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AFR 235 The 1959 Cuban Revolution (=LAS 235)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson  

This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Latin America/Caribbean).
Satisfies a major or minor requirement in Latin American Studies.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

AFR 360 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= LAS 360, HIS 360)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Latin America/Caribbean).
Satisfies a requirement in Latin American Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the History major or minor.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

CLA 111 The Ancient World
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Offered annually, Fall only.)

Instructor
Krentz

Introduction to ancient Greek and Roman history, with particular attention to how we know what we know, resources (print, electronic, material) for studying the classical world, and opportunities for research in this field.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

May be applied toward a major in History.

CLA 332 Greeks and Persians
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Offered in alternate years.)

Instructor
Krentz

This course explores the various cultural, economic, military, political, and religious interactions between the Greeks and the Achaemenid Persians, rulers of the first world empire, and investigates how Herodotus, the "Father of History," constructed his grand narrative. The focus will be on the period from Cyrus the Great to Xerxes (559-478 BCE) but will include some attention to the later Greek and the modern reception of this early confrontation between east and west, including the movie 300.

Satisfies a major requirement in Classics.
Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies the Historical Thought Distribution Requirement

GER 341 Nazi Art & Culture in translation
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English

Instructor
Henke

Analysis of the state-controlled culture industry in Germany, 1933 to 1945; examination of its dominant art forms, including literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, dance, theatre, and industrial art.

Provides credit for the German Studies major.
Provides credit for the History major.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

GER 433 The Holocaust and Representation (=HIS 433)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor 
Denham

History and historiography of the origins and execution of the Nazi genocide during World War II, with a focus on representations of the Holocaust and cultural memory practices in popular and public history, in the visual and performing arts and in literature, and especially in memorial structures and spaces.

This seminar includes a required study trip (at no cost to participants except for food) during the week of spring break. Students must agree to participate in the study trip in order to receive permission to add the course to WebTree.

GSS 324 Sex, Law, Modernity (= HIS 324)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Boyer, Tilburg

This course, team-taught by a historian of European gender and a legal and literary scholar of the Hispanic world, will introduce students to the ways that early modern and modern Western societies have intervened in and defined categories of illicit sexual desire, identity, and conduct. Modern European states took an abiding interest in regulating what they considered to be disordered and deviant sexual persons- the Homosexual, the Prostitute, the Intersexed. These same states took a marked interest in enforcing public health and hygiene by way of laws targeting private sexual behavior, from birth control to interracial relationships. These interventions expressed sharp anxieties about the character of modern life: urbanization, industrialization, democratization, the rise of the middle classes, empire. The course will combine an interrogation of primary texts from the early modern and modern periods with secondary and theoretical works dealing with history, law, and sexuality.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

HIS 112 Medieval Europe
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kabala

Medieval Europe from the late Roman era to the 15th century, with emphasis on the importance of the medieval period in the shaping of Western civilization. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 119 England to 1688
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

Political, constitutional, religious, and social history of England from Roman times through the medieval and early modern periods.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 120 Britain since 1688
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

The rise of the first urban industrial society, its period of world dominance, and the effects of its subsequent loss of status as a world power. Special emphasis on the political and social development of Britain since the Revolution of 1688.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 121 Early Modern Europe
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Significant political, socio-economic, and intellectual currents in European history from the Renaissance through the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 122 Europe since 1789
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Tilburg

Significant political, socio-economic, and intellectual currents in European history since 1789.  

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 125 History of Modern Russia, 1855-2000
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Survey of modern Russia from the "Great Reforms" under Tsar Alexander II up to the struggles of the "Second Russian Republic" headed by President Boris Yeltsin.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 141 American History to 1877
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Guasco, Stremlau

American history from the first English settlements through the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 142 The United States since 1877
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Aldridge, Stremlau, Wertheimer

American history since the end of Reconstruction up to the modern day. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 162 Latin America to 1825
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

A survey of Latin American history from the eve of Spain's conquest of the Americas to the era of Latin American independence from Spain. An introduction to the societies of the Americas and the major social, political, and economic themes following the arrival of Europeans to the Americas. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 163 Place & Nation in Modern Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

This course introduces students to Latin American history through themes related to place and space.  Newly independent nations were eager to defend, define, and regulate territory as well as public and domestic spaces.  By following the hows and whys of space and place from Independence to the late 20th century, we chart important political, social, economic, and cultural changes. Topics will include museums, schools, parks, prisons, transportation, maps, and borders. Through learning about the actions of governments and people in these places and spaces, we will analyze how national identity was defined and contested by individuals of multiple classes, races, genders.

Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satifisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 168 Africa to 1800
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Introduction to the major civilizations and cultures of Africa from prehistoric times through the Transatlantic slave trade, examining changes in economy, ecology, and societies as Africa became involved in the global economy. 

 

Fulfills a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies.
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 169 The Making of Modern Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Survey of African history from the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present, emphasizing major trends in economic, political, and social life in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Introduces students to critical  historical debates and a range of historical artifacts including oral histories, African literature, and popular culture. 

