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Fall 2021 Course Listings

G – Global Perspectives PE – Perspectives/European PN – Perspectives/Non European PCI – Perspectives/Comp, Intl R – Race & Inclusion TH – Textual & Historical Perspectives WT – Western Traditions T1 – Writing Tier-1 T2 – Writing Intensive SLA Tier -2

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HISL 1710 Intro Latin American History (Kahr) G, PN, TH, T1
This course introduces students to the politics, society, and culture of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. We will explore scholarly texts, primary sources, and a variety of media from the region to provide a foundation in Latin America’s diversity and shared history.

HISL 1720 Intro Caribbean History (Adderley) G, PN
This course provides a survey introduction to the history of the Caribbean basin including the island territories located in the Caribbean Sea as well as those Atlantic islands and regions of mainland Central and South America which have shared similar historical experience with the Caribbean basin.

HISU 1500 Why Taylor Swift Matters: A Musical History of Love and Loss (Fertel) R, TH, T1
Love songs make the world go round. This class considers the how and why by examining the history of prerecorded and popular music through the lens of love and loss. We will explore odes of antiquity and religious devotionals, the origins of opera and gospel, the roots of blues and country ballads, the rise of pop and rock and roll, and, of course, breakup albums, from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan to Olivia Rodrigo. Though this is not a course specifically about Taylor Swift, our readings and discussions will lead us to answer why Taylor Swift and other modern music masters of romance and regret matter.

HISU 1800 Early New Orleans (Clark) PCI, R, TH, T1
Learn where New Orleans came from in this exploration of the city’s past. We look back to the fifteenth century Atlantic World that gave birth to the frontier settlement on the Mississippi and conclude with the emergence of New Orleans as a major American city in the early1800s.

HISU 1910 The History of Mardi Gras (Fertel) R, TH, T1
Through serious examination of the mirth and madness that is Mardi Gras, we will reimagine our understandings of local, national, and global histories. Topics will include race and class, gender and sexual politics, tourism and economic inequity, inclusion and gentrification, religion and hedonism, resilience and revolution.


HISA 2020 The High Roman Empire (Harl) G, WT, T1
This lecture course explains the political, institutional, and cultural achievements of the Roman Empire that are the foundations of Western civilization.

HISB 2130 History of Southern Africa (McMahon) G, PN, TH, T1
This course examines southern African history from 1652 to the present. It explores the particular political and cultural patterns which arose in the region as a result of contact and conflict between indigenous African societies and European settler communities.

HISC 2020 History of China since 1800 (DeMare) G, PN, TH, T1
This survey course introduces the main themes in Chinese history from the height of the Qing dynasty to the end of the twentieth century.

HISE 2210 Modern Germany (Otte) G, TH, WT, T1
This course will provide a survey of the political, social, cultural and economic history of modern Germany with an emphasis on the experiences and voices of ordinary women and men. Special attention will be paid to the way Germans dealt with the memory of various forms of violence and trauma.

HISE 2330 History of Scotland (Pollock) G, TH, T1
Scotland: land of lochs, kilts, bagpipes, whisky, and antipathy to the English.  Or so people think.  This course will examine Scotland from ancient times to the present day, revealing that there is a great deal more to the nation’s history while debunking myths and stereotypes along the way.

HISE 2410 Spain, 1369-1716 (Boyden) G, TH, T1
Spain from the Reconquest through its rise as a European and imperial power to the end of the Habsburg dynasty, with attention to political, religious, cultural & economic history.

HISE 2910 Paris since Antiquity (Edwards) TH, T1
This course traces the evolution of the city of Paris from its origins as a backwater of the Roman Empire, to its importance as a center of Enlightenment, its emergence as the ‘capital of modernity’ in the 19th century, and its contested status in the contemporary era. Topics will include protest and revolution, leisure and consumption, public health and urban planning, and immigration and multiculturalism.

