History (HIST)

HIST 1050 Europe from the Medieval to the Early Modern Period — 4 credits

This course covers the fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval heritage, Renaissance and Reformation, exploration and discovery, development of the "state," Spanish hegemony, Age of Absolutism, Enlightenment and revolution, new vistas. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 1060 Europe Since 1800 — 4 credits

This course examines the impact the ideologies of the Enlightenment and French Revolution had on the development of modern Europe. Students explore how nationalism, imperialism, liberalism, fascism and communism shaped European society, politics, and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Events covered include the French Revolution, the Revolutions of 1848, the "scramble" for Africa, World War I, the Interwar Period, World War II, the Cold War, and the Revolutions of 1989. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 1160 East Asia Since 1600 — 4 credits

This course serves as a general survey of the history of East Asia from 1600 to the present with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of the course material focuses on China and Japan. Korea and Vietnam are also included but receive less coverage. The course focuses on the political, social, and economic systems of these countries, major historical events, intra-Asian interactions and East Asia's response to the West. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 1200 Survey of U.S. Political and Social History, 1600-1900 — 4 credits

This course is a survey of U.S. political and social history from the colonial era to 1900, with emphasis on the multiracial and multicultural aspects of the American experience. Also includes an overview of women's social and political roles and status from 1600 to the achievement of suffrage. Also offered as CRST 1200. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 1300W Introduction to Historiography — 4 credits

History and historiography are used to illustrate various basic aspects of the historian’s craft and to teach students how to read and write about history critically. The course explores varieties of historical interpretation and methodologies, the relationship of thesis and fact in historical argument, the issues of audience and types of sources, and the various genres of history. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 2200 Twentieth Century America — 4 credits

This course provides an examination of U.S. society, culture, politics and foreign policy from 1900 to the present, with an emphasis on the connections among these various aspects of the 20th century American experience. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 2300 World History Since 1500 — 4 credits

This course surveys the global connections and networks formed beginning in the sixteenth century and continuing into the present. Course topics include exploration and conquest, colonialism and imperialism, the expansion and abolition of the slave trade and slavery, ideas of race and gender, cultural connections, and globalization. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 2460 Ancient Greece — 4 credits

The Ancient Greeks present an intriguing paradox for our modern sensibilities. They invented democracy, but envisioned it as a system in which only elite male members of society were permitted to participate. The Greeks saw themselves as the champions of “freedom,” but their prosperity was built on the labor of slaves, most women were strictly confined to their homes, and it was permissible to kill girl babies or female members of the household for any reason. The Greeks believed themselves to be the upholders of civilization against the “Barbarians,” but the Persian “barbarians” they opposed were an elegant and sophisticated people who upheld religious freedom for all and prohibited slavery within their borders. Yet the Greeks also produced some of the most superb art and the finest achievements of literature that the world has ever seen. In this course students will explore the history of ancient Greece from the Paleolithic through the onset of the Hellenistic era, with emphasis on art, literature and material culture, to try and form a coherent vision of this remarkable and self-contradictory people. Also offered as CLAS 2460.

HIST 2994 Topics — 4 credits

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 3210 Modern British History — 4 credits

This course covers the Restoration and Glorious Revolution; English society and politics in the 18th century; Industrial Revolution; 19th century political and social history; British imperialism, and twentieth century social and political history.

HIST 3250 History of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in the U.S. — 4 credits

The origins and evolution of American civil liberties and civil rights are covered from the colonial era through the 20th century civil rights and women’s rights movements. Course examines the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and the roles of the Supreme Court, federal and state governments, and rights movements in the development of civil liberties and civil rights. Also offered as CRST 3250 and WOST 3251. Not open to first-year students.

HIST 3280 Ireland From The 12th Century To The 21st Century — 4 credits

The social and political history of Ireland is covered, from the 12th century to the present, including Northern Ireland after partition. Special emphasis is given to Irish political resistance movements and rebellions, as well as the Irish Civil War and the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

HIST 3300 The Sixties in the U.S. — 4 credits

This course is an in-depth examination of U.S. society, politics, culture and ideology in the 1960s. Course includes music, literature, film and political manifestos of the decade.

HIST 3390 Modern Middle East — 4 credits

This course covers the history of the Modern Middle East from the nineteenth century to the present. Beginning with a brief review of the early expansion of Islam, the course will focus on the reforming movements of the nineteenth century, the experience of European colonialism, the growth of nationalism, decolonization, and the events of the Arab Spring. The readings will blend primary sources on political and national policies with more autobiographical sources focusing on the experiences of individuals. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 3460W Women in Greece and Rome — 4 credits

This course examines the evidence we have regarding the lives and societal position of women in the classical world from the Homeric epics through the Roman Empire. Students read a variety of texts, including law cases, short stories, love letters, medical writings and manuals on estate management, as well as several Athenian plays. The course also deals with the visual arts and archeological evidence from the time period in order to convey as complete as possible a picture of women’s lives during these times. Writing and reflection on texts and images composes a substantial portion of each class period, as does reading these reflections aloud to one another, and critiquing the style and content of one another's writing. During the semester students also write a substantial research paper on the topic of your choice and deliver it as a class presentation. Departmental Statement on Writing for History Courses: The ability to absorb information and turn it into clear and thoughtful prose is the most important skill required to succeed in a History class. History is a nuanced and complex subject, and we therefore stress the importance of incorporating the writing process into the learning process. Students must develop the habit of articulating their understanding of the material in a clear and straightforward manner that simultaneously conveys information and interprets the relevance and importance of that information for the reader. Producing both long and short papers is an important part of our pedagogy, as are tests that require a large amount of writing. Also offered as WOST 3460W and CLAS 3460W.

