William J Rorabaugh
Supplies the knowledge of American history that any intelligent and educated American citizen should have. Objective is to make the student aware of his or her heritage of the past and more intelligently conscious of the present.
This one-quarter survey of US history examines some of the most important topics in the development of modern America. Arrangement is chronolgical. Topics include slavery, race, immigration, and the Cold War with a focus on social history but also some politics.
Student learning goals
Have a strong general understanding of US History.
Have a better understanding about historical argument and evidence.
General method of instruction
Four lectures and one less formal meeting per week. Unsectioned.
Class assignments and grading
Assigned reading, discussions. Two midterm exams, final exam. All exams have some essay components. Books: Two-volume text book, Rorabaugh and Critchlow, America's Promise; Frederick Douglass, Narrative; Charlotte Gilman, Yellow Wallpaper.
Each midterm exam 25 percent; final exam 50 percent.