HIST 496H / HIST 498: Capstone Research Seminar

**You cannot sign up for HIST 496H or HIST 498 via UAccess.  To register, e-mail the instructor for permission (e-mail addresses are indicated below for the instructor for each section), and the instructor can then give permission by e-mail to the advisor, Kathryn Gallien, kgallien@email.arizona.edu, to enroll you in the course.


Options for Spring 2018 (more information is posted below for each section):

HIST 498 (002): Feminist Biographies (Prof. David Ortiz) - TTh 11:00-12:15

HIST 498 (003): Music and Society (Prof. Tyina Steptoe) - TTh 2:00-3:15

HIST 498 (063): Life, Death, and Everything in Between in Early Modern Europe (Prof. Ute Lotz-Heumann) - T 3:30-6:00

HIST 498 (101/201): The Middle Ages (Prof. Paul Milliman) - Fully Online


HIST 498 (002)

"Feminist Biographies"

Prof. David Ortiz (davido@email.arizona.edu)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15

This is the history capstone course, required of all history majors.  Students in this course will produce an original, semester-long research paper covering some element of the course topic – this semester Feminist Biographies. During the semester students will become familiar with both genres via the required texts for the course, class discussion, and their own research.  Simultaneously, students will learn the methodologies customary to the practice of history.  Students will work closely with the instructor to develop, research, and write about their topic.  Students will come to understand, through weekly assignments, discussion, and instruction, the writing process and how to best present the topic they have laboriously researched.  At the end of the course I hope that students will have an enhanced understanding of the history of feminists/feminism and the nature of biography as a method for historical expression, the process of research and writing, and the historian’s craft.  A background in modern European history is helpful, but not required for students taking this course.



HIST 498 (003)

"Music and Society"

Prof. Tyina Steptoe (tsteptoe@email.arizona.edu)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15

Music is one of the oldest forms of human communication. Analyzing music can help us understand some of the most significant social, political, and economic transitions in human history. In this seminar we will explore diverse ways of using music as a source in your historical writing. Whether discussing the ingenuity of musicians like James Reese Europe, or the corridos produced by Mexican American songwriters in the Southwest borderlands, we will make music central to our historical analysis.



HIST 498 (063)

"Life, death and everything in between in early modern Europe"

Prof. Ute Lotz-Heumann (ulotzh@email.arizona.edu)

Tuesdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

The purpose of Hist 498 is to enable students to practise 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 fall semester. Meetings are by appointment, just drop me an email at ulotzh@email.arizona.edu.



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).

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