History Skills Guide By Level

Please note that the following bulleted pedagogical practices listed under each level are merely suggestions of some of the appropriate exercises that might be used to implement the criteria of the skills outline

1000-Level

Topics: broad surveys (temporal and geographical), core curriculum courses.

Pedagogical Goals and Practices:

  • Acquaint students with what professional historians do.
  • Introduce students to the craft of history:
    • basic understanding of primary and secondary sources
    • internet sources
    • interpretation, point-of-view, content analysis, comparative analysis, world view, cultural context
    • written analysis, thesis formulation

2000-Level

Methods oriented courses organized by topics (temporal, geographical, and thematic)

Pedagogical Goals and Practices:

  • Begin the process of training students to become professional historians and history teachers.
  • Elementary research methods:
    • identification, analysis, and use of primary and secondary sources
    • written prospectus
    • outline
    • rough draft
    • revision of rough draft
    • historical narrative
    • Chicago style documentation
    • oral presentations
    • identification and comparison of different interpretations

3000-Level

Focused courses organized by topic (temporal/chronological, geographical, thematic, comparative, theoretical, interdisciplinary)

Pedagogical Goals and Practices:

  • Provide intensive training in the craft and communication of history.
  • Research methods:
    • identification, analysis, and use of primary and secondary sources
    • written prospectus
    • outline
    • rough draft
    • revision of rough draft
    • historical narrative
    • Chicago style documentation
    • historiographical essays
    • annotated bibliography
    • oral presentations
    • reading and writing book reviews
    • identification and comparison of different interpretations
    • introduction to theory
    • use of interdisciplinary methods
    • oral history

4000-Level

Seminars that include readings and research in faculty specialties

Pedagogical Goals and Practices:

  • Application of skills and abilities in research, analysis, and communication.
  • Research methods:
    • identification, analysis, and use of primary and secondary sources
    • written prospectus
    • outline
    • rough draft
    • revision of rough draft
    • historical narrative
    • Chicago style documentation
    • historiographical essays
    • annotated bibliography
    • oral presentations
    • reading and writing book reviews
    • identification and comparison of different interpretations
    • application of theory
    • use of interdisciplinary methods
    • oral history
    • critiques of classmates’ work
    • editing
       

 


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