This course will provide an introduction to the methods and tools of qualitative analysis and writing. Course material will include training in qualitative research, emphasizing interviewing, oral history collection, and historiography. Students will also have the opportunity to examine ethical issues related to historical writing, research, and presentation of materials. In additiion, the course will cover the basic skills needed to conduct historical research, including locating, using, and evaluating sources, and will explore how such work can shape and inform community development initiatives at the local level. Readings will be assigned regarding qualitative methods as well as community development. Students will also be trained in oral history collection. Each student will be required to collect at least one oral history for this course.