History 101.004

Fall 2010
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TuTh 12:30 - 2P
Prospective students with questions should e-mail the instructor, Mark Brilliant, at mbrill@berkeley.edu.

This course will serve to guide you through the capstone experience of your undergraduate history education: 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 â€_Ä" in this case a 30-50 page final paper â€_Ä" in which you articulate and defend a historical interpretation/argument rooted in extensive primary source research and informed by thorough secondary source reading.

This particular 101 - the Writer's Workshop - 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 share a common schedule and set of assignments, but not a common subject area. Admission requires submission of the online preference form, e-mail of a written project statement (see below), and consent of the instructor.

The written project statement should be submitted to Leah Flanagan (leahf@berkeley.edu) and Mark Brilliant (mbrill@berkeley.edu) by 4 pm on Thursday, August 12th. It must 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. Although most students 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.