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Wilton B Fowler
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

HIST 388 is an introduction to the study of history for students who have recently decided to be History majors. Students will receive training in several basic techniques of historical analysis. For example: the assessment and use of source materials; insight into the ways historian work by means of studying and discussing selected readings; and the opportunity for class members to plan, research, and write their own historical essays -- all in close collaboration with the instructor and other students in a seminar setting. The skills of research and of oral and written analysis fostered by the class ought to prepare the class members for subsequent success as History majors. This particular HIST 388 will focus on the subject of wars and diplomacy in American history.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Essential: The desire to learn the skills of the historian and the determination to (a) attend every class without fail, and (b) to do twelve hours a week of reading and writing in preparation for the class. Useful: Some knowledge of the military and/or diplomatic history of the United States.

Class assignments and grading

Several short papers and reports; substantial weekly reading.

Papers and Reports 75% Attendance and Participation 25%


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 Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 04/10/2000