Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
HIST 1302 - U.S. History Survey from Civil War (3 semester hours)
This course serves as an introduction to the methods of historical inquiry; our investigations will focus on the study of American history since 1865.
Class meetings will be a mix of lecture, discussion of assigned readings, and hands-on practice in analyzing a variety of historical texts. Such texts will range from works of fiction to circus advertisements, photographs, film clips, magazine articles, secret White House recordings, sheet music and recorded songs. Besides textbook chapters (listed in the syllabus below), assigned readings from additional sources will be posted to the class eLearning page and/or library course reserves. By looking at these texts together, we will be able to examine some of the broad currents of continuity and change in American history since the Civil War, and we will be able to practice some of the critical methodologies that constitute some of professional history's most broadly useful "transferrable skills."
David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey, The American Pageant, Volume II: Since 1865
Links to additional required readings will be posted on the course's eLearning page and/or library course reserves
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Grades will be based on ten quizzes, ten homework assignments, two short writing assignments (750-1250 words each), and class attendance/participation.