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HIST-120  HISTory Of Western Culture I

The history, literature, and art of the Western world beginning with ancient cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia and extending to modern times. Major emphasis on the history of the classical age of Greece and Rome, the rise of the medieval church, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the modern age of science and reason. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-121  HISTory Of Western Culture II

The history, literature, and art of the Western world beginning with ancient cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia and extending to modern times. Major emphasis on the history of the classical age of Greece and Rome, the rise of the medieval church, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the modern age of science and reason. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-122  HISTory World Civilization I

The history of world civilizations from antiquity to the present, with topical emphases on politics, economics, and intellectual and cultural life. Emphasis on multicultural trends and global issues. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-123  HISTory Of World Civilization II

The history of world civilizations from antiquity to the present, with topical emphases on politics, economics, and intellectual and cultural life. Emphasis on multicultural trends and global issues. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-124  East Asia Before 1800

China, Japan, and Korea from earliest times to 1800. Topics include Chinese Confucian and Buddhist philosophy; the Japanese samurai; Korean family and social hierarchies; and developments in East Asian literature and art. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-125  East Asia Since 1800

China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam from 1800 to the present. Topics include Western imperialism; nationalist and communist revolutions; the Second World War in the Pacific; rapid economic development and contemporary Asian popular culture. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-126  Introduction To Eurasion Civilizations I

Explores the history of eastern Europe and central Asia from the tenth century to the present. Major topics include conflict, trade, and cross-cultural encounters in Eurasia; agriculture, nomadic pastoralism, and urban development; the development of Orthodox Christianity, Islam, and other religous traditions; and the formation of states and empires, including Kievan Rus', the Mogol empire, the Russian empire, and the Soviet Union. Attention also to European travelers and exploration, and to the European image of the peoples, realms, and religions of Eurasia. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-127  Introduction To Eurasian Civilizations II

Explores the history of eastern Europe and central Asia from the tenth century to the present. Major topics include conflict, trade, and cross-cultural encounters in Eurasia; agriculture, nomadic pastoralism, and urban development; the development of Orthodox Christianity, Islam, and other religous traditions; and the formation of states and empires, including Kievan Rus', the Mogol empire, the Russian empire, and the Soviet Union. Attention also to European travelers and exploration, and to the European image of the peoples, realms, and religions of Eurasia. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-144  Europe Since 1500

Europe from 1500 to present, shaped in part around the historical past of France, Austria, and England. 5 credits.

HIST-150  Survey Of U.S. HISTory

The United States from the 17th to the 20th century. Emphasis on social, cultural, economic, and political developments and America's changing role in international affairs. 5 credits (VP)

HIST-152  Environmental HISTory Of The United States

Course explores how humans have both thought about and interacted with the natural world throughout the history of the United States. Focus to include how the natural world/environment, as a key player in this history, shaped historical events and available opportunities. Themes include how the natural world and natural resources shaped patterns of life in the United States, the evolution of thinking about the natural world, and attempts to alter the landscape, with consideration of the political consequences of these actions. 4 credits (VP or US)

HIST-170  Latin American HISTory and Politics (also Listed As MLSP 170)

Latin American history from the European, African, and American Indian origins to the present. Continuing social, economic, and political fixtures. Desire for change in the 20th century. Not for Spanish major or minor credit. Offered fall in Costa Rica. 3 credits

HIST-200  Modern China

Analysis of Modern Chinese history during the late Qing (1842-1911), Republican (1912-1949), and early Communist (1949-1976) periods. Chief focus on politics and foreign relations. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-206  Austrian Cultural HISTory: Art, Literature and Society (also Listed As MLGR 206)

Historical development of the social and cultural structure of Austria using Vienna as a laboratory. Integration of tradition in the present-day patterns of life. Art, music, and literature. Offered fall in Austria. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-210  Modern Japan

Analysis of Modern Japanese history in the late Tokugawa (1800-1868), Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), and early Showa (1926-1945) periods. Chief focus on political, economic, socio-cultural developments, and foreign relations. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-213  Colonialism and Slavery In Latin America

The dynamics of Spanish and Portuguese imperialism in the Americas and the development of forced labor systems. Some consideration of the pre- Hispanic past but emphasis upon the interactions between indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans, and their descendants between 1492-1810. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-214  Independence and Inequality In Latin America

