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Susan A Glenn
HSTAA 532
Seattle Campus

Seminar in American History: Recent Period

Class description

This is the first half of a 2-quarter research seminar of 20th century US history, broadly defined. Research may focus on any aspect of US history in the period since 1870. During the fall quarter, students will design and launch a research project based on primary and secondary sources. During the second quarter,in History 533, students will complete the writing of a major paper (25-40 pages) based on this research.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Students who enroll in the seminar should have some background in 20th century history, though not necessarily on their proposed research topic.

Class assignments and grading

By the end of the second quarter, students will produce a major research paper (25-40 pages) based on primary and secondary sources. We are aiming here for a stand-alone article (or the basis thereof) or a piece of writing that can eventually become a chapter of a dissertation.

The research project is the weight of the grade, but students are also expected to participate in group discussions.


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 Susan A Glenn
Date: 05/26/2010