Fulfills a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Satisfies a requirement in the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement. 

HIS 171 Taj Mahal to Terrorism: Modern India
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Waheed

What unfolded in South Asian history from the time the Taj Mahal was built in the seventeenth century to contemporary War on Terror?  Focuses on transition from Mughal to British Rule, British colonialism, Indian nationalism, rise of independent India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, in terms of social, economic, political, and cultural developments.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies interdisciplinary minor requirement in South Asian studies.

HIS 175 The Middle East, 610-1453: The Formation of Islam
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Berkey

Political, social, cultural and religious history of the Middle East from late antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. Cultural identity and political legitimacy within Classical and medieval Islamic civilization. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

Satisfies the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 176 The Middle East, 1453-Present: Islam in the Modern World
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Berkey

History of the Middle East from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day. Cultural aspects of contact and conflict between the Middle East and the West and of Islam's response to the challenge of modernity. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 183 East Asian History to 1850
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This course provides a broad overview of the important intellectual, cultural, economic, and political developments in China, Japan, and Korea from prehistoric times until 1850. Particular attention will be paid to philosophical traditions, political dynamics, material culture, the Mongol Empire, trade, women's roles in society, literature, and social change.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 184 East Asian History 1850 to the Present
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This course covers the societies, cultures, politics, and economies of China, Japan, and Korea from 1850 to the present. By reading a variety of primary and secondary sources, students will consider interpretations of the past that continue to influence how people in East Asia today perceive themselves, their countries, and international relations. We will also interrogate the ways in which historical events are interpreted by the hermeneutics of the present. Topics covered include imperialism, nationalism, World War II, revolution, economic development, political protests, and environmental challenges.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 207 Computational Methods in History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kabala

A course in historical method with a focus on computational approaches to primary source critique and historiography. Students apply novel methods of computational text analysis, spatial analysis and network analysis-three of the most promising new auxiliary disciplines for historians today-to a research project of their own design grounded in a careful study of primary sources as well as related historical scholarship. Interests in all time periods welcome.

Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in the History major.
Satisfies a requirement in the Digital Studies interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 211 Land and Power in the Middle Ages
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kabala

A course on the exercise of power in Europe, ca. 750 - 1100 C.E   In the absence of what we would call state or public institutions, power in the Early Middle Ages was personal, fluid, expressed through elaborate rituals, and tied closely to the land. Students will investigate these topics through a careful study of primary sources as well as the historical scholarship they have inspired.

                                                                                                                                

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 218 Jihad and Crusade
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor 
Berkey

A study of the history of religious violence.  Topics include the relationship between religion and violence in a number of different traditions, with a special focus on the history of violent conflict between the Islamic world and the West.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 225 Women and Work: Gender and Society in Britain, 1700-1918
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

An examination of British women's lives and social relations with regard to production-artistic, domestic, industrial, intellectual, etc.-in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

One of the greatest "discoveries" of modern historical thought has been that even the human body has aspects that are historically contingent.  Examines the way historians of modern France tackled the history of the body. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Counts as an elective in the French & Francophone Studies major (prior departmental approval required).
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HIS 230 African Diasporas, German Encounters: Histories, Conflicts and Movements
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Weimers

Provides new perspectives on African Diasporas and Germany by exploring how Germans interacted with and impacted the lives of African Americans in North America and indigenous peoples on the African continent and how, in turn, African Americans and Africans in the German lands profoundly reshaped things German since the eighteenth century.  The course will examine these complex histories with a particular emphasis on the Black Atlantic, migration and labor, cultural practice and political activism, gender relations, racism, violence, war, and genocide.

Satisfies a major or minor requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 242 Origins of the American South
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

An introduction to the main events, ideas, and issues that have shaped the history of the American South from the era of first contact and colonial settlement through the era of Civil War and Reconstruction (1580s-1870s). Major topics include Anglo-Indian relations, colonialism, plantation agriculture, race and slavery, regionalism, violence, and warfare.

HIS 243 Native Women
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau

How have Indigenous, American Indian, Native American, and First Nations women constructed their identities, participated in their societies, and responded to common experiences, particularly those resulting from colonization? How did Indigenous women's ancestors live, and how have cultural traditions and identities been lost, maintained, and reconfigured over time? Through historical scholarship, films, fiction, and autobiography, the voices of Indigenous women and their allies speak eloquently about the diversity and complexity of these women's lives over time and across place.

Meets the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HIS 244 Settlement of the American West, 1800-1900
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An examination of three controversial issues connected with the settlement of the American West-gender, race, and environment. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in the humanities track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 245 Digital History of Early American Knowledge
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Shrout

This course explores communication technologies and knowledge production in the antebellum United States, while introducing students to newer methods afforded by digital studies.  By the end of the course, students will understand how people parsed information, talked, wrote, and signaled one another in the past. They will also understand how new tools help us to communicate both with other scholars and with the public today.  Throughout the course they will engage in formal historical writing - historiography, primary source analysis, historical interpretation - as well as with the new opportunities for public engagement afforded by digital history.

