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for History 1378
Multicultural America an interactive, collaborative U.S.
History and English cluster of courses in which students will become historians
who conduct research and present their findings through multimedia technologies.
You will build web pages, create Power Point presentations, and look at
works of arts – paintings, sculpture, photography and architecture
– that reflect, support and challenge the historical themes of American
history from the late 19th century into the early 21st century. A major
objective is to provide you with the skills and literacies needed to succeed
inside and outside of the university, including research, analytical,
presentation, and writing skills.
Students may also take a special interdisciplinary studies
course that fulfills the humanities requirement of the core curriculum.
This course will introduce you to the history of American art, film, and
548 Agnes Arnold Hall
Description | Calendar
| Required Reading | Examinations
| Extra-Credit | Caution
| Class Policies
quarter of the nineteenth century marked the birth of modern America.
It witnessed stunning technological innovations, such as the development
of the internal combustion engine, the telephone, and high explosives.
It saw the migration of hundreds of thousands of European peasants and
villagers across the ocean to mushrooming cities. It saw the emergence
of the corporation as a dominant institution in the American economy.
It witnessed the emergence of the United States as a world power.
analyzes the history of modern America, from its rise as an industrial
and military power in the late nineteenth century to the presidency
of George W. Bush. It charts the revolutions in business, morals, politics,
race and gender relations, and everyday living that have transformed
American life over the past century.
first examination: Martin et al., America and its Peoples,
For the second examination: Martin et al., America and its Peoples,
Second examination: April 30
opportunities will be announced in class during the semester.
Objectionable Materials Warning
the film clips that we will watch during the semester contain scenes
of explicit violence, sexual brutality, ethnic and gender stereotyping,
nudity, obscenity, adult themes, profanity, and offensive language that
might be found objectionable by some. There may be also be ideas or
practices endorsed by specific motion pictures that some might consider
immoral or amoral. All of these films, however, were already in wide
circulation in the culture at large and are, in the instructor’s
opinion, essential to understanding American cultural history. If these
clips will make you uncomfortable, please do not enroll in the course.