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Writing in History 105 and 305

Developing written communication and analytical skills are central learning goals of both History 105 and 305. The courses are designed to help students to:

  • make clear and convincing evidence-based arguments.
  • present arguments and evidence in organized ways.
  • understand the contested nature of evidence and value of scholarly debate.
  • understand the importance of change and continuity over time.
  • identify and understand the differences among types of historically-based scholarly sources.
  • understand the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  • ethically use and cite sources.

The following guides are designed to assist students in cultivating written and analytical skills necessary for success at Washington State University and in a variety of career paths.