HIST 105C/H Pre-Modern World (4 credits)
This World History course will closely examine how pre-modern people regarded those who differed from themselves during the period from 3000 BCE-1400 CE. We will consider how travel, motivated by the need for conquest, conversion, and/or commerce, reveals the history of those who ventured to areas outside of their own empires. In reading accounts referring to the "Other," as perceived by these ancient individuals, we will learn how civilizations became more interconnected until at 1250 CE there was what some historians call a "world-system" that allowed the Afro-Eurasian landmass to be connected in a way not seen before in history. Students will be assessed on the basis of weekly written document assignments, participation in the form of in-class discussions and on-line work, maps, analytical essays, exams, and a final paper. Writing intensive.
HIST 106C/H The Modern World (4 credits) (Two Sections)
Are you interested in what the Aztecs thought of the Spanish? Have you ever thought about how Japanese farmers experienced life in the 19th century? In "The Modern World," we will examine such questions in an attempt to re-examine our assumptions about non-western cultures since 1400, while seeing the connections between these cultures and western civilizations. Using a global framework, students will explore the development of modern civilizations in the Near and Far East, Eastern/Western Europe, Africa and the Americas. Assessment will focus on the students' ability to express their ideas in essay exams, short papers, and oral presentations. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: None. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 111H Medieval Civilization (4 credits) (Two sections)
Knights in shining armor, peasants toiling in the fields, damsels in distress, castles, cathedrals, crusades....these are some of the enduring images of the medieval world. This course will explore the social, cultural, and economic changes that made up the dynamic period we call the middle ages. Through lectures, discussion, films, debates and readings, the important developments, accomplishments and failings of the medieval centuries will be brought to life. Students will write thematic and analytical essays examining a particular topic or source of medieval history.
HIST 112H Western Civilization, 1500-present (4 credits)
This is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the social, cultural and political events that have shaped Western Europe in the modern era. The information presented in lectures will be supplemented with weekly primary source readings and in-class discussion of those sources. Students will be evaluated based on three examinations, two map quizzes and class attendance/participation. Writing intensive.
HIST 135H Latin American Civilization (4 credits)
HIST 135 is an introduction to the history, culture and civilization of Latin America from the fifteenth century to the present. Since we cannot begin to cover all of Latin American history in one semester, we will focus instead on selected major questions and issues. We will discuss indigenous civilizations in Latin America and the events surrounding the Conquest of Mexico by Spanish conquistadors. We will explore the impact and legacy of Spanish and Portuguese colonial rule in Latin America. We will analyze the development of a multiracial society, the process and consequences of revolution and the strategies used by Latin American nations to compete in the worldwide economy. We will also attempt to understand the causes and consequences of chronic poverty, political violence and underdevelopment. Class time will consist of of lecture and discussion. Students will grapple with problems of historical perspective and interpretation and are expected to participate in discussion, raise questions and form opinions based on material presented in class and in reading assignments. Students will be evaluated on their participation in class and on their timely completion of all written assignments. Writing intensive.
HIST 172C/H Africa Since 1500 (4 credits)
This course will examine how African political, cultural, religious, economic, and social institutions have responded to the penetration of outsiders over the last 500 years. These outsiders include European slave traders, missionaries, and colonizers as well as Arab traders and Islamic scholars. The impact of the slave trade and later European colonization will be explored in depth. Africans were not passive victims in their own history, and we will focus on how Africans responded to these challenges and struggled for their independence, and how these movements helped shape the face of Post-Colonial Africa. It is this dynamic interplay between Africans and outsiders, which has shaped the formation of modern Africa. Writing intensive.
History 201H The Crusades (4 credits)
On July 15, 1099, Christian knights from Western Europe captured the city of Jerusalem and slaughtered its inhabitants regardless of age, sex or creed. It is the purpose of this course to understand why this event occurred and what impact it had on the cultures involved -- Western Europe, Byzantium and Islam. Students will be expected to read a number of modern historical works on the topic of the Crusades as well as primary source documents created during the crusading era, 1095-1292. Students will be evaluated based on weekly writing assignments and will also be expected to write a substantial research paper. Writing intensive.
HIST 202H Americans and a World at War (4 credits)
This course will introduce students to different modes of historical writing and to problems in historical interpretation by exploring American experiences in the two World Wars. How do historians write about a topic as complex as war? What are the differences between a political and social history of war? How useful are memoirs and novels for understanding the American wartime experience? Why have historians only recently studied the role of women in wartime? This course will consist mainly of class discussion and projects, with occasional lectures. Attendance is absolutely essential. Students are expected to take an active part in class, raise questions and form opinions based on material presented in class and in the reading assignments. Students will be evaluated on their participation in class and on their timely completion of all written and oral assignments. Writing intensive. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 203C/R Holy Antique Women! (4 credits)
"Holy Antique Women!" will explore the religious world of Byzantine Orthodox women from the 3rd to 15th centuries. We will establish a basic framework for Byzantine history from which we will examine the rise of ascetic communities and the tradition of modeling one=s behavior after holy women. Through studying female monastics, the students will learn how women were able to find the freedom to become teachers of spirituality in a world that was still heavily dominated by male voices. One component of the course will include a visit to a contemporary female community or to an Orthodox church to consider the continuity with the ancient ideals of female asceticism.
