March 23, 2015

Enroll Now

person holding microphone

Special Topics in Applied History—Oral History Methods

Spring 2015, Fridays 10:00am to 12:00pm

WSL 206

CRN 32438


2016 will mark the 150th of the incorporation of Kern County. As such, our interviews will target individuals with unique stories to tell about Kern County History. Areas of history that have been neglected include, but are not limited to, Black History, the history of Hispanic groups, and the aero-space industry.

Course Description:

This 2-unit course will be offered during the spring 2015 quarter and introduces students to the process and best practices of conducting an oral history from start to finish. This course will also explain to students the process of material appraisal and acquisition as it applies to the archive. The skills that will be stressed in this course will include identifying interviewees, interview techniques, ethical and legal considerations, methods of preservation, digitization of materials, transcription, and public presentation of the finished product. This course will appeal to students interested in public history and/or archives as well as to those who are curious about the oral history process. Students taking this course will gain practical experience in project management and understanding of the issues related to documenting community history faced by public historians currently in the workforce. (Credit/No Credit Grading)

For more information contact Chris Livingston at or 654-3253


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.