This course is a senior capstone for students majoring in history and political science. In this course, students write a major research paper that relies heavily on primary source documents. The course has three aims: 1) to study and reflect on the disciplines of history and political science, 2) to learn research methods associated with history and political science, and 3) to refine writing skills, especially as they relate to writing a research paper in history and political science. To focus attention on the clarity and logic of writing, students prepare drafts of their papers to be reviewed by the entire class as well as by the instructor. Prerequisite: Senior standing.