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Ileana M. Rodriguez Silva
HIST 388
Seattle Campus

Colloquium: Introduction to History

Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.

Class description

The objective of the course is to introduce new history majors to the various approaches to the study of history. In so doing, students will learn about the processes of selecting, reading, and interrogating diverse types of primary sources (memoirs, oral histories, music, documentaries, TV shows, official reports, letters, and census data) to answer different research questions. Thematically, the course examines the case of Puerto Rico in order to analyze how various (and contradicting) social, political, economic, and cultural factors have contributed to sustain colonialism through the twentieth century, an entangled situation with no solution in the near future.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include short writing exercises and a poster project. Class participation is crucial.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ileana M. Rodriguez Silva
Date: 02/11/2011