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HIST 301 The Historian's Craft

HIST 301.  The Historian's Craft.  3 Credits.   H   

This course introduces students to the practice and methods of the study of history and serves as the gateway to the major. HIST 301 trains students to think like historians, equipping them with skills in research, critical analysis, and oral and written presentation useful to any career but especially integral to careers in archival work, museum work, law, and research. Students learn (1) to think historically; (2) to understand how historians construct and write about the past through narratives, theory and analytical discussion; (3) to critically evaluate historical arguments and the material used to substantiate those arguments, including an introduction to the process of peer review; (4) to develop writing and research skills including the interpretation of primary sources; and (5) to master professional standards of presenting their findings. This course is required of all history majors and is a prerequisite for HIST 696 Seminar in:________. Prerequisite: Completion of KU Core 2.1 and recommended completion of KU Core 2.2. Open only to declared History majors or by consent of instructor.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in History

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/history/ba-bgs/

History does not just narrate a sequence of past events. The practice of history examines change over time and tries to understand the forces that contributed to those changes. Historians are most interested in questions that begin by asking ‘why’ or ‘how.’ These questions demand complex answers about who we are, how we have come to where we are, and what forces have shaped humanity through time.

Department of History

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/history/

Studying history at the University of Kansas will expand your mind. Our course offerings introduce students to medieval witches and Samurai warriors, conspiracy cranks and Native American prophets, Chairman Mao and the Black Panthers. Students can take courses on the history of sexuality, or, if that isn’t exciting enough, courses on natural disasters, wars, and plagues. With 29 tenured and tenure-track faculty, the Department of History covers the globe. But studying history is more than just an entertaining adventure. Training in historical research, analysis, and writing develops skills that are essential in our information economy, and this preparation is especially useful to students planning to pursue graduate training and careers in law, public policy, journalism, education, and a universe of other possibilities, as our recent undergraduate and graduate alumni throughout the world can attest. The Department of History at KU offers an outstanding undergraduate program with approximately 250 History majors and minors. These students are taught by faculty who consistently win awards for their teaching as well as their research. Beyond the introductory level, class sizes are small, including two required seminars that are capped at fifteen students each, and the optional Senior Honors Thesis, which features direct one-on-one advising with a faculty mentor. Our graduate program has consistently ranked in the top 25 among public research universities. With an average of 35 graduate students enrolled, we are primarily a doctoral program, granting Ph.D. degrees in geographical areas such as the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as in thematic fields such as military, environmental, and gender and sexuality. Recent Ph.D. recipients have gone on to tenure-track positions at research universities, liberal arts colleges, junior colleges, and a variety of careers in other sectors. Finally, faculty in the Department of History are nationally and even internationally known for their research. The books and articles they have published just in the last two years are too numerous to list here, but you can scroll through the faculty page to gain a sense of their significance shaping our knowledge about the world. Their productivity plays an important role in helping KU maintain its position in the prestigious American Association of Universities. Take some time to search through our website . You’ll find information about our programs, our courses, and our prolific faculty, and you can hear the voices of undergraduates and graduate students who have passed through the Department. Please feel free to contact any of the administrative staff, faculty, and faculty officers with your questions.  

Minor in History

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/history/minor/

History does not just narrate a sequence of past events. The practice of history examines change over time and tries to understand the forces that contributed to those changes. Historians are most interested in questions that begin by asking ‘why’ or ‘how.’ These questions demand complex answers about who we are, how we have come to where we are, and what forces have shaped humanity through time.

BGS in History

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/history/ba-bgs/BGS-in-History/

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in History. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the  KU Core website .

Accelerated Master of Arts in History

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/history/ama/

...List Code Title Hours HIST 301 The Historian's Craft 3 HIST 302 The Historian...

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in American Studies

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/american-studies/ba-bgs/

...Race, Gender and Empire HIST 301 The Historian's Craft POLS 301 Introduction to Political...

Bachelor of Science in Education

http://catalog.ku.edu/education/curriculum-teaching/bs-education/

...of Biology Laboratory 4 HIST 128 History of...Block 2 C&T 301 Educational Technology in...

Bachelor of Arts in Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/slavic-languages-literature/ba/

...Capstone Seminar History Option: HIST 301 The Historian's Craft HIST 696 Seminar in: _____...

BA in History

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/history/ba-bgs/ba-history/

...History major in order to enroll in HIST 301 . See a departmental advisor to declare...