Below are some of my course syllabi. I’ve been inspired by many friends and colleagues as I’ve put these together.
I practice community-based public history, and, whenever possible, students work with these projects as well. The best public history projects are sustainable because they actually involve the public in true partnership. Recently we have worked on projects with the university library, an historic farm, the Town of Boone, the regional State Historic Preservation Office, and local community heritage groups. Some of these projects are shared on the Projects with Students page. (Other projects have not been made public, either by request or because they remain in process.)
One of my goals is for students to make connections between classroom learning and the organizations and stories with which they interact daily. The skill to make those connections is foundational for a liberal arts education. Exploring public history is not a lecture-led exercise. Students read, discuss, and put their discoveries to work in the community around them.
See the syllabi below for more of what we are working on. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about assignments, why my syllabi are set up as they are, or if you would like me to email you a copy. I’m always willing to exchange with my peers.
This is the undergraduate course; it was also designated a Service Learning/Civic Engagement course
This is the history department’s writing in the discipline, senior seminar. Professors may choose whatever topic they prefer.
This is the graduate Introduction to Public History course. It is offered every fall in our program, and I teach it every other fall.
This is a graduate Introduction to Historic Preservation course. We offer it every other fall.
This is for a graduate American Architectural History course, offered every other Spring.
This is the syllabus for the second time that I’ll be teaching a graduate digital history course. It is quite different from the first one, although some elements are the same. I’m discussing some of the assignments on the blog portion of this website.
This was my first attempt at a graduate level Digital History course. There are several things I’m going to change for the next version (coming Spring 2016), but I share it in the spirit of collaboration that many working in digital history and humanities have shown to me.