HISL 2110 Colonial Latin America (Medina Lugo) G, TH, T1
This course examines key themes in the history of Latin America from the era of the Aztecs and Incas to independence in the 1820s.

HISL 2910 American Independence (Wolfe) G, TH, T1
Independence movements swept the Americas in an age of radical social and political transformations. New ideas about individual rights, democracy, the public sphere, and equality shaped debates across the region. This class explores how issues of race, gender, and religion influence these debates and the development of these new nations.

HISL 2911 Piracy in the Americas (Lane) G, TH, T1
This course examines the phenomenon of sea raiding in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from the time of Columbus to the great anti-piracy campaigns of the early eighteenth century. Using a blend of primary and secondary sources, we will explore piracy as a legal, economic, and social phenomenon with global implications that persist today.

HISM 2200 History of Islam to 1400 (Hock) G, PN, TH, T1
This course surveys the rise and expansion of Islam and the Muslim polities and societies between ca. 600-1400.  It covers political developments as well as the emergence and development of the Islamic culture and thought.

HISU 2410 Women & Gender since 1861 (Haugeberg) R, TH, T1
This course examines U.S. history from 1861 to the present using the history of women and gender as the primary analysis. This course will be framed around a consideration of how the history of women intersects with ideas about human rights. We will explore how transformations in American laws, politics, customs, economic and military policies affected and were influenced by women. We will also consider how race, class, region, ethnicity, and age facilitated or prevented women from being able to exercise the full rights and obligations of citizenship.

HISU 2610 The Old South (Groth) R, TH, T1
Economic, cultural and political history of the South from the settlement of Jamestown through the Civil War. Emphasis is on those factors that made the South a unique section of the nation.

HISU 2670 American Environmental History (Horowitz) TH, T1
A course focused on how politics, culture, and the economy have changed the way people interact with the world around them, from 1491 to the present. Topics include capitalism, colonialism, democracy, wilderness, race, class, gender, justice, and climate change.

HISU 2910 Law and U.S. History (Isaacson, Gilpin) G, TH, T1
This course surveys the history of the United States through legal cases from the Revolutionary era to the present day. From sensational murder trials to major Supreme Court precedents, students will explore the intersections of history and law.


HISB 3910 Power in Africa (McMahon) G, TH, T1
In the 19th & 20th centuries the dynamics of power significantly shifted across sub-Saharan Africa. This course will use primary & secondary source documents to examine the oftentimes violent changes in power in the political, economic, social and spiritual realms of African history.

HISE 3220 WWII in French Film (Edwards) G, TH, T1 or T2
This seminar examines the representation of the era of Nazi occupation and the Vichy Regime (1940-44) in films produced between the 1940s and the 2000s. We will focus on depictions of daily life, the politics of collaboration and resistance, and the French role in the Holocaust.

HISE 3311 Gardens Parks and Green Spaces (Pollock) G, TH, T1 or T2
A service learning course examining the creation of gardens, parks and public green space in Europe and the Americas from 1500 to the present day. We will study garden and park design, then investigate the purpose and significance of green space in communities.

HISU 3910 American Family Through History (Howard) R, TH, T2

HISU 3912 Food, Power, & Inequality (Adams) R
This course will take work as its starting point and focus on food in New Orleans and the broader Gulf South from the perspective of the power relations inherent in food production. The focus will be on four broad "food" commodities: the sugar industry, fruit imports, the seafood industry and the hospitality industry. 


HISA 6910/ARHS 6810 Art and Intellectual Culture in the Middle Ages (Flora and Luongo) T, T2
Counts for History Elective Credit. This interdisciplinary seminar explores the role of the visual arts in shaping the intellectual culture of Medieval and Renaissance Italy and examines medieval and modern theories of visualization to consider what it means to study the past through visual images. The course will be centered around an exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville: “Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City.” Students and instructors will travel to Nashville to receive a private tour by exhibition curator.