HIST 3470 Traditional China — 4 credits

This course covers the major themes in Chinese history from Neolithic times to approximately 1400. Key topics include the development of China's major philosophical traditions; the unification of China and the evolution of the bureaucracy; the spread of Buddhism to China; traditional Chinese society; and early contacts with Europeans. The course consists of lecture, film, small group discussion and class discussion.

HIST 3540 Late Imperial China: 1250 to 1911 — 4 credits

This course covers China’s last three dynasties, the Yuan (1279-1368) (briefly), the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911). Major topics include the social and political systems of imperial China; the Manchu conquest; missionary presence; Western imperialism; and the fall of Qing.

HIST 3550 Twentieth Century China — 4 credits

This course covers the major events and themes in 20th-century Chinese history. Emphasis is on the Communist phase of the Chinese Revolution. Major topics include the social and political systems of early 20th century China; the founding and growth of the Chinese Communist Party; Civil War and Communist victory; the regime of Mao Zedong; and Deng Xiaoping's Second Revolution. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 3560 Women in America to 1920 — 4 credits

Roles, status and expectations of women are covered from the colonial era to 1920; includes developments in family, sex, education, work, dress, politics; also covers the feminist movement of the 19th century. Also offered as CRST 3560 and WOST 3560. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 3610 Europe: from World War I to World War II — 4 credits

This course covers World War I – the war everybody/nobody wanted; the social, political and economic impact of total war; the Russian Revolution; the Peace Settlements; the Roaring Twenties — an Age of Anxiety; the Great Depression; Authoritarian and Totalitarian States; Aggression and Appeasement; World War again.

HIST 3620 Europe Since World War II — 4 credits

This course examines Europe's role as the "front" of the Cold War, and the effects its division had on the political, social, and economic lives of citizens on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Topics explored will include social development in communist bloc countries, critiques of capitalism in western Europe, the growth of the welfare state in western Europe, the rise of dissidents in eastern Europe, the revolutions of 1989, and the integration of immigrants into European societies.

HIST 3630 Women in Asia — 4 credits

This course examines the history of women in China, Japan and Korea from ancient times to the present. Major topics include traditional gender roles and the influence of Confucianism; industrialization and war; political and legal change; and contemporary issues affecting women’s lives. Also offered as WOST 3631. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 3650 U.S. Women Since 1920 — 4 credits

This course covers roles, status and expectations of women in the United States from 1920 to the present; developments in family, sex, education, politics, work and dress; feminist ideologies, their social and intellectual contexts and opposition. Also offered as CRST 3650 and WOST 3650. Offered in the College for Women and the College for Adults.

HIST 3700 History of Feminism in Western Society — 4 credits

This course traces the development of feminist thought and activism in Western society from the ancient Greeks to the late 20th century in the United States. The course explores the social, political, legal and cultural status of women in Western society across time. Special emphasis is placed on the roots of modern feminism as it developed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in Western Europe and in the United States. Also offered as POSC 3700 and WOST 3700. Not open to first-year students.

HIST 3790 Women in Europe Since 1500 — 4 credits

This course examines how European women shaped politics, economies, and society from 1500 to the present. Students study the ways women exert power on society, even when they are excluded from direct participation in it. The course covers the development of European feminism, women's involvement in the revolutionary movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, their expanding role in politics and society, and the continuing challenges European women face. Also offered as WOST 3790.

HIST 3795 The History of British Feminism through Literature — 4 credits

The history of the evolution of British feminist thought and activism from the 18th through early 20th centuries is studied within the broader historical contexts of women's roles and status across classes and the major political, social and economic developments of the period in Great Britain. A primary focus of the course is the treatment of women's issues and the expression of feminist ideas in literature, especially works by female authors. Also offered as WOST 3795. Offered in the College for Women.

HIST 4604 Internship — 4 credits

Structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves students in a particular profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, students need to meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office and then with their faculty advisor.

HIST 4684 Directed Study — 4 credits

Directed study is provided for students whose unusual circumstances prohibit taking a regularly scheduled course but who need the material of that course to satisfy a requirement. Availability of this faculty-directed learning experience depends on faculty time and may be limited in any given term and restricted to certain courses.
Prerequisites: Faculty, department chair and dean approval.

HIST 4850 History Senior Seminar — 4 credits

Students review the historiographical and methodological issues involved in researching and writing history. Students undertake intensive and extensive research in primary and secondary sources on a topic in history. The research culminates in a thesis paper that is presented publicly to the University community. Offered in the College for Women.
Prerequisite: HIST 1300W.

HIST 4952 Independent Study — 2 credits

Independent study offers students the opportunity for specialized research not covered in a course offering, by the action project or thesis. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a learning contract, which specifies the content and objectives of the study as well as the requirements and procedures for evaluation. The amount of credit earned for the study also is included in the learning contract.
Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty and department chair or program director.

HIST 4954 Independent Study — 4 credits

Independent study offers students the opportunity for specialized research not covered in a course offering, by the action project or thesis. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a learning contract, which specifies the content and objectives of the study as well as the requirements and procedures for evaluation. The amount of credit earned for the study also is included in the learning contract.
Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty and department chair or program director.