We will examine both elite and non-elite modes of knowledge production and transmission, and how communication was used both to exert power and as a form of resistance.  Over the course of the semester, students will engage with primary sources, historical monographs and popular culture representations of communication and knowledge production in America's past.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement

Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement

Satisfied an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Communication Studies

HIS 248 The Native South
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau

This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of the history of the Indigenous peoples of the American South. Throughout the semester, we will develop a sophisticated understanding of the development of Southeastern Indian societies over time and across place since prior to the arrival of Europeans until the modern day. Scholars of the Native South critique the "black and white" master narrative of Southern history and suggest that an inclusive perspective with Native people at its heart enriches the stories we tell about this region. We seek to understand how Native people in this region formed, maintained, and evolved as distinct groups united (and sometimes divided) by experience, belief, and action. This class is an immersion into the sixteenth through twentieth centuries as lived by the ancestors of those Native communities that call the South home today or look to it as their ancestral homeland. 

HIS 252 The United States from 1900 to 1945
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

An examination of United States history and controversies about it during the first half of the 20th century.  Topics include the Progressive Era, the "Roaring Twenties," the Great Depression, and the two world wars. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 253 The United States since 1945
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

An examination of United States history and controversies about it from World War II to the present. Topics include the Cold War, the upheavals of the 1960s, the "New Right," and the War on Terror. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 255 American Popular Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

American popular culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include sports, popular music, theatre, motion pictures and television. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 

HIS 259 US Latino/a History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

This course contends that we cannot understand the history of the US without studying the history of Latin@s from the colonial-era Spanish possessions to the US-Mexican War era to the Bracero era and, finally, the beginnings of Latino Charlotte in the late 20thc. Themes include migration, labor, religion, cultural identity, political organization. Students will learn about the cultures and experiences of Latinos with the US as well as US government responses to Latinos.  Emphasis on Mexican-Americans with some attention to the Caribbean and South American experience. 


Satisfies a major credit in Latin American Studies.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement. 

HIS 262 Piracy in the Americas
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

An examination of the history of piracy in the Atlantic world, primarily in the 17th and 18th centuries. Special consideration given to the emergence of the sea rovers, the social composition of pirate communities, and the ongoing fascination with swashbucklers and peg-legged captains. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 264 The Digital Mexican Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

In depth study of the Mexican Revolution through political as well as cultural history.  Emphasis on traditional and digital methodologies.  No digital skills required. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 267 Health and Society in Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Histories of health, healing, and disease control in Africa from c. 1500 to the present.  Explores the ways African people and states have conceived of and responded to relationships between human and natural environment, between individual and collective well-being, and between bodily and social health.

Satisfies a major or minor requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement 

HIS 272 Massacres and Migrations: India Partitioned
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Waheed

Examines the causes and consquences of Partition of India in 1947. As centuries of British rule drew to a close, chaos enveloped South Asia. India and Pakistan were born out of genocidal violence that left over a million people dead as millions escaping turmoil traversed to new lands. Focuses on a people's history of Partition, in South Asia's unprecedented territorial division into nations along religious lines.

Satisfies a requirement in South Asian Studies minor.
Fulfills the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

HIS 273 Japan 1800-1965: The Making of Modern Japan
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An introduction to the changes in society, politics, and culture of Japan from roughly the late Tokugawa period to the mid-20th century.  

Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Asian Studies and International Studies interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 274 Youth and Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This global history course explores the fascinating causes and dynamics of revolutions and social movements in India, China, Iran, Egypt, and the United States. Students will investigate how and why young people participated in revolutions and social movements around the world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Key themes of the course include anti-colonialism, nationalism, communism, democracy, religion, youthful rebellion, race relations, and social media.

Satisfies a major requirement in History and East Asian Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Chinese Studies.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in East Asian Studies and International Studies.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
 

HIS 275 Drugs in East Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This is an introduction to the history of addiction and psychoactive substances - opium, tobacco, and alcohol - in East Asia from 1600-present. Questions involving the consumption, circulation, perception, and regulation of psychoactive substances will be discussed.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies requirement in Asian Studies, International Studies, Health and Human Values, and Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minors.

HIS 283 Historiography of Modern China
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course is an introduction to common topics and methodologies used in the professional study of Chinese history.  

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Asian Studies and International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

HIS 286 Student Movements & Revolution in China
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This course explores the fascinating dynamics, causes, and pathways of student movements and revolutions in China. The course is divided into four units, each of which covers a different period of student activism in twentieth- and twenty-first-century China: student involvement in the May Fourth Movement (1919), Red Guard activism during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1968), the Tian'anmen Square protest and its aftermath (1989), and student involvement in the Hong Kong democracy protests (2014). We will examine not only how each of these movements affected individual Chinese citizens, but also how these movements shaped the way the Chinese government explained, re-evaluated, condemned, celebrated, or silenced previous revolutions. Students in this course will analyze primary source documents from each of these periods and critically engage with a variety of other less conventional texts, such as films, memoirs, literature, propaganda posters, song lyrics, and blogs. Key themes of the course include nationalism, anti-imperialism, communism, capitalism, youthful rebellion, and democracy.

