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Mary C Wright
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 class will explore the histories of American Indian Boarding Schools by considering 1) the legitimacy, variety and consequences of source material used; 2) historians' interpretative framework and changes through time; and 3) differing perspectives on the schools whether Native, academic, church or government. In this seminar setting, students will have the opportunity to practice the skills of a historian by reviewing published works, critiquing peers' papers, analyzing the historiography on the boarding schools, and constructing one's own research plan.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, although Ethnohistory or an American history survey would be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Participation, two 2-page peer reviews, two 2-page book reviews, bibliography of secondary and primary sources, 3-5 page historiographic essay, 5-page research project prospectus. Reading include two books and a class reader; in addition, students will select one of the optional books.

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 Moran Tompkins
Date: 10/25/2004