Mary C Wright
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.
RACE AND REEDUCATION: AMERICAN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS
The class will explore the histories of American Indian Boarding Schools by considering 1) the legitimacy, variety and consequences of source material used; 2) historians' interpretative framework and changes through time; and 3) differing perspectives on the schools whether Native, academic, church or government. In this seminar setting, students will have the opportunity to practice the skills of a historian by reviewing published works, critiquing peers' papers, analyzing the historiography on the boarding schools, and constructing one's own research plan.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
No prerequisites, although Ethnohistory or an American history survey would be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Participation, two 2-page peer reviews, two 2-page book reviews, bibliography of secondary and primary sources, 3-5 page historiographic essay, 5-page research project prospectus. Reading include two books and a class reader; in addition, students will select one of the optional books.