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What is the history capstone?

The history capstone consists of three semesters: HIST 288 Sophomore Seminar: Methods, HIST 488 Proseminar in History, and HIST 489 Research Seminar. In HIST 288 you will be introduced to historiography (how the discipline of history has evolved in the U.S. and the various paradigms historians use) and research methods. In HIST 488 and HIST 489 you will research and write your senior thesis. Ideally, students should try to take HIST 288 before taking their upper division history courses. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences should try to take HIST 488 and HIST 489 during their last two semesters at UW-EC and students in the College of Education and Human Sciences should try to take HIST 488 and HIST 489 during the last two semesters before they student teach. Having said that, there are a lot of very good reasons for taking these courses at other times. You should work closely with your faculty adviser to figure out what makes the most sense for you. No matter when you decide to take your Capstone, you will need to pay attention to the prerequisite for HIST 488. In order to be eligible to enroll in HIST 488, you must have completed 21 credits in history including HIST 288.

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