History (HIST)

Courses in history are designed to encourage reflection on the nature, advantages, and struggles of human societies in different times and places, and to invite cross-cultural comparisons. Moreover, they are intended to stimulate the historical imagination and to promote critical and technical skills in the comprehension and production of historical narratives. The academic conventions of writing, speaking, researching, and learning to analyze various sources (i.e. information literacy) are integral to the discipline of history and figure strongly in all of the department’s courses.

Students of history may take many different roads to historical understanding; department members have diverse interests, and they actively encourage students’ independent investigations of history. Majors, in particular, are invited to collaborate closely with their department mentors in their historical inquiries, while at the same time shaping their own methodologies, foci, questions, and answers. Students majoring in history are encouraged to plan their program of study with their departmental adviser by the end of the sophomore year.

Independent Study and Honors Program

The department encourages students to develop independent study programs with faculty members. In addition, interested and qualified students, in consultation with the chair, are encouraged to apply to the Honors Council for admission to the University honors program. The application normally would be submitted at the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year. Students who do honors work in history submit a substantial honors thesis, the equivalent of two courses of work in their senior year. Credit may be taken either in one semester of the senior year or in both.

HIST 316Independent Study.5-1
HIST 350Honors Thesis1
HIST 355Undergraduate Research.5-2

Introductory Courses

Introductory (100-level) history courses are intended for first- and second-year students. Third- and fourth-year students will be admitted to these courses only at the discretion of the instructor.

All 100-level history courses are designed to address a set of issues fundamental to historical understanding: the examination and evaluation of sources, the construction of historical accounts, and questions of point of view. While every 100-level course introduces students to some of the basic methods and practices of history, each course has its own particular topic, time span, and thematic emphasis.

Course Areas

General
HIST 100Thinking About History1
HIST 200The Historians' Craft1
HIST 201Introduction to Historical GIS1
American History
HIST 111Introduction to U.S. History I1
HIST 112Introduction to U.S. History II1
HIST 113Introduction to U.S. History III1
HIST 114Canada from 18601
HIST 121Introduction to African-American History I1
HIST 122Introduction to African-American History II1
HIST 211Frontiers and Borderlands1
HIST 213North American Environmental History1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 217American Colonial History1
HIST 218African-Americans and the American Revolution1
HIST 219Antebellum America1
HIST 220American Civil War and Reconstruction1
HIST 221U.S. History: 1880s to 1930s1
HIST 222U.S. History from the 1940s to the Present1
HIST 223Twentieth-century African-American History: Eyes on the Prize1
HIST 224Eighteenth-century North America1
HIST 225Topics in American Political and Economic History1
HIST 227American Intellectual History I1
HIST 228American Intellectual History II1
HIST 229Topics in American Intellectual History1
European History
HIST 131Pre-modern Europe1
HIST 132Modern Europe1
HIST 231Social History of Early Modern Europe1
HIST 233European State Systems (1660-1815)1
HIST 236Nineteenth-century Europe1
HIST 237The Renaissance1
HIST 238Witchcraft and Magic in Europe1
HIST 239Contemporary Europe, 1890-19951
HIST 240Greek History1
HIST 241Roman History1
HIST 242Topics in French History1
HIST 245Topics in German History1
HIST 246Medieval Heresies and Heretics1
HIST 247Topics in European History1
HIST 248Topics in Russian History1
HIST 250Medieval and Early Modern Russia1
HIST 251Imperial Russia1
HIST 252Soviet Russia1
Non-western History
HIST 185Introduction to Modern Southeast Asian History and Culture1
HIST 190World History1
HIST 194History of Modern Middle East1
HIST 282Modern Latin America1
HIST 283Southeast Asia since 18001
HIST 286Contemporary Japanese History1
HIST 287Perspectives: The Vietnam War1
HIST 288The History of Vietnam1
HIST 289Chinese Diaspora1
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
HIST 291African History I1
HIST 292African History II1
HIST 293China from Ancient Times to the 18th Century1
HIST 294China since 18001
HIST 295From Shinto to Shogun: Pre-modern Japan1
HIST 296Modern Japanese History1
HIST 297The People's Republic of China1
HIST 299Topics in Non-western History1
Intellectual History
HIST 260Race, Nation-state and International Relations1
HIST 261Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought1
HIST 262History and Film1
HIST 266Topics in Intellectual History1
HIST 267European Intellectual History I1
HIST 268European Intellectual History II1
History of Science and Medicine
HIST 170Introduction to the History of Science and Technology1
HIST 171Introduction to the History of Medicine and Public Health1
HIST 270Science and Technology in US1
HIST 271Medicine in the US1
HIST 272History of Science I1
HIST 273History of Science II1
HIST 279Topics in the History of Science and Medicine1
Women's and Gender History
HIST 258Topics in Women's and Gender History1
Seminars
Admission to seminars is by permission of the instructor only.
HIST 310U.S. History to 18651
HIST 311U.S. History since 18651
HIST 312American Social History1
HIST 313The American West1
HIST 319African-American History1
HIST 320American Labor History1
HIST 321American Immigrants1
HIST 322American Industrialization and Political Development1
HIST 330European History1
HIST 360Intellectual History1
HIST 370History of Science and Medicine1
HIST 399Non-western History1

