'Going Steady?': Documenting the History of Dating in American Culture, 1940-1990



College courses, Honors courses, non-credit courses, information literacy, library instruction


"'Going Steady?': Documenting the History of Dating in American Culture, 1940-1990" is a 50-minute once-weekly face-to-face first-year HON 1000 seminar taught in the university's undergraduate Honors College. Multiple sessions of HON 1000, on a wide range of topics, are taught each fall semester; students in the Honors College are required to pass one HON 1000 seminar, generally in their first or second year. This syllabus is slightly revised from the most recently taught version of the course.

Author Biography

Jill E. Anderson, Georgia State University

History, African-American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian / Assistant Professor, Georgia State University Library


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