History

Courses

Courses

HS-121. The Western Tradition. 3 Credits.

An examination of the origins of early modern history with a special focus on Western civilization. Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

HS-122. World Perspectives in History. 3 Credits.

A chronological continuation of HS-121 with a greater emphasis on global developments. Prerequisites: HS-121 Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

HS-123. Special Topics in History. 3 Credits.

An examination of various topics which have significantly impacted the history of the world from the eighteenth century to the present. Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

HS-221. Twentieth Century Europe. 3 Credits.

Europe in the twentieth century was supposed to represent progress and the height of civilization. Two world wars, communism and the Holocaust suggested otherwise. This course explores the sharp contrasts between their ideas of Europe.

HS-222. Ancient Civilizations. 3 Credits.

This course traces the rise of ancient civilizations from their earliest roots to the early modern era. It places these civilizations in their global contexts and uses archeology, anthropology, and other methods to compare and study them.

HS-231. Main Currents in American History I. 3 Credits.

The formation of the American Republic from colonial times to the present. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-232. Main Currents in American History II. 3 Credits.

The formation of the American Republic from colonial times to the present. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-250. Black History and the American Novel. 3 Credits.

What is racism? How did African Americans react to and contest racial oppression in the early 20th century? In this course students will find answers to those questions through an examination of Black history from the 1880s to the 1930s. Using Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man as a narrative lens, students will imagine the ways in which historical encounters (re)define racial identity by tracing the Black experience through the emergence of the Talented Tenth, the First Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Long Civil Rights Movement.

HS-251. The American City Through the Wire. 3 Credits.

Very few television shows have captured the realities of the American city and the imaginations of the American public more than the Wire. More than a crime drama, the Wire reminds the viewer that all the pieces matter, as each of the five seasons focuses on a particular facet of the city: the illicit drug trade, working class employment, municipal government and bureaucracy, children and the education system, and the print news media. Using the Wire as the primary text, this course will look at the history of American cities, paying close attention to each season's theme. Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

HS-299. Platt Seminar. 3 Credits.

This research seminar, named in honor of Hermann Platt, is designed for new majors and minors to learn the methods and craft of the historian. Course Type(s): Senior Seminar.

HS-303. Medieval World1100-1500 AD. 3 Credits.

The rise and decline of feudal society - a political, economic and cultural history. Pre- modern World History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-304. History of Early Christianity. 3 Credits.

This course investigates the historical world of the early Christians from Jesus to Constantine.

HS-307. Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the roles of women in pre- modern times, discussing the theological and social attitudes that often hindered their advancement and the accomplishments they achieved nevertheless in politics, society, and culture. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-308. Modern Africa. 3 Credits.

This course studies the indigenous and imperial cultures of Africa since 1800 with emphasis on Anglophone and Francophone regions. Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

HS-309. Renaissance and Reformation Europe. 3 Credits.

A study of the forces which produced change and crises in Europe from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. Pre-modern World History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-314. The World Wars. 3 Credits.

A study of World War I and World War II focusing on their causes and effects, their military and home fronts, and the interrelationships of the two conflicts.

HS-322. The History of Rock to Hip Hop. 3 Credits.

The truths of a nation are most often heard in its music. America's musical evolution provides an invaluable gateway into U.S. history, and the ways in which race, class and gender shaped peoples' lives. In this course we will trace the history of American music, from blues and jazz to R&B and rock to hip-hop and soul, through the examination of lyrics, production, the artists and the music they created. Course Type(s): Pluralism.

HS-336. Nationalism in Modern Europe. 3 Credits.

This course examines the philosophical foundations for the idea of nations from the late 18th century and studies how nations became the basis for states during the 20th century. Course Type(s): Writing Intensive.

HS-339. History of Germany 1815-1945. 3 Credits.

A survey of German history from the Napoleonic Era to the collapse of the Nazi regime. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123; Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Core curriculum course.

HS-342. Britain in the 20th Century. 3 Credits.

