HIST 498 - Senior Capstone 101



The Bayeux Tapestry, chronicling the English/Norman battle in 1066 which led to the Norman Conquest

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  • Regular Grades A, B, C, D, E
  • 3 Units
  • Fulfills "Core" requirement



This course will focus on the European Middle Ages, but I am willing to let you go a bit beyond these geographical and chronological boundaries.  You are required to have at least some general knowledge about the Middle Ages through coursework or informal study.  The main assignment for this course is a 20-25 page research paper (using both primary and secondary sources) on a topic of your choice.  You may instead propose an alternative medium (e.g. digital, maker, reenactment, etc.) and / or genre (e.g. creative writing, lesson plans, etc.), but this project must be just as academically rigorous as the traditional paper, and you must clear it with me by the end of the second week of class.  You will prepare for this project, which will go through several drafts, by actively participating in online discussions, constructively critiquing your classmates’ work in peer review, producing short writing assignments (a proposal, an annotated bibliography, a comparative book or article review, a primary source explication, and an encyclopedia article), and sharing your findings in an oral presentation.  You will also have six individual meetings with me and at least one group meeting with your classmates (in person or via Skype).


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