Fall 2016 - 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 America’s social and cultural history. Assigned readings will be drawn from the required textbook 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 The format of the class will consist of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on practice in analyzing a variety of historical documents.
James Henretta, Eric Hinderaker, Rebecca Edwards, and Robert Self, America: A Concise History, Volume 2: Since 1865, 6th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will analyze primary documents as well as visual sources throughout the semester. Exams, quizzes, essays, participation, and attendance will also constitute portions of the final grade.