Spring 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 career as a history major!

Section 01: The American 1920’s, Roberta Wollons MWF 12– 12:50PM

Focuses on The Twenties, including the complexities of Prohibition, new youth culture, conservative religious and social backlash, and the economics that led to the Great Depression. The final project will consist of research into an aspect of the 1920s of your choice.

Section 02:  African Journeys, Heidi Gengenbach T/Th 12:30 – 1:45PM

If "the past is a foreign country" (L. P. Hartley), the history of Africa is a long journey indeed. This course draws on a wide variety of primary sources created by African travelers over the last 2,000 years--insiders, outsiders, people of the diaspora--to explore both the African continent itself and the practice of historical interpretation.

HIST 161L: East Asian Civilizations since 1850

TBA T/Th 11AM-12:45PM

International Diversity; World Cultures An introduction to the traditional civilizations of China, Japan, and to a lesser extent Korea, from the their encounter with the modern industrial West up through the present day.

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

Tim Hacsi MWF 12 – 12:50 PM

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

Elizabeth McCahill T/Th 11 AM-12:45 PM Humanities

This course 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

Ruth Miller MWF 11– 11:50AM 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: Gary Miller T/Th 8 – 9:15AM

Sect 02: Gary Miller Th 6 – 9PM, COPLEY SQ

Social & Behavioral Sciences, International Diversity Offers an examination for 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 220: History of European Imperialism

Christopher Sutton TuTh 9:30-10:45AM

This course will explore important themes in the history of European empires - such as 'imperialism' (in theory and practice), race, resistance, citizenship, and postcolonialism - from the late eighteenth century to today.

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 offshoots of international communism in Cuba and North Korea and to the post-Soviet Russian Republic from 1991 to the present.

HIST 230L: Ancient Egypt

Kellee Barnard MWF 12 – 12:50PM

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 251: South Asia and the India Ocean World: Trade, Labor and Capital from 1800 to the Present

Sana Haroon T/Th 2 – 3:15PM World Culture Distribution

This course will study two regions: the Indian Ocean region (which includes Southern and Eastern Africa, the Persian Gulf, South Asia, and parts of South East Asia) and the influence of South Asia in the creation of systems of state, and the circulation of goods, labor and capital through his region over two hundred years.

HIST 253: African History since 1800

Heidi Gengenbach T/Th 9:30 – 10:45AM International Diversity

The last 200+ years have been rough on Africa: from the Atlantic slave trade and European conquest through the violence of colonial rule and the daunting challenges of post-colonial life. We survey the recent past of a much misunderstood continent, highlighting life stories of men & women who have experienced these dramatic events.

HIST 256L: Skyscrapers and Shantytowns: Latin America since 1800

Sandra Haley MWF 9 – 9:50AM

International Diversity Charts modern Latin American history with a focus on social and cultural histories, covering postcolonial independence, social movements, developmentalism, neoliberalism, and human rights. Special attention will be granted to contextualizing indigenous histories, women's histories, revolutions, and rural-urban migrations.

HIST 262: American Indian History to 1783

Sandra Haley W 6 – 9:00PM COPLEY SQ

Examines the histories of indigenous peoples of North America from their perspective, from the peopling of the Americas to indigenous North Americans’ engagement with global markets, diplomacy, and competing empires.

HIST 265: American History before 1877

Sect 01: Julie Winch MWF 1-1:50PM

Sect 02: Meaghan Duff OL

Sect 03: Rachael Schneider SAT 11:45AM – 2:45PM

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: Lisa Vox ONLINE

Sect 01: Kevin Hoskins MWF 11 am

Humanities Distribution This broad chronological overview introduces students to main conflicts and moments of change in U.S. history from the era of post-Civil War Reconstruction to the modern day.

HIST 276: This Land is Your Land: A Survey of American Environmental History

Conevery Valencius T/Th 12:30 – 1:45PM  

Humanities Distribution From the Dust Bowl to global climate change, from the 1927 Mississippi flood to Hurricane Katrina, we examine how people have used and changed the North American environment from the colonial era to the present day.

