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Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students

101-6 – First-Year Seminar: European History Focused

The first-year seminar, each limited to 15 undergraduates, introduce students to modes of historical analysis through the student of various topics in history. 

Various topics by instructor. Specific topics and descriptions can be found in Caesar.

Open to first-year students only.

102-6 – First-Year Seminar: American History Focused

The first-year seminar, each limited to 15 undergraduates, introduce students to modes of historical analysis through the student of various topics in history. 

Various topics by instructor. Specific topics and descriptions can be found in Caesar.

Open to first-year students only.

103-6 – First-Year Seminar: Non-Western History Focused

The first-year seminar, each limited to 15 undergraduates, introduce students to modes of historical analysis through the student of various topics in history. 

Various topics by instructor. Specific topics and descriptions can be found in Caesar.

Open to first-year students only.

200 – New Introductory Courses in History

Introductory lecture courses on topics not covered in regular offerings. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

Historical Studies Distro Area. Topic Varies by instructor. See Caesar for specific course descriptions.

201-1 – European Civilization: High Medieval Thru Mid-18th C

Culture and structure of preindustrial society, high medieval through mid-18th century.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

201-2 – European Civilization: Mid-18th C to Present

Impact of industrial and political change and development of modern society to the present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

203-1 – Jewish History 750-1492

Political, economic, cultural, and intellectual life of Jewish communities under medieval Islam and Christianity. Judeo-Arabic culture and its critics; Jewish-Christian relations; the place of violence; rise and influence of Jewish law and mysticism.

 

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

203-2 – Jewish History II: Early Modern, 1492 - 1789

1492-1789: Jewish community's economic and cultural reshaping; legalized readmission of Jews to European cities and integration into European society.

Historical Studies Distro Area

203-3 – Jewish History 1789-1948

1789-1948: Plurality of models of integration, acculturation, and assimilation; multiple identities; split of traditional community; sociocultural behavior; political movements.

Historical Studies Distro Area

210-1 – History of the United States, Precolonial to the Civil War

Interpretative survey from the 17th century to the present. Pre-colonial to the Civil War.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

210-2 – History of the United States, Reconstruction to the Present

Interpretative survey from the 17th century to the present. Reconstruction to the present. 

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

212-1 – Introduction to African-American History: Key concepts from 1700-1861

African origins, the slave trade, origins of slavery and racism in the United States, life under slavery in the North and the South. AF_AM_ST 212-1 and HISTORY 212-1 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

212-2 – Introduction to African American History: Emancipation to Civil Rights Movement

Emancipation to the civil rights era. Reconstruction, rise of legal segregation, strategies of resistance, migration, and urbanization. AF_AM_ST 212-2 and HISTORY 212-2 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area

214 – Asian American History

 Introduction to the history of Asians in the United States, with a focus on their impact on American society as well as their experiences within the United States. ASIAN_AM 214-0 and HISTORY 214-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

216 – Global Asians

Survey of Asian diasporas in the United States and elsewhere in the 19th and 20th centuries, emphasizing causes of migration, process of settlement, relations with other ethnic groups, and construction of diasporic identities. ASIAN_AM 216-0 and HISTORY 216-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area

218 – Latina and Latino History

History of Latina/os in the United States and in the context of US- Latin American relations from the 18th century to the present. HISTORY 218-0 and LATINO 218-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

250-1 – Global History: Early Modern to Modern Transition

The early-modern to modern transition.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

250-2 – Global History: The Modern World

The modern world. HISTORY 250-1 is not a prerequisite for HISTORY 250-2.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

251 – The Politics of Disaster: A Global Environmental History

A global survey of key natural disasters from the eighteenth century to the present. Focus on the political and human-made dimensions of these supposedly "natural" events.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

255-1 – Background to African Civilization and Culture: Origins to 17th C.

Historical approach to society, economy, polity, and culture in Africa. Agricultural origins to the 17th century.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

255-2 – Background to African Civilization and Culture: 16th-19th C.