The course will be designed with several pre-writing, writing, and revision exercises to train students how to write a well-designed research paper. Pre-writing exercises would include summaries of journal articles, revised thesis statements, outlines, and peer reviews of early sections of the final product. The main project will include a bibliography, footnotes, and the main research text relating to the life of a particular Byzantine monastic. Writing intensive. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 203H Slavery in the Americas (4 credits)
The course will train students in research methods through an examination of slavery in the American South. In addition to exploring the political and economic aspects of the institution of slavery, this course focuses on understanding the lives of slaves. We will ask questions such as "how much control did slaves have over their own lives," and "how did they resist servitude?" In exploring the world which slaves made, we will focus on an emerging culture and new ideas of the family. One question facing us is how much influence did African cultures have on emerging identities in the colonial south. Students will be asked to write a primary research paper based upon slave narratives. Writing intensive. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 221H U. S. History I (4 credits)
This course follows American history from the first North American settlements through the decade following the Civil War. Although political events will provide structure for the course, our attention will be centered on both the political and non-political. Themes that will be discussed include the dynamics of nation building; the development of a democratic political culture and a democratic social order; ideas of national (and regional) purpose, mission, character, and identity; American geography; the two-party system; and the sources of social change in the United States, including, among others, war and ideology. The course can also serve as an introduction to the discipline of history and the principles and practice of historical analysis. Classes will consist of lectures and discussion. There will be several short papers assigned. Writing intensive. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 222H U. S. History II (4 credits)
How did new technology change the lives of average Americans in the late nineteenth century? What role did American women play in World War I? How did the Civil Rights Movement change American society? Was the U.S. decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima right or wrong? These are just a few of the questions we will discuss in HIST 222, a survey of the major themes, topics and issues in American history from 1877-present. We will focus on selected social, political, diplomatic, economic and cultural developments which have shaped the nation, all its regions and all its people. This course will consist of lecture, class discussion and numerous reading and writing assignments. Students will grapple with problems of historical perspective and interpretation, and are expected to participate in discussion , raise questions and form opinions based on material presented in class and in reading assignments. Students will be evaluated on their participation in class and on their timely completion of all written assignments. Writing intensive. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 225H Church and State (4 credits)
"Congress make shall no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." This course examines the historical origins of that phrase and its application twentieth-century constitutional law. We will ask such questions as What is separation of church and state? Why can they pray in Congress but not in public schools? Must universities fund student-run religious newspapers? Are school vouchers constitutional? We will read lots of Supreme Court cases, as well as Stephen L. Carter, The Culture of Disbelief How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion. Lots of discussion and debating; writing intensive. Prerequisite ENGL 101.
HIST 230H African-American History (4 credits)
The African American Historical Experience is a study of the accomplishments, contributions and experiences of African derived people in America from Reconstruction to the present. Course will include the use of a standard text, biographical reading, historical documentaries and numerous student centered activities. It is African and African American centered. Additionally, the course will include frequent writing exercises as well as a term-ending writing exercise. Writing intensive.
HIST 301 Travel in the Ancient World (4 credits)
"Travel in the Ancient World" will provide an opportunity for students to explore in-depth how Zuanzang traveled from Changan to the Buddhist stupas in India and why pirates were feared by all who sailed the ancient Mediterranean Sea. The course, based upon world-system theories of interconnections between empires and cultures, will analyze roadways, sea routes, beasts of burden, and the exchange of ideas that were common in the pre-modern world. Students will be responsible for designing and leading discussion of daily readings. Assessment for the course will include bi-weekly written assignments, quizzes, on-line work, participation in class meetings and research project selected by the student and the instructor. The class, as a group, will begin to design a Virtual Silk Road that will be accessed through the Web and be an interactive tool for others who wish to learn about travel along this ancient highway. Writing intensive.
HIST 331 American Constitutional History I (4 credits)
A survey of American constitutional and legal history from English and colonial origins through the Civil War origins, drafting, and ratification of the U.S. constitution; precedent setting in the early republic; the Marshall court; and the problems associated with nationalism, states= rights, abolitionism, slavery, and war. Lots of reading and discussion of cases; writing intensive. Prerequisite HIST 221 or HIST 332 or permission of instructor.
HIST 390 South Africa (4 credits)
A colloquium focusing on the development of Apartheid in South Africa and how scholars have sought to explain the emergence of this racial system. We will examine how scholars of four different generations have sought to explain why Apartheid was created. After focusing on the construction of Apartheid, we will review the movements, which resisted legislated racism. Our discussion of resistance will cover political movements, aspects of cultural struggle, and women=s strategies. Most of this course will be dedicated to discussing the selected readings and papers will be based upon those readings. Writing intensive. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 390 Protest and Dissent in East Asia (4 credits)
A colloquium in twentieth century Chinese, Japanese and Korean "people's" movements, this course will focus on reading, discussion and paper presentations, with a few lectures to provide historical background. We will read and discuss several paperbacks about dissent movements (socialist, antiwar, anti-establishment). There will be a major paper, individual presentations, written reactions to class readings, much discussion and little formal testing. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: a course in East Asia history or permission of instructor. (Satisfies certification requirements.)
HIST 411 Senior Seminar (4 credits)
A seminar designed for SENIOR HISTORY MAJORS. This capstone course examines historical and historiographical problems, philosophical issues pertaining to substance and methods of history as a discipline, and the process of research and writing history. A long analytical paper, an analysis of a historian, oral presentations, and active class participation are required. (And it all promises to be fun!) Prerequisite: Senior standing in history. Writing intensive. (Satisfies certification requirements.)