History Department Courses

 

Lower Division

HIST 198

3 semester hours

The following lower-division courses fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirement for Historical Analysis & Perspectives (Explorations). They will all appear in the schedule as HIST 198, but each section will have the specific title for the course. See the below course descriptions for information about how these courses fulfill requirements in the History major and in the old University Core Curriculum.

Founders of the West

Examines the origins of Mediterranean societies and cultures, exploring shared contacts and links, from the end of the Bronze Age to the end of Antiquity, 1000 BC-AD 600. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 100 requirement in the History major.

Heirs of Rome: Europe, Byzantium, and Islam in the Middle Ages

Considers the emergence of three distinct civilizations – the West, Byzantium, and Islam – out of the Roman Empire, their expansion, divergence, and mutual interactions in the Early Middle Ages, and their clash in the Crusades of the twelfth and thirteenth century. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST 100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 100 requirement in the History major.

Crisis and Expansion: Europe and the World, 1200–1648

This lower division course will survey the major developments in European history over four pivotal centuries. From the Black Death and other crises that wracked Europe during the later Middle Ages, this course will move into the early modern period, examining movements of religious reform, religious wars, and European overseas expansion. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST 100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 100 requirement in the History major.

European Empires, Exploration, and Exchange since 1500

A study of the ways in which Europeans interacted with the rest of the world, in terms of exploration, trade, exchange, and imperialism. Students will study the development of overseas empires from the early Portuguese and Spanish exploration of Africa, the Americas, and the Indian Ocean to the late-19th-century "Scramble for Africa" and the establishment of global dominance in the years before the world wars of the 20th century. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST 100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST101 requirement in the History major.

Power, Privilege, and Agency in Modern Europe

A study of the political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments in Europe from 1500 to the present, by looking at the related dynamics of power, privilege, agency, and experience. Students will use selected case studies about power, privilege, and agency as a means to interrogate how various categories of difference came to define power relations in both local and global encounters. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST 100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 101 requirement in the History major.

The Individual, the State, and Civil Society in Modern Europe

A study of the history of Europe from the Renaissance to the present in terms of the changing ways in which European cultures have defined a good society and imagined the possibilities for individual action in the world. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST 100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 101 requirement in the History major.

Religion, Society, and the Search for Meaning in Modern Europe

A study of the history of Europe in a global context and in terms of the impact of the changing religious belief, practice, and institutional structures in the period from 1500 to the present. Students will consider religion as a social practice and historical artifact. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST 100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 101 requirement in the History major.

Revolutions in the Making of the West

This course uses the notion of "revolution" as a prism through which to examine the political, economic, social, and cultural transformations in "the West" since 1500. Special emphasis will be on the question of change and continuity, as a means to examine "turning points" in European history. Fulfills the Western Civilization (HIST100/HIST 101) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 101 requirement in the History major.

America and the Atlantic World

The trans-Atlantic world of Europe, Africa and the Americas as a single unit of study in the wake of the voyages of Columbus, including the North American colonies and early United States, the slave etrade and plantation complex, the Columbian exchange, revolutions and abolition. Fulfills the HIST 161 requirement in the History major.

Becoming America

This course is an introductory survey of American history from the pre-Columbian period to the eve of the Civil War. It focuses on the interaction of Europeans, Native Americans and Africans from first contact to circa1850, focusing on the experiences of individuals and groups and examines their relationships to the broader structures of American society. Fulfills the American Cultures requirement in the old Core and the HIST 161 requirement in the History major.

The United States and the World

This course serves as an introductory survey of United States history from the nineteenth-century to the present. It focuses on the experiences of groups and individuals and their relationships to the broader structures of United States society, by examining changes to American society over time, exploring their causes, and analyzing their consequences within a transnational context. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST 182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 162 requirement in the History major.

The United States and the Pacific World

This class surveys the ways in which Asians and Asian Americans have transformed the development of American cultures and societies from the earliest contact to the twenty-first century by discussing immigration legislation, nativism, racial and gender discourses, ethnic enclaves, and other issues within global and comparative frameworks. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 162 requirement in the History major.

African Americans in the World since Slavery

The course examines the historical relationship between African Americans and the African Diaspora. Topics include African American perspectives on slavery and equality and African Americans’ interactions with world motions of race, emancipation, imperialism, legal and human rights, and post-modernity. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST 182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the HIST 162 requirement in the History major.

