HIST 410 (1ON) - Historic Survey of American Civilization

Surv/Architecture in AmerExper

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Summer 2021 - Summer Session I (05/24/2021 - 06/25/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 70843
Topical survey, within broad chronological divisions, of the development of American civilization since 1600. Students may take the course up to two times as long as the topic for the two courses is different. Writing intensive. Course meets the History major requirement for Group 1.
Section Comments: Full Title: Architecture in the American Experience
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): HIST 401, HIST 410H, HIST 504, HIST 510
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Online (no campus visits), Historical Perspectives(Disc), EUNH
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
5/24/2021 6/25/2021 Hours Arranged ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 


Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.’ 
---John Portman 

An overview of the built environment in the United States from colonial settlement through the present. The course will examine how buildings and landscapes relate to American history. Emphasis is placed on the architecture of New England. 

We will examine architecture, related landscapes and historic preservation as it pertains to the growth and development of the country-- from Wetus to skyscrapers, from the urban to the rural. Who were the designers? The builders? The users? Why have some buildings been preserved and not others? Who makes the decisions?  What are current trends in eco-conscious construction? In addition to lecture format, we will take walking tours and listen to professionals in the field. 

The class will provide a basic knowledge of architectural terms, styles, architects and builders, and contemporary trends, for upper-level students considering a career in history, public history, building and preservation design, technology and methodology, or with an interest in museum and material culture studies.

By the end of this class, you will develop a set of analytical skills that are essential to historians, but can be applied beyond the walls of the university in a range of occupations that require critical thinking, writing, and speaking.