Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course concerns the history of intellectual life in America from its colonial origins to the end of the Civil War. It will examine the realms of theology, education, and social and political thought in the general context of the relationship between Protestantism and Enlightenment.
Topics discussed will include the development of Protestant Christianity from Puritanism to Evangelicalism; the role of the American Enlightenment in the emergence of an American nation; religious, social, and political ideologies of Transcendentalism; the complex relationships between abolitionism, proslavery thought, economic ideologies, and political sectarianism; and ideas about race and sex.
David Hollinger and Charles Capper eds., The American Intellectual Tradition, Vol. I, 6th edition, Oxford University Press
Primary and secondary sources on Course Reserve
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Three papers, all based on course readings; presentations of source responses; take-home quizzes; participation in class discussion; final exam.