Course Description

This course introduces students to digital research and analysis tools for historians, as well as the presentation of that research on the web. Students will gain skills in writing history for a public audience, conducting community-based research, analyzing quantitative sources and working with historical data. The Spring 2016 offering of this course will focus on the history of race and business in Albany before 1860. As a class we will partner with the Healthy Historic Walking Paths project of the Albany YMCA to research Albany’s historic South End neighborhood and develop mobile-internet guided walking tours of downtown Albany’s history. Internet access outside of class is required and home use of a computer is strongly suggested. No previous computer skills are necessary. A HIS 100: Introduction to American Political and Social History I or A HIS 305: Colonial America to 1763 are suggested preparation. ┬áPlease contact Prof. Kane with any questions.