Jun 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIST 300 - Local History Seminar


Credits: 3
Your own backyard has a history, and this class will teach you to uncover it. Whether in St. Louis or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students will explore the history of their region through local archives, site visits, and original research projects. This class will incorporate an oral history component, in which students will interview members of their community in an attempt to understand how the unique social fabric of their village, town, or city came to be woven together. The on-campus St. Louis version of this course will feature visits to museums and notable sites in St. Louis history, while the online version will encourage students around the country to explore places in their own hometown, either by visiting historical sites, or through an exploration of local newspapers, online archives, or historical websites. In the online version, students will complete a series of short research projects on certain aspects of St. Louis history (Cahokia/Dredd Scott/Ferguson etc.) as well as create a short vlog about their own “local” history, whether they live in north STL or Belleville or NYC. This course will have a discussion forum component, allowing STL natives to compare their history with students from other parts of the region/country.