HIST 301
Approaching the Past: Varieties of Historical Thinking Spring 2022
Division II

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This course is designed to acquaint students with some of the ways historians have thought about the past. Beginning with Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War, the work of twelve historians will be studied closely and critically over the course of the semester. In the process, students not only will become familiar with various important historical approaches but will also be encouraged to examine their own assumptions about the past and about how and why–or even if–we know it. We will meet weekly to define, understand, and assess the different ways historians considered in the course have thought about the past.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3655
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in preparation for class discussion, students are required to produce a one-page reader response to the assigned reading each week, which will form the basis for class discussion. The student's grade is based on these reader responses and participation in class discusion.
Prerequisites: restricted to History majors and sophomores committed to majoring in History
Enrollment Preferences: senior, then junior, History majors
Distributions: Division II

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