History Major

The major consists of a minimum of eight courses selected as follows:

  • Four courses from any one cluster (the primary cluster).
  • Two courses chosen from another cluster (the secondary cluster).
  • Two elective courses chosen from any cluster.

Regardless of which primary cluster they choose, students must not take more than six courses in any one geographical area (defined as Europe, America, or non-western). Clusters are, however, not necessarily geographically specific. No more than two 100-level courses may count toward the major.

The eight-course minimum must include at least one 300-level seminar taken during the senior year as a Culminating Experience (CE). Within the framework of this seminar, in addition to the normal requirements, history majors will write a supplementary reflective essay on their experiences in the history program, and discuss it with the other majors in the class in a special session supervised by the seminar instructor. This non-credit-bearing module will be evaluated on a pass-fail basis separately from the seminar itself. Students completing an Honors Thesis are exempt from the CE-related seminar but must still write the CE supplementary reflective essay and meet with their thesis adviser to discuss it.

When the subject matter and focus of topics and seminar courses varies from year to year, individual courses will be assigned to the appropriate clusters on a yearly basis (see course list). The following courses normally count in any cluster:

HIST 100Thinking About History1
HIST 200The Historians' Craft1
HIST 201Introduction to Historical GIS1

Clusters

There are seven clusters. They group courses together by area of inquiry. Clusters 4 to 7 are not geographically specific.

1 - American History (33 courses)

This cluster includes all courses dealing with American history. Within it, students may follow a sequence of period courses from the colonial period to the modern era, or they may focus on particular aspects or interpretations.

HIST 111Introduction to U.S. History I1
HIST 112Introduction to U.S. History II1
HIST 113Introduction to U.S. History III1
HIST 114Canada from 18601
HIST 121Introduction to African-American History I1
HIST 122Introduction to African-American History II1
HIST 211Frontiers and Borderlands1
HIST 213North American Environmental History1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 217American Colonial History1
HIST 218African-Americans and the American Revolution1
HIST 219Antebellum America1
HIST 220American Civil War and Reconstruction1
HIST 221U.S. History: 1880s to 1930s1
HIST 222U.S. History from the 1940s to the Present1
HIST 223Twentieth-century African-American History: Eyes on the Prize1
HIST 224Eighteenth-century North America1
HIST 225Topics in American Political and Economic History1
HIST 227American Intellectual History I1
HIST 228American Intellectual History II1
HIST 229Topics in American Intellectual History1
HIST 262History and Film1
HIST 270Science and Technology in US1
HIST 271Medicine in the US1
HIST 273History of Science II1
HIST 279Topics in the History of Science and Medicine1
HIST 310U.S. History to 18651
HIST 311U.S. History since 18651
HIST 312American Social History1
HIST 313The American West1
HIST 319African-American History1
HIST 321American Immigrants1
HIST 322American Industrialization and Political Development1

2 - European History (30 courses)

This cluster includes all courses dealing with European history, including both broad surveys and more specialist courses on Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. Within it, students may opt for the sequence of surveys, focus on the history of one or more countries or pursue particular aspects and interpretations.

