Courses

 

* Courses with an asterisk also satisfy General Education requirements.

 

Core Courses

Introduction to principles and practices of historical research and writing. Emphasizes research methods and techniques, analysis of source material, construction of historical arguments, and effective written presentation of material in multiple contexts.

A seminar primarily intended for advanced majors in history or a related field. Focusing on specific topics in American, European, or World history, the course will help students master topics such as historiographical debate, analysis of historical evidence, and current historical methodologies.

 

Introductory Courses

This course will introduce students to human achievements in Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas from the origins of civilization to about the year 1400. Rather than taking a strictly chronological approach to civilizations and cultures, it will emphasize emerging cultures, traditions, and religions both as expressions of their time and place and as meaningful in our modern world.

This course will focus on the evolution of multiple, autonomous cultural centers within Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas prior to 1400 to an interconnected global system in the present. Topics covered include exploration, colonialism, responses to industrialization, the spread of the nation-state, the rise of modern science, the impact of a global economy, ethnicity and nationalism, migration, and mass culture.

A survey of American History from the age of discovery to the present, with special attention to the peoples, ideas, and cultures that created the United States.

A survey of American History from the age of discovery to the present, with special attention to the peoples, ideas, and cultures that created the United States.

 

U.S. History

A study of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the state from the days of the Indians to the present.

The colonial period of American history from the earliest settlements in North America to independence and the U.S. Constitution; the European background to colonization, colonial settlements, the development of colonial social, political, and economic institutions, and the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution.

The Constitution and presidencies of George Washington and John Adams; the War of 1812 and the emergence of nationalism; rise of the frontier; Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, emphasis on political, social, and economic developments that forged the new nation.

The Old South and the causes of the Civil War; the leaders; the chief political, military, and economic developments from the Compromise of 1850 to the end of Reconstruction.

An exploration of American political, social, economic, and cultural life in the United States from the 1870s to the 1920s; topics include urban inequality, industrialization, mass immigration, Progressive reform, Jim Crow laws, and 1920s popular culture. 

An examination of political, economic, and social aspects of the recent past, including post-World War II readjustments, the Cold War, the Kennedy years, the Vietnam trauma, and the downfall of the “imperial presidency.”

The role of the South in the formation of the nation. Interpretations of the institutions and developments that made the South unique.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

An examination of shifting perceptions of gender and sexuality over the course of United States history; topics include ideas about interracial romance, sex censorship, the eugenics movement, the development of LGBT identities, shifting marital and familial norms, and the development of feminist thought.

A survey course that may cover comparative or regional histories or themes (such as religious, economic, or gender history) that centers on the United States. Offered on demand.

An exploration of the trials and triumphs that African Americans have experienced from Reconstruction to the present; topics include the Jim Crow era, the Great Migration, Civil Rights struggles, and black artistic and literary movements.

This course examines the history of the American South from European exploration of the southern coast and contact with the region’s native peoples until the Civil War.

This course surveys post-Civil War southern history focusing on Emancipation, segregation, New Deal, civil rights movement, and rise of the Sunbelt addressing political, economic, and cultural changes.

An exploration American history through the lens of popular culture, arts, and entertainments. Topics will include the development of American newspaper publishing, the early age of radio, escapist cinema in the Depression era, and the politics of popular music in the 1960s.

This course surveys the history of the modern civil rights movement by examining protests tactics, the impact of the Cold War, white mass resistance, and federal legislation; grassroots and charismatic leadership, white mass resistance, and the political, cultural, transnational legacies of the movement.

Role of the city in American history from colonial times to the present; emphasis on emergence of the 20th-century metropolis; city planning, problems of modern mass living, and other topics peculiar to urban history also considered.

This course will examine the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and its relations with the countries of that region from 1789 through the present.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

 

European History

This course covers the history of the medieval period from the transformation of the Roman era through the end of the fifteenth century. This class will focus on themes like religious growth and change, the development of medieval social structures and institutions, and cultural interactions between Europe and its neighbors.

This class looks at the processes, institutions, and relationships that “made” modern Europe. Special attention will paid to religious, political, economic, and social development in this period of contradiction and intellectual tumult. Topics covered will include artistic, scientific, and religious movements; imperialism and exploration; Absolutism; Constitutionalism, and the Enlightenment.

This course surveys important themes and developments of European history from the beginning of the French Revolution to approximately the turn of the  twenty-first century. Topics covered may include the balance of power in Europe and international relations; the rise of imperialism; the spread of industrial society; the problems of world wars and reconstruction; the decline of European colonial systems, and the diplomacy of the Cold War.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

A broad survey of the political, cultural, and social history of Ancient Greece. Topics may include Bronze Age culture, the Persian Wars, Classical Athens and Sparta, the rise of Macedonia, as well as the art, philosophy, and religion of Greece’s polis-based society. May be registered as CLAS 3110. Credit not allowed in both HIST 3110 and CLAS 3110.

This course provides a broad survey of the political, cultural, and social history of Ancient Rome from its founding to its transformation in the fifth century C.E. Topics covered include art, philosophy, and literature; the rise of bureaucratic government; the Roman economy; and life under the emperors. May be registered as CLAS 3120. Credit not allowed in both HIST 3120 and CLAS 3120.

An exploration of the rise of humanism in fourteenth-century Italy and the spread of humanistic ideas into greater Europe and the responses to it throughout high culture, religion, government, the sciences, and expansion abroad to ca. 1600.

