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David E. Jessup
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 seminar will examine the great wave of Scandinavian immigration to the United States that peaked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Scandinavian emigrant and immigrant experience will be considered as it has been portrayed by historians, in literature, and by the migrants themselves.

Student learning goals

Familiarity and practice with methods of historical research.

A knowledge of Scandinavian immigration in the context of American immigration history.

General method of instruction

Students will participate in once-weekly seminar meetings for discussion of weekly topics, the assigned readings, and their research progress.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Seminar participation is required. Assignments will include brief reading response papers, a short paper comparing two assigned novels, and a longer research paper. Students will make presentations to the class based on their individual research projects.


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 David E. Jessup
Date: 03/07/2010