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Bruce W Hevly
HIST 493
Seattle Campus

Senior Thesis in the History of Science

Preparation of the senior thesis for the History and Science emphasis.

Class description

NOTE: This course does NOT fulfill the senior seminar requirement for history majors.

This course is intended for students wishing to undertake independent research and writing in the history of science, either out of personal interest or to fulfill a degree requirement (such as the senior essay required for the history and science minor). In consultation with the instructor, students define a topic, undertake research, interpret results with reference to the appropriate historiographic models, and present results in an essay.

Student learning goals

Students will have experience definining a research project in the history of science or technology.

Students will compile appropriate bibliography and read primary and secondary sources critically, working with the instructor.

Students will have some sense of the relevant historiography for their projects, and be self-conscious about historiographic and methodological models used.

Based on the research process above, students will write and revise a major project.

Students will be able to read history produced by others with greater awareness of the processes involved in producing it.

General method of instruction

Weekly consultation with instructor; the project is defined and carried out by the student with the instructor's advice as one resource. The instructor can also make specific suggestions for research topics within a broader area of a student's interests.

Recommended preparation

Instructor permission required. Students will usually have a background of course work in history of science, but this is not invariably the case.

Class assignments and grading

Student-defined research project, undertaken with the instructor's advice, usually a research or historiographic essay.

Based on the product by the end of the quarter.


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 Bruce W Hevly
Date: 09/09/2009