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History Lab Courses

Students who have not taken History 190 by the end of their sophomore year will be required, instead, to take two half-unit courses from the lab sequence.

History 293 Archival Research

Students in this course undertake a study of a document, collection of documents, or rare book in the College Archives or Special Collections. They ordinarily transcribe, edit, and/or write a substantial essay about the materials they study, and they are guided in this through regular meetings with the instructor and with the College Archivist.

Students will develop skills in archival research and research-based writing.

History 294 Research Colloquium

This course allows students to engage in substantive research on a topic of their own choosing.  Class meetings focus on methods for finding and evaluating appropriate sources, defining a suitable topic, writing multiple drafts and perfecting the art of documenting evidence.  Oral presentations, peer review of drafts, and individual consultation with the instructor all familiarize students with the idea of historical writing as both collegial conversation and scholarly process.

Students will develop skills in methods for finding and evaluating appropriate sources, defining a suitable topic, writing an essay, and the art of documenting evidence.

Students will develop, through practice evaluating each other's work, collaborative skills key to the historical endeavor.

Students will develop skills in oral presentation of their ideas and work.

History 295 Historiography Workshop

This class explores the “History of History,” that is, the evolution of ideas and perspectives about the study of the past.  Usually, this class will focus on the development of historiography about a particular topic, region or period, and enable students to achieve a deeper understanding of how and why we understand the past in the ways we do today.

This course is intended to develop students' understanding of and ability to engage with theories of historical knowledge. This kind of work can be done sometimes more effectively in connection with the study of specific and related historical content. The course aims to help students develop theoretical complexity in their reading and writing of history in a field in which they are specifically interested.