Social/political change and conflict beginning with movements for political independence and concluding with recent developments. Topics include: agrarian transformation, economic development and underdevelopment, slave emancipation, gender hierarchies, urbanization and populism, social revolution, labor politics, international relations, and foreign intervention. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-215  Revolutions In 20th Century Latin America

A comparative analysis of the major revolutionary movements in Latin America during the twentieth century, especially those that seized power in Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua, seen alongside experiments in popular reform in other countries in the region and revolutionary movements that failed to seize state power. 5 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-228  Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt from the beginnings to the Arab Conquest with major emphasis on the dynastic and Hellenistic periods. Pharaohs and necropolis workers, priests and storytellers, ancient artists and modern archeologists. Some materials from ancient Mesopotamia. 3 credits (VP)

HIST-230  Ancient Greece

From Minoan-Mycenaean origins to Alexander and the Hellenistic world, with major emphasis on classical Athens. The rise of democracy and imperialism; epic and dramatic literature; historical, philosophical, and scientific thinking. 4 credits (VP)

HIST-233  Ancient Rome

From the foundation of the city to the fall of the empire. Major emphasis on the late Republic and the Principate. Politicians and generals, matrons and slaves, poets and philosophers, pagans and Christians. 4 credits (VP)

HIST-240  European HISTory On Film

Introduction to the history of early 20th century Europe through the medium of film. Films selected cover a variety of European countries and historical themes, including war, nationalism, and political and sexual oppression. Offered Jan Term. 4 credits. (CS or VP)

HIST-242  HISTory Of England To 1707

Study of hisorical events that impacted England from prehistoric times to 1707. Invasions that defined "English" by the Early Modern period, Medieval English state formation, early English imperialism, impact of the Protestant Reformation, development of early constitutional democracy, emergence of Tudor and Stuart England as a major European state, and examination of life of common men and women of England during this historical period. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-248  Europe In The Age Of The French Revolution

This course examines the political, social, and cultural transformations of Europe from the early eighteenth century to the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. The course focuses on the Old Regime and the revolutionary upheaval in France, but attention is paid as well to the wider European contexts and consequences of the French Revolution. Topics covered include the theory and practice of absolute monarchy, the structure of the Old Regime, the Enlightenment, the origins and dynamics of 1789, and the political and social impacts of the revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-249  Politics and Culture In Nineteenth- Century Europe

European politics, society, and culture from the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815 to outbreak of Great War in 1914. Particular focus on the formation of modern political ideologies, construction of social and national identities, shifting notions of gender and sexuality, and interplay between art and politics. Offered spring of even-numbered years. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-250  Genodice and Ethnic Cleansing In Modern Europe

Exploration of ethnic cleansing and political mass murder in twentieth-century Europe. Particular emphasis on outlook and experiences of both perpetrators and victims, as well as on dilemmas of memory, justice, and reconstruction in aftermath of violence. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-252  HISTory Of The U.S. West

Survey of the history of the Trans-Mississippi US West from the pre-contact period through the present. Emphasis on shape of cultural contact and exchange, role of the federal government and capitalist development, and cultural expressions of the western experience. Special attention to race, class, and gender as modes of historical analysis. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits (VP or US)

HIST-267  Introduction To U.S. Women's HISTory

Survey of U.S. women's history from the pre-contact period through the present. Emphasis on the diversity of women's experiences based on region, class, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Course themes include: how understandings of proper gender roles fluctuated and with what consequences, the changing nature of women's work, women's participation in politics, and how medical knowledge (or lack thereof) critically shaped women's lives. 4 credits (VP or US)

HIST-268  HISTory Of Nature and Popular Culture In The U.S.

Explores how changing forms of popular culture have influenced American ideas about nature. Topics include: how popular culture has depicted nature, has ascribed social lessons to nature, and has influenced Americans' relations with the natural world. Focus on how older literary forms made the leap to film and TV (especially via Hollywood and the movies of Walt Disney). Examine culture forms like zoos and animal theme parks that have emerged in the last century and how they too have influenced how Americans think about wildlife and the natural world. 4 credits (VP or US)

HIST-276  Native American HISTory

Overview of Native American history from the pre-contact period to the present. Emphasis on the diversity of native peoples in North America, the consequences of contact with incoming Europeans, and the ways in which indigenous people adapted to centuries of rapid change. Themes include cultural contact and exchange, shifting race relations, changing federal policies, and Native peoples' resilience over time. 4 credits (VP or US)

