History Department Online Courses

HST 324 – History of Sport in America

Taught by: Walter Hawthorne

This course takes a fresh and innovative look at the history of American sport. Created by an award-winning faculty member, the class places the voices of athletes at the center of the story of how American culture developed its special and intense relationship with sports. Starting with the nineteenth century development urbanized athletics, continuing with the ways in which religion helped shape the ideas of what an athlete should be, the course then considers how the media, how race, how gender and how economics made the world of sports we see today. Students will have the opportunity to read a wide range of primary documents, examine classic videos about athletes, read oral histories and even begin a bit of research themselves.

Click here to watch the introductory lecture for this course.