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Visualizing Firearms History: An Applied Quantitative and Archival Approach for a Project-Based Expl
HIST 278
Fall 2024
Section: 01   02  
Crosslisting: QAC 204

This project-based course provides a unique cross-disciplinary opportunity to study important historical questions surrounding firearms. Combining quantitative methodology in data science with qualitative research methods in history, students will answer questions they are passionate about based on existing datasets. Students will read, discuss, and write responses to the latest historical scholarship on the technological development of guns, firearms in media, gun violence statistics, and advertisements. Students will choose one of four datasets to research and analyze. These include data sets related to firearms patents since the 1820s, firearms in media (film, television, anime, games), firearms-related deaths, and advertisements of firearms. Students will develop skills in hypothesis testing and inferential statistical analysis alongside qualitative research methods used in history. The course offers one-on-one support and training in the skills required to complete a team-based final project. The final project will be hybrid between a research paper and also an exhibit (e.g., film, website, media, art installation). Students will present their work at the center's third annual undergraduate research conference (Spring 2025). Select students can apply to continue on as QAC summer apprentices and Baker Collabria Fellows in Data Analysis, and as CSGS NEH-funded summer history research fellows and as History thesis researchers.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUL-14-2024
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