HIST-285  Methods Of HISTorical Research

Training in the methods of researching and writing history. Required of all History majors and double majors; recommended for minors. 5 credits (WI)

HIST-300  Topics In Asian HISTory

Focus on special areas of importance in Asia's complex and multifaceted history such as: Imperial China; Feudal Japan; the Islamic Middle East, 620 to 1945; the Vietnam War. May be repeated if topic differs. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-301  Topics In European HISTory

Focus on special areas of importance in Europe's complex history such as: Victorian England, History of the Third Reich, and Military History of WWII. May be repeated if topic differs. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-303  Topics In World HISTory

Focus on special areas of importance in history, with specific attention to global and/or comparative approaches, such as: History of the Atlantic World; Comparative Colonialism; Gender, Empire, and Narrative; Introduction to the History of the Middle East. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above, or consent of instructor. 4 credits (VP or DG)

HIST-304  Topics In Latin American HISTory

Focus on special areas of importance in Latin America's complex and multifaceted history such as: The Culture of Cities in Latin America, The Cuban Revolution, Contemporary Latin American History Through Film, Central America: From Colony to Revolution. May be repeated if topics differ. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-310  HISTory Of Religion Of The Middle East (also Listed As RELS 310)

Prominent periods and events in the formation and development of the three major religious traditions of the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Historical context, the prophet, conquest and empire, crisis and disaster, Holy Text. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (UQ or VP or GP)

HIST-314  The U.S. - Mexico Border Region

Explores the historical experience of individuals & groups in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Overview of the Mexican colonial period & the historical background to the relationship between the United States & Mexico from the 19th century onward. Topics to be covered include the foundation of the border, border life & culture, labor issues, racial discrimination, immigration, border economies, the drug trade, environment, & the future of border relations. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-315  HISTory Of Mexico

Study of Mexican history, including Indian peoples, Spanish colonization, independence, war with the United States, the Porfiriato, the Revolution, and the modern era. Examination of social, cultural, political, economic, and diplomatic factors that contributed to the development of the Mexican people. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-318  HISTory Of Women In Latin America

Examination of the history of women in Latin America from the Conquest to the present. Emphasis on a series of concepts, institutions, and factors that have influenced the lives of Latin American women, and how women have reacted to and shaped these experiences. Special attention to the study of race and class, along with gender, as major categories of analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-320  Empire & Aftermath In Asia

Survey of indigenous kingdoms in east and southeast Asia. Experiences of colonial domination. Twentieth century nationalist and Communist resistance movements. Cold War superpower rivalry's aggravation of conflicts in Vietnam and other countries. Post-colonial search for stability, prosperity, and human rights.Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 5 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-322  Gender and Social HISTory Of East Asia

Historical development of Confucian, Buddhist, and other beliefs that have shaped conceptions of femininity, masculinity, and social status in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Effects of imperialism and globalization on diverse notions of progress and human rights. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered spring of even-numbered years. 5 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-325  Colonial and Revolutionary America

The foundations of the United States, from its colonial beginnings to the establishment of a national government. Native Americans, European exploration and colonization, African-Americans, cultural life, revolution, and government in the new nation. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or US)

HIST-330  HISTory Of Religion In America (also Listed As RELS 330)

History of prominent religious experiences in America. Protestant empire, Native American presence, minority appropriation, post-Christian responses. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (UQ or VP or US)

HIST-333  Medieval Women and Men

Study of medieval European women's letters, diaries, mystic visions, poems, and tales of love to explore the society and culture of medieval times, including views of gender and their impact on social organization and individual experience. Extensive comparisons with men's writings and material from medieval Japan. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP)

HIST-335  The Civil War In Black and White

The rise of industrialism, examination of slave narratives, the Civil War as the central event in U.S. history. Significant attention to postwar race relations and socio-cultural life, including farm labor. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or US)

HIST-345  The Emergence Of Modern America

Analyses of the crisis of the 1890s, the New Imperialism, corporate reconstruction of American capitalism, the Progressives, liberal internationalism, the "Roaring '20s," the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or US)

HIST-353  How The West Fed The United States

Explores the history of what we eat, why, and how that has changed over time. Illuminates the critical role the U.S. West has played on the evolution of our national foodways. Topics include: the history of agriculture, the meat and fish processing industries, and the ethical and environmental issues surrounding where Americans have historically acquired their food. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP or US)