Satisfies the 200-level methods course requirement in the History major and minor.
Satisfies the research methods course requirement in the East Asian Studies major.
Counts as an elective in the Chinese Studies minor
Counts as an elective in the East Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Counts as an elective in the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 302 African American History to 1877
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

African American experience from the colonial period through the Reconstruction era. Topics include the slave trade, the institution of slavery, free blacks, slave revolts, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and African American culture. 

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 303 African American Society & Culture since 1877
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

African American experience since the end of Reconstruction. Topics include the origins of the Jim Crow system, the Harlem Renaissance, black participation in the military, and the civil rights movement. 

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 306 Women and Gender in U.S. History to 1870
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau

The history of women in what is now the United States, beginning prior to European colonization and ending after the Civil War.  Comparison and contrast of the experiences of female people with attention to race, class, and religion in shaping women's lives, with emphasis on changing social roles, labor, and suffrage.

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HIS 307 Women and Gender in U.S. History Since 1870
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau


The history of women in the United States from 1870 to the present, with emphasis on educational and work experiences, the suffrage movement and the ongoing struggle for women's equality, family and sexuality, and differences of race, class, and sexual orientation.

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HIS 312 The Crusades: Then and Now
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Berkey, Kabala

This course concerns the Crusades and the broader crusading movement, as well as the impact of that movement on the peoples of both Europe and the Middle East. Most people think of "the Crusades" as the effort of European Christians to reclaim the "Holy Land" from the Muslims, an effort that stretched from Pope Urban II's famous sermon at the Council of Clermont in 1095 to the fall of Acre, the last Crusader outpost in Palestine, in 1291. In fact, however, the Crusading phenomenon had roots in an older history of competition between Christianity and Islam, and in Christian and Muslim thinking about what constituted a "just war." Moreover, the Crusading spirit, the religious competition behind it, and the memories of the Crusades did not disappear at the end of the thirteenth century, but continued to shape the experiences of the inhabitants of Europe and the Middle East down to the present day.

Satisfies an elective requirement in the History major and minor.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 315 Central Europe in the Middle Ages
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kabala

Ethnogenesis, slavery, conversion, state building, sanctity, economic life, family relations

and learned culture in medieval Germany, Poland, Bohemia and Hungary 800-1250 CE.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

HIS 317 The European Renaissance
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Basic social and cultural shifts in Italy, northern Europe, and Iberia from the 14th century to the 16th century.  Special attention to the varieties and implications of humanism, and the effects of the printing press, religious and political conflicts, and encounters with the world beyond Europe. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 322 The Age of Discovery, 1492-1700
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Guasco, Mangan

Exploration of the European voyages of discovery, cross-cultural encounters, and the conquest of the Americas in the early modern period. Special attention to issues of race and ethnicity and the roles of religion, disease, technology, and the circulation of ideas throughout the Atlantic world. 

Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 324 Illicit Sexualities: Sex, Law, and Modernity = GSS 324
Prerequisites & Notes

This course, team-taught by a historian of European gender and a legal and literary scholar of the Hispanic world, will introduce students to the ways that early modern and modern Western societies have intervened in and defined categories of illicit sexual desire, identity, and conduct. Modern European states took an abiding interest in regulating what they considered to be disordered and deviant sexual persons-- the Homosexual, the Prostitute, the Intersexed. These same states took a marked interest in enforcing public health and hygiene by way of laws targeting private sexual behavior, from birth control to interracial relationships. These interventions expressed sharp anxieties about the character of modern life: urbanization, industrialization, democratization, the rise of the middle classes, empire. The course will combine an interrogation of primary texts from the early modern and modern periods with secondary and theoretical works dealing with history, law, and sexuality.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

HIS 325 Britain from 1688 to 1832
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

The evolution of British society and culture during the "Long Eighteenth Century,'' with emphasis on the reaction to an age of revolution-the Glorious Revolution, Industrial Revolution, American Revolution, and French Revolution. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 328 Rebels & Radicals: Art and Politics in France, 1789-1940
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

From the barricades of 1830 to the Moulin Rouge in the 1890s to Americans in Paris in the interwar, the course weaves together the history of the French avant-garde with the upheaval of social, economic, and political revolution.  We explore the connection between art and politics in France from the Revolution of 1789 through the Jazz Age, particularly in the countercultural artistic realms known as Bohemia.  We investigate the shifting relationship in French culture between political radicalism and artistic rebellion.

