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John M Findlay
HIST 491
Seattle Campus

Honors Historical Method

The purposes, materials, and techniques of historical scholarship. Theory, practice, and criticism. For honors students.

Class description

By researching, writing, and rewriting papers on topics of their own choosing, students in HIST 491-492 will gain experience in producing historical scholarship.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

We will spend the first few weeks doing common readings and discussing such matters as evidence and argument. Students will identify topics for their own research projects, making sure that they are manageable. They will work somewhat independently at researching and writing papers. They will produce rough drafts, help critique other students' drafts, and then prepare revised final drafts. They will consult regularly with both the professor in HIST 491-492 and with faculty members expert in their specific areas of research.

Recommended preparation

Completion of HIST 395.

Class assignments and grading

At least one short paper on common readings and a bibliographic essay concerning the long research paper (for HIST 491); a rough draft and a final draft (for HIST 492). Participation in 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 John M Findlay
Date: 04/19/2005