HIST 131Pre-modern Europe1
HIST 132Modern Europe1
HIST 170Introduction to the History of Science and Technology1
HIST 171Introduction to the History of Medicine and Public Health1
HIST 190World History1
HIST 231Social History of Early Modern Europe1
HIST 233European State Systems (1660-1815)1
HIST 236Nineteenth-century Europe1
HIST 237The Renaissance1
HIST 238Witchcraft and Magic in Europe1
HIST 239Contemporary Europe, 1890-19951
HIST 240Greek History1
HIST 241Roman History1
HIST 242Topics in French History1
HIST 245Topics in German History1
HIST 246Medieval Heresies and Heretics1
HIST 247Topics in European History1
HIST 248Topics in Russian History1
HIST 250Medieval and Early Modern Russia1
HIST 251Imperial Russia1
HIST 252Soviet Russia1
HIST 258Topics in Women's and Gender History1
HIST 262History and Film1
HIST 267European Intellectual History I1
HIST 268European Intellectual History II1
HIST 272History of Science I1
HIST 273History of Science II1
HIST 279Topics in the History of Science and Medicine1
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
HIST 330European History1

3 - Non-western History (20 courses)

This cluster groups courses in the history of other areas of the world, specifically Africa, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan, together with courses dealing with the impact of western imperialism.

HIST 185Introduction to Modern Southeast Asian History and Culture1
HIST 190World History1
HIST 194History of Modern Middle East1
HIST 260Race, Nation-state and International Relations1
HIST 282Modern Latin America1
HIST 283Southeast Asia since 18001
HIST 286Contemporary Japanese History1
HIST 287Perspectives: The Vietnam War1
HIST 288The History of Vietnam1
HIST 289Chinese Diaspora1
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
HIST 291African History I1
HIST 292African History II1
HIST 293China from Ancient Times to the 18th Century1
HIST 294China since 18001
HIST 295From Shinto to Shogun: Pre-modern Japan1
HIST 296Modern Japanese History1
HIST 297The People's Republic of China1
HIST 299Topics in Non-western History1
HIST 399Non-western History1

4 - Intellectual History (21 courses)

This cluster introduces students to the study of ideas and intellectual movements, both western and non-western.

HIST 170Introduction to the History of Science and Technology1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 227American Intellectual History I1
HIST 228American Intellectual History II1
HIST 229Topics in American Intellectual History1
HIST 237The Renaissance1
HIST 238Witchcraft and Magic in Europe1
HIST 246Medieval Heresies and Heretics1
HIST 247Topics in European History1
HIST 260Race, Nation-state and International Relations1
HIST 261Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought1
HIST 262History and Film1
HIST 266Topics in Intellectual History1
HIST 267European Intellectual History I1
HIST 268European Intellectual History II1
HIST 272History of Science I1
HIST 273History of Science II1
HIST 310U.S. History to 18651
HIST 311U.S. History since 18651
HIST 319African-American History1
HIST 360Intellectual History1

5 - Political, Economic, and Labor History (43 courses)

This cluster covers both Europe and America and includes courses dealing with law, diplomacy and warfare, as well as more familiar topics in economic and political history.

HIST 111Introduction to U.S. History I1
HIST 112Introduction to U.S. History II1
HIST 113Introduction to U.S. History III1
HIST 114Canada from 18601
HIST 131Pre-modern Europe1
HIST 185Introduction to Modern Southeast Asian History and Culture1
HIST 194History of Modern Middle East1
HIST 213North American Environmental History1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 217American Colonial History1
HIST 218African-Americans and the American Revolution1
HIST 219Antebellum America1
HIST 220American Civil War and Reconstruction1
HIST 221U.S. History: 1880s to 1930s1
HIST 222U.S. History from the 1940s to the Present1
HIST 223Twentieth-century African-American History: Eyes on the Prize1
HIST 224Eighteenth-century North America1
HIST 225Topics in American Political and Economic History1
HIST 233European State Systems (1660-1815)1
HIST 236Nineteenth-century Europe1
HIST 239Contemporary Europe, 1890-19951
HIST 242Topics in French History1
HIST 247Topics in European History1
HIST 248Topics in Russian History1
HIST 250Medieval and Early Modern Russia1
HIST 251Imperial Russia1
HIST 252Soviet Russia1
HIST 260Race, Nation-state and International Relations1
HIST 270Science and Technology in US1
HIST 282Modern Latin America1
HIST 283Southeast Asia since 18001
HIST 287Perspectives: The Vietnam War1
HIST 288The History of Vietnam1
HIST 289Chinese Diaspora1
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
HIST 296Modern Japanese History1
HIST 297The People's Republic of China1
HIST 310U.S. History to 18651
HIST 311U.S. History since 18651
HIST 313The American West1
HIST 320American Labor History1
HIST 321American Immigrants1
HIST 322American Industrialization and Political Development1

