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Undergraduate Course Offerings – SPRING 2019

Spring 2019

1000 Level Courses

HIST 1130 - Introduction to the History of the United States

Title: HIST 1130 – Introduction to the History of the United States

Instructor: James Robinson

CRN: 35160

Sequence: F (1:35 PM – 3:15 PM TF)

Description: Engages with the major issues in U.S. history. Topics include the interaction of native populations with European settlers, the American Revolution and the Constitution, slavery, the Civil War, industrialization and migration, the growth of government and rise of the welfare state, media and mass culture, struggles for civil rights and liberation, and America’s role in the world from independence to the Iraq wars. 

HIST 1150 - East Asian Studies

Title: HIST 1150 – East Asian Studies

Instructor: Tom Havens

CRN: 32835

Sequence: 4 (1:35 PM – 2:40 PM MWR)

Description: Seeks to provide an understanding of the constituent characteristics that originally linked East Asia as a region and the nature of the transformations that have occurred in the region over the last two thousand years. Concentrates on China and Japan, and addresses Korea and Vietnam where possible. Also seeks to provide students with effective interdisciplinary analytical skills as well as historical, ethical, cultural diversity, and aesthetic perspectives. Cross-listed with ASNS 1150. 


HIST 1190 - Picturing Modernity: The Photographic Image in Culture and Society

Title: HIST 1190 – Picturing Modernity: The Photographic Image in Culture and Society

Instructor: Victoria Cain

CRN: 37635

Sequence: D ( 9:50 AM – 11:30 AM TF)

Description: Explores the role of the photographic image in culture and society from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Examines how the photographic image has altered cultural and perceptual patterns across the globe and investigates how cultural and social power have been influenced by photographs. Offers students an opportunity to read a cross-section of criticism, theory, and history and to study images and exhibitions to analyze how culture and history have been affected by and reflected in photographic images.

HIST 1246 - World War II in the Pacific

Title: HIST 1246 – World War II in the Pacific

Instructor:  Tom Havens

CRN: 34246

Sequence: A (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM MW)

Description: Studies World War II, the most devastating war in history, which began in Asia and had a great long-term impact there. Using historical and literary texts, examines the causes, decisive battles, and lingering significance of the conflict on both sides of the Pacific.

HIST 1272 - Europe in the Middle Ages, 500 - 1500

Title: HIST 1272 – Europe in the Middle Ages, 500 – 1500

Instructor: Robert Cross

CRN: 36861

Sequence: 3 (10:30 AM – 11:35 AM MWR)

Description: Examines the history of medieval Europe in a period of tremendous fluidity, migration, and flux. Studies the experiences of men and women in European societies before clearly defined nation-states had emerged. Topics include forms of political and cultural integration; the contacts between Europeans and non-Europeans in the Mediterranean and beyond; and the place of religion, art, and ideology, with attention to how Europeans’ experiences varied according to their gender, class, and race.

HIST 1350 - Feminist Resistance

Title: HIST 1350 – Feminist Resistance

Instructor: Suzanna Walters

CRN: 37076

Sequence: B (2:50 PM – 4:30 PM MW)

Description: Engages students in the study of a variety of forms of feminist resistance in recent history, emphasizing the US in the context of cross-cultural examples. Students examine key feminist texts and manifestoes and study feminist activism in coalition with other social movements. Students identify and analyze unique features of gender-based activism in itself and in its intersections with other social movements, including movements and activism focused on race, class, sexuality, and physical ability. WMNS 1350, SOCL 1350, and HIST 1350 are cross-listed

HIST 1389 - History of Espinage 1: Antiquity to World War II

Title: HIST 1389 – History of Espinage 1: Antiquity to World War II

Instructor: Jeff Burds

CRN: 34248

Sequence: A (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM MR)

Description: Explores the history of espionage through a series of case studies from ancient Rome, Greece, and China; the Reformation; the Age of Discovery; the French Revolution; the American Civil War; World War I and the Russian Revolution; and World War II. Commonly referred to as the world’s “second oldest profession,” espionage is an intrinsic part of the relationships between communities, institutions, and states. Draws from a wide variety of published and unpublished primary and secondary sources, supplemented by modern theoretical and social science perspectives, literature, and films.

HIST 1500 - Modern Chinese History and Culture

Title: HIST 1500 – Modern Chinese History and Culture

Instructor: TBA

CRN: 34160

Sequence: 3 (10:30 AM – 11:35 AM MWR)

Description: Introduces modern Chinese history and culture through literary works, films, and historical texts. Examines political, social, and cultural changes in China since 1800: the decline of empire; the New Culture Movement of the 1920s; the rise of nationalism and rural revolution; the changing roles of women; the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s; and China’s cinematic, literary, and economic engagement with the world since 1978. Taught in English and open to all undergraduates. CLTR 1500 and HIST 1500 are cross-listed.