The Middle East since 1453: State, Society, and Citizen

This course explores the history of the Middle East from 1453 to the present through an examination of the evolving relationship between the state and the subject/citizen and the question of identity. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST 182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the lower-division World Regions requirement (HIST 152) in the History major.

The Middle East since 1453: Minorities and Women

This course explores the history of the Middle East from 1453 to the present through an examination of the twin impact of Islam and the West on the lives of minorities (ethnic and religious) as well as the status of women. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST 182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the lower-division World Regions requirement (HIST 152) in the History major.

The Middle East since 1453: Through the Social Lives of Commodities

This course explores the history of the Middle East from 1453 to the present by focusing on a number of commodities (such as tulips, silk, and oil) to chart regional and global socio-economic and cultural connections as well as change over time. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the lower-division World Regions requirement (HIST 152) in the History major.

Latin America: Encounter, Conquest & the Viceregal Experience

An introduction to indigenous, African, and Iberian backgrounds. Examines colonial societies through social, economic and political institutions with attention to the contributions of Indians, Africans, and Europeans to the creation of Latin America’s diverse societies. Fulfills the lower-division World Regions requirement in the History major.

Latin America: State, Nation & Conflict since Independence

Surveys the nations of Latin America from their independence until the present. Emphasizes the process of nation-building, governance, socioeconomic integration and coping with modernization. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST 182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the lower-division World Regions requirement (HIST 172) in the History major.

Modern Asia: China, Japan and Korea since 1600

This course introduces the history of East Asia from 1600 to the present. It explores the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of China, Japan and Korea and focuses on empire-building, economic expansion, nationalism, socialism, decolonization, and popular culture. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST 182/HIST 192) requirement in the old Core and the lower-division World Regions requirement (HIST 182) in the History major.

Modern Africa: African States and Societies since 1600

This course addresses the political, social, and cultural history of Africa since 1600. Among the questions it explores are slavery and the slave-trade, changing systems of governance, shifting borders and identities, the dynamics of colonialism, the diversity of African societies and cultures, and their resilience in the face of historical challenges. Fulfills the Contemporary Societies (HIST 152/HIST 162/HIST 172/HIST 182/HIST192) requirement in the old Core and the lower-division World Regions requirement (HIST 192) in the major.

Upper-Division Courses

Historical Method

HIST 310

History and Historians

3 semester hours

An introduction to history as an intellectual discipline, focusing on the study and writing of history, including historiography and historical methods. Organized around the study of a particular historical issue or episode, this is an intensive course on how historians approach problems.

Area 1: Europe

HIST 318

Victorians to Moderns

3 semester hours

Covers the enormous changes in society and technology, art and science, gender and religion from Victoria's reign through the First World War and the Great Depression.

HIST 326

Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century

3 semester hours

A study of the political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments in Europe during the "long nineteenth century," from the French Revolution to the Great War.

HIST 327

Twentieth-Century Europe

3 semester hours

A study of the political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments in Europe from the Great War through the end of the twentieth century.

HIST 328

Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe

3 semester hours

A study of the political, social, economic, and cultural developments in the states between Germany and Russia from the collapse of the Habsburg, German, and Ottoman Empires after World War I to the Balkan Wars at the end of the twentieth century.

HIST 335

Gender in European History

3 semester hours

A study of European history using gender as the primary category of analysis. The course examines how ideas about gender, the roles that men and women play in society, and notions about femininity and masculinity have structured European societies and the effects of that gendering.

HIST 405

Ancient Greece

3 semester hours

Explores the origins of the Greeks from Homeric times to the death of Philip of Macedon. Topics include the developments of political forms, including democracy most notably, drama and philosophy against the background of war and conflict.

HIST 406

Alexander and the Hellenistic World

3 semester hours

Examines the career and impact of Alexander the Great, particularly as seen in the expansion of Greek culture across the Mediterranean world and to the East as far as India. Topics include the hellenization of non-Greeks, Jews and Romans in particular, the further development of philosophy and learning.

HIST 407

Ancient Rome

3 semester hours

Studies the origins of the city of Rome with the Etruscans and its transformation into that of Romans, and how the Romans expanded through Italy and conquered the Mediterranean world, ca. 800-44 BC. Topics include the issue of Romanziation, political development, the idea of empire, and the assimilation of Greek culture.

