HTY 498(0001): Senior Seminar in History: Global

Instructor:  Professor Howard Segal

Course Number: 41648

Days/Time:  Thursday, 3:00-4:50

Location: Stevens Hall 175

Description: Senior Seminar is the history major’s capstone experience.  As such, it offers you an opportunity to put to use the skills you have acquired in your various history classes: critical reading, research, analytical writing, argumentation.  The seminar is designed to guide you through the basic steps in producing a substantial piece of historical writing based on your own analysis of primary and secondary sources.  Typically, senior seminar themes are defined broadly to allow each student flexibility in choosing a topic of her or his own interest.  On the other hand, we need a common focus that will facilitate cross-fertilization of  ideas and offer a foundation for group discussions and evaluation.  In this seminar, we are mostly concerned with historical methodology (as in how we write history), but we will employ the methods of environmental history to explore a topic in American history of interest to you.

General Education Requirements: Satisfies the Writing Intensive and Capstone Experience requirements.

Prerequisites: Restricted to history majors with senior standing.