College of Arts & Sciences

Department of History

Spring 2015 Courses
HIS 202 D01: U.S. History, 1865-Present.   Dr. Miller (T/R 8:00-9:15)
HIS 202 D02: U.S. History, 1865-Present.   Dr. Sibley (T/R 5:00-6:15)
HIS 206:  Historical Introduction to East Asia.   Dr. Carter (MWF 11:15-12:05)
HIS 301:  United States and Latin America.   Dr. Warren (MWF 10:10-11:00)
HIS 317:  The Rise of the West: 400-1200.   Dr. Lewin (T/R 2:00-3:15)
HIS 319:  Revolutions 1517-1648.   Dr. Close (T/R 3:30-4:45)
HIS 339:  The Mongol Empire 1100-1500.   Dr. Chakars (MWF 9:05-9:55)
HIS 356:  Modern South Asia.   Dr. Abbas (MWF 2:30-3:20)
HIS 363:  Civil War Era.   Dr. Miller (T/R 9:30-10:45)
HIS 381:  U.S. as a Global Power, 1914-present.   Dr. Sibley (T/R 12:30-1:45)
HIS 387:  Popular Culture in the U.S.   Dr. Hyson (MWF 12:20-1:10)


HIS 202 History of the United States (3 credits)

A survey dealing with the origin and development of American institutions and traditions, with emphasis on the political, economic, and social history of the period from The Civil War to Present

HIS 206 Historical Introduction to East Asia (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the major political, social, and cultural movements of the East Asian Culture Area from the earliest writing to the modern period. It will emphasize major events of Chinese and Japanese history, with attention also to Korea and Vietnam. This course has been designated as a non-western studies course under the GEP.

HIS 301 United States and Latin America (3 credits)

An exploration of the complex relationship between the United States and the Latin American nations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HIS 317 The Rise of the West 400-1000 (3 credits)

In recent years, scholarly debate has raged over the effects of "The Fall of Rome"; what was once viewed as a catastrophe faces re-evaluation from historians, archeologists, and sociologists. The slow merger of Roman, barbarian, and Christian cultures created a unique civilization, focused intently on survival in this world and salvation in the next. The course will examine the mental and physical constructs of this civilization, with the goal of appreciating the extraordinary creativity of a society with few hard and fast rules or institutions to guide it. This course has been designated as writing intensive under the GEP.

HIS 319 Reform and Revolution in Europe 1510-1650 (3 credits)

Traditionally, the Protestant Reformation has been viewed as the first modern revolution. According to this line of thinking, the Reformation represented a fundamental break from the medieval world, and the new ideas it unleashed laid the foundation for the modern world. More recent historiography has called this paradigm into question, arguing that the Reformation should be seen as an outgrowth of late medieval piety. Through readings in primary and secondary sources, combined with weekly classroom discussions, this course will encourage students to decide for themselves how “revolutionary” the Reformation was. We will examine the historical roots of the Reformation and analyze the extent to which it was traditional and innovative. We will investigate the Reformation’s impact on the religious practice of regular people during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the works of the Reformers and the Catholic Church’s belated yet fervent response to their harsh attacks. Finally, we will look at the long-term effects of the Reformation on European society and attempt to evaluate it as a motor of modernity. By the end of the course, students should understand the historical importance of the Reformation, as well as its lingering influences on modern society. This course has been designated as a Faith-Reason course under the GEP.

HIS 339 The Mongol Empire 1100-1500 (3 credits)

In the thirteenth century, the Mongols built the largest contiguous land empire the world has ever known. This course will cover the rise, running, and fall of this empire. It will explore the society and culture of the Mongols, the world's most famous nomadic conquerors. In addition, the course will examine how the Mongol Empire impacted the course of Eurasian history. It will explore how the empire affected not only the Mongols themselves, but also the many peoples whom they conquered. This course has been designated as a non-western studies course under the GEP.

HIS 356 Modern South Asia (3 credits)

The nation-states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldive Islands (and sometimes Afghanistan)—comprise incredible diversity of language, culture, religion, art, dress, architecture, and cuisine. This course places the region into historical, political and socio-economic context. It offers a thematic and chronological study of modern South Asia with thorough examinations of the British colonial period, the movements for independence and the social activism that grew out of them. The course will then examine selected topics in contemporary South Asia including gender, caste, minorities, territorial/ sovereignty conflicts, popular culture and film, development economies, and the South Asian diaspora. This course has been designated as a non-western studies course under the GEP.

HIS 363 The Elections of 2016 (3 credits)

An analysis of the presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial races of 2016. The course will offer the student a basis for understanding the ongoing election cycle of 2016, especially drawing upon the changes that have taken place in American politics since the 1980s and the history of electioneering in America, especially in the modern era. This will include discussion of partisan realignment, the growing importance of personality and interest group politics, and the role of issues in influencing electoral choice. Particular attention will be devoted to under-standing the tactics and strategies of the two major parties as they position themselves for and then campaign in the Elections of 2016.

HIS 381 The U.S. in the World, from Wilson to Reagan (3 credits)

This course covers the enhanced profile of the United States in the world from 1917 until the end of the Cold War. The nation’s transformation from a hesitant embrace of international commitments to an expansive vision of global involvement is a major theme, as are the resultant crusades and conflicts this generated domestically.

HIS 387 Popular Culture in the United States (3 credits)

This course will explore the production and consumption of commercialized leisure in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Throughout the nation’s history, American popular culture has both reflected and shaped society’s values, often serving as an arena of conflict among classes, races, and genders. By investigating selected sites on this contested terrain—from novels, stage shows, and movies to radio, television, and popular music—students will learn to think seriously, critically, and historically about the mass-produced culture that surrounds us every day.


HIS 462:  Seminar in European History:  “Minorities, Protest Movements, and Countercultures in 20th-Century Europe.”  Dr. Huneke (T/R 5:00-6:15)

This seminar will assess the political and cultural “peripheries” of 20th-century European societies.  How have historical actors and historians decided what is “central” and what is “peripheral,” and on what basis?  In what ways have the “central” and “peripheral” been mutually constitutive?  Students will have the opportunity to focus their research on one of the following thematic areas of emphasis:  the African diaspora in Europe; the Jewish diaspora in Europe; the Islamic diaspora in Europe; student activism during the 1960s and its aftermath; Americanization and its discontents in European popular culture.

HIS 477: Seminar in African History: “African and African Diaspora Identities.” Dr. Yates (W 3:35-6:15)

This seminar will examine the ways in which African and African Diaspora identities have been constructed and reconstructed in the 20th and 21st centuries. Beginning with W.E.B. DuBois and Frantz Fanon, the course will outline the various dynamics of identity through a variety of lenses, including culture, sexuality, social movements, gender, class, place, migration, sociology and philosophy.  Students will have the opportunity to analyze Poetry, Literature, History, Philosophy, and Journalism.