 Historical approach to society, economy, polity, and culture in Africa. 16th through 19th centuries.

 

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

255-3 – Background to African Civilization and Culture: 1875-1994

Historical approach to society, economy, polity, and culture in Africa. 1875 to 1994.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

260-2 – History of Latin America in the Modern Period

Aspects of the development of Latin America's socioeconomic, political, cultural, and religious institutions and practices. After independence and through the modern period, c. 1821 to the present.

270 – Middle Eastern/Islamic Civilization

Influence of Islam on the components of Middle Eastern societies (nomads, agrarian and urban populations) from the inception of the faith (7th century BCE) to the modern period.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

271-3 – History of the Islamic Middle East: 1789-present

Jewish and Arab nationalism, oil diplomacy, Islam in the modern context, 1789-present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

272 – History of Ancient Egypt, 3100-c. 1000 B.C.E.

The Old Kingdom: centralized government, divine kingship. The Middle Kingdom: new monarchic principles in the aftermath of social disorder. The New Kingdom: imperialism in response to foreign aggression; religious revolution of Akhenaton.

Historical Studies Distro Area

275-1 – History of Western Science and Medicine: Origins in Early Modern Europe

Origins of science and medicine in early modern Europe: science, religion, and cosmology; anatomy and sexual difference; the Enlightenment and social science.

Historical Studies Distro Area

275-2 – History of Western Science and Medicine: In Modern Europe and America

Modern science and medicine in Europe and America: quantum physics and the A-bomb; Darwinism, genetics, and eugenics; DNA typing and "racial science."

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

281 – Chinese Civilization

Chinese history to the 16th century, emphasizing cultural and intellectual history.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

282 – Sino-American Relations in the Modern World

 This course considers the bilateral Sino-American relationship in its larger global context and in connection to the issues of war, diplomacy, race, gender, religion, and material and popular culture. Focuses on the ways domestic politics shape international relations.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

292 – Intro History Seminar

New Course. More info forthcoming.

300 – New Lectures in History

Lecture courses on special topics not covered in regular offerings. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

Historical Studies Distro Area. Topic Varies by instructor. See Caesar for current course description.

303-1 – American Women's History, to 1865

Women and gender in American life, with attention to differences among women based on class, race, and ethnicity. To 1865.

303-2 – American Women's History, since 1865

Women and gender in American life, with attention to differences among women based on class, race, and ethnicity. Since 1865.

305 – American Immigration

Themes in history of immigration, especially from Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Law, racial formation, acculturation, transnational and international contexts, competing notions of citizenship. HISTORY 305-0 and LEGAL_ST 305-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

309 – American Environmental History

American history from precontact to the present, focusing on the role of the natural world in human history and the role of human thought and action in natural history. ENVR_POL 309-0 and HISTORY 309-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

 

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

315-2 – The United States Since 1900: Mid-20th C.

America's domestic history and role in world affairs since 1900. Mid-20th century.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

315-3 – The United States Since 1900: Late 20th C. to Present

America's domestic history and role in world affairs since 1900. Late 20th century to the present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

316 – The Sixties

Examination of one of the most tumultuous eras in US history, its roots in the reshaping of American society after World War II, and its legacies for the present. Emphasis on social movements of the period, particularly the civil rights movement, and political and cultural change.

317-1 – American Cultural History: 19th C.

Changing values of the American people, how they have been transmitted, and how they have shaped American society, politics, and the economy. 19th century.

318-1 – Legal and Constitutional History of the United States: Colonial Period to 1850

Colonial period-1850. Development of legal institutions, constitutionalism, law and social change, law and economic development. Taught with LEGAL_ST 318-1; may not receive credit for both courses.

319 – History of US Foreign Relations

Survey of US relations with the rest of the world from the 18th century to the present, with particular attention to the 20th century.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

320 – The Fourteenth Amendment

he Fourteenth Amendment's role in defining and protecting citizenship, privileges and immunities, due process, and equal protection from its nineteenth-century origins to the present. HISTORY 320-0 and LEGAL_ST 320-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area

322-1 – Development of the Modern American City: to 1880

City characteristics of urban society in America from the period of settlement to the present. To 1880.

