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Topics in Professional Writing

Updated: June 14, 2022 |

A focused study of one genre within professional writing, such as science writing or mass media writing, paying particular attention to issues unique to the genre as well as issues of invention, audience, ethics, and aesthetics. In addition to analyzing published examples, students compose and revise several works in the genre. This course counts toward…

Advanced Writing and Research Skills

Updated: June 14, 2022 |

A course developing writing skills beyond those covered in first-year composition. Students explore, research and analyze significant contemporary topics, gaining skills in idea generation, research, persuasion, and revision. This course is required for Secondary Education (grades 7-12) Certification in English and for Upper Elementary Education Certification (4-8) in Language Arts-Option 2. This course counts toward…

Documenting Lives: Oral History Theory and Practice

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of oral history. We will discuss the value that oral history offers in historical research and its relationship to other kinds of historical research; the challenges inherent in working with individuals and communities; best practices for designing oral history projects, interviewing subjects, and managing data; and…

After War: U.S. Culture in the Aftermath of Conflict

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

What happens after wars end? This seminar will examine critical issues that emerged to impact the lived experiences of veterans and civilians in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War, the First and Second World War, and the U.S. War in Vietnam and analyze the responses that various constituencies have made to them. Topics will…

The U.S. and the World

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

This course will place U.S. cultural history in a global context as we ask how people within and outside of the United States have imagined and debated the United States’ relationship with and role in the world. Focusing on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we will ask how the global flows of people, products, and…

Slavery and the University

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

This course will examine the historical relationship between universities and slavery in the United States. We will discuss how universities were born from and depended on the labor of enslaved people, as well as how institutions of higher learning were sites of intellectual thought around pro-slavery ideologies, white supremacy, and anti-blackness. We will also discuss…

Dispossession and the Making of the United States

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

This course examines the role of dispossession in the early United States. We will study two particular, but also overlapping, forms of dispossession in the making of American empire, namely racial slavery and Indigenous land theft and genocide in a settler colonial state. As we interpret the historical relationship between slavery, settler colonialism, and dispossession,…

Haiti and the Age of Revolutions

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

Haiti has long shaped the history of the Atlantic world. While the Haitian Revolution haunted enslavers across the region, people of African descent and abolitionists looked towards the Black nation as an alternative revolutionary tradition. African Americans and others in the period understood the importance of Haiti’s success and the complex nature of its troubles…

Abolition & Emancipation in the Atlantic World

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

This course will focus on the transatlantic movement to end slavery in the Atlantic world from the Revolutionary Age to the late 19th century, with special attention given to how the activism and intellectual thought of people of African descent shaped both the abolition movement and emancipation. We will examine the abolition movement’s varied techniques…

Russian Revolutions from Peter to Putin

Updated: June 1, 2022 |

This course explores the theme of revolutionary change in Russia from the reign of Peter the Great in the late 17th century to the presidency of Vladimir Putin today. Peter was one of Russia’s great revolution makers, orchestrating change in governance, sociability, and cultural expression and setting the stage for future revolutions from above and…