Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr.
Scott and Dorothy Bullitt
Professor of American History
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History 101:
Survey of the History of the United States
Syllabus - AA & AB

Section AA:
Section AB:

Yantra Bertelli
Office – Smith 103C
Office Hours: Thursdays 11-1
and by appointment


Section Objectives
Learning what questions to ask is a significant part of studying history. In our sections I will ask a lot of questions and I encourage students to come prepared to do the same. I invite you to take intellectual risks, struggle with ideologies that are hard to comprehend, and ask that you are thoughtful in your interactions with fellow classmates. Through our collective dialogues, students will have numerous occasions to enrich their understandings of United State’s history.

Thursday’s discussion sections are an opportunity for students to contextualize both the lecture and reading materials. Sections will be structured to promote in-depth and lively participation. Students can expect to work in small groups, visually map arguments on the boards, participate in larger class discussions, and/or begin to think through historical arguments using brief free-writes. I will send out discussion questions or prompts to the class email list Tuesday night to help students prepare. For this reason, I ask that students look for these class emails on Wednesday mornings and consider the prompts, as they ready for discussion section. I expect students to arrive in section prepared to think critically, willing to engage in conversation, and with the weeks reading completed.

Please contact me through email if you have questions or need to make an appointment to meet with me.

Frequent absences will be detrimental to your grade. Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be missing section.

You will write three short essays in this course. All papers must be handed in to me by the date assigned to receive full credit. As you prepare to work on these assignments, feel free to come talk with me during my office hours or by appointment.