HIS 102: U.S. History from 1865 to the Present
This course surveys the history of the United States from the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction to the present day. While it will try to cover as many topics as possible, it will highlight the themes of race, gender and migration within the larger context of U.S. history, since these are key concepts to understand the role of diverse historical actors in times past as well as in the present. Primary documents, or documents produced in the historical periods under study, will be at the core of our class, which will also use background reading to generate class discussions that question facts as much as common interpretations of the past. While this is a U.S. history-based course, we will also examine how domestic affairs in the U.S. related to international events and processes. Grading for this course is divided as follows: participation (15%), in-class writing (10%), quizzes (20%) out-of-class essay (25%), and final exam (30%).
POL 241: Introduction to American Government
This course is an overview of America’s political institutions and processes. Over the course of the semester, we examine the big questions of American democracy.
- The Rules of the Game: How do the different institutions of American government function, how have they changed over time, and how do they shape our political life today?
- The Players: Who can participate in American politics, and how has that changed over time? Who does participate, and how are they organized?
By examining these two questions in historical context, you will be able to better understand the contemporary political system and the political dilemmas facing Americans today.