2018 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 (GH)
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.
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS (GH)
This course examines emergence and evolution of Islamic Civilizations from the seventh century though the modern era. It covers the birth and spread of Islam, the rise and fall of Muslim Empires, religious and political institutions, scientific and cultural achievements, and the position of women and religious minorities.
SURVEY OF AFRICAN HISTORY: PRE-HISTORY TO CONTEMPORARY AFRICA (GH)
As an introductory survey of African history, the class addresses the main developments in Africa from early civilizations to modern states. Emphasis is placed on major themes in African history including diverse societies, empires, economics, colonialism, and contemporary debates. The course emphasizes historical developments within the continent and global interactions.
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.
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HISTORY
History 202 introduces students to the ideas, methodologies, and practices of public historians through readings, lectures, and class discussions. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to meet historians practicing in the public arena and to produce a collaborative public history project.
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.
REVOLUTION AND CONFEDERATION 1763-1789 (GH)
A study of the revolutionary generation and of the political, economic and social developments of the new nation to 1789.
HMONG AMERICANS: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (DV)(GE)
This course focuses on the history, culture, and contemporary life of Hmong Americans. In addition to exploring their origins and history in China and Southeast Asia, this course investigates the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality have shaped the social, cultural, economic, and political transformations in the Hmong communities since their immigration to America after the Vietnam War.
MODERN LATIN AMERICA (GH)
This course surveys the history of Latin America from the 1860 to the present, centering discussion on the examples of Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and Cuba. Topics include the legacy of colonialism, the consolidation of nation-states, Latin America's participation in the world economy, reformist and revolutionary political movements, military dictatorships, foreign intervention and the emergence of social movements.
HISTORY OF SEXUALITY
This course is a survey focused on the comparative examination of particular themes in the history of sexuality worldwide from the society of ancient Greece to the modern world. Students will be introduced to the historical study of such themes as same-sex behavior, pornography, prostitution, birth control and disease, among others.
HISTORY OF RUSSIA SINCE 1815
A survey of Russian history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, emphasizing relationships to major European and world problems.
An examination of violent socio-political upheavals in China beginning with the White Lotus Rebellion and culminating with the Communist Revolution.
THE U.S. AT WAR IN VIETNAM
A survey of political, social and military events in two societies with different cultures. Presents a view of war in Vietnam from 1945 through 1975. Emphasis is on the war's military events, on history, and on the changes wrought in both societies as a result of the war.
History 399 is part of the history methods block of courses. Taken in sequence after History 200 and in preparation for History 499, this course will give students experience in exploring diverse archival and secondary source collection in preparation for their writing capstone experience in History 499.
20TH CENTURY COMPARATIVE GENOCIDES
The course covers major genocides in the 20th century including the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, Holodomar, Khmer Rouge, Rwandan Genocide, Bosnian Genocide, and the genocide in Darfur. The course examines definitions of genocide, historical causes and consequences and contemporary debates regarding the local and global impacts of these events.
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 writing seminar. Senior level History majors employ their previously completed research and analytical skills to complete a perceptive monograph.