Fall 2015 - 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 colonial era through the American Civil War. 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 to examine U.S. social and cultural history. Assigned readings will be drawn from the required textbook as well as from additional primary and secondary sources. The format of the class will consist of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on practice in analyzing a variety of historical documents.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.
James A. Henretta, Eric Hinderaker, Rebecca Edwards, Robert O. Self, America: A Concise History, Volume I: To 1877, 6th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martinâ€™s, 2015).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Throughout the semester, students will analyze primary documents as well as visual sources. Exams, quizzes, essays, participation, and attendance will also constitute portions of the final grade.