HIST 408

Imperial Rome

3 semester hours

Explores the world of Imperial Rome from Britain to Mesopotamia, from the reign of Augustus to the end of classical antiquity, ca. 27 BC-AD 600. Topics include romanziation and the imperial system, the origins, survival and victory of Christianity, and Rome's struggles with Persians and Germans.

HIST 410

History of the Byzantine Empire

3 semester hours

A study of the Eastern Roman Empire to its fall in 1453. Topics include the Byzantine recovery, the Slavic and Muslim invasions, and the Crusades.

HIST 411

The Rise of Medieval Europe

3 semester hours

 

Traces the emergence of a coherent European civilization from the collapse of Roman power in the fifth century to the rise of new forms of Latin-Christian unity in the eighth through eleventh centuries.

HIST 412

The Transformation of Medieval Europe

3 semester hours

Examines the fragmentation of medieval forms of European unity from the twelfth through sixteenth centuries. Topics include political and social change, questions of authority, and religious strife.

HIST 414

The Crusades

3 semester hours

A study of the Crusades (ca. 1050 to 1300), including the roots of Christian and Islamic ideas of Holy War, the preaching and conduct of the Crusades, the creation and fall of the Crusader States, interfaith relations in the time of the Crusades, the use of Holy War in Spain and the Baltic, and the long-term significance of the Crusades.

HIST 416

Pagans and Saints: Christian Missionaries to 1700

3 semester hours

Studies the interactions between Christian missionaries and non-Christian peoples from the Roman period to seventeenth century. Topics include the spread of Christianity to Ireland, Germanic Europe, and the Mongols, as well as missionary encounters with China, Japan, and the New World. A principal focus will be on the methods used by preachers to spread their message and the ways native cultures helped shape Christianity.

HIST 418

The Viking World

3 semester hours

Explores Viking society from the late eighth to the early eleventh century, including the reasons for the Scandinavian invasions of early-medieval Europe, the course and consequences of Viking activity in the British Isles and France, the wider settlement of the Norse from Russia to Greenland and North America, and the Christianization of the Viking world.

HIST 425

The French Revolution

3 semester hours

An inquiry into the causes of the fall of the French monarchy, the creation of a civic order, a new political culture, and the impact of war and terror on French society.

HIST 430

The Rise of Russia, 900–1825

3 semester hours

A study of the origins of the Russian Empire from the arrival of the Vikings to the emergence of Russia as a Great Power. Topics include autocracy, serfdom, religious revolts, imperial expansion, and competitive emulation of the West.

HIST 431

Modern Russia, 1825–1991

3 semester hours

Traces the revolutionary challenges to the Romanov dynasty, attempts to modernize the multinational empoire, the revolution and civil war, and the interplay between communism and nationalism in the history of the Soviet Union.

HIST 435

Modern Germany

3 semester hours

A study of the history of Germany from the establishment of the German nation-state to the present, including the two world wars, the Weimar Republic, Nazism and the Holocaust, the two Germanies of the Cold War period, and German unification.

HIST 446

Modern Britain and the British Empire

3 semester hours

A study of how Britain became the world's first industrial nation, came to rule over a quarter of the world's population, became a democracy, lost an empire, and joined the European Union.

HIST 447

Modern Ireland

3 semester hours

Covers key events of Ireland's struggle for independence, incorporating debates about the uses of history and memory, the formation of national identity, and the politics of nostalgia.

HIST 450

Modern Greece

3 semester hours

An examination of the crises and challenges that have shaped modern Greek society, the transformations that have taken place, and the culture and literature it produced.

Area 2: United States

HIST 351

American Reform Movements

3 semester hours

An examination of the major reform impulses in American society, including such movements as abolition, Women's Rights, Progressivism and Civil Rights.

HIST 352

Health and Disease in American Culture

3 semester hours

The history of health, disease and medicine in the American social and cultural context, from the colonial period to the present.

 

HIST 354

Women in American History

3 semester hours

An exploration of women's experience in American history from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis on such variables as class, race/ethnicity, and region, as well as the impact of changing gender roles on American society, culture and politics.

HIST 356

History of Childhood and the Family

3 semester hours

A history of childhood and the family from the colonial era to the present. Examines the diverse experiences of children and families in North America, with special attention to gender, race, class and regional issues. Also explores how notions of childhood and the family changed over time.

HIST 357

Immigrant America

3 semester hours

The history of immigration to the United States from the colonial period to the present, focusing on immigrant experiences, transnational ties, immigration law, and citizenship, as well as the ways that race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality shaped Immigrant America.

