a departmental instructor in that field who is willing to help mentor the student by providing bibliographical guidance, occasional consultation, and a critique of the first draft of the thesis.

Students apply online by submitting the online preference form, and must also submit their statements directly to Leah Flanagan's mailbox in 3229, or via email to leahf@berkeley.edu by 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th. Although most applicants will not have had time to develop rigorous statements by the application deadline, they must demonstrate the viability of their projects and their commitment to serious preparation in advance of the course. This section is limited to students whose work clearly falls outside the scope of other 101 sections. If in doubt, please apply.

Waldo E. Martin
3104 Dwinelle
TuTh 2-4
United States
101.001: Topics in US History

This seminar will guide students through the process of completing a senior thesis in a topic in US History. Our focus will be the research and writing process, ranging from the feasibility of research topics, historiography, methodology, and analysis. Students should contact the professor in advance of the seminar to discuss possible topics and, if possible, research questions.

Sarah Selvidge is a historian of cities, culture, and politics in Latin America and the United States. 

Sarah Selvidge
3205 Dwinelle
TuTh 12-2