Counts as an elective in Group 2 in the History major.
Counts as an elective in the History minor.
Counts as an elective in the French & Francophone Studies major (prior departmental approval required.)
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 331 History of Germany in Global Context, 1871-1990
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

The foundation of the first German nation state in 1871 to German unification of 1990. Examines modern German history in the context of cross-regional exchanges, inter-cultural connections, and European-wide and global transformations. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
 

HIS 332 European Metropolis, 1870-1914
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

This course explores the political, cultural and intellectual history of the turn of the nineteenth century through the prism of several glittering European cities: Vienna, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and London. We examine the political and social landscape of these fin-de-siècle urban centers- including labor unrest in Barcelona, the devastating impact of the Franco-Prussian War on Paris, suffrage movements in London. The class grapples with the particular problems of urban life-from the new realms of consumer pleasure to the depths of the city dweller's psyche. We approach the turn-of-the-century European metropolis through the eyes of Charles Baudelaire and Otto von Bismarck, Jack the Ripper and Sigmund Freud, the Victorian prostitute and the bourgeois housewife. The City at the turn of the century was the testing ground for modern life, from nationalism to art nouveau to industrialization.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
 

HIS 336 European Women and Gender, 1650-Present
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

The contributions of women in modern Europe, as well as the ways that gender difference was employed in constructing political and social relations. Topics include scientific debates and women, the birth of feminism, women and the Industrial Revolution, prostitution, women and fascism, and changing concepts of masculinity. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HIS 337 Cultures and Technologies of Imperialism: Germany and Great Britain 1840-1945
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

From the first Opium War in China in 1840 to the end of the Second World War in 1945. A comparative investigation of British and German imperialism that shows how intersecting cultural and technological transformations have remade perceptions and subjectivities of colonizers and colonized alike. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 340 Colonial America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

Foundation and development of the British North American colonies to 1763. Examines colonial America as the product of Old World elements in a unique New World environment. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 341 The Era of the American Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

The colonial movement from resistance to revolution; early republican thought and the adoption of state constitutions; the War for Independence; political and socioeconomic struggles of the Confederation period; the origins of the federal Constitution; and the Revolution's social impact.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 343 The Old South
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

The American South from colonial origins to secession with major emphasis on the antebellum period, 1800 to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 344 The South since 1865
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Political, economic, and social developments in the South since the Civil War. Focus on Reconstruction, Populism, racism, the Depression, the flourishing of the "Sun Belt'' after 1945, and the civil rights movement. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 346 The Civil War and Reconstruction
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Origins of sectional conflict; the battle front and home front, military, political, and social transformations of the war years; the upheavals of the Reconstruction era; and the legacies of the era for modern America. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 351 Native American History to 1840
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau

This course is an interdisciplinary survey of American Indian history from the period immediately prior to contact with Europeans and Africans until the end of the removal era. We will learn how Native people have survived the colonization of their homelands, and we will focus on key reasons explaining cultural continuity despite change over time. Likewise, we will seek to understand the "big picture" of Indigenous North America, but we will not attempt to create a "master narrative" that summarizes the stories of all Native peoples. Rather, because we take cultural and experiential diversity as our starting point and recognize that what brings Native American people together today is not a monolithic past or a uniform present, we will draw comparisons among the Indigenous nations of the United States. Our goal is a nuanced appreciation for the range of Native American experiences and not a simplistic chronology. Course content will expose students to the histories of many Native societies in relationship to their arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions. We will cultivate a respect for diversity and an appreciation of the values and ethics of Indigenous civilizations.

Counts towards the Western History (Europe & US) requirement in the History major.
Satisfies a requirement in the History minor.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 352 Native America since 1840
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau

This course is an interdisciplinary survey of American Indian history covering expansion into the trans-Mississippi West in the mid-nineteenth century through the beginning of the twenty-first century. We will learn how Native people have survived the incorporation of their homelands into the United States, and we will focus on key reasons explaining cultural continuity despite change over time. Likewise, we will seek to understand the "big picture" of Indigenous North America, but we will not attempt to create a "master narrative" that summarizes the stories of all Native peoples. Rather, because we take cultural and experiential diversity as our starting point and recognize that what brings Native American people together today is not a monolithic past or a uniform present, we will draw comparisons among the Indigenous nations of the United States, including rural and urban communities and Alaska and Hawaii. Our goal is a nuanced appreciation for the range of experiences and not a simplistic chronology. We will cultivate awareness of the values and ethics of Indigenous civilizations by learning about the range of ways that Native peoples have responded to attempts to assimilate them and are currently revitalizing their cultures.

Satisfies the Western history (European & US) requirement in the History major.
Satisfies a requirement in the History minor.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

 

HIS 354 United States Foreign Policy since 1939
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

American foreign relations during a period of global political, economic, and military leadership. Topics include World War II, Cold War and detente, Vietnam War, and relations with the Third World. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 355 American Legal History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

Law in American history from English settlement to the present. Topics include the origins and evolution of the U.S. legal system; law and economic development; race, sex, and the law; the legal profession; industrialization and the regulatory state; and individual liberties and civil rights. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 356 Presidents and First Ladies
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

This course examines U.S. presidents and first ladies - their backgrounds, personalities, strengths, weaknesses, goals, policies, successes, and failures - from George and Martha Washington to the present.  Students will study these figures in their own right, will contextualize them historically, and will compare and contrast them to others who held the same offices.

Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 357 The Civil Rights Movement in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

An examination of the American civil rights movement's origins; its diverse strains of thought; its legal issues, strategies, and grassroots efforts; and its legacies. 

