Capstone Research Seminar

How to Register

To register for HIST 498, email the instructor for permission (email addresses are indicated below for the instructor for each section). The instructor can then give permission by email to the academic advisor, Kathryn Gallien, to enroll you in the course.

Capstone Options for Spring 2023

HIST 498 (101/201): Global Middle Ages

Prof. Paul Milliman (

Fully Online

In this course you will research a topic of your choice on some aspect of the history of the world during the Middle Ages (roughly 300-1600 CE).  The main assignment for this course is a substantial research project on your chosen topic using both primary and secondary sources.  The form in which you present your research is up to you.  You may write a traditional 20-page research paper, if you want.  But, I encourage you to be creative.  Think about alternative media (e.g. digital, gamer, maker, reenactment, etc.) and / or genres (e.g. lesson plans, historical fiction, cookbook, illustrated children’s book, graphic novel, etc.).  For example, in HIST 207 I have students present their research in the form of a choose-your-own-adventure game using Twine.  You will hone your research and writing skills throughout the semester by actively participating in online discussions, constructively critiquing your classmates’ work in peer review, producing short writing assignments, sharing your findings in presentations, and revising, revising, revising.  You will also have five individual meetings with me via Zoom. 

HIST 498 (002/022): Recent U.S. Foreign Relations

Prof. David Gibbs (

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m. 

In Person

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to methods of historical research for recent and contemporary US foreign relations, with a special focus on the post-1898 period. The class will emphasize the following specifics: basic features of historical methodology, especially with regard to finding and interpreting primary source materials; how to use source materials to construct logical arguments; how to use theoretical perspectives (from both history and social science) to improve the quality of arguments; and the mechanics of designing a college-level research paper of 15-20 pages. You will be expected to complete a take-home midterm exam; a draft version of the research paper; and a final version of the paper.

HIST 498 (003/023): History Lab: Researching and Creating Digital Stories on Arizona, Tucson, & the US/Mexico Border

Prof. Katherine Morrissey (

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 

In Person

This course, offered in collaboration with the Arizona Historical Society and the UA Experiential Learning Center, is structured, like all History 498 sections, to guide students through the various stages of historical research, analysis, and writing. In this section, we will work together and independently to research and produce digital history exhibits that focus on aspects of Arizona, Southwestern, and borderlands history. Readings, workshops, and discussions will enable you to gain the necessary historical background and technical skills. We’ll explore and analyze local primary sources, review examples of digital stories, and gain training in StoryMaps and other relevant digital tools. Our class meetings will take place in the Department's Public History Collaborative as well as at nearby archives, museums, and digital studios.