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 2015 priority enrollment procedures

Now that course descriptions have been posted, you can find a link to the sign-up form at the bottom of these instructions

The sign-up form asks you to rank your top three choices

All submissions must be received by 9am on Monday, 13 July 2015 in order to be considered for the first round of seminar assignments

Only one application form will be accepted per person in the online application system (if you submit multiple entries, only the first submission will be considered)

Assignments are NOT decided on a first-come, first served basis, so there is no need to rush your submission in immediately (but do mind the deadline!)

Once you submit the form, you should receive an automatic email confirmation  

If you do not receive an email confirmation (please check your spam box), contact Alex at atcoughlin@berkeley.edu for technical assistance; your submission is not considered complete until you have received the email confirmation. (Note: for any non-technical questions or concerns, please contact Leah at leahf@berkeley.edu)

On or by Friday, 17 July, you will receive an email with the appropriate Course Control Number (CCN) and full registration instructions

Your Course Entry Code will allow you to register for your 101 during Phase II or on the first day of the adjustment period

Enrollment procedures after priority enrollments have been assigned

After the initial distribution of seminar spaces via individual Course Entry Codes is completed in mid-July, many History 101s will still have space(s) available. Course Control Numbers will be posted for each seminar in mid-to-late July, at which point you may register in any course available.


101 Courses

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
MW 2-4P
101.004: Early Modern and Modern EuropeTyler Lange is a historian of late medieval and early modern France. His most recent book focuses on the role of church courts in late medieval credit networks.

This seminar is open to thesis-writers focusing on any topic in early modern and modern Europe, ca. 1400-today. As our goal is to identify and to inform ourselves about feasible research topics, good theses will be based on themes already developed over previous semesters or in a previous 103. If you are well acquainted with your chosen field, this discussion will prepare you to begin research in primary sources. If you are not, it should encourage you to begin a directed reading in the historiography of your chosen field. The very best theses will require knowledge of the language or languages relevant to your chosen region or time period. Once the semester begins, we will move quickly into the research and drafting of your thesis, a thirty- to fifty-page work of original research based on primary sources. Attendance at scheduled meetings and discussions is mandatory. Timely and diligent completion of preparatory assignments will be figured into your final course grade. Be prepared to share and discuss your work with your classmates.

Please contact the instructor - and this is encouraged - to discuss potential topics: tlange at berkeley dot edu. 

Tyler C. Lange
3104 Dwinelle
TuTh 10-12
United States
101.003: America in the 20th CenturyNote new room.

This seminar is a thesis-writing workshop, designed for students working on senior projects related to the history of the United States in the 20th century. As the broad title suggests, it will welcome a wide variety of topics and methods, and should be a good home to students of diverse interests. The goal of this course will be the completion of one 30-50 page, high-quality paper. Unfortunately, a paper of this length and depth can hardly be written in a single semester—we will be behind from the very first class. Thus it is expected that, prior to the beginning of the semester, students will have already seriously considered their potential topic, investigated probable primary sources, and contacted the instructor. Once the semester begins, each class meeting will be directed towards meeting internal deadlines for outlines and drafts. The required coursework will include selected readings of model scholarship, field trips to the library, group work, peer review of outlines and rough drafts, and individual meetings with the instructor. With some perseverance and some hustle, each student will produce work to be proud of.

Please contact the instructor - and this is encouraged - to discuss potential topics: dhkelly at berkeley dot edu. 

Daniel is a PhD candidate studying the history of American technology and philosophy. He once wrote a senior thesis at Cal, and empathizes with those who would now seek to write their own.

Daniel Kelly
MW 10-12