HIST-355  American Empire

Examination of major developments since World War II in politics, diplomacy, economics, and popular culture. Emphasis on the consequences flowing from the new American hegemony. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or US)

HIST-357  HISTory Of American Labor

History of the changing nature of work and the working class from Colonial times to the present. Examination of labor unions and political movements of workers. Includes significant materials on women and minorities. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or US)

HIST-360  HISTory Of Modern Britain

Study of the historical issues that have impacted the British Isles from 1700 to present. Includes development of Britain as industrial state, colonialism and imperialism, Britain at war, Celtic nationalism, and gender, race, and class in industrial society. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-361  Modern England

English social, cultural, political, and economic history from 1500 to the present, emphasizing institutional change in such areas of English life as government and education. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP)

HIST-362  HISTory Of Ireland

Study of Ireland from prehistoric times to present. Includes major social, cultural, political, and theological beliefs which have shaped experience of the Irish people, with special consideration given to English colonization, Catholic identity, and the conflict between modernization and the retention of Celtic culture. Examines Irish immigration to North America, including motives and experiences of immigrants. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered Jan term of odd-numbered years. 4 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-364  Modern Germany

German history from the formation of the Empire in 1871 to reunification in 1990. Particular emphasis is placed on the dilemmas of German nationhood and nationalism, and on the origins, structure, and consequences of Hitler's Third Reich. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-365  Ethnic Diversity In Eastern and Central Europe (also Listed As MDLA 365)

History and politics of Southeast, East Central, and Central Europe from the 1500s to the present. Consideration of ethnic, religious, cultural, and linguistic diversity from Ottoman expansion westward to Habsburg heritage of modern Austria. Taught in German. Offered fall in Vienna only. 4 credits (IS or VP or GP)

HIST-366  HISTory Of Irish America

Examines the origins of Irish migration, the history of Irish people and their descendants in America, and the connections and interactions between the Irish at home and abroad. Major themes include migration and settlement, labor and class, race and gender, religion, politics, nationalism, culture and, encompasing all of these, the evolution of ethnic identity. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 5 credits (VP or US)

HIST-370  Race and Minority Culture In The Us

Indian, Spanish-speaking, African-American, and Asian ethnic groups in United States history. Cross-cultural comparisons. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or US or GP)

HIST-375  HISTory Of Baseball

Baseball as a reflection of American society. Origins of the game, player unions, deadball era, Golden Age, racial integration, modern period. Includes biographical project and statistical analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 5 credits (VP or US)

HIST-377  The Soviet Union

Soviet history from its beginnings in 1917 to the "real existing socialism" of the Brezhnev era. Central problems include the formation of the characteristic ideology, practices, and institutions of the Soviet state; the Communist aspiration to build a socialist society and create a new Soviet person; and the impact of the multinational structure of the Soviet state. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits (VP or GP)

HIST-390  Slavery In The Americas

Comparative study of slavery in the Americas. Attempts to discover what slavery was like in the American South, Brazil, and the insular Caribbean. Historiographical approach includes work with primary source documents. Prequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits (VP)

HIST-400  HISTory Of Peoples Republic Of China

Analysis of Chinese history since 1949, with emphasis on political, ideological, institutional, socio-economic, and cultural developments in Chinese society, and China's changing role in international affairs. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits

HIST-463  Modern France

French national history from 1500, with emphasis on the period from 1789 to the present. The French monarchy, social and intellectual stress in the 18th century, the Revolution and Napoleon, Romanticism and the development of social consciousness, French politics and statecraft in the modern world. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 5 credits

HIST-480  Independent Study

Program of directed tutorial reading on some topic or problem within the discipline relating to the special interests of the student and supervised by a department faculty member. 1-5 credits

HIST-485  Senior Seminar

The terminal course in the History curriculum. Examination of method, interpretation, and philosophy of history via major research project. Required for majors. 5 credits (MWI)

HIST-487  Internship: Experiences In HISTory

An experiential learning course offering practical experience in areas where the skills of research and writing and project management are in demand. Required: approval & direction by faculty advisor, involvement of & evaluation by an on-site supervisor. 2-5 credits (EL)

HIST-490  Research

An opportunity for students to pursue historical research under the direction of a member of the faculty. 3-5 credits

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