Summer 2016 Course Offerings

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Fall 2016 Course Offerings

HIST 101: Introduction to Historical Thinking and Analysis

History “Boot Camp.” Provides an introduction to the discipline and craft of history and prepares majors for the senior research and methods seminar. Explores a particular area of historical study and teaches the fundamentals of historical inquiry – theoretical and practical. Take early in your first semester as a history major!

Section 01: The Great Cheese, Julie Winch MWF 2– 2:50PM

If you think that politics has become nasty name-calling in 2016, you should have been around in the early 1800s. We will look at how the gift of a giant cheese – yes, a cheese – to Thomas Jefferson became a media event.  This story combines religion and politics, the challenges of interstate transportation, George the Third, maggots, a newspaper war, women’s involvement in politics, the nation’s pre-history, the casting out of demons, the Louisiana Purchase and the alleged misdeeds of a couple of foreign radicals. Front and center is a massive half-ton cheese, growing riper each passing day.

Section 02:  New World Slavery and Freedom, Benjamin Johnson MWF 9– 9:50AM

Uses the comparative study of slavery, freedom, emancipation, and exclusion in the New World to illustrate the key tools of the historian's trade. We will spend particular time on the comparative histories of Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and the US during and after emancipation.

HIST 115L: Survey of Contemporary Asia

TBA MWF 2-2:50PM

International Diversity; World Cultures. This course introduces students to aspects of history, society and culture in early modern and modern South Asia to demonstrate its diversity and richness, and the variety of human experience in this region. This course is designed as a gateway for the Asian Studies major and satisfies Asian History breadth requirements for the History major. 

HIST 175: The History of Comic Books and American Society since 1938

Tim Hacsi MWF 11 – 11:50 AM

Comics from Wonder Woman to the Guardians of the Galaxy have been shaped by American society and have in turn shaped popular culture, and are at times Very Serious Literature; take the class and learn much more!

HIST 211: Foundations of Western Civilization

Maryann Brink, ONLINE

Humanities. Uses case studies to survey themes of European history from the 12th century BCE to 1650, especially politics, cultural history, and the ways the legacy of antiquity was understood and appropriated by later ages. 

HIST 212: Modern Western Civilization

Section 1: Matteo Casini, ONLINE

Section 2: TBA 6 – 9PM, CPLYSQURE

Humanities. This course explores, thematically, how the term “Western Civilization” has been defined and redefined over the eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries

HIST 213: World History to 1800

Maryann Brink MWF 2 – 2:50PM

“Around the World in Sixteen Weeks”: from Blombos, Africa to the Tang Dynasty, from Mauryan India to the Incan Empire, from the American and French Revolutions to the Haitian Revolution and Bolivar in South America. Don't'll miss a decade!

HIST 214: Modern World History

Sect 01: Thomas P. Johnson W 6 – 9PM CPLYSQRE

Sect 02: Gary Miller Th 6 – 9PM, T/Th 8 – 9:15AM

Social & Behavioral Sciences, International Diversity. Examines the processes of modernization and globalization since the late eighteenth century; their connections to imperialism, colonialism, and war; and their relationships to changing perceptions of society, politics, economics, gender, and culture in different regions of the world.  

HIST 224G: Revolutionaries

David Hunt MWF 1 – 1:50PM

This course will analyze the costs and achievements of the Soviet experiment from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to the disappearance of the Soviet Union in 1991, with additional attention to the post-Soviet Russian Republic and to the Cuban Revolution, considered as offshoots of international communism.

HIST 230L: Ancient Egypt

Kellee Barnard MWF 10 – 10:50AM

World Cultures Distribution A survey of the history, art, archaeology, and religion of ancient Egypt from the world of pyramids and mummies to the divine authority of pharaoh and the might of one of the world's earliest and wealthiest empires.

HIST 255L: Gods and Slaves: Latin America before 1800

Benjamin Johnson MWF 11-11:50AM

Introduces students to the history and cultures of early Latin America. Examines the political, cultural, and social dimensions of the major Pre-Columbian civilizations; the causes and consequences of Spanish and Portuguese colonization; the establishment of New World societies and economies in the sixteenth century; and the vastly divergent forms of mature colonial society across the continent in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

HIST 265: American History before 1877


Humanities. A wide-ranging survey of the history of what we know today as the United States from the arrival of the first people to the end of Reconstruction.

HIST 266: American History since 1877

Sect 01: Meaghan N. Duff ONLINE

Sect 02: Rachel R. Schneider T/TH 6-9PM CPLYSQRE

Sect 03: Kevin Hoskins MWF 10-10:50AM

Humanities. A wide-ranging survey of the major events, conflicts, and transformations in U.S. history from the era of post-Civil War Reconstruction to the modern day.

HIST 290G: Globalization in Historical Perspective

Maryann Brink MWF 12 – 12:50PM

Intermediate Seminar. The development of the world economy since 1750 and its relationship to other global phenomena: industrialization, social and cultural modernization, imperialism, and the worldwide adoption of the political model of the nation-state. The course provides a foundation in history for the discussion of contemporary issues.

HIST 306L: Archaeology of Ancient Rome

Randall Colaizzi T/Th 2– 3:15PM

A chronological survey of Roman Archaeology from the origins of Rome in the 8th century BC to the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD. Focused primarily on Rome and Italy, although readings will discuss the provinces in Europe, Africa, and the Near East. We aim not only at an understanding of the sites, monuments, and artifacts, but also an appreciation for the history and evolution of archaeology at Roman sites.

