Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course serves as an introduction to the methods of historical inquiry. Our investigations will focus on some of the broad currents of continuity and change in American history from the American Civil War through the present. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to these issues. We will read select government documents and historical texts that provide a political perspective of American history. In addition, we will also extensively analyze selections from literature, art, and music in order to examine American social and cultural history. Assigned readings will be drawn from the required textbooks as well as from additional primary and secondary sources posted on the eLearning course webpage. The format of the class will consist of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on practice in analyzing a variety of historical documents. A guest speaker on art history will give presentations throughout the semester.
Robert A. Divine, T.H. Breen, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross, H.W. Brands, The American Story, vol. 2, 5th ed. (Boston: Pearson, 2013). ISBN: 978-0205907373
Michael P. Johnson, Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, Volume II: From 1865, 5th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martinâ€™s, 2012). ISBN: 978-0-312-56377-6
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Throughout the semester, students will analyze primary documents as well as visual sources. Two exams will be given. Quizzes, participation, and attendance will also constitute portions of the final grade.