HIST 290G: Globalization in Historical Perspective

Maryann Brink MWF 9 – 9:50AM

Intermediate Seminar Climate Change: War, Conquest, Famine & Death. Meet the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse & learn how they, like we, depend on Mother Nature.

HIST 301L: Ancient Greek History

Kellee Barnard MW 3 – 4:15PM

Surveys the origin, rise and development of ancient Greek civilization from the arrival of the Greeks in Europe until the death of Cleopatra in 30 BC with emphasis on the rise and of palace culture, the emergence of the Greek city-state and the spread of Greek culture to the East.

HIST 316: Europe since 1945

Spencer DiScala OL (ONLINE)

Examines the recovery of Europe from the devastation of World War II, cultural, social, and political trends in West and East Europe, the fall of communism, and the origins and development of the European Union.

HIST 319: History of the Mediterranean

Matteo Casini Tu 6 – 9:00PM

From Mesopotamia to the 20th century the Mediterranean has been a "global player" making the peoples of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa participate in a common path of trade, culture and war.

HIST 322: Shakespeare’s London

Olivia Weisser MW 2-2:50PM, F ONLINE

This course draws on artifacts, literature, and first-hand accounts to recover life in London from 1550-1700, including taverns and coffeehouses, the experiences of the working poor, and urban crime. This course does not entail reading Shakespeare, but it will give new context for his plays.

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

Kevin Murphy M 6 – 9:00PM

How did the 1914 revolutionary movement that promised social and economic equality transform into such 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 326: Hitler, A Man and His Times

Paul Bookbinder T/TH 2 – 3:15PM

In a century of powerful demagogues Hitler, charismatic, brutal, and consumed by hatred, was the individual who had the greatest influence on the course of the twentieth century.

HIST 330: The French Revolution

David Hunt MWF 10AM – 10:50AM

The French Revolution shook every hierarchy: kings over subjects, lords over peasants, planters over slaves, men over women. It invented the Left and the Right in politics. It affirmed the principle of popular sovereignty with an unprecedented vehemence and specificity, and it provoked bloody civil and international conflicts. This course will explore its disputed legacy.

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 359L: Women in Modern China

Judith Babbitts OL (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

TBA 11AM – 12:15PM

International Diversity A survey of the political, social, and intellectual development of China from 1800 to the present, with emphasis on Sino-Western relations and twentieth century reform and revolution.

HIST 363L: Modern Japan

Pamela Lee Novick ONLINE

International Diversity Introduces students to the social, political, and economic developments in Japan, as it transformed from the quasi-feudal, isolationist society of 1850, to a modern, industrialized Japan. Our study of social history considers the commonalities, but also the diversity of opinion, lifestyles and goals among the people of modern Japan.

HIST 371: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

Jonathan Chu MWF 8-8:50am

This course examines the origins, progress and consequences of the American Revolution. It pays special attention to the development of American political institutions and national identity.

HIST 380: The United States since 1945

Kevin Hoskins F 6:15 – 9:15PM

This course examines American politics and culture from the end of World War II to the present.

HIST 384: E Pluribus Unum?: American Immigration and Ethnicity

Monica Pelayo T/Th 2 - 3:15 PM Examines the roles that immigrants and immigration policies play in shaping American identity and citizenship.

HIST 478: Special Topics Seminar: Europe Between the Wars

Spencer Di Scala ONLINE

Utilizing specialized readings, this class surveys developments between World War I and II in Europe, including the consolidation of Communism and rise of Fascism and Nazism, and cultural and technological developments.

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.

Section 01: World War I in the Middle East, Ruth Miller MWF 10 – 10:50AM

Was World War I the watershed moment in modern Middle Eastern History that so many commentators have claimed it to be?

Section 02: Going Where the Evidence Leads, Julie Winch MW 4 – 5:15PM

Introduces the “How To” and “What’s Out There” of on-line research with an emphasis on family and community history.

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Course Themes

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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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