Sophmore Seminar: Exploring Middletown's History|
Fall 2013 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Service-Learning, Urban Studies|
Founded by Puritans who settled among the Wampanoags in 1650 and now populated by people from everywhere from Sicily to Tibet, Middletown has a long, multifaceted history. In many ways the history of this small Connecticut city is a microcosm of U.S. history. After reading about Middletown, traveling to libraries and historical societies, and meeting with archivists, students will select one aspect of the city's history to explore in depth. Much of the semester will be devoted to research. Along the way each seminar participant will present early findings to the class, write one or more rough drafts, receive detailed comments from the fellow students and the instructor, and conclude with a polished essay. The seminar is a good way to learn about Middletown, develop research skills, and prepare to write a senior thesis.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Peter Hall, MIDDLETOWN: STREETS, COMMERCE, AND PEOPLES, 1650-1981
Elizabeth Warner, A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF MIDDLETOWN
Essays written by Wesleyan students in the past.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Plan, research, and write a major research essay (approximately 20 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course is ideal for sophomores considering the History major but is open to others.