Courses

History Courses (HIS)

HIS-110   Western Civilization to 10003 credits

An investigation of the history of Western civilization exploring selected topics related to human freedom and the liberal arts educational tradition.

HIS-111   Western Civilization to 18003 credits

An investigation of the history of Western civilization exploring selected topics related to human freedom and the liberal arts educational tradition.

HIS-112   World Civilizations to 18003 credits

An investigation of the comparative history of selected World historical civilizations focusing on topics related to human freedom and the liberal arts educational tradition.

HIS-200   Introduction to the History of the United States3 credits

An introduction of the basic themes, issues and personalities of American history from precolonial times to the present.

HIS-202   History and the Movies1 credit

Film makers and professional historians both construct narratives about the past. They do so with different purposes and different standards of evidence. This course will examine the portrayal of history in film and contrast cinematic representation of history with printed sources. The course will examine similarities and differences in the criteria for the critical evaluation of historical films and the historian's accounts of the past.

HIS-210   History of Modern East Asia3 credits

An introduction of the basic themes, issues and personalities of Asian history from 1800 to the present.

HIS-220   History of Modern Europe3 credits

An introduction of the basic themes, issues and personalities of European history from the era of the French Revolution until the present.

HIS-230   History of Modern Latin America3 credits

An introduction of the basic themes, issues and personalities of Latin American history from 1800 to the present.

HIS-242   The History of Christianity3 credits

A survey of the history of Christianity from its beginnings to the present.

HIS-280   Historical Research: Historiography and Methods3 credits

Required of sophomores majoring in history. An introduction to select topics in the study and writing of history, including fundamentals of social scientific inquiry, historical research methods and sources, and historiography and the evaluation of evidence.

HIS-294   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Reading or research in history as approved by the instructor. See independent study guidelines.

HIS-300   The United States Since 19453 credits

An analysis of the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States during the postwar boom of the 1950s, the turbulent civil rights and student movements of the 1960s, and the conservative reaction of the 1980s.

HIS-301   History of American Ideas3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

An analysis of movements of continuing influence in American social and political thought from the colonial period to the 20th century.

HIS-302   History of U.S. Foreign Policy3 credits

A study of American foreign policy from 1776 until the present.

HIS-303   The Terror: Radicalism, Language and Violence in the French Revolution, 1789-17953 credits

A study of rhetoric and reactionary politics in France during the Revolution. The course will focus on the conditions and culture that led to the transformative instances of revolutionary violence that have come to define the French Revolution.

HIS-304   The American Westward Movement3 credits

An introduction to the political, diplomatic, social, economic and cultural events and consequences that occurred between 1607 and the present as Americans moved west.

HIS-306   The American South Since 18653 credits

A study of the American South from the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865 until the election of a Southern president in 1976. The course will also examine the history of African-Americans in the South from emancipation until the civil rights movements of the 1960s.

HIS-308   The War in Vietnam and America in the 1960s3 credits

A study of the diplomacy and conduct of America's military involvement in Southeast Asia, 1956-1975. The course will also include a study of the domestic turbulence caused by that involvement, specifically focusing on the antiwar movement.

HIS-309   The American Civil War3 credits

An introduction to the causes, conduct and consequences of the rebellion of the South, 1861 to 1865.

HIS-311   To Kill a King: The English Civil War 1638-16593 credits

An examination of the English political crisis leading from the popish plot and constitutional breakdown to the beheading of Charles I and the rise of the Commonwealth and Protectorate under Oliver Cromwell.

HIS-314   Tudor and Stuart England3 credits

This course will explore the various political, religious, and cultural changes which England experienced under the reign of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Emphases will include domestic and international political conflicts, England's involvement in the European Reformation during the sixteenth century, and the age of rebellion and revolution during the seventeenth century. (Research Intensive)

HIS-320   Ancient Latin Language and Literature I3 credits

An introduction to the basics of Latin grammar and syntax with emphasis on translating classical Latin literature.

HIS-321   Ancient Latin Language and Literature II3 credits

Prerequisites: HIS-320

A study of the basics of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Students will translate passages from ancient Latin authors as well as read several Latin literary works in translation. Such selections may include Ovid, Vergil, Cicero, and Tacitus. Consideration will also be given to Latin history, art history, and society.

HIS-322   Latin Readings1 credit

Prerequisites: HIS-320

Reading and translation of Latin texts selected to meet student needs and interests. May be repeated for credit.

