Karla L. Kelling
Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
The Nineteenth century offers a dynamic era in which to examine the transformation of labor, class formation, racial stratification, and gender roles. Students will both investigate how historians of labor and popular culture work, as well as put historians' tools to practice by examining primary sources from the era.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This course is structured to present history majors and declared history majors with an introduction to the field of history. The Nineteenth century will serve as our case study to not only learn about changes in labor and society, but more broadly, how historians work. Students will achieve this by engaging with scholarly debates, and identifying new opportunities for research and analysis.
This course is intended to prepare history majors for the 498 capstone course. No prerequisites are required, but some knowledge of 19th-century U.S. history will be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will be outlined in course syllabus.