History of Rutgers University Online Class

Hosted by Rutgers University–New Brunswick History Department, Rutgers University Alumni Association

Then and Now: Why and How

What: A fully online course taught by Rutgers historians Paul Clemens, author of Rutgers since 1945 (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and Rudolph Bell. Matriculated students will earn 3 credits and alumni will have an enjoyable learning experience, without tests or homework assignments, built on participation with current students in today’s Rutgers during its 250 birthday.

When: Fall
 2016 semester: September 6 to December 14.

On the Internet. Access from the convenience of your home or office anywhere in the world. You need only a computer and access to a high-speed Internet provider.

Each week opens with interviews, visual presentations, and selected readings on a major theme in the history of Rutgers University, from its beginnings in 1766 as a small college for prospective ministers to its current place as a premier research university. Topics include: 19th century students from Japan; Paul Robeson then and later; the old and new Rutgers tomatoes; WWII vets and the GI Bill; Selman Waksman’s contested Nobel Prize; firing alleged communist Moses Finley; early residence life at Livingston College; 1969 BOS takeover of Newark’s Conklin Hall; LEAP Academy in Camden; art, music, dance, and theater; exploring underwater volcanoes, forging Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; and, of course, entry into the B1G Ten; plus many more. View the course syllabus.

Your role:
Alumni will join students in viewing each week’s presentation, available 24/7 for your convenience, and then participate as “lived experience” experts bringing their unique perspective to the week’s theme. Participating alumni will be placed in small discussion groups with current students, thereby greatly enriching the overall learning experience. Rest assured, while the students will be graded for their discussion postings, alumni will receive only our appreciation. As with the weekly presentations, the discussions are conducted online 24/7.

At midterm, students will be required to engage in individual research projects and during this time we hope you will volunteer to engage by telephone, Skype, or email with individual students who may turn to you as experts for whatever research project they have chosen to undertake. Examples of individual projects might be: campus response to a major news event such as the Kennedy assassination or 9/11; coeducation at Rutgers College, student attitudes toward returning vets from Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan; effective abolition of the separate arts and sciences colleges in New Brunswick; building a new law school in Newark; football victory over Louisville; or the threat to separate the Camden Campus from Rutgers as political payoff for the medical school merger.

Email Professor Bell at rbell@rutgers.edu.

What’s next?
Click on the registration button below. Take advantage of the Early Bird rate and pay $225 if registered by June 30, 2016. This non-refundable fee includes expenses for support and online access along with a contribution to the Scarlet Council. Alumni participants receive a signed certificate attesting to their participation in the course. After June 30, 2016 the cost of the class will be $250. Registration closes on September 5, 2016.

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