Sep 22, 2023
HIST 201 - Why History Matters
Methods and skills for historical interpretation, including distinguishing primary sources from secondary works. Reasoning from evidence to establish valid historical assertions. Consideration of empathy and accuracy. Gateway course to advanced work in the history major; advising and career planning.
Strongly Recommended Preparation: Lower-division history course(s)
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F only
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Evaluate history as interpretations of the past based on evidence.
- Distinguish primary sources from secondary works.
- Identify scholarly sources using the University Library.
- Distinguish among summary, paraphrase, and direct quotation.
- Apply the Chicago-style citation system consistently.
- Demonstrate familiarity with archives, both physical and digital.
- Demonstrate systematic cataloging of source materials.
- Evaluate historical arguments.
- Present historical findings through oral projects.
- Plan for completion of the major or minor in history, along with career preparation, certificates, and internships.
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