The Craft of History

History 104

Spring 2014
Day & Time: 
Tu 3:30-5:00P

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

History: A Very Short Introduction by John Arnold Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0192853523 Required
History, A Very Short Introduction by Arnold, John H. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-285352-3 Required
Student's Guide to Writing College Papers by Turabian, Kate L. University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0-226-81631-9 Required