Race, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the 20th Century United States

History 101.009

Spring 2018
Section: 
9
Instructor: 
Location: 
3205 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 12-2
Class Number: 
32773
Units: 
5

This seminar will guide students as they produce an original piece of historical scholarship (the 101 senior thesis) on a topic in US History. We will focus on the research and writing process, ranging from the feasibility of research topics, the development of research questions and a research plan, historiography, methodology, analysis, and the writing process. By the end of the semester, students will have designed a research plan, implemented research and writing strategies, engaged in intellectual dialogue with their peers, and produced an original piece of historical scholarship 30-50 pages in length.

The common readings draw upon the topics of race, ethnicity, and citizenship in the 20th century United States. Students enrolled in this course, however, need not write a paper on the 20th century US if their research projects relate to the broader themes/regions driving the seminar, including, but not limited to: immigration and migration; transnational communities; US foreign policy; the American West; labor/labor movements; social movements; inequality and inclusion; race and politics; religion and politics. Research projects that touch upon these broad topics will help to create and sustain a robust intellectual community and dialogue during our meetings throughout the semester—a critical part of the research and writing process.

Students should contact the professor in advance of the seminar to discuss possible topics and, if possible, research questions.