History | IU as a Historical Problem
J300 | 3006 | Capshew

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
J300:  Also open to non-majors
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires
	registration in COAS W333
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course takes something familiar – Indiana University – and
turns it into a task for historical interpretation. How did the
university develop into the institution we know today? What are the
key events that shaped the academic community over time? How did the
roles of students, faculty, administration, and alumni evolve?

Growth – in personnel, facilities, curricula, and programs – will
provide an overarching theme. The course wrestles with chronological
scope (the nearly two centuries of the institution’s existence),
demographic scale (over 500,000 individuals have been a part of the
academic community), and the interface between them. Topics can be
investigated through many approaches, including institutional,
intellectual, social, cultural, ethnic, and women’s history.

Sampling a variety of historical sources, both primary (e.g.,
archival documents and oral histories) and secondary (e.g.,
published biographies and histories), appropriate methods and
techniques are examined. Historiography as well as the craft of
history is emphasized through multiple writing assignments to
interpret texts, testimonies, and artifacts.

This class is reading and writing intensive and grades will be based
on class participation, weekly writing assignments, and a longer
final paper.