Prerequisites: Open to history majors with at least sophomore standing and HIST 217 or HIST 218 or AFHS 257 plus another history course. (Both semesters/4 credits)
This seminar introduces students to the methods of historical research and writing, including historical argumentation, evidence, documentation and archival research. In the course, each student completes an extended research project on a local or family history topic, using original primary sources from archives or other collections. The project is completed in stages throughout the semester and is presented to the seminar group. Students also visit local archives and research collections. The course is the entry into the major; it should be taken by second-semester sophomores, first-semester juniors, and new transfer students.