2012 Fall Term
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HISTORY THROUGH FILM (GH)
This variable-topics course will introduce students to selected historical themes depicted by popular film. Students will watch and deconstruct popular historical films within the larger context of scholarly analysis of a particular historic period or event. Evaluation will be based on a variety of essay and objective exams. As well, in-class discussion will form a significant basis for evaluation. Repeatable once in degree with change in topic (may only apply once toward major).
AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1877 (DV) (GH)
An introduction to the study of American history with emphasis on the evolution of economic, political, social and cultural values and institutions from colonization through the Civil War era.
AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1877 (DV)(GH)
A study of the United States from 1877 to the present, analyzing the socio-economic, political and intellectual forces that have shaped contemporary values, problems and institutions. This course taken in conjunction with HISTRY 124 provides a complete American history survey.
THE EAST ASIAN TRADITION
An introduction to the intellectual, social, and political traditions of China and Japan up to about 1800. The course will analyze the Confucian tradition, Chinese administrative systems, and the dynastic cycle. Japanese cultural and political development will also be discussed.
EAST ASIA SINCE 1800
A survey of China and Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries centering on the process of modernization in both of these countries.
MODERN BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY (DV) (GH)
A critical examination and analysis of the status and role of Black Americans in the United States since 1865.
WESTERN CIVILIZATION (GH)
An examination of the social, cultural, political and economic forces that have shaped Western civilization from early ancient Mediterranean cultures to the eighteenth century.
HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE (GH)
A study of European civilizations from the eighteenth century to the present, analyzing the social, economic, political and intellectual forces that have shaped contemporary values, problems and institutions. This course taken in conjunction with 740-154 provides a complete survey of Western civilization.
NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY (GH)
This course will examine human interaction with the natural environment in North America between roughly 1400 and the present. Special attention will be paid to the twentieth century. It will also explore the ways in which people have historically defined, used, and modified nature to suit their needs and interests.
This course provides an introduction to the methods and theories historians use to study the past. Through projects and papers, students will develop their skills in critically reading, analyzing, researching and writing about history. They will also be introduced to major trends in historical theory and interpretation.
CRITICAL ISSUES (GH)
This course examines new historical themes each semester with an expert in the field. In a small seminar setting, classes will focus on discussion of a variety of different kinds of historical sources and provide the opportunity for students to carry out their research project on the topic.
THE AGE OF CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION 1850-1877 (GH)
A study of the United States between the Compromises of 1850 and 1877, analyzing the issues leading to war, the internal and military problems of the Union and Confederacy and the myths and realities of Reconstruction.
WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY I: 1600-1875 (GH)
A study of women and gender in American history, 1600-1875. The course focuses on topics of work, family and political activism. Particular attention is given to the diverse and inter-related experiences of women of different race and ethnic groups.
A HISTORY OF BLACK MIGRATION IN THE U.S. (DV) (GE)
This course will examine and analyze the impact of Black migration from rural south to the northern urban centers since the turn of the century.
UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY AND EMPIRE, 1790 TO THE RECENT PAST (GH)
This course analyzes the history of the United States' territorial growth and increasing global influence from the 1790s down to the recent past. In addition to covering the main U.S. diplomatic and military engagements, the course will explore the themes and ideas that underpinned this process of expansion.
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY (DV) (GH)
A study of the role of the Native American in United States History with special emphasis on Indian policies of the colonizing nations, United States government policies, Indian cultures and contemporary problems and issues.
EMPIRES & INVASIONS IN THE PRE-MODERN MIDDLE EAST: 500-1500
"Empires & Invasions in the Pre-Modern Middle East" examines the growth and development Middle Eastern civilization from the eve of Islam through the early modern period. It looks at how the peoples of the Middle East built and sustained one of the richest milti-ethnic empires in the pre-modern world. This course is designed to give students all the tools they need to succeed and assumes no prior exposure to non-Western history.
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY
A survey of major ideas, concepts, movements, institutions and events that have influenced and shaped African civilization and history.
HISTORY OF MEXICO (GH)
A survey of the social, economic, political, and cultural history of Mexico from the pre-Columbian period to the present. Emphasis on the twentieth century.
REBELLION AND REVOLUTION IN ENGLAND, 1066-1688 (GH)
A survey of the major social and political developments in English history from the Norman Conquest to the Glorious Revolution. Particular attention is paid to the repeated crises of the English monarchy and the social impact of war, rebellion and revolution during these years.
A survey of basic political, socio-economic, cultural and religious trends in European history from A.D. 300 to 1500.
FROM GODDESSES TO WITCHES: WOMEN IN PREMODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY
This course is a history of women in ancient, medieval and early modern European history, roughly the period from 4000 BCD to around 1750 CE. It focuses on the role, status and agency of women in different premodern European contexts, with particular focus on politics, culture and religion.
HISTORY OF CAPITALISM IN THE WEST
A survey and analysis of the origins and historical development of capitalism in Europe and the West. Particular attention is paid to the social history of capitalism, the role of the state, and the effect of technology on the economy and society.
RISE AND FALL OF THE FRENCH OVERSEAS EMPIRE
This survey course introduces students to major themes in the history of French imperialism and colonialism, from first encounters with "New World" inhabitants during the age of exploration to the bloodstained process of decolonization in the second half of the twentieth century.
HISTORY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY EUROPE
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Europe since about 1914.
AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY
A survey of American military history from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on the development of military policy, involvement of the United States in major and minor wars, and civil-military relations.
STUDIES IN SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY (VARIABLE TOPIC)
Intensive study of a major theme in social and cultural history emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to complex historical issues. The particular topic of the course will be published before registration.
PUBLIC HISTORY INTERNSHIP
Study and work with a historical agency under the direction of a faculty supervisor. May include a related research project. Students will have the opportunity to combine academic learning with practical experience in the operation of a historical agency. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the history major.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 2 credits in major/degree.
A capstone research and writing seminar. Senior level History majors do extensive archival research and write a perceptive monograph based on their research.