Seminar in US History II

Course Description

Focused examination of primary and secondary sources as well as advanced research in the current scholarly literature on U.S. history since the Civil War. Areas may include, but are not limited to, political, economic, intellectual, cultural, social, and diplomatic history.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the major historiographical themes and issues in late nineteenth and twentieth century American history as presented and debated in the scholarly literature.
  • Analyze the specific characteristics of, and similarities and differences between, works of major historians of Reconstruction, industrialism, American diplomacy, Progressivism, the Great Depression, civil rights, and feminism.
  • Identify the theoretical and empirical approaches these historians take to the study of Reconstruction, industrialism, American diplomacy, Progressivism, the Great Depression, civil rights, and feminism.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and empirical approaches these historians take to the study of Reconstruction, industrialism, American diplomacy, Progressivism, the Great Depression, civil rights, and feminism.
  • Research the scholarly discussion of a topic in late nineteenth for twentieth century America and integrate this research into a position paper that assesses that scholarly discussion and presents the student’s own critical approach to the topic.

Prerequisites

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