Fall 2017

Registration for Fall 2017 Gilder Lehrman Online Courses begins July 1, 2017.

Democracy in the Early Republic, led by Andrew Robertson, Professor of History, City University of New York Graduate Center and Lehman College

Historian Andrew Robertson argues that democracy was America’s “other peculiar institution” in the era of the Early Republic. Robertson will lead students in an exploration of the primary and secondary sources from this pivotal era in American history, when the possibilities of the Revolution were first explored and tested. The course, spanning the period from the 1790s to the eve of the Civil War will feature Robertson in discussion with specialists in the field.

The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, led by Bruce Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor of History, Boston University

The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, the final years of the nineteenth century and opening decades of the twentieth, gave birth to the modern United States. As Americans knit together national markets for goods and national audiences for cultural products like film and recorded music, they created new instruments of governmental power, undertook a constitutional revolution (four amendments in a single decade), and fashioned a new role for the United States in the world. At the same time, city growth and mass immigration changed the face—and the faces—of the nation, initiating conflicts over and efforts to deal with diversity that continue to shape American life.

Famous Trials in American History, led by Jack Ford, Host of Metrofocus (PBS)

This course is an examination of a number of the most famous trials of the past century, focusing on the legal significance, historical and political context, social implications, and media coverage surrounding each case. Course materials shall include selected readings from a number of texts and actual trial transcripts, together with a series of videos providing extensive archival footage of the specific trials studied. Class sessions shall include discussions of the facts of each case, the manner and impact of the media coverage, and the social, political, and legal consequences of the trial.

The Presidency, led by Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer, Princeton University (provisionally scheduled)

The Presidency takes an in-depth look at the executive office through case studies of twentieth- and twenty-first-century presidents. Through the examination of modern presidents, students shall develop an understanding of the evolution of presidential power in relation to other branches of government, and the country more generally. Course materials shall include selected readings from a number of texts as well as archival audio and video. Lectures will be presented in interview format with two lectures devoted to each president under discussion. 

Thesis Seminar

Information about GLI Graduate Courses 

Courses will run for sixteen weeks with one week of vacation. Courses include twelve pre-recorded lecture sessions of approximately one hour each and two live Q&A sessions of one hour each with the lead scholar. Q&A sessions will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and will be recorded and archived so that those who cannot participate live can watch later.

Each Gilder Lehrman Online Course has a lead scholar and instructors who have earned a PhD in history. Frequently, courses also feature guest speakers. Instructors are responsible for all grading and for facilitating discussions.

The typical workload for online courses is 8 to 10 short response papers and one longer project completed in stages during the semester. Reading assignments are approximately 150-250 pages. Students will also be required to participate in online discussion forums each week.