Senior Capstone Seminar – HIST 491

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A senior-level capstone seminar covering historiography, interpretation, research methodologies, Christian worldview approaches, vocational opportunities, and assessment.


HIST 300 and (HIEU 321 or HIEU 322 or HIEU 360 or HIEU 370 or HIEU 380 or HIEU 390 or HIEU 425 or HIEU 450 or HIEU 455 or HIEU 460 or HIEU 466 or HIEU 485 or HIUS 310 or HIUS 312 or HIUS 314 or HIUS 316 or HIUS 340 or HIUS 341 or HIUS 351 or HIUS 360 or HIUS 380 or HIUS 390 or HIUS 395 or HIUS 396 or HIUS 420 or HIUS 430 or HIUS 442 or HIUS 452 or HIUS 470 or HIWD 320 or HIWD 341 or HIWD 350 or HIWD 370 or HIWD 371 or HIWD 372 or HIWD 375 or HIWD 460), and Senior Status


This course is designed to prepare the history student in the broader contours of historical writing, solidify Christian worldview thinking, evaluate Christian historiography within the secular academy, and enhance career opportunities related to history. It is also the principal course through which the department assesses student learning and program effectiveness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate senior-level mastery of the various schools of historiographic thought.
  2. Describe the varied cultural, political, intellectual, and religious dynamics pertinent to a Christian worldview of history.
  3. Analyze the comparative and contrasting relationships of varied methodological principles relevant to the historical craft.
  4. Demonstrate senior-level course competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, historical writing, and oral presentation.
  5. Apply biblical principles to intricacies of the historical profession.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The Discussion Board Forums in this course will be completed in 3 different formats.

Two forums will follow the standard format of written threads and replies. Each thread must be 250–300 words. Each of 2 replies must be 100–150 words.

One forum will require a blog thread with written replies. Free blogs may be set up for this forum through,, or another web-based provider. The blog thread must be 250–300 words and must contain at least 3 visuals related to the topic. Each of 2 replies must be 100–150 words.

One forum will require a video thread with video replies. Each video thread must be 120–150 seconds of student-spoken audio. Each of 2 replies must be 60–90 seconds of student-spoken audio.

Book Review

The student will write a 2-page book review in current Turabian format using parenthetical citations (not footnotes) from the assigned book. You must list the book at the top of the first page in bibliographic format. No title page is necessary for the book review.

Research Proposal

The student will write a 1–2-page research proposal with annotated bibliography (on any topic in history) in current Turabian format that focuses on what the student desires to research and why. The statement may include a preliminary thesis if enough research has been done at that point. The proposal must include a title page and a bibliographic listing of works examined up to that point.

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on an approved topic. Approval is contingent upon a successful Research Proposal. The paper must include at least 4 primary sources and 4 secondary sources.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material of both the module/week in which it is assigned as well as the previous module/week. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes; contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions as well as 1 essay question; and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit.

Biblical Worldview Quiz (1)

This 10 question multiple choice quiz assesses basic understanding of how to integrate biblical worldview thinking into the historical discipline.

Comprehensive Assessment Exam (1)

This 100 question multiple choice exam is an undergraduate history content assessment. The student will not have necessarily studied all of the topics or questions, but these are designed to reflect an expected attainment level for an undergraduate history major preparing to graduate.