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

HIST 498 (003/023): US/Mexico Border: Researching and Creating Digital Stories

Prof. Katherine Morrissey (

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

In Person