Form NC:

New Course Proposal





IS 3211H

Form NC #:






I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).


IS 3211H. Republic or Empire? (Hist; 2 cr; prereq participation in the Honors program or #)

The 1890s are often seen as a cultural watershed for the United States. Depression, political movements, and a "splendid little war" against Spain and the Philippines represent only the surface of a decade which altered aspects of race, class, gender and literary sensibility.



II. Rationale (see instructions):

This course is intended as an elective offering in the revised Honors program. Consistent with the goals of the new program, readings and the subject matter are interdisciplinary, including literary and historical texts and documents from the period.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Spring, 2004

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Roland Guyotte, Gretchen Murphy

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):



Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.


The goal of the course is to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of political and historical events occurring in the U.S. in the late nineteenth century.


How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?


Assessment will be based on discussion in the classroom, student presentations, and/or student-led discussion sessions.


V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.

The course is distinctive in its interdisciplinary structure. The inter-relation of topics and the seminar format required will encourage students to explore connections that they might not otherwise make or would largely have to make on their own if they approached each topic independently.