This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Whether you love football, history, or both, go beyond the stats and get to know the game and the great players firsthand with this high-interest American history course.
This course will cover the history of American football from the late 19th century to the modern era.
Week One: The origins of football
Week Two: Walter Camp and the development of college football
Week Three: The creation of the NCAA and its impact
Week Four: The origins and development of professional football
Week Five: The college and pro games in the early age of television
Week Six: From the Super Bowl to the Bowl Championship series.
Course materials: There is no text to purchase. Students will be directed to assigned readings available on the internet.
Homework: There will be weekly objective quizzes based on the material presented during the weekly talks. In addition, students will submit two pieces of writing, each in the 500-word range, based on the readings and documents that will be available online. These readings and documents will all be relatively brief. The expectation would be that students should plan on devoting roughly one-and-a-half to two hours a week to this reading and up to three hours per week for the two weeks when a paper will be due.