School navigation

History

Fall Course Offerings

Visit the Registrar’s webpage or Webadvisor for additional information

PLEASE NOTE THAT COURSE AVAILABILITY AND TIMES CHANGE FREQUENTLY. CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES. IN THE CASE OF DISCREPANCIES, WEBADVISOR ALWAYS TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER SCHEDULES POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE.

_____________________________________________


 FALL 2017 

 

HIST 110: Early East Asian History
Andrew Bernstein
MWF 10:20-11:20

Early histories of China and Japan from earliest origins to the 13th century. Prehistory; early cultural foundations; development of social, political, and economic institutions; art and literature. Readings from Asian texts in translation. The two cultures, covered as independent entities, compared to each other and to European patterns of development.

Prerequisites: None, 4 semester credits

 

HIST 120: Early European History
Ben Westervelt

MWF 9:10-10:10

Social, intellectual, political, and economic elements of European history, 800 to 1648. Role of Christianity in the formation of a dominant culture; feudalism and the development of conflicts between secular and religious life. Contacts with the non-European world, the Crusades, minority groups, popular and elite cultural expressions. Intellectual and cultural life of the High Middle Ages, secular challenges of the Renaissance, divisions of European culture owing to the rise of national monarchies and religious reformations.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

HIST 135: United States - Empire to Superpower
Jane Hunter
MWF 8:00-9:00

The power of the United States in the world, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq. American economic growth and its consequences. The federal government and the people. Mass society and mass marketing. Changing political alignments, the policy elite, and “political will.” The welfare state, women’s and minority rights.
 
Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

HIST 141: Colonial Latin American History
Elliott Young
TTh 9:40-11:10

History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

HIST 221: Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1485-1688
David Campion
MWF 9:10-10:10

The development of the British Isles from the late medieval period to the Glorious Revolution. The church and state in late medieval Britain; the English and Scottish reformations; Elizabeth and her realm; the evolution of monarchical and aristocratic power under the Tudors and Stuarts; Shakespeare, Milton, and the English literary renaissance; the conquest and settlement of Ireland; Cromwell, the Puritans, and the English Civil War; life in the villages and the growth of the mercantile economy; the Glorious Revolution and the shaping of constitutional monarchy.

Prerequisites: None, HIST 120 recommended; 4 semester credits


HIST 243: African American History since 1863
Staff
MWF 9:10-10:10

A survey of African American history from emancipation to the present: the process of emancipation, Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression and the transformation of the rural South, the civil rights movement, black power and white backlash, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the development of hip-hop culture. An examination of art, film, and theater will supplement written primary and secondary sources.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits


HIST 261: Global Environmental History
Andrew Bernstein
MWF 1:50-2:50

Introduction to major historical shifts in the relationship(s) between humans and their environment from prehistoric times to the present. Focuses particularly on Asia, Europe, and North America and covers such topics as the invention of agriculture, shifting conceptions and portrayals of nature, the exchange of biota between continents, responses to natural disasters, the ecological impact of the industrial revolution, and the 20th-century environmental movement. Exploration of the social, cultural, and political dimensions of environmental historians and a wide range of primary sources, including literature, artwork, philosophical texts, government documents, newspaper articles, and scientific data.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

HIST 297: Science, Gender, and Race
David Galaty
MWF 1:50-2:50

In this course we will study the development of the most
significant modern scientific ideas and institutions. As we
study these influential ideas of the past few centuries, we will
also focus on gender and race in three respects: how have women
and people of color participated in the development of science,
how have scientific theories about women and people of color
emerged and developed, and what was the changing institutional
place for scientists who were women and/or people of color?

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Sophomore standing or consent required.


HIST 300: Historical Materials
Elliott Young
TTh 1:50-3:20

Materials and craft of historical research. Bibliographic method; documentary editing; use of specialized libraries, manuscripts, maps, government documents, photographs, objects of material culture. Career options in history. Students work with primary sources to develop a major editing project. Topical content varies depending on instructor’s teaching field. Enrollment preference given to history majors and minors.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Sophomore standing or consent required.

 

HIST 313: Religion, Society, and the State in Japanese History
Andrew Bernstein
TTh 11:30-1:00

Japanese religious traditions and their impact on social and political structures from ancient times to the present. Examination of the doctrinal and institutional development of Buddhism, Confucianism, Shinto, and Christianity, as well as the creation and suppression of more marginal belief systems. Issues include pilgrimage, spirit possession, death practices, millenarianism, militarism, abortion, eco-spiritualism, and religious terrorism. Sources include canonical scriptures, short stories, diaries, government records, newspaper articles, artwork, films.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required.

 

HIST 328: The British Empire
David Campion                                                                                                MWF 11:30-12:30

The history of British overseas expansion from the early 17th century to the end of the 20th century. Theories of imperialism; Britain’s Atlantic trade network; the Victorian empire in war and peace; collaboration and resistance among colonized people; India under the British Raj; Africa and
economic imperialism; the effects of empire on British society; the creation of the British Commonwealth; the rise of nationalism in India, Africa, and the Middle East; decolonization and postcolonial perspectives. Extensive readings from primary sources.

Prerequisites: None, HIST 121 recommended; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required


HIST 331: American Culture and Society: 1880-1980
Jane Hunter
M 3:00-4:30/Th 3:30-5:00

Formation of modern culture from the late Victorian era to the “me decade.” The influence of consumer culture, popular psychology, mass media, changing definitions of work and leisure in the development of a modern self. Origins and impact of the gender and race revolutions, relationship of “high” and “popular” culture. Readings in primary and secondary sources.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required

 

HIST 397: Advanced Topics in History
Staff
TTh 1:50-3:20

Advanced study in the research and writing of history. Reading and critical analysis of primary sources and scholarship; exposure to major debates and controversies in the field that may include, but are not limited to, comparative study, historiography, or interdisciplinary methodology. Focus varies depending on areas of the instructor’s teaching and/or research.
Assignments are organized around a substantial final project and/or several smaller projects. May be taken twice with change of topic.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required

 

HIST 400: A History of History (Reading Colloquium)
Susan Glosser
MWF 11:30-12:30

 The topic of the Fall 2017 colloquium will be “The History of History,” aka ‘History’s Greatest Hits’. We will explore the repertoire of history writing in the Western tradition by reading the very best the field has to offer. The class will spend the first weeks on histories that are still great reading and represent the epitome of the art of history in their time. These will include selections from Herodotus, Livy, Gibbon, and McCauley, Isaiah Berlin’s The Hedgehog and the Fox, Marx’s Communist Manifesto, Nietzsche’s The Advantages and Disadvantages of History for Life. The rest of the course will focus on the variety of historical approaches that have characterized Western historiography in the last fifty years. These approaches will include gender history, environmental history, economic history, cultural history, etc. For example, possible readings include The Midwife’s Tale, The Great Cat Massacre, and The Return of Martin Guerre.

Assignments will include six 2-3 page critical responses essays, leadership of a couple class discussions, and a historiographical essay (i.e. a survey of the literature) on a topic of your choice.

 

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required

 

HIST 450: History Seminar
Mo Healy
TTh 11:30-1:00

Work with primary documents to research and write a major paper that interprets history. Topical content varies depending on instructor’s teaching
field. Recent topics: the Americas; the United States and Asia; European intellectual history since 1945; women in American history; Indian policy on the Pacific slope; World War II, the participants’ perspectives; the British Raj; cultural nationalism in East Asia. May be taken twice for credit. Enrollment preference given to history majors and minors.

Prerequisites: HIST 300; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Sophomore standing or consent required.

History

Contact Us