Food In America: The Senior Seminar in Food History at CSU-Pueblo


This syllabus will evolve over the course of the semester, so you may wish to bookmark this page in order to come back for new links and updates.

The taping of class discussions or the taking of notes on a laptop computer is not permitted unless you have my explicit permission.  Please turn off your cell phones before class begins.

Required Reading:

Carroll, Abigail. Three Squares.

Freedman, Paul. Ten Restaurants That Changed America.

Horowitz, Roger. Putting Meat on the American Table.

Smith, Andrew F. Eating History: 30 Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine.

Wallach, Jennifer Jensen.  How America Eats.


…and various online materials all hyper-linked from the course schedule.

Grading and Attendance Policies:

Your grade will include five Point Paragraphs (25%), a presentation of your research during the final exam period (25%) and your Scalar research project (50%). You MUST pass the research project component in order to pass this course.

The instructions for completing your Scalar research product are here.

The Point Paragraph assignments are associated with particular secondary source readings, one paragraph for each book.  A  Point Paragraph has three components: 1) a "They say" statement describing a point the book's author makes that is worthy of discussion. 2) An "I say" statement which responds to the book author's statement  and 3) An explanation of your point and evidence for that position.  You are essentially looking for points of disagreement (or at least differences in emphasis) between you and the books author, which you think will foster good class discussion.

The final result should be between 250 and 400 words.  Point paragraphs should be printed out and brought to the appropriate class periods as your "ticket" to discussion, as you'll want them during the discussion itself.  These paragraphs will form the basis of a discussion with a student partner, designed to produce a good discussion question.  That question should be legibly handwritten at the bottom of the page.  I will collect your paragraph sheets at the end of the class period.  If you cannot attend class during a period when the Point Paragraph is due, your paragraph should be in my e-mail box (as an e-mail attachment) by the end of that class period. 

Grading on the Point Paragraphs will be A/C/F.  A = Thoughtful work.  C = minimal or confusing effort, but attempted.  F = No paragraph or the paragraph demonstrates little or no understanding of the book.

It is assumed that students will make every effort to attend each class period, arrive on time and stay for the entire class. An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class. If you arrive late to class, make sure your name is on the attendance sheet before you leave. Otherwise, you will be counted as absent. You will be permitted three unexcused absences during the course of the semester (to account for the random mishaps, mistakes and burdens of everyday life). Miss four classes FOR ANY REASON and you will be dropped from the course.

I reserve the right to call on you if you do not speak regularly. This is not an idle threat. If I get the impression that the majority of you are not keeping up on your reading I will quiz you and replace other grades with those grades. That is not an idle threat either.

Grading will be done on an A-F scale with pluses and minuses with the exception of the exception of the final grade C- which has been banned across the University. Your final grades will be recorded the same way. I will do my best to explain the criteria by which each assignment is graded before you undertake them.

Any form of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the entire course. This includes plagiarism, the taking of words and/or ideas of another and passing them off as your own. If another person’s work is quoted directly in a formal paper, this must be indicated with quotation marks and a citation. Paraphrased or borrowed ideas must be identified in the footnotes of the text. If you do not understand this definition of plagiarism, it is your responsibility to have me discuss this topic with you further.

This University abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education “solely by reason of a handicap.” If you have a documented disability that may impact your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please see the Disability Resource Coordinator as soon as possible to arrange accommodations. In order to receive accommodations, you must be registered with and provide documentation of your disability to:  the Disability Resource Office, which is located in the Psychology Building, Suite 232.

Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to maintaining respectful, safe, and nonthreatening educational, working, and living environments. As part of this commitment, and in order to comply with federal law, the University has adopted a Policy on Discrimination, Protected Class Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Retaliation. You can find information regarding this policy, how to report violations of this policy, and resources available to you, on the Office of Institutional Equity’s website (

Please familiarize yourself with the reporting requirements of this policy. Because I am a faculty member, I am a "Responsible Employee." That means I have to report to the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity if you tell me that you were subjected to, or engaged in, of any of the following acts: discrimination, protected class harassment, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, and retaliation.

This course participates in the Starfish student success program. Early in the semester, information about student performance in this class will be communicated to each student by email and/or text from Starfish. Attention to suggested actions is encouraged. This information is also available to academic advisors and others involved in supporting student success. Your advisor may then ask to meet with you to discuss your plans for success. The program is designed to promote success among students through proactive advising, and through referral to appropriate resources. Efforts to inform and assist students continues throughout the semester with a mid-semester survey, and instructor concerns or kudos can be posted to Starfish at any time.

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