This seminar examines the whys and hows of history both intellectually and practically. First we consider the questions of why we study history, what needs it addresses, and what goals it achieves. We address these questions both theoretically and by looking at a few different kinds of history. The second portion of the course is devoted to exploring a variety of historical methods and materials including oral history interviews, newspaper research, and using census records, maps, and photography. Students try out these methods while developing individual research projects that focus on Tulane or the surrounding New Orleans area.