6 - Social History (48 courses)

This cluster groups courses dealing with race, class, and gender, as well as courses dealing more broadly with social history.

HIST 111Introduction to U.S. History I1
HIST 112Introduction to U.S. History II1
HIST 113Introduction to U.S. History III1
HIST 114Canada from 18601
HIST 121Introduction to African-American History I1
HIST 122Introduction to African-American History II1
HIST 131Pre-modern Europe1
HIST 171Introduction to the History of Medicine and Public Health1
HIST 194History of Modern Middle East1
HIST 211Frontiers and Borderlands1
HIST 213North American Environmental History1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 217American Colonial History1
HIST 218African-Americans and the American Revolution1
HIST 219Antebellum America1
HIST 220American Civil War and Reconstruction1
HIST 221U.S. History: 1880s to 1930s1
HIST 222U.S. History from the 1940s to the Present1
HIST 223Twentieth-century African-American History: Eyes on the Prize1
HIST 225Topics in American Political and Economic History1
HIST 229Topics in American Intellectual History1
HIST 231Social History of Early Modern Europe1
HIST 238Witchcraft and Magic in Europe1
HIST 245Topics in German History1
HIST 247Topics in European History1
HIST 248Topics in Russian History1
HIST 250Medieval and Early Modern Russia1
HIST 251Imperial Russia1
HIST 252Soviet Russia1
HIST 258Topics in Women's and Gender History1
HIST 271Medicine in the US1
HIST 279Topics in the History of Science and Medicine1
HIST 282Modern Latin America1
HIST 283Southeast Asia since 18001
HIST 286Contemporary Japanese History1
HIST 289Chinese Diaspora1
HIST 291African History I1
HIST 292African History II1
HIST 299Topics in Non-western History1
HIST 310U.S. History to 18651
HIST 311U.S. History since 18651
HIST 312American Social History1
HIST 313The American West1
HIST 319African-American History1
HIST 320American Labor History1
HIST 321American Immigrants1
HIST 330European History1
HIST 370History of Science and Medicine1

7 - History of Science and Medicine (9 courses)

This cluster introduces students to the specific field of science and medicine within the broader range of history. It includes courses in both American and European history.

HIST 170Introduction to the History of Science and Technology1
HIST 171Introduction to the History of Medicine and Public Health1
HIST 213North American Environmental History1
HIST 270Science and Technology in US1
HIST 271Medicine in the US1
HIST 272History of Science I1
HIST 273History of Science II1
HIST 279Topics in the History of Science and Medicine1
HIST 370History of Science and Medicine1

Students are encouraged, with the help of their advisers, to pick courses which reflect their particular interests within and between clusters. They may, if they wish and with the support of their adviser and another member of the department, construct their own primary cluster to reflect these interests.

History majors are encouraged to become proficient in languages appropriate to their studies, and to seek out courses in other departments that complement their historical interests.

Minor in History

A minor in history consists of a minimum of five courses, of which not more than two may be at the 100-level. At least one must be a seminar or designated topics course.

Courses

HIST 100. Thinking About History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Focus and content vary. An introductory history course for the development of informed historical analysis among its students. Primarily for first-year students.

HIST 111. Introduction to U.S. History I. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course introduces students to American history from the pre-colonial period through the War of 1812.

HIST 112. Introduction to U.S. History II. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course introduces students to American history from Jeffersonian America through the Spanish-American-Cuban-Filipino War.

