The Craft of History

History 104

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
M 400-530

History 104 is a course designed for history majors, or prospective majors, to master the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen discipline and to enhance their understanding of the nature of historical inquiry.   By taking this course, you will improve your ability to meet the challenges of upper level history courses and prepare yourself for the advanced research and writing expected in History 103 and 101, the senior honors thesis sequence.   History 104 is taught in one lecture and two section meetings per week, emphasizing hands-on learning. There will be no exams, and the reading assignments are relatively light, in order to give you time to work with the professor and GSIs on asking historical questions, finding research topics, locating and organizing primary and secondary source materials, developing an argument, experimenting with various forms of writing, and crafting a polished essay.  Grading will be based on section participation and a series of writing assignments building toward a 10-12 page original historical essay.

Course Books

The Emancipation Proclamation by Vorenberg, Michael Bedford/St. Martins. ISBN: 978-0312435813 Required
Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict by Miller, Maureen C. Bedford/St. Martins. ISBN: 978-0312404680 Required
History, A Very Short Introduction by Arnold, John H. Oxford University Press. ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-19-285352-3 Required