HIST 5374 Seminar in Borderlands History
Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva
This research seminar focuses on the history of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands from 1848 through the 20th century. We will begin by studying a number of historical monographs that will provide both content knowledge and models for research design and methodology. We will spend some time exploring primary sources that will provide the basis of your research. The topic of this course is purposefully broad. If you are a Borderlands History Ph.D. student, this is an opportunity for you to explore your dissertation topic (and perhaps even write a portion of a chapter for your dissertation). If you are an MA student, you may take this time to explore a thesis topic or the topic for your expanded seminar paper. In addition to helping you hone your skills as researchers and writers, I want this course to help move you ahead in your graduate program. You may write on a topic on either or both sides of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. Some of you already have a solid sense of your topic; others are still considering potential subjects. It is important for you to choose early in the semester so that you will have sufficient time to research and write a good seminar paper. By the end of the semester, you will have produced a well-researched and written original paper, 23-25 pages long.
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