HIST 360

Chicana/o History

3 semester hours

See CHST 360.

HIST 365

The American West

3 semester hours

The history of the American West from the seventeenth century to the present, focusing on settlement, Native American experience, economic development, environment, and the West in popular culture.

HIST 366

History of California

3 semester hours

The history of California from the eighteenth century to the present, focusing on migration, economic development, race and ethnic relations, and the relationship of the state to the rest of the world.

HIST 367

History of Los Angeles

3 semester hours

The history of Greater Los Angeles from the eighteenth century to the present, focusing on migration, economic development, race and ethnic relations, and the city’s relationship to the rest of the world.

HIST 368

Hollywood and History

3 semester hours

An examination of the motion picture industry and the relationship of films to United States society from the early twentieth century to the present.

HIST 388

Imagining Asian Pacific America

3 semester hours

Using interdisciplinary approaches and cross-cultural perspectives, this class explores the ways in which certain Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been portrayed and, in turn, have portrayed themselves in the visual culture throughout historical time and place.

HIST 389

The Invention of Communities

3 semester hours

This class examines a multitude of socioeconomic, political, ideological, and cultural conditions that have caused the formation as well as the disintegration of communal bonds in 19th- and 20th-century United States.

HIST 460

Colonial America

3 semester hours

A study of the origin and growth of the English colonies from 1607 with a focus on the development of colonial economic, social and intellectual life.

HIST 461

Revolutionary America

3 semester hours

An examination of the origins, course and results of the American Revolution.

HIST 463

Jacksonian America

3 semester hours

A study of the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century, focusing on the social, cultural, economic and political developments of the era.

HIST 464

The Civil War

3 semester hours

A history of the Civil War era that covers the causes, fighting and consequences of the war.

HIST 465

Victorian America

3 semester hours

An examination of American culture and society in the second half of the nineteenth century, focusing on such diverse topics as family, sexuality, popular culture, urbanization, immigration, class conflict, race relations and America's place in the world.

HIST 466

Rise of Modern America

3 semester hours

An examination of American culture and society in the early twentieth-century, focusing on such topics as race, class, gender, consumerism, reform movements, and America's place in the world.

HIST 467

Recent America

3 semester hours

The course examines U.S. history from the New Deal to the present and focuses on the dialectical relationship between the United States and the world. Themes include U.S. involvement in international economic, military, and ideological conflicts, the study of various modern racial, gender, and economic social movements, national political debates, and post-WWII consumer and popular cultures.

HIST 468

Nineteenth-Century America

3 semester hours

A social and cultural history of nineteenth-century America. Covers such topics as industrialization, urbanization, religion, literature, westward migration, immigration, class formation, gender and race.

HIST 478

Asians in America: From the "Yellow Peril" to the "Model Minority"

3 semester hours

This class traces the many-faceted histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from cross-cultural and transnational perspectives, beginning with the earliest immigration to the present era.

HIST 479

The Politics and Culture of the Cold War, 1917–1989

3 semester hours

Beginning with the Russian Revolution of 1917 and ending with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the class will use a wide variety of sources to analyze the impact of the Cold War on American domestic policies, foreign relations as well as cultural and social developments.

HIST 488

Consensus and Conflict: America in the 1950s and 1960s

3 semester hours

This class focuses on two pivotal decades in twentieth-century American history by addressing topics such as changing gender and racial identities, the Counterculture, the Civil Rights Movement, and international politics.

HIST 489

Twentieth-Century U.S. Sports History

3 semester hours

The course examines the development and history of spectator sport in the twentieth-century United States. Topics for examination include sports and American social, gender, national, and racial identities, the evolution of leisure and consumer culture in the U.S., and U.S. participation in international sports.

Area 3: World Regions

HIST 300

Global Encounters to 1500

3 semester hours

A history of global encounters in the premodern period, among the regions of the Middle East, the Mediterranean World, Europe, and Asia, with a focus on the exchange of ideas, trade, and cultural developments.

HIST 301

Global Encounters since 1500

3 semester hours

A history of global encounters in the early modern and modern periods, among the regions of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, with a focus on the movements of peoples, ideas, and goods, including cross-cultural encounters and trade and the development of a globalized economy.

HIST 348

Women in East Asian History

3 semester hours

An exploration of the ways in which specific institutional arrangements, political settlements, and economic changes informed the organization of family and lineages, inheritance practices, work, and thus shaped the lives of women.

