HIST 498 - Senior Capstone 002


Mona Lisa (1503)

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  • Tu 3:30-6:00

  • In Person 

  •  Regular Grades A, B, C, D, E

  •  3 Units

  • Fulfills Degree requirement




The purpose of History 498 is to enable students to practice the methods of historical research by conducting original research and writing a college-level research paper. The main assignment in this class is a 20-25 page research paper that is based on primary sources as well as a wide range of secondary material. During the semester you will go through several systematic steps of preparation for this paper (a research proposal, a bibliography, an outline, a historiographical essay etc.)

The topic of this course is "Life, death and everything in between in early modern Europe." The early modern period between c. 1450-c. 1800 encompasses the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment. You may write about any subject that sheds light on any aspect of life (and death) in the early modern period, preferably European, but I will also entertain requests to work on the colonial histories of North America and the Spanish Empire. Possibilities for research papers include working with collections of primary sources online as well as the rich holdings in early modern history in UA Special Collections.

I expect students to have acquired some basic knowledge about the early modern period in previous courses and/or to refresh their knowledge through reading before the start of the semester. Please come to see me to register for the class and talk to me about possible paper topics before the end of the spring semester. Meetings are by appointment, just drop me an email at ulotzh@email.arizona.edu


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