Historical Studies Distro Area

322-2 – Development of the Modern American City: 1880-Present

 City characteristics of urban society in America from the period of settlement to the present. 1880-present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

324 – US Gay and Lesbian History

Gender, sexuality, and the rise of modern lesbian and gay identities. Lecture and discussion. HISTORY 324-0 and GNDR_ST 324-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

325 – History of American Technology

American history through its material culture; industrialization and its discontents; consumer culture and household technology; mass communication and democracy; technological utopia and the computer revolution.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

330 – Medieval Sexuality

Fluidity of sex and gender roles in an age before "sexual orientation"; impact of and resistance to Christian theology's negative assessment of sexuality; the cult of chastity.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

332-2 – The Development of Medieval Europe: High & Late Middle Ages, 1000-1450

High and Late Middle Ages, 1000-1450.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

333 – The Age of the Renaissance

Decline and revival of European civilization, 1350-1530. Cultural, political, economic, and social developments.

Historical Studies Distro Area

340 – Gender, War, and Revolution in the 20th Century

 Examination of changes in gender ideals and in the lives of women and men in Europe and America as a result of world wars, Russian revolution, fascism, and the Cold War.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

343 – Modern Italy

Italy from the Enlightenment to the present, concentrating on the Risorgimento, the world wars, Mussolini and fascism, the postwar economic miracle, and terrorism.

344-2 – Germany Since 1945

Debates about the development of the postwar German states from 1945 to the present. Social, political, economic, and everyday history within the context of East, West, and unified Germany. GERMAN 344-2 and HISTORY 344-2 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

345-2 – History of Russia, 1700 - 1917

Russia from Peter to the Revolution, 1700-1917.

345-3 – History of Russia, 1917-Present

The Soviet Union and its successor states, 1917-present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

347 – Christians and Jews

Varieties of historical encounters between Jews and Christians. Origins of the "Jesus movement"; rabbinic attitudes toward Christianity; medieval polemic and engagement; the modern "Judeo-Christian tradition"; Christian Zionism and postwar ecumenicism.

349 – History of the Holocaust

Origins and development of the massacre of European Jewry during World War II.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

352 – Global History of Death and Dying

How death shapes the modern world via slave trades, imperial conquests, pandemics, wars, medicine, and genocide. Transformations in rituals; personal and social meanings of death; ways and patterns of dying.

Ethics Values Distro Area. Historical Studies Distro Area. Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules

See Caesar for current course description.

356-1 – History of South Africa, Early Times to 1879

From the African iron age to the establishment of the multinational gold mining industry, emphasizing the rise of African states and the contest for land with white settlers.

Historical Studies Distro Area

356-2 – History of South Africa, 20th C.

Emphasis on the 20th century, the rise of African nationalism, and the clash with the apartheid state.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

357 – East Africa

Selected topics in East African history.

360 – Tudor and Stuart Britain

Formation of the British state during the Tudor and Stuart dynasties, 1485- 1714, with emphasis on changing patterns of religious belief and the transformation of the monarchy.

Historical Studies Distro Area

362-1 – Modern British History, 1688 - 1815

Social, political, and institutional history, 1688-1815.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

362-2 – Modern British History, 1780-1900

The Victorians: liberalism, empire, and morality, 1780-1900.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

362-3 – Modern British History, 1900-present

Empire to Cool Britannia, 1900-present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

366 – Race and Nation in the Independence Era

The process of Latin American independence, from the colonial background to 19th century insurgency wars, economic development, and nation formation, with emphasis on race and "the Indian question" in liberal thought.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

373-1 – The Ottomans: Last Empire of Islam, 1300-1622

The Last Empire of Islam, 1300-1622. Emergence and rise to power; relations with other European and Asian powers; principal institutions; governmental and societal frameworks.

