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Bruce W Hevly
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

Spring 2014 topic: The Military-Industrial-Academic Complex

We will examine some of the literature and some of the most significant primary sources having to do with this idea in the US during the twentieth century, beginning with a look at President Eisenhower's Farewell Address.

For more details, see the course description for HIST 390.

Student learning goals

Students will practice critical readings of other historians' work and arguments.

Students will consider how to identify and interpret relevant primary sources.

Students will gain familiarity with the processes of locating and accessing sources.

Students will be prepared to undertake independent research in their senior years in order to fulfill degree requirements in history (or in HPS.)

Students will learn about current problems and recent literature in the history of science.

Qualifies as the jr colloquium required for HPS and History and Science minor.

General method of instruction

readings and class discussions; preparation and revision of research papers concerned with sources and problems in the history of science

Recommended preparation

This is the junior-level methodology course for history majors. No prerequisites, but some familiarity with history of science may be helpful, as may familiarity with American history and politics.

Class assignments and grading

Completion of assigned readings, participation in class discussions. Students will complete two major writing assignments totalling about 20 pages; other shorter papers for discussion. No exams; this is a W course.

Preparation for and participation in class discussions; assessment of a portfolio of written work which will accumulate over 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: 01/22/2014