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 358 Civil Rights Wars, Civil Rights Warriors
Prerequisites & Notes

Spring

Instructor
Staff

An oral history-based course that examines the lawyers and litigants who, in the 1960s and 1970s, accepted personal and financial risk to challenge Jim Crow laws.  Students will interview and videotape the courageous lawyers and prepare a video documentary.  Research essays on current civil rights topics as well.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).
Satisfies a requirement in the Communication Studies minor.

HIS 360 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (=AFR 360, =LAS 360)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Latin America/Caribbean).
Satisfies a requirement in Latin American Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the History major or minor.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 362 The Cuban Revolution (= AFR 235 and LAS 235)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson  

This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement 

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

HIS 363 African Encounters with Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Examines how projects for "development" have been conceived and carried out in colonial and post-colonial Africa, and how they have been represented and understood by African people, governments, and international actors.  Explores the interaction of ideas and experience-from changing economic and political theories to the daily practices of farmers, bureaucrats, activists, and scholars.

Satisfies a major or minor requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement 

HIS 364 Race, Sex, Power in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

This course focuses on the history of Latin America through overlapping lenses of race, sexuality, gender, and class. Specific topics include sexuality and the Inquisition, reproductive health and the state, gender and revolution, sexual repression in dictatorship. Discussions of historical context, power structures, and intersectionality will serve as the starting point for the semester.  Thereafter we will divide our time between analysis of primary historical texts and cutting edge scholarship.

Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
 

HIS 365 Environmental History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course covers environmental interactions large and small, tracing the changing ways that Americans have shaped and thought about the places where they live and work. Course focuses on US environmental history from the colonial period to the present, including national parks, preservation, conservation, and wilderness; the relationship between the US and the rest of the world; and debates over what nature is, who it is for, and how it should be used.

Satisfies a major requirement in Environmental Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Environmental Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

HIS 366 Slavery and Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Explores slavery and slave trades in and out of Africa from the 5th to the 20th centuries, as a way of understanding changing relationships between trade, personhood, and social belonging.  Special attention to ideas of and debates about, race, slave status, and diaspora.

Satisfies a major or minor requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement. 

HIS 369 Urban Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Weimers

Examines urban life in Africa from early origins to the present. Uses a variety of sources, including material and visual culture, to understand the changing ways that urban dwellers, rural migrants, and a state governments came to see and encounter cities.

Satisfies a major and minor requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies a Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 372 Egypt, From Soup to Nuts
Prerequisites & Notes

This class is a survey of the history of Egypt, from the rise of the first unified kingdom circa 3,000 BCE (actually, from just before that development) down to the present day.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Middle East Studies

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

Meets the cultural diversity graduation requirement

HIS 375 Nationalism and Colonialism in the Modern Arab World
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Berkey

European colonialism and American involvement in the Middle East and the Arab response. Great Power politics, nationalist ideology, and cultural identity in the Arab world. 

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 378 Love, Longing, & Desire in South Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

This course will investigate constructions of gender relations as power relations, as well as perceptions of sexuality in South Asia as historical phenomena from the seventeenth century to the present. Subjects include: cultural conceptions of family; notions of same-sex desire; law, tradition, and reform; the making of gender relations across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they were informed by colonialism and nationalism.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in South Asian Studies.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Meets the cultural diversity graduation requirement.

HIS 379 Islam in South Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Berkey

This course will explore the long and complicated history of Islam in South Asia, from the arrival of the Arabs in the eighth century to the emergence of Pakistan and Bangladesh in the twentieth, through both lectures and visits to sites of historical and artistic importance.

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in South Asian Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies history distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 380 Pilgrims, Poppies, Pirates: Indian Ocean World
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Waheed

The wealth that crossed the Indian Ocean surpassed that of any other region.  This course explores multifaceted connections among the Indian Ocean cultures of India, China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and East Africa, from medieval to modern times.  It also examines interactions between those Indian Ocean cultures and European maritime powers.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

 

HIS 382 Science and the Body II: Public Health in East Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course employs an interdisciplinary approach by drawing upon and applying history, anthropology, gender studies, and philosophy to the study of science and medicine.  Designed for students interested in a) the history, philosophy, and anthropology of science, technology, and medicine, b) East Asian studies, and c) history of public health, this class offers students opportunities to analyze and critically assess the politics of the body in East Asia, 1800-present.

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Medical Humanities.
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 383 Pre-Modern Japan
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Japanese history from ancient times to 1868. Topics include the origins of Japanese civilization, state and society, economy, law, connections to the outside world, daily life and customs, family, sexuality, warfare and the samurai, arts, literature, and religion. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 384 Shanghai
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This course covers the history of the city of Shanghai from the nineteenth century until the present day. Readings and assignments focus on Shanghai's transformation from a sleepy fishing village into an international treaty port in the nineteenth century, the development of the city's innovative fashion, music, and media industries in the early twentieth century, the Communist Party's vilification of the city's capitalist culture, and its post-Mao reemergence as a vibrant, cosmopolitan, and truly global city. Key themes of the course include imperialism, international trade, war, communism, fashion, literature, film, and gender and sexuality.

