History 101.007

Spring 2007
Section: 
Instructor (text): 
Qureshi
Location: 
186 Barrows
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30
CCN: 
Units: 
Units
THIS SECTION IS FULL

This seminar will train the undergraduate to conduct original research in the history of 20th century U.S. foreign policy. After the introductory session, students will spend two weeks sampling the literature that analyzes current trends and problems in the historical profession. Then, instruction will emphasize the craft of writing as well as the proper use of primary sources. Students should have no problem finding materials. Cal's library system has a particularly strong archival collection from the Manhattan Project scientists who developed the first atomic bomb, and the social protest collection from the Vietnam Era is also first-rate. Of course, these are just examples; students should feel free to select whatever topic related to foreign policy strikes their fancy. Student should already have a thesis topic in mind at the beginning of the semester. They will be required to give oral presentations on their theses. Undergraduates who would rather focus on U.S. foreign policy from an earlier period or on general 20th century U.S. history will also be welcome.