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 Race, Wars, and the U.S. Empire, we will explore how race and wars have been integral to the making of the U.S. empire in the twentieth century. How did the U.S. military wage and justify war on racial grounds, from the U.S.-Philippine War to the Vietnam War? Particularly beginning in World War II, how has the U.S. government simultaneously claimed to lead the “free world” against racism and colonialism? We will also investigate how persons and movements within and beyond the military have exposed and exploited contradictions of wartime ideologies and practices to challenge race and empire.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Discussions of readings.
Class assignments and grading
Essays of various lengths. This course qualifies for "W" credit.