Counts as an elective in the History major and minor.
Counts as an elective in the East Asian Studies major and interdisciplinary minor.
Counts as an elective in the Chinese Studies minor.
Counts as an elective in the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 385 History of Imperial China, 900-1800
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Survey of late imperial Chinese history with topics covering the environment, daily life, family, kinship, sex, government, law, military, economy, science, medicine, print culture, and travel.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 386 History of Modern China
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Chinese history from 1840 to the present, including China's transformation from a Confucian empire to a socialist state, and its more recent conversion into an authoritarian regime promoting wealth and nationalism. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 387 Memory and Identity in the People's Republic of China
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen 

This course explores how the government of the People's Republic of China defines and manages ethnic and religious diversity within China, and how in turn, various ethno-religious groups in China negotiate their own sometimes fraught positions. How have local understandings of identity in China been influenced by state-driven narratives about China's collective past? How is historical memory in China incarnated in physically tangible and symbolically meaningful places, such as museums and memorials? This course draws on historical and anthropological approaches to identity, ethnicity, language, modernity, religion, nationalism, and memory to explore these questions in detail. 


Satisfies a requirement in the History major.
Satisfies a requirement in the East Asian Studies major.
Satisfies a requirement in the Chinese Studies minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the East Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 388 War and Memory in East Asia, 1592-1598
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course examines the impact of the First Great East Asian War, involving Korea, China, and Japan. Current tensions in East Asia continue to be understood through the memorial lens of this conflict. Some issues discussed are:  war and memory, dead bodies, martyrdom, and subjecthood. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 389 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Japan
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This course explores gender dynamics and the lives of women in Japan from the nineteenth century to the present day. It introduces students to the gendered dimensions of Confucianism, marriage, paid employment and unpaid work, parenting, war, political activism, structural power, and popular culture in Japan. Other topics include the political, social, and economic challenges that Japanese women and the Japanese LGBTQ community continue to face.


Satisfies a requirement for the History, East Asian Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies majors.
Satisfies a requirement for the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor.
Satisfies a requirement for the East Asian Studies and International Studies interdisciplinary minors.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement. 

HIS 390 Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge University
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to thirty students, the Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge focuses on the history and literature of late 18th- and 19th-century Britain. Students may receive credit for either English or History. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 391 Writing Historical Fiction
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

This course teaches students about history by having them research and write original works of historical fiction.  The course approaches historical fiction with an emphasis on the "historical."  A paper prepared in this course might be a lousy work of fiction but still a great paper if the historical research and analysis are strong.  But no fictional glitter, however sparkling, can redeem a paper marred by weak historical research and analysis.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement

Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement

HIS 392 Histories of Science, Knowledge, and Skill
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Schade

A study of how humans have known, verified, and communicated about natural phenomena, how they have tested their observations through science, applied technical knowledge, and skill, and how they have institutionalized scientific knowledge and engineered their own impacts on the natural world.  Satisfies the History distribution requirement through class of 2015.  Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement for class of 2016 and after.  Environmental Studies major.

HIS 395 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Reading and research on a special subject and writing of a substantial paper. Under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic of the independent study.  Admission with permission of the professor, who will also evaluate the student's work.  Does not satisfy distribution requirement.

HIS 396 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Reading and research on a special subject and writing of a substantial paper. Under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic of the independent study.  Admission with permission of the professor, who will also evaluate the student's work.  Does not satisfy distribution requirement.

HIS 420 The English Civil War
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

An examination of how 17th-century English men and women turned their world "upside down." Emphasis on the political, social, and religious causes and consequences of the Great Rebellion of 1640-1660.

HIS 422 Gender in Early Modern Europe (C. 15th-18th Centuries)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

From Christine de Pisan to Mary Wollstonecraft. An examination of changing roles, expectations, and desires of men and women, with particular emphasis on their interaction.

HIS 424 The French Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

The history and historiography of the French Revolution through books, paintings, music, and film.

HIS 426 Victorian People
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

Society and culture of Victorian Britain through the lens of some of its more captivating personalities and their writings. Possible figures include: Charles Darwin, George Eliot, William Gladstone, William Morris, and Sidney and Beatrice Webb.

HIS 427 European Consumer Culture: 1750 to the Present
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

The history and historiography of consumer culture in Europe from the 18th century through the 1980s.  The lens of consumerism reveals the momentous economic, social, and political transformations of the modern era, up to and including the controversial process of "Americanization" following World War II. 

HIS 433 The Holocaust and Representation (=GER 433)
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission required.

Instructor 
Denham


History and historiography of the origins and execution of the Nazi genocide during World War II, with a focus on representations of the Holocaust and cultural memory practices in popular and public history, in the visual and performing arts and in literature, and especially in memorial structures and spaces.

This seminar includes a required study trip (at no cost to participants except for food) during the week of spring break. Students must agree to participate in the study trip in order to receive permission to add the course to web tree.

HIS 439 Topics in Modern European History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Topics in Modern European History.

