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HIST 452

HIST 452 Great Books

Course Description: This course is designed to provide majors and minors with an intellectual context for understanding the African American experience. The approach to be utilized in this course will be to study that experience primarily through selected works of biography. According to V.P. Franklin, "... the autobiography has been the most important literary genre in the African-American intellectual tradition in the United States. The struggle for freedom is a core value in the collective experience of African Americans in the United States and the autobiography provided a personal account of what freedom meant and how it was to be achieved." Since race has been a dominant issue in American life throughout the Nineteenth century and for much of the Twentieth century, the writings of a select group of African American intellectuals to include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, John Hope Franklin, Mary Church Terrell, and Harriet Jacobs will be examined to determine the extent to which "race vindication" was the central focus of their work and writings.

Biography captures the imagination of many Americans as it continues to be one of the most often-read literary forms. A good biographical work provides for pleasurable reading and helps the reader develop insights that can be discerned and applied to his or her everyday life. The well-written biography will help the reader better understand the period in which the individual lived and better understand how to express ideas and insights of a given period as well as improving writing in general. Not only will the biography tell much about a given individuals but it will illuminate the events, movements and occurrences of the period in which it is written. This course will delve into biography in-depth and other materials that address African American life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (3 Credits, S15).  



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HIST 422

Seminar in United States History

Course Description: HIST 422 conducts research and writing in selected areas of American history. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Our selected theme this semester is race. The purpose of the seminar in history is to provide students a collective, critical forum in which to work on substantial historical research projects.  The final product should be a well-researched, well-argued, tightly written, coherent essay based on a careful interrogation of primary and secondary sources.  You will be expected to turn in six assignments (and one Saturday historical research field trip [TBA]): A thesis statement, An outline, An annotated bibliography of accessible primary and secondary sources pertaining to your topic, a Brief abstract that begins to lay out your thesis and the scope of your research, An early draft of the paper, and a final draft of the paper. 

Our meetings will largely involve commenting on the reading assignments, suggesting sources that might have been overlooked, discussing the major research problems you might be confronting, or whatever else that might come up in the course of the semester.  Because we are expected to have a full seminar, the critiques are divided into four sessions.  Class participation is extremely important since one of your major responsibilities is to provide your peers with critical, constructive commentary.  UPPER-LEVEL Course for Majors (3 Credits, S15).

HIST 206

African American History Since 1865 (Online Section)

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Course Description (abbreviated): The course focuses on the social, economic and political achievements and challenging  facing African Americans in the decades since Reconstruction.  Special reading attention will be given to the period of Reconstruction, the Redemption Movement in the South, the great migration of African Americans to urban areas in the North, race riots, World Wars I and II, the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements and the decade after the 1960s. To unify the many subjects covered in the course discussions will focus on thestrategies and tactics of African American leaders. (3 Credits, S15).

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HIST 202

World History II (World History Since 1500)

Course Description (abbreviated): This course, World History II, is a summary of human history from the 1500s (to the present). The course presents important features of humanity’s events which has substantially affected modern human lives. World history II includes the study of various forms of written records and additional information from other sources, including archaeology. This survey of world civilizations (Africa, Asia, Europe, Western Hemisphere) from 1500 to the present will emphasize the diversity and interrelationships of world cultures and civilizations. Course format: Lectures, Student Commentary and Discussion, In-class Exercises, Unannounced Quizzes, Assignments, and Examinations. General Education Requirement HIST 201 and 202 (3 Credits, S15).


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
— James Baldwin