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2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FAS 140 - Searching for Family Origins: Genealogy, DNA, and Family Trees

Genealogy is the study of family history.  It is a global phenomenon, one of the biggest participatory activity on the planet.  It informs popular conceptions of the past and of identity.  This course explores the implications of genealogy and family history.  Students will learn the fundamentals of genealogical research, build a family tree, and think about genealogy as both a field and a personal practice.  Students will explore the ethical questions of genealogy, including but not limited to genetics and DNA testing, the impact of technology, and its rule in identity.

General Education Requirements: Social Context and Institutions and Ethics

Course Typically Offered: Spring, Alternating years

Credits: 3