HIS-325   Ancient Greek Language and Literature I3 credits

A study of basic Classical and Hellenistic (Koine) Greek grammar and syntax, with primary involvement in the Greek New Testament. (Cross-listed as REL-325)

HIS-326   Ancient Greek Language and Literature II3 credits

Prerequisites: HIS-325 or REL-325

A continuation of HIS-325 or REL-325 with a focus on the translation of selected Greek texts and the use of textual criticism. (Cross-listed as REL-326)

HIS-327   Greek Readings1 credit

Prerequisites: HIS-325 or REL-325

Readings and translation of Greek texts selected to meet student needs and interests. This course is designed to maintain and improve student proficiency in Greek. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. (Cross-listed as REL-327)

HIS-328   Mythology: Classical History and Archaeology3 credits

An analysis of ancient Greek and Roman mythology in its historical, archaeological, literary, religious and cultural context. Primary readings include the Homer, selected Greek tragedies, and the Aeneid. (Research Intensive)

HIS-331   Ancient Greece3 credits

A study of the political, economic and cultural development of the Greek world with readings from Greek authors in translation.

HIS-332   Ancient Rome3 credits

A study of the history of Rome through the Republic and the Empire.

HIS-334   19th Century Europe: The Industrial Nation and its Discontents3 credits

An examination of European history in the years between 1815 and 1914. Special attention is given to politics and modern thought in France, Germany and Italy as nations struggled to achieve both industrial growth and domestic stability.(Research Intensive)

HIS-337   Modern Russia and the USSR3 credits

An introduction to Russian political and social history from 1815 to the present.

HIS-338   Modern India3 credits

An introduction to the history and culture of the Indian subcontinent from 16th century Moghul domination to the modern experiences of the world's largest democracy. Special attention will be given to the impact and legacy of British rule and the response of an ancient eastern cultural and social system to the stresses of modernization.

HIS-339   National Socialism and the Final Solution3 credits

An investigation of the political and racial theories of the Nazi Party, which led to the creation of the extermination camps in Europe, 1939 to 1945.

HIS-340   Pre-Modern Chinese History3 credits

This course will examine the political, economic, and social history of the Chinese empire from its founding until the Ming dynasty.(Research Intensive)

HIS-343   Religion and the State in Late Imperial China3 credits

This course explores the complex relationship between the Chinese state and Chinese religion during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Over the course of the semester, we will examine the formation and operation of the state cult; the history of institutionalized traditions such as Buddhism and Daoism; the special problem of so-called "popular" religion; and the emergence of sectarian movements such as the Eight Trigram, Taiping, and Boxer rebellions. No prior coursework on China is required, although prior coursework in history or religion is strongly recommended.(Research Intensive)

HIS-344   Medieval Europe3 credits

A study of the Medieval world focusing on political, religious and economic change from the waning years of the Roman Empire until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453.

HIS-345   Modern China3 credits

An introduction to the history and cultures of China from the White Lotus Rebellion of 1796 to disintegration of Maoist-style communism in the 1980s. Emphasis will focus on the challenges of Western imperialism and ideas and the response of an ancient social and cultural system to the pressures of modernization. (Research Intensive)

HIS-346   Reformation of the 16th Century3 credits

An examination of the tumultuous changes that rocked Europe between 1517 and 1648, focusing on the interactions between theological, economic, political and personal factors that split the Christian church and changed the Western world.

HIS-347   18th Century Europe: The Fall of the Old Regime3 credits

An examination of European history in the years between 1688 and 1815. Special attention is given to politics, ideology and social change in France, the Germanic principalities, and the Netherlands as they evolved the military and governmental structures of the modern nation-state. (Research Intensive)

HIS-348   20th Century Europe: The Trials of Modernity3 credits

An examination of European history in the years between 1914 and 2000. Special attention is given to the successes and failures of European experiments with democracy, the formation of corporatist means of governing, and the postwar movement toward European unity, especially emphasizing developments in France, Germany and Italy.(Research Intensive)

HIS-349   Modern European Intellectual History3 credits

A survey of European intellectual history from the rise of German idealistic philosophy in the early 19th century, through scientific and social scientific developments, to the linguistic turn of the later 20th century.(Research Intensive)

HIS-350   The British Empire 1756-19603 credits

An examination of the rise and fall of the British Empire from the founding of white settlement colonies in the eighteenth century and the rise of tropical imperialism in the nineteenth to the process of de-colonization in the twentieth century. Emphasis will fall on the culture of empire and its corrosive effects. (Research Intensive)

HIS-352   England to 16883 credits

A study of the development of English political, social, religious and cultural institutions from Stonehenge to the Glorious Revolution of 1688.(Research Intensive)

HIS-353   Modern Britain3 credits

A study of British political, social and cultural institutions since 1688. Particular attention is given to the growth of nationalism, empire, democracy, and the welfare state as the United Kingdom developed into a modern nation.(Research Intensive)

HIS-354   History of Southeast Asia3 credits

Southeast Asia is one of the world's most culturally diverse regions, home to Buddhist, Muslim, Confucian, and Christian civilizations. It boasts ancient monuments of surpassing grandeur and complexity, and today it boasts some of the world's fastest-growing economies. This course offers an introduction to Southeast Asian history starting from the earliest civilizations, continuing through the colonial conquests, and ending with the various struggles for independence. No prior knowledge of Southeast Asia is required.

