College of Arts & Sciences

Department of History

Fall 2015 Upper Division History Courses

HISTORY 210:  Historical Introduction to Modern Africa

            Dr. Yates, MWF 2:30-3:20.  GEP Overlay: DGNW

HISTORY 311:  Nazism and Fascism in Global Perspective

            Dr. Huneke, MWF 1:25-2:15

HISTORY 314: Living in the Ancient Mediterranean World (HONORS)

            Dr. Lewin, TR 2:00-3:15.  GEP Overlay: Ethics, Writing

HISTORY 348:  Witchcraft, Law and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe

            Dr. Close, TR 12:30-1:45

HISTORY 353:  Modern China

            Dr. Carter, MWF 11:15-12:05.  GEP Overlay: DGNW

HISTORY 359:  Indian and Pakistan, from Colony to Nation

            Dr. Abbas, TR 3:30-4:45.  GEP Overlay: DGNW

HIS 360: Colonial America

            Dr. Miller, TR 9:30-10:45.  GEP Overlay: DGNW

HIS 386:  American Environmental History

            Dr. Hyson, MWF 12:20-1:10.  GEP Overlay: Ethics

HIS 471:  Seminar in American History

            Dr. Sibley, TR 5:00-6:15.  GEP Overlay: Writing

HIS 478: Seminar in Global and Comparative History

            Dr. Warren, MW 3:35-4:50. GEP Overlay: Writing

HIS 491: Philadelphia Area Internship

            Dr. Chakars, BY ARRANGEMENT. GEP Overlay: Writing.


New Course Descriptions:

HIS 311 Nazism and Fascism in Global Perspective
This course will familiarize students with the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Nazi and Fascist movements in global perspective. It will contextualize the rise of Nazism in Germany and of Fascism in Italy by situating these phenomena in a transnational and comparative framework that will include consideration of analogous movements elsewhere in Europe, Asia, and Latin America as well as the rise of authoritarian nationalism in Spain and Portugal.

HIS 314 Living in the Ancient Mediterranean World
The goal of this course is to empower students to use primary and secondary sources to analyze the construction and transformation of political, economic, and social ideas and institutions in the ancient Mediterranean world (c. 3000 BCE-500 CE).  N.B.  This is an HONORS course.  Non-Honors students need the instructor’s permission to enroll.

HIS 491 Philadelphia Area Internship
The Philadelphia Area Internship Program supports student internships in a public sector, private sector, or non-government organization in the Philadelphia area. Students perform duties in a professional environment ten hours per week, keep a journal, read scholarly materials relevant to their internship, and write papers connecting their internship experience with the scholarly literature.  Students must meet with Dr. Chakars to receive permission to enroll in the course.

Research Seminar Descriptions

HIS 471: Seminar in US History: The United States in World War II, 1941-1945

This seminar will explore the full breadth of the U.S. role in World War II, international and domestic.  The seminar will encompass an investigation of the war’s diplomacy and key battles, and American responses to and responsibilities in international catastrophes such as the Holocaust and the atomic bomb.  Particular attention will be paid to the war’s effect on domestic political, legal, and social issues as well, including African American civil rights, internment of Japanese-Americans, war work of women, and the rise of the national security state, as well as wartime developments in American culture, ranging from film and art to religious activism.   The course is writing-intensive, and will include a 20-25 page research paper, peer review workshop sessions, regular short writing assignments on assigned readings, and presentations on research and class readings.


HIS 478: Seminar in Global and Comparative History: All the World’s a Stage.  Fairs, Exhibitions, Competitions and the Making of the Modern World

Since the mid-19th century, trade fairs, beauty pageants, sporting events, and other international exhibitions and competitions have become a key site of contention over the terms by which different groups fit into and relate to the modern global order.  In this research seminar, students will begin the semester exploring the theoretical and methodological frameworks that scholars have used to analyze these phenomena.  The central activity of the seminar will be the design and completion of an original research paper that focuses on a topic relevant to the themes of the course.