One of three courses required for students who major in history. The course is designed to stoke the fires of enthusiasm for the conscious and deliberate analysis of the human interaction and activity that is central to historical discourse. Examines how historians piece together what they can about the past to produce a record of human activity that has meaning today. Each semester, working with a member of the department, students will address a particular theme and undertake research using primary and secondary sources. The professor may require students to work together on a course project or on other collaborative endeavors. Ideally, students should be able to apply what they learn in other department electives. This course should be taken no later than the sophomore year.