Welcome! This course covers from the end of Reconstruction (1877) to the present. The course will also cover relevant aspects of the US and Massachusetts state constitutions, in accordance with MA General Laws, Chapter 73, Section 2A.

For LASC, it is approved in the “Constitutions” (CON) or “US and its Role in the World” (USW) categories.
If you are a History major or minor, it is one of your 100-level required courses (no LASC credit).
This is a 3-credit* course.

The way I teach it, this course is less about coverage than uncoverage, i.e. developing the craft of doing history. This is more of a history “lab” course than a lecture course. You will become familiar with multimedia and digital resources for historical research, as well as more traditional text sources. You will hone your writing and critical thinking skills. You should expect to be actively involved in your own learning and will begin the process of contributing to the field as budding historians. Even though it is intro-level, it is designed to be a challenging college course, so do not expect an easy A. Click on the SLOs tab to see the Student Learning Outcomes.

Archived Syllabi:
Spring 2018 PDF or Flipbook
Spring 2017 PDF or Flipbook
Fall 2015 PDF
Fall 2014 PDF or Flipbook
Spring 2014 PDF or Flipbook
Fall 2013 PDF or Flipbook
Spring 2013 PDF or Flipbook
Fall 2012 Flipbook
Spring 2012 PDF or Flipbook
Fall 2011 PDF or Flipbook
Spring 2011 PDF
Fall 2010 PDF

*By University definition:
Federal regulation defines a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutional established equivalence that reasonably approximates not less than –

(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.