Thursday, January 5, 2017

Are you looking for a Spring 2017 class? HIST429F: History of UMD

Students are encouraged to register in Testudo by Monday, January 9th to ensure this course will be offered in the spring semester. See course description and contact information below:


Through an extensive review of primary documents and secondary literature, lectures, and guest presentations, students will gain an overview of the history of the University of Maryland, from its founding as the Maryland Agricultural College in 1856 to the present day.  This class will frequently require you to visit the University of Maryland Archives in Hornbake Library to review primary sources or to examine sources online that the Archives has digitized and is heavily research-based. The majority of the class sessions will consist of two parts. The instructors will lecture and lead discussion on the assigned topic for the week and the required readings during the first half of the class.  The second portion of most weekly sessions will feature a guest speaker who will present his/her perspective on the assigned topic for the week; speakers will include Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement, Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, former Chancellor of the University System of Maryland William “Brit” Kirwan, and the mother of Len Bias.  

Assignments consist of:
  • Poster creation and presentation—30% Students will work in groups to create a poster exploring an event or theme in university history which will be presented in class and displayed on Maryland Day.

  • Historical item analysis assignment—15%.  Each student will be assigned an item from the University Archives’ collections to analyze by responding to a series of questions and preparing a brief entry for the Archives’ Terrapin Tales blog.

  • Year in the Life of Maryland—35%. The final paper (10-12 pages) will consist of a series of letters written from the perspective of a senior student in an assigned academic year. Research into the events of that academic year will shape the content of the letters.

The remainder of the grade for the class will consist of points awarded for class participation and attendance and successful completion of weekly reading assignments.

Questions about this class may be directed to the instructors:

Jason Speck, Assistant University Archivist, 301-405-9297 or
Anne Turkos, University Archivist, 301-405-9060 or