Summer 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course serves as an introduction to the methods of historical inquiry; our investigations will focus on the study of American history from the American Civil War through the present.
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.
Assigned readings will be drawn from the two required textbooks as well as from additional primary and secondary sources posted to the class eLearning page. 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."
Paul S. Boyer, American History: A Very Short Introduction
Derek Hayes, Historical Atlas of the United States: With Original Maps
Links to additional readings will be posted on the course's eLearning page and/or library course reserves
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Grades will be based on daily reading quizzes, two short writing assignments (3-5 pp. each), weekly homework assignments (short profiles of selected primary sources), and attendance/participation.