HIST 314: Health and Healing in Early Modern Europe

Olivia Weisser T/Th 12:30-1:45PM

This course explores how sickness intersected with everyday life from 1500-1800. Topics include experiences of childbirth, ideas about plague and syphilis, and ordinary people’s understandings of their bodies. 

HIST 315: Europe 1900-1945

Spencer DiScala ONLINE

You won’t find many classes that give an overview of so many controversial and essential topics that are still relevant for the modern world as this one does.  The course will examine World War I, fascism, Nazism, communism, and World War II, and their causes and impact

HIST 324: Russia and the Soviet Union: from the 1917 Revolution to Putin

Kevin Murphy SAT 8:15-11:15AM

How did the 1917 revolutionary movement that promised social and economic equality transform into a brutally oppressive system under Stalin? How did the Soviet Union become a world superpower and what were the reasons for its downfall? Through the use of primary documents, this course will attempt to answer these questions and emphasize social history: the ideals, aspirations, and actions of ordinary Soviet citizens.

HIST 339: Modern Irish History 1800 to present

Gerard Burke F 3 – 6PM

This course examines the forces and movements in the development of Irish nationalism from 1800 to the achievement of national independence. The course also explores the history of an independent Ireland.

HIST 342: Cinema in Hitler's Germany: Movies, Propaganda, and Politics in Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1945

Gary Miller Fri 3-6PM

This course explores the history of German cinema between 1919 and 1945. The first half of the course will focus on the films of the Weimar Republic - a time of bold artistic experimentation when Germany's film industry was second only to Hollywood in worldwide influence. The second half of the semester will be devoted to the cinema produced in Germany during the Nazi dictatorship, when movies were no longer simply entertainment, but also served as an important form of propaganda. The films of both of these periods will be analyzed as historical sources that illuminate the society that produced them.

HIST 357: The Vietnam War

David Hunt MWF 10AM – 10:50AM

This course covers the period from 1945 to 1975, with attention to the Vietnamese Revolution and its American and Vietnamese adversaries. Topics include origins of the Cold War and U.S. policy in Indochina; Vietnam’s peasant majority and its dealings with the Communist Party; society, economy, and ideology in the Saigon milieu; soldiers who fought in Vietnam and Vietnam veterans; the anti-war movement and other developments on the U.S. home front.

HIST 359L: Women in Modern China

Judith Babbitts ONLINE

International Diversity, World Cultures. This course examines the social and cultural roles of Chinese women, and their changes over time. Emphasis is given to twentieth-century China, especially the People's Republic period.

HIST 361L: The History of Modern China

Pamela Lee Novick ONLINE

International Diversity. Surveys the political, social, and intellectual development of China since 1800, with emphasis on Sino-Western relations and twentieth century reform and revolution. 

HIST 364: India Since 1857

Sana Haroon

International Diversity. World Cultures. This course introduces students to the interrelationship between territory, identity and politics in South Asia from its unification under colonial rule, to decolonization and partition in 1947.

HIST 372: The Early Republic, 1787-1829

Julie Winch ONLINE

This course focuses on the development of the United States in the decades from the writing of the Federal Constitution to the election of Andrew Jackson. It combines major political developments with an exploration of the lives of “ordinary” Americans – the women and men, the free and the enslaved, the rich, the poor, and the “middling sort,” who made up the new nation. A major goal of this course is to introduce students to the “how to” of research. In addition to secondary works, we will be using a wide range of online resources to look at this tumultuous era through the eyes of the people who were there.

HIST 387: US Foreign Policy since 1898

Kevin Hoskins MWF 8-8:50AM

Examines the policies, policy-makers, and ideologies that have played an essential role in U.S. foreign policy from the War of 1898 to our modern military conflicts.

HIST 389: The History of Modern Terrorism

Paul Bookbinder T/Th 11AM-12:15PM

Terrorism can be seen as low-level insurgency, using violence and fear to create change.  Ultimately it can lead to civil war if the terrorists are not defeated or have their grievances met.  Our course will look at modern terrorism from its nineteenth century origins to the current “Islamic State.” A major case study will be one of the longest lasting terrorist groups: the IRA. 

HIST 413: Saints, Witches and Heretics

Elizabeth McCahill MWF 4-5:15PM

Using autobiographies, witch hunting manuals, religious pamphlets, trial records, microhistories, and a range of other sources, this seminar explores the rising persecution of heretics in late medieval Europe, discusses changing ideals of sanctity, and examines the reasons why the European Witch Hunt occurred in an age of religious pluralism and scientific discovery.

HIST 478: Special Topics Seminar: European Diplomacy 1871-1914

Spencer Di Scala T/Th 4-5:15PM

This course examines a “classic” period of European diplomacy during the thirty years that led up to World War I. The alliances of this period are frequently cited as a major cause of the Great War. Discover their origins, why they were formed, why and how they changed, and what was their impact. Does our present world resemble this one? Come and find out!

HIST 481: Research & Methods

Capstone course focused on research and writing and the production of an independent research project. As with HIST 101, each section focuses on a different historical problem. Take in your last semester or two.

Gender, Sex, and Society, 1600-1800, Olivia Weisser T/Th 9:30-10:45AM

This course explores ideas about men’s and women’s bodies, sexuality, and reproduction spanning the 1600s-1800s. Topics include marital relations, sexually transmitted disease, and debates about men’s and women’s roles as midwives. 


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Course Sequence

Students declaring their History major should take History 101 as soon as possible. They should also take one or two survey courses before moving on to 300-level courses. Below is a complete list of undergraduate courses in History. We expect to be adding a number of new courses over the next few years, and this list will be updated to reflect those new courses.

Courses in History

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