In today’s class, we will discuss how to achieve academic success as well as the importance of studying History.
Assignment #1 – First writing assignment – due by class-time on Jan. 29 – 1% of final grade
Write one or more single-spaced page answering these questions (you may copy and paste the questions into the document):
 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?
 In your view, how does having a liberal arts education benefit someone?
 In your view, why are many people _not_ interested in studying History?
 Why is it valuable to study History? Why should we study History?
Email the assignment to me prior to class.
I am interested in reading your thoughts for this assignment, but if you would like to read others’ opinions on some of these questions, check the articles below.
Benefits of a liberal arts education
Carol Christ, “Myth: A Liberal Arts Education is becoming Irrelevant”
G. Anders, “The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts”
C. Madsjberg, “Silicon Valley Needs to Get Schooled”
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.
Value of studying History
James Grossman, “History isn’t a ‘Useless’ Major”
Peter Stearns, “Why study History?”
Here is a brief, interesting piece written by the Boston University History Department dispelling some of the myths used to downplay the merits of studying history.