History 395: Senior Seminars

The History 395 teaches skills in developing and executing an independent research project.  Most 395s are thematic in nature (for example, Nationalism, Colonialism, or The Progressive Era) and have as their central focus the development of a research essay (25-30 pages) on a topic of the student’s choice within the thematic area. In addition to relevant content and theoretical perspectives, students will learn how to find and use primary sources and secondary scholarship, structure a sustained historical argument, engage in peer-critique, and draft and revise a complex piece of research and writing.

The History 395 is a required course for the major. It can also contribute to the courses in an Interest Field. Please consult with the instructor to determine the appropriate field to which the course may be applied.

If you have any questions about the History 395 Senior Seminars that are offered this year, or if you would like to suggest a theme, please contact the Chair of History (wnorth@carleton.edu) or members of the Department Curriculum Committee.