HIST 496H / HIST 498: 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 kgallien@email.arizona.edu, to enroll you in the course.

Capstone Options for Spring 2020

HIST 496H (001): Histories of Memories

Prof. Susan Crane (scrane@email.arizona.edu)
Tuesdays 2:00-4:30 p.m.

In the Honors section of the capstone research seminar, we will focus on the moments of tension where history and memory appear to be at odds, when competing interests in the meanings of the past have created social conflict.  Topics may include the aftermath of collective traumas (such as 9/11), genocide or war; the role of photographs, television and film in creating visually- based memories of historical experiences; how institutions such as schools and museums, as well as memorials and monuments or events such as anniversaries and re-enactments, contribute to the social construction of historical memories.  Students will conduct independent research on a topic of their choice and write up the results in a 20-25 page paper.


HIST 498 (001): Recent U.S. Foreign Relations

Prof. David Gibbs (dgibbs@email.arizona.edu)
Wednesdays 6:30-9:00 p.m.

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. We will focus on foreign policy decision making as it relates to war and security issues, as well as foreign economic policies and covert operations by intelligence agencies.

The main assignment will be a research paper of 15-20 double-spaced pages. It is important that you select a topic and begin at least preliminary work on their papers as early in the semester as possible. You will be expected to turn in a take-home midterm exam; a draft version of the research paper and a final version of the paper, all at intervals throughout the semester as indicated below. Students are expected to meet with me several times during the semester to discuss their progress in conceptualizing and writing the paper. Class attendance is required. 

HIST 498 (002): Cross-Cultural Encounters in World History

Prof. Richard Eaton (reaton@email.arizona.edu)
Mondays 12:30-3:00 p.m.

How do people respond to cultures unlike their own?  What shapes their responses, and why is this important?   Drawing on any place or time in world history, the course will explore translations of the original writings of travelers, merchants, explorers, missionaries, etc. with a view to understanding the human side of what is commonly called "globalization."

HIST 498 (101/201): The Middle Ages

Prof. Paul Milliman (milliman@email.arizona.edu)
Fully Online

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).