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Court of Honor and Grand Basin of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Court of Honor and Grand Basin of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Welcome to the Digital Past.

This course, which satisfies the university’s foundation IT requirement, prepares you to use and understand a wide variety of current and emerging digital technologies—everything from basic collaboration tools to more complex services such as data visualization tools and digital maps.

This course teaches the fundamentals of digital literacy within the context of an upper division history course. While you are not required to have a background in history, you will be asked to analyze primary sources, synthesize existing historical scholarship, construct a clear and convincing argument about the past, and tie it all together in a digital project. This semester we will be focusing on Chicago’s history between 1870 and 1930. While we will be focusing primarily on that particular place during that particular historical era, you will be free to pursue a well-formed research question within that framework that reflects your individual interests.