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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 II2 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 II2 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-326 or REL-326.

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 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-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-365   The Modern Jewish Experience in Film3 credits

An exploration of modern Jewish identities, societies, and movements in Europe, the United States, and Israel through the analysis of movies and readings.

HIS-367   The History of Jewish Art3 credits

This course examines both Jewish visual culture and socio-cultural issues of daily Jewish life from antiquity through the present in Europe, the Middle East, and the Unites States, as reflected in ceremonial art, architecture, and illuminated manuscripts.

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-370   Jewish History from the Diaspora to 19483 credits

This course examines the major trends in Jewish civilization from the beginning of the diaspora to the end of WWII and the creation of the State of Israel. We will devote our attention especially to the ways in which Jewish culture and identity (collective and individual) were constructed in various communities through the centuries, as well as to the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish cultures and communities.

HIS-372   Jewish-Christian Relations through the Ages3 credits

The course focuses on the history of Jewish-Christian relations from the first century of the Common Era to the start of the twenty-first century. It focuses both on the history of interactions between Jews and Christians – persecutions, collaborations, conversions, etc. – and on the history of theological stances, popular attitudes, and the contemporary potential for dialogue.

HIS-374   Women and Gender in Jewish Societies3 credits

The course investigates the ways in which Jewish women were able to achieve their own cultural, spiritual, and social spaces. Emphasis will be on the category of gender in Judaism and the life of women both in private and public spheres, exploring fundamental themes such as religious observance, education and literary culture, spiritual concerns, role in the family, and autonomy through the ages.

HIS-376   History of Zionism and Modern Israel3 credits

This course explores the history of the Zionism movement and the history of Israel from 1948 to the present. We will examine the yishuv (Jewish communities in the Pre-State of Israel), the establishment of Israel in 1948, the wars between Israel and its neighbors, Jerusalem, the birth of new cities and kibbutzim (collective communities), and Israeli daily life, culture, and art.

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 confrontations of military governments 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 US, 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-US 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 US, popular and political ideologies that shaped US 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, the Tibetan empire, the rule of Dalai Lamas, the Chinese administration of Tibet, and the Tibetan independence movement.