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HIST 090 Professional Development: History Majors and Minors
A paracurricular course designed to introduce newly declared History majors and minors to career and educational opportunities and to help students better master, articulate, and showcase their disciplinary skillset. Ideally taken sophomore year. 1 credit.

HIST-120  Western Culture to 1500
Explores the history of the Mediterranean world and of central and western Europe from antiquity to 1500. Focus on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and medieval Europe. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

HIST-121  Western Culture Since 1500
Explores the history of central and western Europe since 1500. Focus in the first part of the course on the sources of European power after 1500 and on European encounters with other peoples and societies. Principal themes of the second part of the course are the Enlightenment, gender and sexuality in nineteenth-century Europe, and the experience of total war in the twentieth century. 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 150 Survey of U.S. History to 1877
The history of what becomes the United States from the pre-contact period to 1877. Emphasis on social and cultural diversity and economic and political developments. 4 credits (VP or US)

3. HIST 151 Survey of U.S. History from 1877 to the Present
The history of the United States from 1877 to the present. Emphasis on social and cultural diversity and economic and political developments including the country’s changing role in international affairs. 4 credits (VP or US)

HIST-152  Environmental History of The United States
Explores how humans have both thought about and interacted with the natural world throughout the history of the United States. Focus includes how the natural world/environment 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-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-201  Topics in U.S. History
Focus on special areas of importance in the complex and multifaceted history of the United States such as: party systems, social and demographic change, class politics, social movements, and foreign diplomacy. May be repeated with different topic and consent of the instructor. 4 credits. (VP)

4. HIST 202 Topics in European History
Focus on special areas of importance in the complex and multifaceted history of Europe and the Mediterranean such as: Victorian England, History of London, French Imperialism.

HIST 207 Jewish-Muslim Relations in Modern Europe
This course explores the history of relations between Jews and Muslims in Europe and the Mediterranean. Emphasis on the complex ties that evolved between them - cultural, commercial, intimate, political, etc.- through the experience of empire, world wars, Holocaust, Zionism, Arab nationalism, decolonization, and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Course also considers the contemporary state of Jewish-Muslim relations. 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
Explores 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
Examines 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. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

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 historical 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 social 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 end of 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 - Fascism and the Holocaust in Europe and North Africa
Exploration of mass politics, nationalism, racism, and rise of fascism. Focus on the Holocaust in Europe and North Africa, and dilemmas of memory, justice, and reconstruction in the aftermath. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

HIST-252  History of The Us 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. 4 credits. (VP or US)

HIST-267  Introduction to US 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-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. 4 credits

HIST-299  World War I: Experience, Identity, and Memory in The Modern World
Explores the history, memory, and legacies of World War I. Course examines historical debates about causes and consequences of the war, and the war’s western, eastern, Ottoman, and home fronts. Principal focus on how identity—religion, race, nationality, gender, and legal status—shaped how the war was experienced and memorialized. Additional themes include trauma, technology, medicine, gender, generational divides, public memory, state-formation, and aesthetics of violence. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

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 the complex and multifaceted history of Europe and the Mediterranean such as: British manhood in wartime, military history of World War II, Scotland, and the rise of the Third Reich. May be repeated if topic differs. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. 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 higher. 4 credits. (UQ or VP or GP)

HIST-314  The US-Mexico Border Region
Explores the historical experience of individuals and groups in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Overview of the Mexican colonial period and the historical background to the relationship between the United States and Mexico from the 19th century onward. Topics to be covered include the foundation of the border, border life and culture, labor issues, racial discrimination, immigration, border economics, the drug trade, environment, and the future of border relations. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

HIST-315  Modern Mexico
Examines the historical experience of modern Mexico as a nation from 1824 to the present. Key events covered include the Wars for Independence, the War of Northern Aggression, the Porfiriato, the Mexican Revolution, and the "Mexican Miracle" and its consequences for the 21st century. Special attention paid to the way in which race, class, and gender have shaped Mexican history, along with the continuities between the colonial and modern eras, regionalism in Mexican history, the ideological and practical struggles between tradition vs. modernity, and the contested project of shaping national identity. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

HIST-318  History of Women in Latin America (also Listed As GENS 318)
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. 5 credits. (VP or GP)

HIST-322  Gender and Social History of East Asia (also Listed As GENS 322)
Historical development of Confucian, Buddhist, and other beliefs shaping 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. 4 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. 4 credits. (VP or US)

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. 4 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. 4 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. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

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. 4 credits. (VP or GP)

HIST-366  History of Irish America
Examines the origins of Irish migration, history of Irish people and their descendants in America, and 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, encompassing all of these, the evolution of ethnic identity. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits. (VP or US)

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. 4 credits. (VP or US).

HIST-378  The Soviet Union & The Cold War
Explores the Soviet side of the Cold War from the aftermath of the Second World War to the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, devoting attention both to the Soviet Union itself and to the Soviet-dominated states in central and eastern Europe (principally the German Democratic Republic, Poland, and Czechoslovakia). Considers both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, but otherwise focuses on the Cold War in Europe. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. 4 credits. (VP or GP).

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.

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