HIS-355   Women in Modern East Asian History3 credits

The objective of this course is to introduce the histories of modern China and Japan as they were experienced by a handful of women in each of those cultures. Readings for the course will consist largely of autobiographical materials that were written or spoken by Chinese and Japanese women, although secondary sources will also be introduced periodically.

HIS-357   Popular Culture in Modern Chinese History3 credits

This course examines different aspects of popular culture in modern Chinese history, including food, ritual, architecture, entertainment, social organization, and so forth. No prior knowledge of China is assumed.

HIS-358   People's Republic of China3 credits

This course will examine the rise of the Chinese Communist Party and the history of the People's Republic of China. Topics will include the communist revolution, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the 1989 democracy movement. No prior knowledge of China is assumed or required. (Research Intensive)

HIS-359   Pre-Modern Japan3 credits

This course will explore the history of Japan from its beginnings to the Tokugawa unification in the seventeenth century. No prior knowledge of Japan is assumed or required.(Research Intensive)

HIS-360   Orientalism and the Making of the Modern World3 credits

The contemporary world of independent nation states variously categorized into "developed" and "developing," "first world" and "third world," "western" and "non-western," is a critical artifact of the recent age of empires. Drawing on Edward Said's theories about the construction of colonial knowledge, as well as the patterns, economics, and social formations of European and Asian empires, this course will examine the modern world in relation to the recent imperial past and subsequent developments in the post-colonial era.

HIS-363   The Rise of Christianity: Classical History and Archaeology3 credits

An analysis of the origins of Christianity within the Roman Empire. Special attention will be given to theological development and church-state relations between the second and fourth centuries.

HIS-364   The Life of Jesus: History and Archaeology3 credits

An analysis of the Gospels of the New Testament in their historical, archaeological, literary and cultural context. (Research Intensive)

HIS-368   Jewish History3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

This course will serve as an introduction to the history of the Jewish people from the First Revolt against Rome in 66 A.D. until the reestablishment of the State of Israel. Students will also study the theological, literary and legal texts of the Diaspora (the Jews in Exile, 132 to 1948).

HIS-377   Women in the Americas3 credits

A comparative history of women's experiences with emphasis on expressions of feminist consciousness and the evolution of gender ideologies in Latin America and the United States from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Topics will include struggles for political and economic rights, sexuality, constructions of femininity and masculinity, marriage, and reproduction.

HIS-378   Liberation Theology3 credits

An examination of the Liberation Theology Movement from the 1960s to the present in Latin America. The course will examine the historical context of the movement and consider its impact on the Americas.

HIS-380   Colonial Latin America3 credits

A study of Latin America from the conquistadors to independence movements. The course will examine social and ethnic groups, cultural practices, and institutions of colonial Latin America.

HIS-381   Military and Society in Latin America3 credits

An examination of the military since the colonial period with emphasis on the twentieth-century. The course will investigate international and domestic concerns including the impact of the Cold War and the confrontation of military governments confrontations with various sectors of society, including peasants, labor, and women.

HIS-382   Modern Mexico3 credits

A study of Mexico from the war of independence to the present. Special attention is given to political and social struggles over land, resources, and identity, Mexico's relationship with the United States, the revolutionary period, and the institutionalization of the Revolution.(Research Intensive)

HIS-384   Modern Japan3 credits

This course studies modern Japan since the Tokugawa period. It will focus primarily on social, political, economic, and diplomatic events. Special attention will be given to Japan's cultural foundation, the Meiji reform, economic development, the rise of militarism and nationalism, World War II, the American Occupation, and postwar growth.(Research Intensive)

HIS-386   Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica3 credits

Focusing on the cultural region that includes parts of present day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador, this course will examine major sedentary societies and empires of Mesoamerica. Through an examination of anthropological, archeological, and historical sources, the course will explore the growth, expansion, decline, and cultural legacies of the Olmec, Mayan, Zapotec, Teotihuacan, and Aztec civilizations.

HIS-387   Modern Cuba3 credits

A study of Cuba from the colonial period to the present. Topics will include Cuba's emergence as the most important sugar economies of the nineteenth century, the slave-led revolutionary emancipation movements, Cuban nationalism and ideology as expressed by Jose Marti confrontations with the U.S., and the 1959 Revolution and its aftermath.(Research Intensive)

HIS-388   Comparative Slavery in the Americas3 credits

A historiographical examination of slavery in the Americas from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century in the greater Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States. Topics will include economic structures of slavery, race and ideology, African diasporic communities, slave resistance, and emancipation.

