Student must be a Hudson & Holland Scholar to apply for the below course.
Want to become a detective of history? In this class, you will become a junior historian while learning about the history of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and its relationship with the United States from the late 19th century to this day. The Hispanic Caribbean has been a region of key geopolitical importance for the United States. In this seminar, you will recognize U.S. imperial dynamics as well as the multiple and fragmented ways in which common people from these impacted societies have responded to North American domination. For over a century, U.S. power over Latin America and the Caribbean has taken different forms. In 1898, Cuba became a neocolonial appendix, while Puerto Rico became an "unincorporated territory" of the United States. The Dominican Republic experience the repercussions of an invasion in 1916, and has continued to experience a direct yet invisible U.S. presence in its government since then. Beyond its overt and covert political presence, U.S. imperialism has also informally impacted the lives of Caribbean people across the landscapes of education, health, domestic relations, religion, sports, culture, migration, and disaster relief, to name a few. In this course, we will explore different economic, intellectual, social, and cultural imprints that American imperialism has left on societies in the Hispanic Caribbean and the myriad ways common people reacted to them.
The mini historical research you will do in this seminar will entail selecting a brief, textual, audio or visual source of your interest, "interrogate" it, and use clues to connect the production of that artifact to the particular human experience or event and broader aspects of the society and the times in which the experience occurred. While working on this "microhistory," you will learn the steps and expectations of writing a college paper and the resources available on campus to help you succeed at it. In fact, the competencies that you will develop in this history class will help you succeed in your college career, no matter your major. The microhistory research paper will be developed in stages, through a variety of required homework assignments. In addition to this paper and attendant homework, students will be evaluated on the basis of quizzes, in-class work, presentations, and class participation.
Catalog Information: COLL-S 104 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN A&H