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†Senate Document Number†† ††3809S
†Date of Senate Approval†††† †02/12/09
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document 26:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Delete HIST 390, Seminar in Historiography;
Add HIST 250, The Historianís Craft;
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Add HIST 451, Research Seminar Preparation
1.† Delete:†††††††† On page 161, the entry for HIST 390:
††††††††††††††††††††††† 390†††††† Seminar in Historiography (3)
A study in the practice and writing of history, its evolving methods, theories and content, with attention to both academic and public history. Required of all majors. Prerequisite: 12 hours in History, to include at least one Historiography Intensive course; or permission of instructor. Spring.
2.† Add:††††††††††† On page 161, new course and description, HIST 250:
††††††††††††††††††††††† 250†††††† The Historianís Craft (2)
A study in the practice and writing of history, its evolving methods, theories, and content, with attention to both academic and public history. Because this course is designed to prepare students for research and writing in the history major, it should be taken before the student takes upper-division history courses. †Fall and Spring.
3.† Add:††††††††††† On page 161, new course and description, HIST 451:
††††††††††††††††††††††† 451†††††† Senior Seminar Preparation (1)
Preliminary research for the Senior Research Seminar. Taken in the semester prior to taking HIST 452, students will investigate possible topics for the senior thesis, choose a thesis topic, and conduct research into the historiography of the chosen topic. Prerequisite: HIST 250; 12 hours in History, to include 6 hours of 300-level HIST. Fall and Spring.
This change will divide the existing HIST 390, Seminar in Historiography into two parts.† Although the change will not alter the total hours required to complete major requirements, students will be required to take an additional course. HIST 250 will serve as the Historiography Intensive course listed in the current major requirements, so that requirement will be eliminated. The instructor who teaches HIST 250 will also teach HIST 451; therefore, there will be no impact on staffing needs.
Traditionally, history majors have taken HIST 390 in their junior year, in preparation for the senior thesis. The course has included historical methodology and the craft of researching and writing in history, in addition to exploration of senior thesis topics and research into the historiography of each studentís chosen topic. Based on feedback from faculty and students, history majors would be better served if this course were divided into two separate courses. History majors would benefit from training in historical research, methodology, and historical writing skills earlier in their major. They can then practice these skills in 300-level courses, which in turn will better prepare them for the senior thesis research and writing. Ideally, students will take HIST 250 as early as possible, preferably in their sophomore year. Students will then take HIST 451 Senior Seminar Preparation in the semester prior to HIST 452, Senior Research Seminar. In the new HIST 451 course, history majors will devote their time exclusively to choosing a senior thesis topic and beginning the research for the senior thesis.