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Charles W Bergquist
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

Designed for students who have recently declared a history major, this course explores the methods of historians by focusing on the modern history of Colombia.

Student learning goals

They will learn a great deal about the history of Colombia, the third most populous Latin American country.

They will learn how to evaluate historical studies, a practice known as historiography among professional historians.

They will receive detailed attention to their writing, and should learn how to write more effectively.

They will learn how to more effectively synthesize information.

They will gain practice in speaking effectively.

General method of instruction

Class discussion.

Recommended preparation

Declaration of history major. No presvious study of Latin American or Coolombian history is required or expected.

Class assignments and grading

Students write a two-page book review, a two-page summary of an article, a five-page analysis of three history books on a topic of their choosing, and a two-page final essay summarizing aspects of the course.

attendance and quality of oral participation, 20%, the two-page book review, 20%, the two-age article summary, 10%, the five-page essay, 40%, and the two-page final essay, 10%.


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 Charles W Bergquist
Date: 01/13/2007