HIS 440 Slavery in the Americas
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

Comparative exploration of the foundation and development of slavery in the western hemisphere since 1492. Topics include the transatlantic slave trade, work and labor, resistance and rebellion, and the articulation of African culture throughout the Americas.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).

HIS 441 Natives and Newcomers in Early America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

Encounter between indigenous peoples and English, French, and Spanish newcomers in North America. Special emphasis on the clash of cultures in spiritual, material, and physical realms and how Europeans and Indians created a distinctive American landscape by the end of the eighteenth century.

HIS 444 Southern Women, or How to Explain Scarlett and Mammy
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An examination of the changing roles of black and white southern women from 1607 to the present, with an emphasis on understanding their unique character and history.

HIS 446 Presidents and First Ladies
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Presidents and first ladies from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt through Ronald and Nancy Reagan.  Emphasis on their goals and policies, their successes and failures, and the changing meanings of "liberalism" and "conservatism" that they represented.

HIS 449 Age of Revolution: The United States in the 1960s
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

A seminar on an important era of changes and transformation in American history.  Topics studied include the civil rights movement, the counterculture, the New Left, the Vietnam War, and the women's movement.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).

HIS 451 African American Cultural History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

A study of African American cultural history with particular focus on the 20th century. Specific artistic and cultural forms studied may include the visual arts, music, dance, film, and television in their historical context.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).
Satisfies a requirement in the Communication Studies minor.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 454 Filming Southern Legal History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

Students in HIS 454 will work collaboratively to research, write, and produce both a history research paper and a documentary film about some aspect of the U.S. South's legal history.  The instructional team will include both the teacher of record, who is an historian, and two aspiring filmmakers from the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University.

Satisfies a requirement in the History major and minor.
Counts as an elective for the Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

 

HIS 455 Law and Society in American History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wertheimer

Selected topics in U.S. legal history. Seminar members will work collaboratively on a large-scale research project.

HIS 459 Topics in American History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructo r
Staff

Topics in American History

HIS 464 Religion and Social Change in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Exploration of the nexus between religion and social upheaval through topics including conquest, rebellion, liberation theology, and religious tradition new to the region, such as Evangelicalism.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 465 Colonialism and Imagination in Early Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

The rise and fall of colonial power in Latin America with a focus on the emergence of colonial Latin America as a historical unit.  Topics include justification of colonial rule, civilization and barbarism, differences between the Old and New Worlds, and American Identity.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Latin America/Caribbean).
Satisfies a requirement in the Latin American Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 466 Migrations and Immigration in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Study of the relationship between internal migrations and outward immigration in Latin America.  Students will acquire in-depth information about migration/immigration in the early colonial period, in the neo-imperial nineteenth century, and in the twentieth century.

Satifies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Latin America/Caribbean).
Satisfies a requirement in the Latin American Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 467 Family and Families in African History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Weimers

Studies how Africans have defined and achieved family and family connections along with ways that states have attempted to use family--as metaphor, ideal, and unit of political and social organization-to organize African life from the 17th century to the present. 

Satisfies a major or minor requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies a major and a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 469 Work, Gender, and Political Imagination in Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Investigates how gender and labor have been used to construct and contest the political imaginaries of individuals, communities, and states in 19th and 20th c Africa.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Global Literary Theory

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

HIS 474 Bollywood and the Indian Imagination
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Waheed

History of Indian Cinema, one of the world's most popularly viewed, from the 'golden age' of Bombay's Hindi- and Urdu- language films of the 1940s to the present.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a requirement of the Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 480 Senior Research Seminar
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Staff

Capstone course for history majors.  Students define, research, and write a major research paper on a topic of their choice.  Required of senior majors not enrolled in History 488/489.

HIS 488 Kelley Honors Seminar: Research and Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors 
Staff

Two-semester research seminar for senior history majors who qualify for honors work and who are selected as Kelley Scholars.   Culminates in the researching and writing of a thesis. Admission by invitation of the History Department.

HIS 489 Kelley Honors Seminar: Research and Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors 
Staff

Two-semester research seminar for senior history majors who qualify for honors work and who are selected as Kelley Scholars.   Culminates in the researching and writing of a thesis. Admission by invitation of the History Department

LAS 235 The 1959 Cuban Revolution (= AFR 235)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Latin America/Caribbean).
Satisfies a major or minor requirement in Latin American Studies.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

 

LAS 360 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= AFR 360, = HIS 360)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Latin America/Caribbean).
Satisfies a requirement in Latin American Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the History major or minor.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

SOU 375 Urban India
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Waheed

This course is offered as part of Davidson College's 2016 semester-in-India Program. Using Hyderabad as the site from which to contextualize Indian cities, students will explore a diverse array of issues facing cities in the global South. Through guest lectures on the history of Hyderabad's urbanization, students will learn about the city's many transformations in the twentieth and twenty-first century, focusing specifically on: labor flows and migration; geographical dislocations of the urban poor; intersection between linguistic, religious, caste, and regional communities; urban political economy; transportation; waste management; gender and public space; environmental and ecological impacts of urbanization; mapping urban developments over time.

Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a minor requirement in South Asian Studies.
Satisfies a major requirement in History.