History 300: Introduction to Historical Thinking
This course engages students in “doing history” by exploring American history through the lens of the Grand Canyon. Two goals drive this class: 1) further develop students’ historical habits of mind and practice; and 2) improve student knowledge and understanding of the Grand Canyon and its place in American culture and history. To accomplish these goals, students study the Canyon’s history and cultural significance and produce historical materials that describe, interpret, and evaluate the Canyon’s peoples, places, and events. In practicing the historical craft, students read historical accounts; dig for information through a variety of records; frame questions; analyze primary and secondary sources; pose hypotheses; use evidence to mount arguments; and present historical interpretations.