Fall 2023 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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HISA 1020 After Rome: Early Medieval World (Luongo) G, TH, T1
A survey of the period from the fall of Rome to the establishment of feudal kingdoms.

HISU 1500 Starbucks: Coffee Culture Capital (Fertel) TH, T1

HISU 1910 The History of Mardi Gras (Fertel) R, TH


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 2010 History of China to 1800 (DeMare) G, PN, TH, T1
This survey course introduces the main themes of Chinese history, from Neolithic times down to the end of the pre-modern era (marked, both by tradition and for sake of convenience, at 1800 CE). Key topics include the exploration of the religious, moral, and social beliefs of early China as well as the assessment of the significance of the institutions of state and family, which have left such a striking imprint on the whole of Chinese history. This course is intended for those with little or no prior study of Chinese history; by the end of the semester, students should have a rounded perspective on the diversity as well as the essential continuities of Chinese culture in its formative stages.

HISE 2240 Rus Rulers & Tyrants, 900-1825 (Ramer) G, PN, TH, WT, T1
Political, social, and economic developments in Russia from the earliest times to the mid-19th century. Kievan and Muscovite background, reforms of Peter the Great, and the effects of westernization.

HISE 2330 History of Scotland (Pollock) G, TH, T1
An introductory lecture course on the history of Scotland from earliest times to the present day, covering social, political and economic topics.

HISE 2430 Modern Spain since 1700 (Boyden) G, TH, T1
Examines the course of modern Spanish history from the Bourbon succession through the loss of overseas empire, the political and social evolution culminating in the bloody civil war of 1936-39, and the subsequent dictatorship of Franco, to contemporary democratic Spain and the challenges it faces.

HISE 2910 Hst Sports in Modern Europe (Otte) TH, T1

HISL 2112 Modern Latin America (Wolfe) G, TH, T1
This 3-credit course examines the history of Latin America from Independence in the 1810s and 1820s to the present. Main themes include nationalism, regional solidarity, revolutionary movements, extractive economies, and Indigenous and populist politics.

HISL 2914 Med and Pub Hlth in Latin Amr (Cruz) TH, T1

HISL 2929 Piracy in the Americas (Lane) G, TH, T1
This 3-credit 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. We explore the phenomenon from multiple perspectives in order to understand both victims and perpetrators.

HISM 2200 History of Islam to 1400 () 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 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 2520 Early America to 1800 (Miller) TH, T1
This course surveys the development of the North American mainland before 1800 with focus on the thirteen British colonies in mainland North America that chose to declare their independence in 1776, and attention to the broader continental and Atlantic contexts in which they were embedded, including colonial Louisiana.

HISU 2610 The Old South (Sparks) 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 2630 US Foreign Relations Pre-WWII (Lipman) R, TH, T1
This course will investigate the history of U.S. foreign relations from the early republic until World War II. The class will span more than a century and students will be asked to consider the economic and ideological objectives embedded in U.S. foreign relations and the growth of the United States as a world power. Topics will include: the Mexican-American war, westward expansion, U.S.-Hawaii relations, the War of 1898, U.S. interventions in the Caribbean, late 19th and early 20th century immigration, World War I, and World War II. In addition, this course will consider representations of the world in domestic culture by examining the histories of world fairs tourism, travel literature, and missionaries.

HISU 2910 Circus! Am History & Identity (Parker) R, TH, T1

HISU 2911 The Road to Civil War (Gilpin) TH, T1


HISE 3230 The French Revolution (Edwards) G, TH, T1
The French Revolution is among the most written-about historical subjects, and for good reason. Along with the American and Haitian Revolutions, it prompted dramatic shifts in ideas and practices of governance, politics, law, as well as social, racial, and gender hierarchies. These shifts radically transformed French society, had a lasting impact on the rest of Europe, and also had significant global repercussions. This seminar will pursue two major objectives: understanding the events of the Revolution, and engaging with historians’ interpretations of those events.

HISE 3311 Gardens Parks and Green Spaces (Pollock) G, TH, T2
This course examines the creation of gardens, parks and public space in Europe and the Americas from 1500 to the present day. We will study the historical evolution, technology and art form of gardens and public parks as well as their social significance, taking into account issues of race, ethnicity, gender and class.

HISU 3910 History Lab: Exhibits (Lipman) R, TH, T1

HISU 3914 Southern Cultural History () TH, T1


HIST 4910 Monsters in History (García) G, TH


HISA 6250 Medieval Religious Culture (Luongo) G, TH, T2
This seminar explores a variety of aspects of medieval religious beliefs and practices, raising questions about the specific character of medieval religious culture and about how historians study it. Themes addressed include the cult of the saints; monastic life and intellectual culture; gender and models of sanctity; art and religious meaning; relations between majorities and minorities; and popular religion.

HISB 6070 Gender in African History (McMahon) G, TH
This seminar will consider the question of how recent forms of gender theory might be applied to African societies. Readings will include Foucauldian, psychoanalytic, and political theory, as well as historical and ethnographic studies of particular societies.

HISE 6420 Readings In Holocaust (Otte) G, TH, T2
Examines the origins and development of the Nazi Final Solution; the experience of the victims, perpetrators, rescuers, and bystanders; and the relationship between history and memory.

HISE 6511 Stalin's Russia, 1924-1953 (Ramer) G, TH, T2
This seminar addresses four major questions: 1) What was the nature of the political, social, and cultural system that came into existence under Stalin and how did that system evolve during his lifetime? 2) What was the scope and nature of political repression and state terror under Stalin? Given the reality of state terror, how can we explain the geniune enthusiasm that the regime was able to mobilize for so many of its initiatives? 3) What was the Soviet experience during World War II, and how did the war affect Soviet society and politics? 4) What was the range of experiences that ordinary individuals and families encountered in their private lives during the Stalin era? A major question throughout the course is the character of Stalin's personal rule and the extent of his responsibility for the major developments under his leadership.

HISE 6910 Inquisition: Methods & Victims (Boyden) G, TH, WT, T2

HISL 6740 Latin American Social Hist (García) G, TH
A specific topic is chosen each year. The course has dealt with slavery, race relations, and social revolutions in previous years. Future topics include the history of the peasantry and peasant movements in Latin America and the development of the Latin American urban working class. Lectures, readings and discussions.

HISL 6910 Rebellion-Crime-Viol in Lat Am (Cruz) G, TH

HIST 6910 Atlantic World Biographies () R, TH, T2

HIST 6910 Global Histories (Lane) G, TH

HISU 6910 The 1960s (Gilpin) TH, T2


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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