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William J Rorabaugh
HSTAA 503
Seattle Campus

Seminar in American History, Early

Research seminar in early American History, 1600-1875.

Class description

This course is the first part of a two-quarter linked sequence, HSTAA 503-504. Together, these courses constitute a graduate research/writing seminar in Early American History, defined as pre-1900. However, because this is the ONLY US research seminar offered for W2011-Sp2011, students may write on ANY time period.

Student learning goals

To research a professional level History research paper.

To write a professional level History research paper.

General method of instruction

Students may research and write either seminar papers or dissertation chapters in US History. Due to the variety of student interests, there are no common readings.

Recommended preparation

For History graduate students.

Class assignments and grading

Students will present their work in class and complete one major paper (or chapter) at the end of the second quarter. A rough draft may be presented but is not required. Students may sign up for any number of credits consistent with the History Graduate Advising Office's rules.

Grades will be based primarily upon the written paper.


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 William J Rorabaugh
Date: 10/25/2010