2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CHIST 4200 America in the Great Depression

This course will consider the achievements and limitations of Roosevelt's New Deal in meeting the challenge of the worst economic crisis in American history. Within the broad cultural, social and political setting of the Depression Era, the course will inquire into the economic forces that led to the Great Depression, the personality and leadership of President Roosevelt, the major programs and policies of his administration, the impact of the Great Depression on the lives of ordinary Americans, the views of critics and detractors, and the ongoing debates about the legacy of the New Deal and its relevance to our understanding of current economic crises. Students will engage in a significant research project on an aspect of New Deal history.




CLITR 1100, OR one 1000- or 2000-level CHIST or CHUMS course