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Jessica Lee
HSTAA 454
Seattle Campus

The Intellectual History of the United States

Lectures and discussions devoted to the development of the American mind, from historical beginnings to the present.

Class description

This course will explore the place of the intellectual in American history and cultural life, with particular attention to intellectuals' expressions of dissent. Several overarching questions will frame our investigations into American intellectual history. What do we mean when we talk about "intellectuals"? What counts as intellectual work, and who gets to do this work? Why has dissent so often played such a large part in the work and lives of American intellectuals? How have factors such as gender, race, and class shaped the intellectual work produced by various American thinkers? How did successive generations of American intellectuals build on the ideas of those who came before them?

Student learning goals

understand the diversity and complexity of American intellectual life

enhance analytical thinking, speaking, and writing skills

General method of instruction

Lectures and daily in-class discussion (there are no sections for this course)

Recommended preparation

Previous coursework in American history will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Participation in daily class discussions. Take-home writing assignments. Final exam.

Detailed explanation of assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jessica Lee
Date: 06/03/2008