College of Arts & Sciences

Department of History

Fall 2016 Upper Division History Courses
HIS 201 – US HISTORY TO 1877    

          T/R 8:00 – 9:15  Dr. Miller

          T/R 12:30 – 1:45 Dr. Sibley

is a survey of American history from colonial times to Reconstruction.


**HIS 208** – Introduction to Asian Civilizations (NEW COURSE)

          MWF 11:15 – 12:05 Dr. Carter

focuses especially on China, India, and Japan, introducing cultural foundations to provide context for recent history and current events. GEP overlays: Non-Western (DGNW) Counts toward Asian Studies major & minor; International Relations major & minor


HON 320 – Elections Historical Perspective

            T/R 9:30 – 10:45

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. Particular attention will be devoted to understanding the tactics and strategies of the two major parties as they position themselves for and then campaign in the Elections of 2016. 


HIS 491 - The Philadelphia Area Internship

           Independent Study Dr. Chakars

allows students to receive 3 credits for completing internships in the public sector, private sector, or in a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Philadelphia area.


HIS 329 – Crime & Punishment in European History, 1200-1840

            T/R 12:30 – 1:45 Dr. Close

examines the logic behind the use of torture, public punishment, and execution in European criminal justice systems from 1200-1840, including a reenactment of several trials before the Spanish Inquisition." Counts for Justice & Ethics in the Law minor; Medieval, Renaissance, & Reformation Studies, European Studies minor 


**New Class** HIS 346 – Religious Thought & Philosophy in African Communities

          T/R 2:00- 3:15 Dr. Yates

examines the role of religious thought and philosophy in culture, history, state construction, conflict and peace in the Africa.  GEP Overlays: Faith Reason; Writing Intensive


HIS 387 – Popular Culture in the United States

          MWF   12:20 – 1:10 Dr. Hyson

analyzes how American popular culture has both reflected & shaped society’s values, often serving as an arena of conflict among classes, races, & genders. Students learn to think seriously, critically, & historically about the mass-produced culture—stage shows, movies, popular music, & TV— that surrounds them.  Counts toward American Studies minor & as an ILC for Communications major


HIS 471 Seminar: America’s First Ladies

          T/R 3:30 – 4:45 Dr. Sibley

will cover the history of first ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, exploring how their political, activist, and ceremonial roles both reflected as well as expanded the opportunities available to women in their time.  Counts towards American Studies minor & GEP Overlays: Writing Intensive


HIS 472: Seminar: Rights and Justice in Medieval Europe  

          T/R 9:30 – 10:45 Dr. Lewin

explores the post-Roman origins of European conceptions of human & natural rights, and how ideas of justice and the agencies changed over time. This course explores topics from children’s rights to theories of “just war” to radical peasant revolts. Students will write a final research paper on a topic of their choosing. Counts towards European Studies & GEP Overlays: Writing Intensive; Ethics Intensive.