What Is History? (3)
What is the past, and how is it remembered (or forgotten)? How have conceptions of "history" evolved over time? In what ways does history differ from other disciplines or modes of analysis? How have various notions of the past been used (or abused) to support specific policies or course of action? Why should we study the past at all? In pondering these and other questions about the nature of history and the past, we will draw upon examples from American, European, and non-Western history. This class is designed to be both fun and informative and is open to both majors and nonmajors alike.
Perspectives on History (W) (3)
Acquaints students with different ways of thinking about history (historiography) and with techniques of doing and presenting historical research. This core course is designed to teach the following skills: 1. how to analyze primary sources; 2. how to read secondary sources in a critical manner; 3. how to cite sources properly; 4. how to write to the expectations of the discipline of history; 5. how to construct a historical argument; 6. how to evaluate the integrity, reliability, and usefulness of disparate sources; and 7. how to conduct independent research.
Open only to history majors, and should be taken as soon as possible after a student has decided to major in history (preferably by the end of the sophomore year).
Public History Practice (BA)
Get your hands on history: This is an individualized opportunity to gain knowledge of local and
regional history while contributing to a public history
project based at the Mid-Atlantic Regional
Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. The options include historic house
research and curatorship for the Cooper Street Historic District and research and digital publishing
for The Encyclopedia of
Greater Philadelphia. In addition to readings in local and regional history,
students will be provided with training and ongoing supervision and feedback while working
approximately six hours per week on site on their selected projects (or remotely if the
center is not
Prerequisites: This course is by arrangement, with permission of the instructor, and is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 and above.
Internship in Public History (3)
Designed to provide students with practical experience in the public
history field by working in a local archive, historical society, or
other historical activity. Students are assigned an on-site
mentor and write a final report on the experience for the supervising
instructor in the history department. Usually unpaid, internships
include 45 to 90 hours of work over the semester. Credit toward the history major only with permission of department chair.
Open only to history majors.
Honors Program in History (3,3)
departmental Honors Program is a one-semester course of study
intended for seniors who are both interested in and prepared for
intensive study of a particular topic and the preparation of a research
paper at least 30 pages in length. Students should have grade-point
3.3 or better overall and in courses in history in order to be admitted
to the program. Approval must be obtained from the chair and the
member of the department who is to serve as the adviser. This course is
to be taken in addition to the 33 credits needed to satisfy the
requirements for the history major.
Prerequisites: The Honors Program is open only to students with a grade-point average in history of 3.3 or better. A student interested in taking the Honors Program course must receive the permission of a professor who will supervise this independent study.