HIST 372

Mexico & the World

3 semester hours

The major social, political, and economic trends and events in Mexico from the Independence movement to the present. The course examines mass movements; leadership; popular culture; globalization; violence, gender, and drugs; and the political and cultural impact of changing domestic and international policies.

HIST 390

African Kingdoms

3 semester hours

A study of significant kingdoms of Black Africa exploring the major themes of the period.

HIST 392

Colonial Africa, 1860–1980

3 semester hours

A study of the inception and development of European rule over various parts of Africa by European imperialists in the 19th and 20th centuries, leading to an examination of the processes by which African countries gained their independence in second half of the 20th century.

HIST 396

Asian Empires

3 semester hours

An examination of the the Qing Empire (1644-1911) and the Japanese Empire (1910-1945). Paying close attention to the process of empire-building and imperial administration, the course will evaluate the impact of these empires in East Asia, especially in relation to notions of resistance, cooptation, and cooperation.

HIST 397

Popular Culture in East Asia

3 semester hours

An examination of the history of modern East Asia through the prism of its popular cultures, with a focus on audio, visual, and literary representations from that region in relation to decolonization, nation-building, democracy, identity-formation, and globalization.

HIST 455

The Ottoman Empire

3 semester hours

This course examines the history of the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century to the end of WWI. It focuses on Ottoman political, legal, and social institutions and practices as they evolved over time.

HIST 456

Star, Cross and Crescent

3 semester hours

This course examines the status of Jews and Christians in the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present, focusing on the local as well as international factors that affected their status over time. The course also considers the history of other marginalized groups such as slave-soldiers, gypsies, and eunuchs.

HIST 459

The Palestine/Israel Conflict

3 semester hours

This course examines the history of the Palestine/Israel conflict from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present.

HIST 482

Imperial China

3 semester hours

This course explores the origins of Chinese civilization and culture and the growth of the Chinese imperial state from earliest times to the early 19th century, just prior to full scale contact with the Western world.

HIST 483

Modern China

3 semester hours

This is a course on modern Chinese history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Major themes examined are the collapse of the traditional Chinese world order, the failure of the republican revolution of 1911, the birth of Chinese nationalism, Mao Zedong's Chinese communism, and Deng Xiaoping's strategy for modernization.

HIST 485

Modern Japan

3 semester hours

 

This course examines the history of Japanese experiences on modernity, focusing on the diversity, unevenness, and conflicts that are often elided by assertions of Japanese homogeneity.

HIST 490

The Quest for the Nile’s Source

3 semester hours

A study of the quest for the source of the Nile River and the interaction of African, European, and Asian peoples in the area.

HIST 491

South Africa

3 semester hours

The history of South African during the last two centuries with emphasis on political rivalries, apartheid, and economic development.

Seminars

Area 1: Europe

HIST 505

Seminar in Ancient History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in ancient history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

HIST 510

Seminar in Medieval History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in medieval European history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

HIST 515

Seminar in Early-Modern European History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in early-modern European history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

HIST 520

Seminar in Modern European History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in modern European history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

Area 2: United States

HIST 550

 

Seminar in American History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in American history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

Area 3: World Regions

HIST 568

Seminar in World History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in world history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

HIST 570

Seminar in Latin American History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in Latin American history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

HIST 580

Seminar in Asian History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in Asian history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

HIST 585

Seminar: Achilles in Vietnam

3 semester hours

A comparative study of the impact of war on the societies of ancient Greece, modern America and Vietnam. Topics include the psychology and biology of violence, the shaping of literature and culture by violence, the human toll of war.

HIST 590

Seminar in African History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in African history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

HIST 595

Seminar in Middle Eastern History

3 semester hours

A seminar on a topic in Middle Eastern history, in which students will explore the historical literature around a given topic and then produce a work of original research.

Senior Thesis

HIST 500

Senior Thesis

3 semester hours

A course for students who wish to pursue an intensive research project under faculty direction, culminating in a thesis based on primary source research.

Special and Independent Studies

HIST 398

Special Studies

3 semester hours

A regular course where the topic varies for each section.

HIST 399

Independent Studies

1–3 semester hours

A course for those students who wish to undertake independent study of a particular topic under faculty direction.

HIST 498

Special Studies

3 semester hours

A regular course where the topic varies for each section.

HIST 499

Independent Studies

1–3 semester hours

A course for those students who wish to undertake independent study of a particular topic under faculty

direction.