HIST 113. Introduction to U.S. History III. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course provides an introduction to 20th-century American history.

HIST 114. Canada from 1860. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An introduction to the history, politics, and culture of the northern half of North America, emphasizing the relationship between environment and national identity, since 1860. Preference to first- and second years. Third- or fourth years by permission only.

HIST 121. Introduction to African-American History I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A survey of African-American history from colonial times to the Civil War.

HIST 122. Introduction to African-American History II. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A survey of African-American history from the Civil War to the present.

HIST 131. Pre-modern Europe. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A survey of Europe in the pre-industrial era. Content and goals vary with instructor.

HIST 132. Modern Europe. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Survey of modern Europe.

HIST 170. Introduction to the History of Science and Technology. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A general survey of Western science and technology in relation to social and intellectual developments from ancient times to the present.

HIST 171. Introduction to the History of Medicine and Public Health. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A cross-cultural survey of medicine and public health, emphasizing how different societies have interpreted and responded to epidemic diseases.

HIST 185. Introduction to Modern Southeast Asian History and Culture. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Examining all of Southeast Asia in general but focusing on Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines, this course will examine the transition from colonialism to independence in Southeast Asia and the cultural and political expression of that transition. Not open to seniors.

HIST 190. World History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introductory survey of world history. Examines how cross-cultural encounters and global exchanges of ideas, people, and goods have shaped world history.

HIST 194. History of Modern Middle East. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course surveys the history of the modern Middle East from Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the Arab revolutions of 2011.

HIST 200. The Historians' Craft. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to the discipline of history and to the methods and approaches used by historians. The course also considers history and the wider public.

HIST 201. Introduction to Historical GIS. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:1,Other:2
This course analyzes events of the historical past using geographic information systems (GIS) digital mapping software. Not open to first-year students.

HIST 211. Frontiers and Borderlands. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the development of the American West to 1900.

HIST 213. North American Environmental History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This class introduces the practices and purposes of studying our past relationships with nature, to better understand the origins of North America's landscapes today.

HIST 214. Topics in American History. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics vary.

HIST 217. American Colonial History. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Examines effects of European settlement on the North American continent. This course considers social, legal, and economic consequences for the various groups during encounters that occurred between 1607 and 1770.

HIST 218. African-Americans and the American Revolution. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Inquiry into the meaning of American independence from the perspective of the people for whom freedom was not intended.

HIST 219. Antebellum America. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
An examination of social problems and movements during this era. Focus may vary. Slavery and slave narratives; underground railroads; utopian visions; abolitionists; strikes and labor protests.

HIST 220. American Civil War and Reconstruction. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The period is studied in depth as a revolutionary era through attention to political, economic, social, constitutional/legal, intellectual trends, events, personae, movements, and institutions.

HIST 221. U.S. History: 1880s to 1930s. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The rise and development of American capitalism, as well as the political and social movements that accompanied this period of economic turbulence will be covered.

HIST 222. U.S. History from the 1940s to the Present. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Continuation of HIST 221.

HIST 223. Twentieth-century African-American History: Eyes on the Prize. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Course uses as primary source the documentary "Eyes on the Prize" to examine African-American history between 1945 and 1985.

HIST 224. Eighteenth-century North America. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A course that explores how different peoples (British, French, and American) claimed and fought over the environments of North America, shaping today's national borders.

HIST 225. Topics in American Political and Economic History. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Intensive study of leading themes, in American history since 1600. Topics vary from year to year, but may include economic and political structures; intellectual movements, or social and cultural history.

HIST 227. American Intellectual History I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A study of selected thinkers, ideas, and intellectual currents from Puritanism through the Civil War.

HIST 228. American Intellectual History II. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A study of selected thinkers, ideas and intellectual currents from 1865 to the present.

HIST 229. Topics in American Intellectual History. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Studies in topics such as the Puritan origins of the American self, pragmatism and social reform, radical visions and American dreams.

HIST 231. Social History of Early Modern Europe. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Social history survey of continental Europe from the Black Death through the period of religious wars (1348-1700).

HIST 233. European State Systems (1660-1815). 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Politics, diplomacy, and war in the Age of Absolutism. Examines foreign relations and their domestic origins and implications.

