Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Wickberg, Dan
Discipline and Number
HIST 3377 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
American Intellectual History, Civil War to the Present

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 conservativism 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.

Required Texts:

Possible Texts (Subject to Revision):

Edward Larson, Summer for the Gods
Basic Books, 978-0465075102

Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club
Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 978-0374528492

David Hollinger and Charles Capper, eds., The American Intellectual Tradition, Vol II, 5th edition, Oxford University Press, 978-0195183405

George H. Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945
Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 978-1933859125

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Two papers, both based on course readings, the first 3-4 pages, the second 6-8 pages; a series of 6 short source responses; midterm and final exams; class participation

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