This course is open only to third-year students who have been admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program in History (see http://history.virginia.edu/undergraduate/dmp). Through intensive reading, writing, and discussion, students will become familiar with the theoretical and methodological approaches that historians use to study the past. They will also develop their analytical and writing skills. Reading is typically one book per week, with a two-page response to readings due before class. To begin the process of developing an original research project, each student will also write a historiographic essay and prepare a draft of a proposal for research funding.