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Karla L. Kelling
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 Nineteenth century offers a dynamic era in which to examine the transformation of labor, class formation, racial stratification, and gender roles. Students will both investigate how historians of labor and popular culture work, as well as put historians' tools to practice by examining primary sources from the era.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course is structured to present history majors and declared history majors with an introduction to the field of history. The Nineteenth century will serve as our case study to not only learn about changes in labor and society, but more broadly, how historians work. Students will achieve this by engaging with scholarly debates, and identifying new opportunities for research and analysis.

Recommended preparation

This course is intended to prepare history majors for the 498 capstone course. No prerequisites are required, but some knowledge of 19th-century U.S. history will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will be outlined in course syllabus.


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 Karla L. Kelling
Date: 06/04/2005