The evolution of socialism and the transformation of the empire from 1870 to the present. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-343. Rise and Fall of British Empire. 3 Credits.

Development and disintegration of British naval and colonial power from the pirates of Elizabeth I to the pilots of Elizabeth II. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-350. History of Modern Asia. 3 Credits.

This class will examine Asian history from 1750-present. Topics such as colonialism, WWII and the rise of Asian countries will be stressed. Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

HS-360. History of Russia 1613-1917. 3 Credits.

Political, social, and cultural history of Russia from the Time of Troubles to the Bolshevik Revolution. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-361. The Soviet Empire. 3 Credits.

Internal change and development of Russia in the Soviet period. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122, OR HS-123.

HS-383. Bearing Witness to War and Genocide. 3 Credits.

This course considers the history and interpretation of violence, destruction, ethnic cleansing, genocide and war; what does it mean to bear witness? Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122 OR HS-123; Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

HS-438. Western Science and Occult. 3 Credits.

A look at astrology, alchemy, magic, and witchcraft from the ancient world to the Scientific Revolution, their place in the intellectual life, and how they were affected by new philosophical trends. Prerequisites: HS-121, HS-122.

HS-451. History of the Holocaust. 3 Credits.

This course examines the causes, experiences and aftermath of the Holocaust.

HS-452. American Revolution and Federalist Era 1763-1800. 3 Credits.

A study of the causes, events and effects of this vital period in American history. Was it radical or conservative? Was it even a "revolution"? Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-453. Women in American History. 3 Credits.

This course will cover the history of American women from the colonies to second-wave feminism of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond.

HS-459. The Era of the Civil War. 3 Credits.

A study of the period 1860-1865 with emphasis on the war itself and events leading to it. How did Americans end up killing one another on such a massive scale? The course will focus on the slavery debate, suffering, death, Lincoln, gender, black families, and the "fog of war." Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-464. History of Amercan Immigration. 3 Credits.

Examination of the migration of various peoples to the U.S., and the development of the policy on emigration from the progressive era to the present. United States History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-466. The Long Civil Rights Movement in America. 3 Credits.

The campaign for civil rights in the broad context of 20th Century social movements, with particular emphasis on the African American struggle and how the work of individuals and organizations impacted American discourses on gender, labor, religion, sexuality and foreign policy. Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

HS-468. American Republic 1919-1945. 3 Credits.

The triumphs and travails of urban industrialism, with emphasis on the politics, economics, and social changes of the Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. United States History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-469. American Republic Since 1945. 3 Credits.

An analysis of American society and institutions since World War II. United States History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-472. History of Latin American: Encounter to Present. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the social, cultural and political history of Latin America, from the eve of the fifteenth-century "Encounter" to the twentieth-century rise of neoliberalism and its malcontents. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123; Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

HS-473. Religion in the U.S.. 3 Credits.

Explores the hothouse of religious experimentation and debate that followed the Revolution and that continues to shape modern America. This course will span from early American Calvinism to antebellum Utopian movements, to the influx of Catholicism and other ethnic religions, to the rise of the Evangelical Right. Grace, Polygamy, Anti-Catholicism, Perfectionism, Creationism, Sin, Slavery, Darwin, Jerry Falwell, Abortion. This class will explore the strange contours of the most "religious" nation in the modern world.

HS-477. End of Empire: Decolonization and Cold War. 3 Credits.

This course will use the theme of end of empire to provide insight into the history of the 20th century and the Cold War. Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

HS-489. Building U.S. History: Race, Public History and U.S. Memory. 3 Credits.

Through visits to historic sites in the South this course interrogates relationships between historical memory and social and political identities in the United States. Additional travel course fee of $50. Course Type(s): Domestic Travel,Core curriculum course.

HS-499. The Tuleja Seminar. 3 Credits.

Named to honor Professor Emeritus Thaddeus V. Tuleja, the seminar stresses historical methodology as it relates to a particular historical topic chosen by the professor offering the seminar. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123; Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.