HISA 6010 Roman Revolution (Harl) G, TH, T2
This research seminar deals with how imperial expansion led to reform, civil war, and revolution in the Roman Republic. Topics include the careers of Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Cleopatra and Octavian. Stress is also on the failure of reform, the social and economic forces resulting in civil wars, and the demise of the Republic.  The seminar includes tier 2 intensive writing option.

HISC 6110 Women in East Asian History (DeMare) G
This course explores the lives of women in East Asia, hoping to gain a further understanding of the challenges they faced under traditional Confucian regimes as well as the “modernizing” states of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Special attention will be placed on the roles of personal agency and state power in shaping female lives and identity, as well as the place of women in the East Asian family system.

HISE 6330 Imperial Spain 1469-1659 (Boyden) G, TH, T2
This seminar will focus on modern studies of the political and military history of the Spanish Monarchy from the mid-sixteenth through the mid-seventeenth centuries. We will also examine the cultural milieu of the royal court and the socioeconomic consequences of royal policy and prolonged warfare.

HISE 6910 Old/New Fascism (Otte) G, TH, WT, T2
This course aims to reflect on what, exactly, fascism is: what it was in specific historical instances in a number of European countries, how it related to other populist/nationalist contemporary movements and mass ideologies, whether there exists a transhistorical prototype of “fascism,” and finally whether the current historical moment can give us new insight into some of these questions.

HISL 6850 U.S.- Latin American Relations (Wolfe) G,TH, T2
Why have relations between U.S. and the many countries of Latin America have swung between ambivalent and violently contentious. What influence has the U.S. had on the region, and vice versa? We will explore these questions from a variety of prospectus and using scholarly text and primary sources.

HISL 6910 Medicine, Science and Technology in Latin America (Cruz)
In this seminar we will explore the intertwined histories of medi- cine, public health, science, and technology in Latin America. Covering the 19th and 20th centuries, the readings will be focused on understanding how elite and state ideologies, expressed through science and technocratic governance, have impacted daily life in Latin America. The readings will largely be on histories that move us away from a traditional model that portrays science in Latin America through a north-south axis, that is, as strictly a diffusion of knowledge from the United States and Europe to the southern hemisphere.

HISM 6310 Ottomans & Middle East (Hock) G, TH, T2
What was the Ottoman Empire that once ruled much of today’s Middle East, Eastern Europe, and coastal North Africa? This course approaches the empire’s history by tracing its origins, through its many struggles and transformations as a global empire, until its demise in the 20th century. Finally, we will consider the empire’s legacy in the Middle East, focusing on issues pertaining to religious and ethnic minorities in the region, the creation of states in the Arab world, and contemporary Turkish culture and politics.

HISU 6540 African-American Culture (Adderley) R
Black Culture USA! What does that mean? We now often take for granted that there is something definable as "African American Culture." This seminar traces that idea from the horrors of slavery to modern Hip Hop.

HISU 6580 Prophets, Sects & Cults (Sparks) TH, T2
Prophet or charlatan? True faith or madness? What separates a cult from any other religious movement? These questions have surrounded people of faith and their followers from the colonial era to the present. Learn more in this new seminar.

HISU 6910 Stars & Bars: Confederacy History (Gilpin) TH, T2
South Carolina lowered the Confederate battle flag in July of 2015, but Americans have vigorously debated the meaning of this nineteenth century symbol for over 150 years. This course investi- gates the history, symbolism, and legacy of the Confederate States of America. Students will make use of music, film, art, as well as traditional historical source material.

HISU 6911 The Climate Crisis (Horowitz) TH, T2
A seminar in history and the environmental humanities that considers the question: what kind of problem is the climate crisis?

G – Global Perspectives PE – Perspectives/European PN – Perspectives/Non European PCI – Perspectives/Comp, Intl R – Race & Inclusion TH – Textual & Historical Perspectives WT – Western Traditions T1 – Writing Tier-1 T2 – Writing Intensive SLA Tier -2