This course, offered in the fall semester, is the first of a two-course sequence in which students develop their Senior Thesis topic that will be intensively researched and written in △ HIST 496 - Senior Research Seminar II the following spring semester. While the work in this class builds on all the coursework done by students as History or Law and Society majors at Winona State University, it also develops students’ understanding of primary/secondary sources and historiographic thinking as taught in HIST 298 - Historical Research Methods and Historiography. Prerequisites: Major status in history or social science/history or law and society, senior standing, HIST 298 - Historical Research Methods and Historiography, and instructor’s permission. Students must be carrying no Incompletes at time of registration. Grade only. Note: Students who want to take HIST 495 in the fall semester must get a blue card from the instructor and register for HIST 495 by the last day of classes of the preceding spring semester.