Spring 2017 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!

New World Slavery and Freedom, Benjamin Johnson TTh 9:30–10:45AM

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

Ayesha Irani TTh 9:30-10:45AM

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 for the History major. 

HIST 171: Leeches to Lasers: Medicine and Health in the United Staes

Olivia Weisser TTh 11AM-12:15PM

United States Diversity. This course examines changing ideas about health and healing, epidemics, and illness from the colonial era to the 1900s. The course is designed for science majors and those who intend to enter the health professions, as well as for history majors.

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

Tim Hacsi MWF 11–11:50AM

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 more!

HIST 177: Race, Citizenship, and Immigration in the United States

Monica Pelayo

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of immigration in the United States. It moves from the early Republic to present-day debates that surround DREAMers and their families. The course will consider the causes, social contexts, and impacts of immigration on American society and culture.

HIST 214: Modern World History

Gary Miller T/Th 4-5:15PM

Social & Behavioral Sciences, International Diversity. This class will explore world history during the past two centuries, concentrating on the transformation and modernization of the traditional, hierarchical, rural society of Europe during the period of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, and the interaction between western and non-western societies during the age of imperialism and colonialism.

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 11–11:50AM

World Cultures Distribution. This course examines the cultures of ancient Egypt from the period of its first political organization (c. 3200 BCE) until the death of its last true pharaoh, Queen Cleopatra VII, and the country’s first years as a Roman colony in the 1st century BCE.  


HIST 249: Modern Middle East History

Christopher Sutton MWF 9:00-9:50AM

In this course, we will trace the narrative of the modern Middle East, from the decline of the Ottoman Empire to the present day, and explore important themes, such as the roles of Islam, European imperialism, and nationalism, through reading and discussing a variety of source material.

HIST 305: Later Middle Ages: 1000-1450

Maryann Brink MWF 2-2:50PM

By the year 1000, Europe was a collection of fractious and fragile governments, a scattered population, few towns (with mostly barter economies) and frequent wars, but in the space of a few hundred years, forged a civilization that has been able to impose its culture on the rest of the planet. 

HIST 326: Hitler, A Man and His Times

Paul Bookbinder T/TH 12:30-1:45PM

Adolf Hitler remains one of the great enigmas of modern history.  He had none of the standard prerequisites for success in the German society of his day and yet came to dominate his country, consumed by hatred and guided by racist antisemitism and a brutal friend-foe view of history and politics. A study of Hitler and the National Socialist Movement represents an opportunity to look at the relationship between a dominant leader and the times in which he appears, as well as a fertile field for the study of human behavior.

HIST 330: French Revolution

David Hunt MWF 10–10:50AM

The French Revolution shook every hierarchy: kings over subjects, lords over peasants, planters over slaves, men over women. History 330 offers an opportunity to explore its complex and contested legacy.

HIST 364: India Since 1857

Sana Haroon TTh 2-3:15PM

International Diversity. World Cultures. This course introduces students to the study of territorial governance and cohesion of colonial India under British rule, and the subsequent rise of religious difference and the evolution of political systems resulting in the partition of the subcontinent upon decolonization in 1947.

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 478: Special Topics Seminar: Europe Between the Wars

Spencer Di Scala MW 4-5:15PM

A consideration of local, political, and intellectual developments in Europe from 1919 to 1939, including an examination of the impact of World War I, the rise of fascism, the Great Depression, and the degeneration of communism.

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: Conquest of Mexico

Benjamin D. Johnson TTh 8–9:15AM

In this research and methods capstone course, you will draw together the skills you have learned as a History major as you complete a substantial research essay. You will define a major research theme, orient yourself in relation to the relevant historiography, conduct primary research, and write an argumentative paper. As a way to illustrate many of these themes, we will also study the history and historiography of the Conquest of Mexico. 

Section 02: Gender, Sex, and Society, 1600-1800

Olivia Weisser TTh 12:30-1:45PM

This course explores ideas about sexuality, reproduction, and men’s and women’s bodies 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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Check out this helpful list of course offerings in History organized by theme


Summer 2017 Courses

Summer courses are not yet posted, but click here for information about this class on Nantucket Island!

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

Below is a full list of course offerings in History