First-Year Seminar in History (3) Critical approaches to the dimensions and directions in History.
HIST 083S First-Year Seminar in History (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Through readings, discussions, lectures, and research projects, students are expected to master the subject material of the course as well as to acquire basic skills useful to the study of the liberal arts. Students will learn to read books and original documents, discuss them, formulate effective arguments, and write essays and papers. Historical analysis of this type will provide students with techniques for appreciating and judging arguments and presentations in many fields of learning, from scholarly to popular. The topics chosen for these seminars will acquaint students with major figures and developments in important historical areas. By reading and understanding historical documents, students will learn to consider the cultural assumptions of different groups and societies and to appreciate their own values and assumptions by contrast with these. Although the course will focus on a specific topic, the instructor will help the student to see the wider implications of the issues and controversies discussed. Whenever possible, the international and intercultural aspects of the topic will be considered. The course will challenge students to express themselves and to gather information through discussion and writing of papers. It will always challenge students to think about social behavior, the nature of the community, and the value of scholarly endeavor as these relate to the particular topic of the seminar. The course fulfills the first-year seminar requirement as well as one of the humanities requirements in general education or a Bachelor of Arts humanities requirement. The course will be offered twice a year in sections of 20 students.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.