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HMN 350 • Treasure Hunt Archival Rsch

29750 • Lang, Elon
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CAL 221
CDIIWr (also listed as LAH 350)
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Fulfills LAH Scholars experiential learning credential.

Have you ever wondered how letters, pictures, records, and other texts recovered from the past can change the telling of history? Have you ever wondered how a book, poem, play or film might have turned out differently? Have you ever wondered who or what gets left out of the stories we learn about the past? These are questions that humanities researchers can address by studying the materials preserved in archives and special collections around the world and that scholars from around the world come to study at the renowned archives at the University of Texas at Austin. As Prof. Tom Staley, former director of the Harry Ransom Center, writes, the mission of archives is to “attempt to create some order among the random remnants of history - the poetic fragment, the unfinished drawing, the unpublished novel, even the masterpiece; it is an attempt to bring the pieces of our human story together.”* In this course, students will discover, explore, and promote some islands of order that emerge from the vast cultural and historical collections at archives on the UT-Austin campus including the Ransom Center, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the LLILAS Benson Latin American Collection. In the process, students will learn essential skills for pursuing original research projects in humanities disciplines and learn how to apply these skills to bring public attention to hidden histories and marginalized voices in our culture.

This course is designed to provide any student with (or approaching) upper-division standing the opportunity to refine his or her analytical writing skills while learning to research and interpret unique, rare, and valuable primary source materials using UT’s world-class historical and cultural archives. Students who are thinking about developing a senior thesis project in a humanities discipline—especially those who seek to discover a research topic and learn applied research methods—should find this course very useful.

Students will develop archival research skills and multimodal writing skills through several guided research, analysis, and digital publication exercises led by the instructor, the Head of Information Literacy Services at UT Libraries (Elise Nacca), and other expert staff at on-campus libraries and archives. Students will then develop their own capstone research projects around lesser-used materials in archival collections on campus that provide windows into marginalized conversations in humanities and cultural studies: e.g. those involving African American, LGBTQ, women, Mexican-American/Latin-American, first nation, etc. voices.


HMN 358Q • Supervised Research

29755
(also listed as LAH 358Q, WGS 358Q)
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Supervised Research. Individual instruction. Prerequisite: A
University grade point average of at least 3.50 and consent of the
liberal arts honors program adviser. Only one HMN 358Q may be applied towards college honors. Course may be repeated.


HMN 370 • Senior Tutorial Course

29760
II
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A tutorial program of supervised reading and writing, including an individual paper or papers in which the student draws together the central directions and discoveries of his or her studies in the humanities. Humanities 370 and 679HB may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Consent of the humanities adviser.


HMN 379 • Conference Course

29765
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Individual instruction in a topic approved by the instructor and the humanities adviser.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and consent of the humanities adviser.

Hour(s) to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.


HMN 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course

29770
(also listed as AHC 679HA, AHC 679HB, C C 679HA, C C 679HB, HMN 679HB, LAS 679HA, LIN 679HA, LIN 679HB, SPN 377H, WGS 679HA, WGS 679HB)
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Directed reading and research, followed by the writing of a report or the creation of a project. Humanities 370 and 679HB may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: For 679HA, admission to the Humanities Honors Program and consent of the humanities adviser; for 679HB, Humanities 679HA.

Class meets Thursdays 3-4p in PAR 214.


HMN 679HB • Honors Tutorial Course

29775
IIWr (also listed as AHC 679HA, AHC 679HB, C C 679HA, C C 679HB, HMN 679HA, LAS 679HA, LIN 679HA, LIN 679HB, SPN 377H, WGS 679HA, WGS 679HB)
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Directed reading and research, followed by the writing of a report or the creation of a project. Humanities 370 and 679HB may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: For 679HA, admission to the Humanities Honors Program and consent of the humanities adviser; for 679HB, Humanities 679HA.

Class meets Thursdays 3-4p in PAR 214.