A study of the religious, political, social, and economic factors involved in the Protestant and Catholic Reformations as well as their impact on European culture and continued religious reform through the end of the seventeenth century.

A comparative approach to the study of Europe from the outbreak of the economic depression in 1929 to the end of the second World War in 1945. Beginning with the rise of the National Socialist party, it examines political, cultural, and economic affairs in other areas of Europe, and the consequences of Hitler’s increasingly brash foreign policy. The course also focuses on WWII in Europe, focusing on the subjugation of the continent to German control, the Holocaust, resistance movements, and ultimate defeat of Hitler’s Germany.

This course is about the genocide of the Second World War known as the Holocaust. The focus will be on the people involved: the perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. We will look at the origins of the tragedy and try to understand how it came about. The course will also include discussions concerning how people involved and affected by what happened have come to terms with the mass murder of Jews, Roma, and others during the war.

The history of Britain from the earliest times to the present; the first semester emphasizing constitutional and institutional developments to 1660; the second semester, the growth of political democracy, the British Empire, economic and social change.

The history of Britain from the earliest times to the present; the first semester emphasizing constitutional and institutional developments to 1660; the second semester, the growth of political democracy, the British Empire, economic and social change.

This course surveys the history of Russia with emphasis on the modern period. Topics covered include imperialism, absolutism, the Enlightenment, industrialization and its impact, as well as the revolutions and rise of Soviet Russia.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

A survey of the history of European women in the medieval and early modern eras. Topics covered will include pre-modern ideas about gender and women; women’s role in and relationship to religion; women’s work; women’s position  within the household; the effect of class, marital status, and urban vs. rural residence on women; the emergence of women’s rights; and the effect of historical changes such as the Reformation and capitalism on the condition of women. May be registered as WSTU 4150. Credit not allowed in both HIST 4150 and WSTU 4150.

This course is a seminar on nationalism and ethnic identity in Europe.

In this course, we will look at three groups of minorities in twentieth-century Europe: Jews, Germans, and Roma and try to problematize the category of “minority,” as we discuss historical events and circumstances.

A rotating selection of special topics courses.


World Histories

A survey of the history of sub-Saharan Africa to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Topics will include social structures and economic systems; culture and technology; kingdoms and state formation; impacts of Islam and Christianity in Africa; African participation in regional and world trade networks; slavery and the global slave trade; and the early European presence in Africa.

A survey of the history of sub-Saharan Africa since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Topics will include the growth of indigenous empires in southern and West Africa; developments in family and communal life; impact of foreign traders, explorers, and missionaries and African responses to their presence; European colonial rule; African nationalist movements and independence; the Cold War; post-colonial social change; wars and failed states; current African trends and developments.

This class covers the history of East Asia from the earliest times to approximately the nineteenth century. Examining the histories and social structures of pre-modern China, Japan, and Korea, this class will cover not only the political narrative of these areas but also focus on literary, philosophical, cultural, and artistic achievements.

East Asia since the mid-19th century and the effects of the West; the Opium War, modernization, the Chinese Revolution of 1911, Japanese expansion, Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Communists.

Survey of colonial Latin America beginning with contact with Spain in the 16th century until the movements for Latin America Independence in the first quarter of the nineteenth-century.

This course is designed as a survey of Latin American history from the movements for independence from Spain and Portugal beginning in the first quarter of the nineteenth century until the present. Specific topics will include the colonial heritage of Latin America, the roots of independence, the growth of nationhood, nineteenth- and twentieth-century economic development, caudillismo, and twentieth-century politics (particularly instances of dictatorship).

Background and setting of the modern Middle East; factors influencing Great Power strategy; Islam; rise and decline of the Ottoman Empire; imperialism and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. 

A rotating selection of special topics courses.

A comparative historical study of the southern African region. Topics will include the societies and cultures of foraging, herding and agricultural peoples; pre-colonial states, empires, and trade; early European settlement and evolution of Euro-African communities; slavery and settler colonies; colonial rule and African responses; resistance, independence, and apartheid; independent states and societies; modern regional trends and developments.

The history of African peoples and cultures from the perspective of their interactions with the Europeans and Americans with whom they shared the Atlantic World, covering the period from its beginnings in the fifteenth-century until the early twentieth century. Topics will include contact between Africa and Europe and its impact on African societies; the Transatlantic slave trade and its impacts in Africa and the West; the development of African diasporas in the Americas; revolutions and abolitionism; European colonization in Africa;  development of Western understandings of Africa; and “back to Africa” movements.

The history of China from the founding of the Qing Dynasty. A survey of the Chinese response to imperialism, revolution, political break-up, Japanese invasion, World War II, civil war, and communism. Special attention will be given to China under Mao and the Deng Xiao-Ping reforms that have transformed China into a global industrial power.

A survey of Japan since Perry and the Meiji Restoration. Topics will include Meiji industrialization, foreign policy and Japanese imperialism, economic and social change, the rise of militarism, WWII, occupation, postwar economic growth, political and cultural change, and Japan’s role as an economic superpower.

This course covers indigenous society in Latin America from the period before contact with Europe until the beginning of the twenty-first century.

This course will examine the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and its relations with the countries of that region from 1789 through the present. 

A rotating selection of special topics courses. 

A rotating selection of special topics courses. 

A rotating selection of special topics courses. 

This course examines the modern history of Iran with a focus on the period from 1800 to the present.