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.
This course is designed to introduce new and prospective history majors to some of the critical skills and perspectives integral to reading, researching, and interpreting history.
In this seminar, titled Civil Liberties and Wars, we will explore civil liberties and the “war on terror” within a broad historical context. How has the U.S. government, in the name of military necessity or national security, increased its powers in past wars? How have race, class, and politics shaped government policies to suppress wartime dissent? We will also investigate the impact of government policies on individual lives and political organizations. Among the topics we will address are anticommunism, Japanese American incarceration, the FBI’s counterintelligence program, and the Patriot Act.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Discussions of readings.
Class assignments and grading
Essays of various lengths. This course qualifies for "W" credit.
Class Participation/Reading Responses: 30% Oral History Analysis: 25% Book Review: 15% Research Paper Prospectus: 30%