History of the Present


Examines the history of the past forty years, focusing on the United States in a global context. Themes might include: globalization, inequality, the rise of the alt-right, climate change, the internet, and the emergence of finance and consulting. Prepares students to think historically about their own world, and gives them the opportunity to use historical methods to think about the forces shaping their lives, their families, and their potential careers. Draws on a wide variety of sources and genres: alongside more traditional academic readings, students might be exposed to digital storytelling, journalism, television, and video games.
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Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • R
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • PUBPOL 123
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring