History 498 Pro-Seminar: The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s natural wonders and a destination for millions of people from around the world every year. This capstone seminar explores the history and cultural significance of this landscape and engages students in historical work. Students study how a variety of people have lived, moved through, used, and exercised power on the rim and within the canyon’s walls and examine how scholars have approached this topic to deliver artistic, cultural, economic, environmental, geographical, political, and social accounts. To produce their own historical investigations, students craft historical questions, analyze primary and secondary documents, offer interpretations with a clear thesis, and deliver evidence-based arguments, complete with footnotes and an annotated bibliography.