01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M
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Section Information for Fall 2021
In HIST 499, students build on their experience in HIST 300 and the skills and knowledge they have developed as history majors to write an original research paper of about 20 pages. In this section of HIST 499, we will focus on late 20th century U.S. history (approximately the 1960s-1980s) and paper topics will grow out of research related to the women’s movement and other social movements of that time period. This approach allows for a broad range of potential topics. In this writing-intensive course, students will complete weekly writing assignments, both on the required reading and on their research. In the first few weeks of the semester, students will complete a series of research projects using various GMU library resources. An original research question will emerge out of those initial projects. Students will then spend the bulk of the semester doing their original primary research, placing their research within relevant secondary literature, and writing their senior thesis paper. They will also regularly share their findings and drafts with classmates. In the end, as a capstone to a history major’s college career, HIST 499 students gain experience with the methods, challenges, and collaboration required of advanced historical scholarship.
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Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C or 300XS) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, ENGH 302XS, HNRS 110C, 110XS, 210C, 302C or 302XS).
C Requires minimum grade of C.
XS Requires minimum grade of XS.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.