Susan L. Bragg
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.
HISTORIES OF CHILDHOOD IN EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA
In this course, we will explore the emergence of modern notions of childhood in early 20th c. America, looking at how historical understandings of childhood shaped civic identities and social experiences. How did perceptions of childhood and youth influence state involvement in children's lives? How did gender, race, and culture shape the lives of children in the early 20th century? The primary goal of this course is to train students in basic skills necessary to historical analysis: critical thinking, research methods, writing, and oral presentation.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is the junior-level methodology course for history majors. As a seminar, students should expect to read and discuss primary and secondary sources. Students will also present individual research assignments in class.
A background in American history is useful but not required.
Class assignments and grading
The readings for this seminar will include both secondary sources and a wide variety of primary sources available in a reading packet. Students will also locate and analyze additional source material for individual research projects.
Because this is a core seminar for the major, students should expect that the reading and assignment load will be significant. Grades will be assigned based on discussions of readings and several written assignments, including individual research essays.