2000 Level Courses

HIST 2211 - The World Since 1945

Title: HIST 2211 – The World Since 1945

Instructors: Thanasis Kinias & Peter Fraunholtz

CRN:   34620 (Kinias) / 37776 (Purinton) /32784 (Fraunholtz)


Kinias- Sequence E (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM WF)

Purinton – Sequence A (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM MR)

Fraunholtz – ONLINE

Description: Examines the political, economic, social, and cultural relationship between the developed and developing world since the end of World War II. Topics include the Cold War, independence and national movements in developing countries, the globalization of the world economy, scientific and technological innovations, wealth and poverty, the eradication of some diseases and the spread of others, the fall of the Soviet Union, Middle East turmoil, and the enduring conflict between Israel and Palestine.


HIST 2301/2302 - 2nd Year History Seminar

Title: HIST 2301/2302 – 2nd Year History Seminar

Instructor: Christopher Parsons

CRN: 30455 / 30454

Sequence: B (2:50 PM – 4:30 PM MW)

Description: Introduces history majors to advanced techniques of historical practice in research and writing. Offers students an opportunity to conduct original research and write an original research paper. Seminar themes vary; students should check with the Department of History for a list of each year’s seminar offerings.

HIST 2311 - Colonialism / Imperialism

Title: HIST 2311 – Colonialism / Imperialism

Instructor: David DeCamp

CRN: 37724

Sequence: E (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM WF)

Description: Examines the military, economic, political, and cultural expansion of world powers since the fifteenth century, and the ways in which colonized peoples were ruled. Why did colonialist countries feel the need to conquer and dominate, how did they do it, and why did they retreat on some fronts? How did people resist and cooperate with colonialism? How did colonialism affect national and cultural identities? Colonialism is examined as a global phenomenon and from a comparative perspective that looks at particular case studies. Also examines decolonization in the twentieth century.

HIST 2331 - The Civil War and Reconstrution

Title: HIST 2331 – The Civil War and Reconstrution

Instructor: Cameron Blevins

CRN: 36880

Sequence: B (2:50 PM – 4:30 PM MW)

Description: Examines the causes and conduct of the U.S. Civil War, and the nature and effects of Reconstruction in the South. Topics include abolitionism and other reform efforts in the four decades before the war, constitutional and other political issues in the sectional crisis, territorial expansion as a sectional issue, the nature and economics of slavery and early capitalist formation in the North and South, the centrality of Abraham Lincoln in national politics, the military conduct of the war, technological innovation and its impact on the war, Reconstruction and the rights and plight of freed men and women, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and other terrorist organizations, and the power of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the ideals of equal rights in national memory.

HIST 2373 - Gender and Sexuality in World History

Title: HIST 2373 – Gender and Sexuality in World History

Instructor: Laura Frader

CRN: 35162

Sequence: 4 (1:35 PM – 2:40 PM MWR)

Description: Introduces key concepts in the fields of gender and identity studies as they apply to world history since about 1800. Offers students an opportunity to understand the critical significance of gender, sex, sexuality, and identity to world events and how these contentious subjects influence the contemporary world. Surveys a series of major movements in geopolitics, labor, economics, culture, and society in order to analyze how individual and group identities, as well as mass assumptions about behavior and performance, have shaped these events. Gender, sex, and sexuality are integral to class discussions of work, welfare, art, culture, violence, war, and activism. HIST 2373 and WMNS 2373 are cross-listed.

3000 Level Courses

HIST 3330 - Global Cold War

Title: HIST 3330 – Global Cold War

Instructor: Philip Thai

CRN: 37636

Sequence: B (2:50 PM – 4:30 PM MW)

Description: Examines the Cold War, emphasizing how the Soviet-American struggle for global preeminence intersected with decolonization and the rise of the “Third World.” Uses primary sources, monographs, and scholarly articles to trace the major events and developments of the Cold War—ideological differences between the capitalist and socialist systems, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Vietnam War—while also exploring how and why the Cold War came to pervade economic, cultural, and social relations globally. Examines how unexpected actors—Cuban doctors and Peace Corps volunteers—responded to and shaped superpower rivalry. Considers how the Cold War continues to shape the world today.

HIST 3334 - Assassinations in World History

Title: HIST 3334 – Assassinations in World History

Instructor: Jeff Burds

CRN: 36834

Sequence: A4(1:35 PM – 2:40 PM MWR)

Description: Explores the historical antecedents to the unprecedented use of assassination and targeted killing as state policy in the current war on terror: the theory, strategic use, ethics, and legality of assassination. Using film, literature, and primary and secondary readings, explores case studies in the world history of assassination, from ancient times to the current day, including case studies from the Roman Empire, early modern Europe, revolutionary Europe, and the 20th century.

4000 Level Courses

HIST 4701 - Capstone

Title: HIST 4701 – Capstone

Instructors: Louise Walker

CRN: 37723

Sequence: 2 (9:15 AM – 10:20 AM MWR WALKER)

Description: Offers students an opportunity to make use of advanced techniques of historical methodology to conduct original research and write a major, original research paper as the culmination of their work toward the history degree. This is a capstone research and writing seminar for history majors.