HIS-389   Latin American-U.S. Relations3 credits

An examination of the political and economic relationship between Latin America and the United States from the 1820s to the present. Particular attention will be paid to representations of Latin America in the U.S., popular and political ideologies that shaped U.S. policies, as well as Latin American nationalistic and revolutionary responses.(Research Intensive)

HIS-399T   Special Topics in History1 - 3 credits

Topics not offered in the regular curriculum. See courses listed below.

HIS-399T.2   Tudor England3 credits

This course will explore the various political, religious, and cultural changes which England experienced under the reign of the Tudor monarchs. Emphases will include domestic and international political conflicts, England's involvement in the European Reformation, and the rising importance of theater in English society during the sixteenth century.

HIS-399T.5   Modern Tibet3 credits

The primary objective of this course is to provide an introduction to modern Tibetan history. While much of our attention will be focused on the political history of Tibet during the twentieth century, we will also spend a considerable amount of time examining the social and cultural dimensions of traditional Tibetan life. Over the course of the term, we will cover topics such as nomadic society, Tibetan religion, Tibetan empire, the rule of Dalai Lamas, the Chinese administration of Tibet, and the Tibetan independence movement.

HIS-399T.6   Mexico: The City as Place and History2 credits

This two-credit class is a prerequisite for the four-credit summer off-campus course, HIS-399T.7 of the same name. It consists of classroom coursework intended to provide students with a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Mexico, with focus on urban history. Six credits of HIS-3xx may be applied to the following majors and minors: the History major and minor and / or the Latin American Studies minor.

HIS-399T.7   Mexico: The City as Place and History4 credits

This course considers the questions of contested place, cultural contacts, and conflicts, as well as contemporary challenges posed by tourism and migration in select pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern cities of Mexico. From mid-May to mid-June, students will visit Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Oaxaca City, Monte Alban, and either San Cristobal de las Casas and Paenque or Merida and select Mayan cities in the Yucatan Peninsula. Application to the program is comptetitive. History majors and LAS minors will be given priority.

HIS-401   Seminar in Historical Methods3 credits

Prerequisites: HIS-280, senior standing, permission and completion of two "Research Intensive" courses from two different regional distribution areas

A capstone for the history major focusing on advanced research and historiography. Primary emphasis will lie on preparing an advanced primary-source based research project.

HIS-470   History Capstone1 credit

Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission.

A capstone for the history minor, students will expand and improve a paper previously written in a history course, providing new research in primary and recent, relevant secondary sources. The faculty member who oversaw the original paper will supervise the project.

HIS-480   Senior Thesis: historiography2 credits

Prerequisites: HIS-280, junior standing, permission and completion of two "Research Intensive" courses from two different regional distribution areas

Students will research a major area of historical study and write a substantial evaluative essay on its historiography. The department must approve the topic.

HIS-481   Senior Honors Thesis: monograph4 credits

Prerequisites: HIS-480

Students will research, write and present a scholarly paper on a topic of their choosing.

HIS-494   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Reading or research in history as approved by the instructor. See independent study guidelines.

HIS-497   Internship1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Individually arranged work designed to provide practical experience. An extended analysis of the experience is required and periodic reports may be assigned. See internship guidelines.

HIS-499T   Special Topics in History1 - 3 credits

See courses listed below.

HIS-499T.1   Research Seminar: Anglican Foreign Missions and the British Empire2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

This course will operate as an advanced-level research seminar. Students will work in primary sources, both printed and manuscript, to write and present short pieces of original research centering on the creation of religious and imperial ideologies of expansion, social transformation, race and rule in the British Empire, 1850-1920.

HIS-499T.2   Reading Seminar: Imperialism in Modern East Asia2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

This course will operate as an advanced-level readings seminar. Students will engage in intensive readings of some of the more influential secondary literature on imperialism in China, Japan, and Korea during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will be required to read at least one monograph each week and provide written and oral presentations on the readings.

HIS-499T.3   Reading Seminar: Society & Culture in Modern China2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

This course will operate as an advanced-level readings seminar. Students will read some of the more influential secondary literature on the social and cultural history of modern China. Students will be required to read at least one monograph each week and provide written and oral presentations on the readings.

HIS-499T.4   Reading Seminar: Society & Culture in Modern Japan2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

This course will operate as an advanced-level readings seminar. Students will read some of the more influential secondary literature on the social and cultural history of Japan from the Edo period through the early twentieth century. Students will be required to read at least one monograph each week and provide written and oral presentations on the readings.

HIS-499T.5   Reading Seminar: The Body in Chinese History2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

This course will operate as an advanced-level readings seminar. Students will engage in intensive readings of some of the more influential secondary literature on gender, medicine, and the body in Chinese history. Students will be required to read at least one monograph each week and provide written and oral presentations on the readings.