HIST 236. Nineteenth-century Europe. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Romanticism, nationalism, and imperialism are examined, together with political developments of the 19th-century.

HIST 237. The Renaissance. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course focuses upon the major religious, social, artistic, literary, and political constructs of the influential thinkers of the European Renaissance, 1300-1600.

HIST 238. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines magic and witchcraft beliefs in Europe during the age of witch-hunting (Renaissance to Enlightenment). Topics vary.

HIST 239. Contemporary Europe, 1890-1995. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The crises of European cultures: world wars, economic depression, social unrest, and the decline of hegemony, the struggles for revitalization.

HIST 240. Greek History. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
From the heroic Bronze Age down through the Persian invasion, the flourishing of Classical Athens, and the Peloponnesian wars to the death of Socrates, focusing on political, social and economic developments. Crosslisted as CLAS 217.

HIST 241. Roman History. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Roman history from Rome's foundations as a backwater village ca. 753 BCE, through its rise as a world-power to its fall in the fourth century CE, focusing on economic and political issues. Crosslisted as CLAS 218.

HIST 242. Topics in French History. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Specific focus will vary but always a study of aspects of the constitution and transformation of major political-cultural formations which shape French society.

HIST 245. Topics in German History. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics vary. Intensive study of leading themes in German history since 1400.

HIST 246. Medieval Heresies and Heretics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Course examines the major heresies in western Europe from 1100 to 1600, and the church's attempts at repression.

HIST 247. Topics in European History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Intensive study of leading themes in European history since 1400. Topics will vary but may include economic and political structures, intellectual movements, or social and cultural history.

HIST 248. Topics in Russian History. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics vary. An examination of various periods in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union that includes a balance of political, social, and cultural elements.

HIST 250. Medieval and Early Modern Russia. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course provides a survey of the principal events and themes in Russian history from the ninth through the early 18th-century.

HIST 251. Imperial Russia. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course provides a survey of the principal events and themes in Russian history from the early 18th through the early 20th-century.

HIST 252. Soviet Russia. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An overview of the political, intellectual, cultural, and social history of the Soviet Union from its ideological roots to its collapse as a communist power.

HIST 258. Topics in Women's and Gender History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics vary. Instructors shape the content according to their own interests in seeking insights into the historical construct of gender in Europe and/or the United States.

HIST 260. Race, Nation-state and International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The course examines the processes by which states as expressions of social relations that are embedded in political institutions have been used by social forces, nationally and transnationally, to racialize nations, societies, and global politics. Crosslisted as IREL 245 and POLS 274.

HIST 261. Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Study of the intellectual contributions and scholarly vision of people of African descent to sociological theory, social philosophy, and social change in the 20th century. Crosslisted as SOCI 280.

HIST 262. History and Film. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An introductory exploration of various aspects of cinematic representations of historical periods, events and agents.

HIST 266. Topics in Intellectual History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics will vary. Intensive study of major themes and thinkers in intellectual history.

HIST 267. European Intellectual History I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A survey of the main currents of European philosophical, social, and political thought from the 14th through the 18th centuries.

HIST 268. European Intellectual History II. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A study of selected thinkers, ideas, communities of discourse and intellectual currents from the late Enlightenment to the present.

HIST 270. Science and Technology in US. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A survey of intellectual, social, and professional developments in science and technology from Colonial times to the present, emphasizing federal science policy and politics. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

HIST 271. Medicine in the US. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Examines American experiences of health and sickness across gender, race, and class, and developments in medicine and public health from colonial times to the present.

HIST 272. History of Science I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Natural science during the Scientific Revolution (ca. 1450-1700), including intellectual, philosophical, and social developments.

HIST 273. History of Science II. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Major developments in science and technology from the early 1800s to the present, and their social context and implications.

HIST 279. Topics in the History of Science and Medicine. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics vary: nonorthodox medicine; women and science; women and medicine; technology and social change. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

HIST 282. Modern Latin America. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course traces and analyzes major developments in Latin American politics, society and culture from 1800 to the present. Crosslisted as LAMS 295.

HIST 283. Southeast Asia since 1800. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Political-cultural transformations in Southeast Asia since 1800. Topics vary.

