Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course provides an overview of the history of American thought, including philosophy, social thought, religion, and political thought, over the past 150 years. Issues examined include: Darwinism and evolutionary thought; conflicts between religion and science; philosophical pragmatism; the rise of social science; cultural relativism; the evolution of liberalism and conservatism as bodies of political thought; ideas about race, gender, and multiculturalism. Readings will include both primary writings of intellectuals from the period studied and the secondary writings of historians interpreting the development of American thought. Authors read will include: William James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Thorstein Veblen, W.E.B. DuBois, John Dewey, Margaret Mead, Daniel Bell, Thomas Kuhn, Martin Luther King, and Betty Friedan.
Hollinger and Capper, American Intellectual Tradition, 7th ed. vol. 2
978-0190262334: Please note that all readings come from the 7th edition. While many of the readings are available in earlier editions, only the 7th edition contains all the assigned readings.
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
Andrew Hartman, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, The Ideas that Made America: A Brief History
Ellen Carol DuBois and Richard Candida Smith, eds., Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The Feminist as Thinker
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Attendance and participation in class discussion; 1 book review (5 pp.); 1 analytical essay based on class readings (6-8pp.); 6 short reading responses.