Historical Studies Distro Area

376 – Global Environments and World History

 Introduction to the recent histories of environmental issues around the world, including urbanization, industrialization, population growth, commodification, empire building, intercontinental welfare, energy extraction, and new technologies. ENVR_POL 340-0 and HISTORY 376-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

378 – Law and Science: A History

The changing relations between justice and science-including the forensic sciences of identification and intellectual property-in the United States and Europe over the past 300 years.

Historical Studies Distro Area

379 – Biomedicine and World History

Introduction to the social, political, scientific, and economic forces allowing biomedical systems to become synonymous with global health governance. GBL_HLTH 309-0 and HISTORY 379-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

381-1 – History of Modern China: Late Imperial China, 1600-1911

Late Imperial China, 1600-1911.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

381-2 – History of Modern China: 1911-present

1911-present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

382 – The Modern Japanese City

Social and cultural history of urban Japan.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

385-1 – History of Modern South Asia, 1500-1800

The early modern period, ca. 1500-1800: The Mughal Empire; the early phase of European trade and conquest in the subcontinent.

Historical Studies Distro Area

385-2 – History of Modern South Asia, ca. 1750-present

ca. 1750-present: The age of British colonial dominance; the politics of nation building and anticolonial resistance; independence, partition, and the postcolonial predicament.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

386-2 – History of Modern Southeast Asia Until 1945

A social and economic history of Southeast Asia from c.1750 to 1945.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

386-3 – History of Contemporary Southeast Asia Since 1945

A social and political history of Southeast Asia from the end of the Second World War to the Present.

Historical Studies Distro Area. See Caesar for current course description.

393 – Approaches to History

 Introductory seminar for history majors and others interested in understanding how history is thought about and written. Intensive exploration of a significant historical event, period, or topic.

Historical Studies Distro Area. Topic Varies by instructor. See Caesar for current course description.

395 – Research Seminar

Students research and complete a term paper on a topic of choice. Required of majors.

Topic Varies by instructor. See Caesar for current course description.

398-1 – Thesis Seminar

 Advanced work through supervised reading, research, and discussion. Admission by written application, to be reviewed by department. Grade of K given in 398-1 and 398-2.

398-2 – Thesis Seminar

Advanced work through supervised reading, research, and discussion. Admission by written application, to be reviewed by department. Grade of K given in 398-1 and 398-2.

398-3 – Senior Thesis

Graduate-level Courses Available to Undergraduates

392 – Topics In History

Advanced work through reading, research, and discussion in an area of special significance.

Graduate students permitted in some courses with consent of instructor.

Topic Varies by instructor. See Caesar for current course description.

Courses Primarily for Graduate Students

405 – Seminar in Historical Analysis

A varying menu of courses in methodology and/or theory. At least two seminars are offered every year.

Topic Varies by instructor. See Caesar for current course description.

410-1, 2, 3 – Field Seminar in American History

Field seminars designed to familiarize students in each division of the graduate curriculum with pivotal issues, interpretations, controversies, research techniques, and works in the field.

430-1, 2, 3 – Field Seminar in European History

Field seminars designed to familiarize students in each division of the graduate curriculum with pivotal issues, interpretations, controversies, research techniques, and works in the field.

443-2 – Literature of Early Modern English History

The British Empire from its origins to 1800, including trade, exploration, ideology, and governance.

450 – Field Seminar in African History

Field seminars designed to familiarize students in each division of the graduate curriculum with pivotal issues, interpretations, controversies, research techniques, and works in the field.

481 – Western Literature of Chinese History

483 – Literature of Japanese History

See Caesar for current course description.

484 – Literature of the History of Science

A graduate field seminar covering scholarly approaches to the history of science, technology, and medicine.

492 – Topics in History

Topic Varies by instructor. See Caesar for current course description.

560 – Teaching History (Pedagogy)

570-1, 2, 3 – Research Seminar in History

585 – Dissertation Workshop

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