HIST 286. Contemporary Japanese History. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:1
Political and cultural history of post-World War II Japan using various sources including film, anime, art, political cartoon, popular song. Crosslisted as EAST 256.

HIST 287. Perspectives: The Vietnam War. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A comprehensive examination of the conflicts in Vietnam from 1940 to 1981.

HIST 288. The History of Vietnam. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Intensive study of the history of Vietnam from the era of Chinese occupation in the second century BC to the present.

HIST 289. Chinese Diaspora. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Is the world becoming Chinese? This course examines the history of China outside of China. It explores the development of overseas Chinese communities around the world, including SE Asia and the Americas. Crosslisted as EAST 289.

HIST 290. Europe Imperialism and Colonialism. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Considers the rise, development, and fall of Western political and economic hegemony over the peoples and states of Asia and Africa since the late 19th century.

HIST 291. African History I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Survey of Sub-Saharan Africa during the 19th century. Emphasis on aspects of social and economic change.

HIST 292. African History II. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The construction and destruction of colonial states and the impact of colonial rule on Sub-Saharan Africa.

HIST 293. China from Ancient Times to the 18th Century. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Chinese history and culture from their beginning to the middle of the Qing Dynasty, before that dynasty and China were challenged by the West. Crosslisted as EAST 233.

HIST 294. China since 1800. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
China from the eve of its modern confrontation with the West to the present through years of traumatic challenge and change. Crosslisted as EAST 234.

HIST 295. From Shinto to Shogun: Pre-modern Japan. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the cultural and institutional developments which constitute the Japanese heritage, with emphasis on classical Heian and early medieval court culture and late medieval samurai society. Crosslisted as EAST 254.

HIST 296. Modern Japanese History. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Japanese economy, society, politics, war, and diplomacy from 1868 to World War II; successes, crises, and conflicts in building a modern nation-state. Crosslisted as EAST 255.

HIST 297. The People's Republic of China. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A historical look at life in China under the rule of the Communist Party. Unprecedented triumphs and tribulations. Crosslisted as EAST 267.

HIST 299. Topics in Non-western History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Selected major issues in the study of imperialism and colonialism.

HIST 310. U.S. History to 1865. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics vary.

HIST 311. U.S. History since 1865. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Topics vary.

HIST 312. American Social History. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Everyday life, the family, pre-industrial society and industrial society, social organizations and social conflict material culture, poverty and punishment.

HIST 313. The American West. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
This course examines the U.S. West. Topics vary.

HIST 316. Independent Study. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:Varies; Repeatable
Selected topics. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

HIST 319. African-American History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Focuses on recent developments in the field. Topics vary but may include slavery; African-American intellectual history; black feminism; race, class and gender; social and political movements; and cultural criticism.

HIST 320. American Labor History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the formation of the American working class. Issues such as political activism, economic transformation, gender roles, and shop-floor militancy will be covered.

HIST 321. American Immigrants. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the history and consequences of American immigration. The cultural practices, work, political activism and nativist challenges to various immigrant groups will be covered. Not open to first-year students.

HIST 322. American Industrialization and Political Development. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course focuses on the development and relations between workers, political parties, laws, and social movements. Not open to first-year students.

HIST 330. European History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Intensive study of selected issues. Topics vary.

HIST 350. Honors Thesis. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Credit may be taken either in one semester of the senior year or throughout the senior year.

HIST 355. Undergraduate Research. .5-2 Credits.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:Varies
Undergraduate research projects in collaboration with a history faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

HIST 360. Intellectual History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Intensive study of selected issues. Topics vary.

HIST 370. History of Science and Medicine. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Intensive study of selected issues. Topics vary.

HIST 399. Non-western History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Intensive study of selected issues. Topics vary. Not open to first-year students.

Faculty

Professors: B. Ann Tlusty, Martha H. Verbrugge

Associate Professors: David W. Del Testa, John P. Enyeart (Chair), James A. Goodale, Leslie C. Patrick, Richard D. Waller

Assistant Professors: Mehmet Dosemeci, W. Michael Schmidli

Visiting Assistant Professors: Maura Kathryn Edwards, Jennifer Thomson