1.19 – Introduction and First Assignment

The central aim of the course is to enable you to better understand U.S. history from the Civil War to the present. But we will also–throughout the course–consider larger issues such as the importance of a Liberal Arts education and the most effective methods that one can use to earn a high-quality education.

Towards that end, you  have an assignment due for our class meeting on 1/24. Bring to class a printed copy of answers to the questions listed below. Write at least 150 words total (you are welcome to write more, if you wish). To receive credit for the assignment, you must also email me your answers prior to class.

What are some of the behaviors or characteristics of excellent students?

What are some of the behaviors or characteristics of excellent professors?

What are some of the characteristics of excellent courses?

This assignment contributes to your class participation grade. Failure to complete it reduces your final grade by 1%.

I want you to provide your thoughts on the questions listed above, but here are some optional readings to help you begin to clarify your thoughts:

What is the importance of a Liberal Arts education?

Carol Christ, “Myth: A Liberal Arts Education is becoming Irrelevant”

For a defense of the Liberal Arts that focuses on how studying them enables one to live a more fulfilling life, I recommend Excellent Sheep.

What are some of the qualities that define excellent students?

Valerie Strauss, “Five habits of Great Students: Lessons from Top-ranked STEM school”

Todd Petigrew, Three Qualities of Top Students

I also recommend Amanda Ripley’s The Smartest Kids in the World: And How they Got that Way.

What are some of the qualities that define excellent professors?

Here is a helpful article on characteristics of good professors. 

 

 

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