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History

HIST 113 (TH) Topics in United States History: Early Period (1)

Development of American political institutions and the impact of major issues on American society and culture from the Revolutionary era through the Civil War.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Jopp, Cotlar

HIST 114 (TH) Topics in United States History: Later Period (1)

Development of the modern American state and the impact of major issues on American society and culture from Reconstruction to the present.

Mody of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Eisenberg

HIST 115 (TH) Western Civilization to 1650 (1)

A survey of the cultural, intellectual, political and socioeconomic developments of Western society. It examines ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman societies, the rise of Christianity, the Medieval period, the Renaissance and Reformation and the Age of Absolutism. Among the fundamental aims of the course is to identify the defining characteristics of different phases of Western historical development and to study the factors that precipitate long- and short-term historical change. The course is very broad in scope and seeks to provide students with a sense of how Western ideas, social relations and institutions have changed over time and how these changes are interrelated. It also aims to acquaint students with different approaches to historical inquiry.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Duvall, Smaldone

HIST 116 (TH) Western Civilization since 1650 (1)

A survey of the cultural, intellectual, political and socioeconomic developments of modern Western society, including the scientific revolution of the 17th Century, the Enlightenment, the age of democratic revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of nation-states, totalitarianism, two world wars, the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet system. Among the fundamental aims of the course is to identify the defining characteristics of different phases of Western historical development and to study the factors that precipitate long- and short-term historical change. The course is very broad in scope and seeks to provide students with a sense of how Western ideas, social relations and institutions have changed over time and how these changes are interrelated.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Duvall, Smaldone

HIST 117 (TH) East Asian Civilization to 1800 (1)

An introduction to the rich histories of China and Japan from early prehistory to the eve of the arrival of the West in the early 19th century. Despite their geographic proximity, China and Japan followed different patterns of development during much of their history and this course will seek to examine those patterns, with an explicitly comparative approach, in the intellectual, socioeconomic and institutional realms. Readings emphasize literature and historical documents in translation.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically; Asia Cluster

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: McCaffrey

HIST 118 (TH) East Asian Civilization Since 1800 (1)

An introduction to the histories of China, Korea and Japan from the early 19th century to the present. This course will examine the experience of East Asian civilizations in their encounters with the West and the problems of modernization which followed. Despite their geographic proximity, China, Korea and Japan followed different patterns during much of their history and this course will seek to examine those patterns, with an explicitly comparative approach, in the intellectual, socioeconomic and institutional realms. Readings emphasize literature and historical documents in translation.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically; Asia Cluster

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: McCaffrey

HIST 131 (TH) Historical Inquiry (1)

This course is designed to introduce students to the nature of historical inquiry. Through the exploration of a specifically defined topic, the course will examine primary documents, issues of change and continuity in time, theories of causation, historical interpretation and argument, and the importance of historical thinking for human experience in the world.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

Prerequisite: Freshmen and Sophomores only. May be repeated for credit one time if the topic is different.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 231 Athens in the Classical Age (1)

This course will examine the origins and development of the democratic constitution of Athens from the 6th through 4th centuries BCE. How did there come to be a democracy in Athens? How did it function as a system of government? Within this historical framework, close attention will be given not only to political institutions but also to the social and cultural values that shaped them. Through careful analysis of both primary sources (historical narratives, philosophical treatises, and inscriptions) and scholarly literature, students will be encouraged to take a multi-faceted approach to understanding the working and self-representation of the world's earliest democracy. Finally, while studying the historically specific circumstances of democracy in ancient Athens, we will have frequent opportunities to consider points of contact and contrast with modern democratic forms and ideology.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Chenault

HIST 233 (TH) Asian Empires on the Silk Road (1)

This course explores the history of Asian empires on the Silk Road such as the Tang dynasty and the Mongol empire. It focuses in particular on intercultural communication and exchange, considering the interactions between societies ranging from the Japanese islands to the steppes of Central Asia. Attention will be paid to significant religious and cultural developments shaping the history of the region, such as the expansion of Buddhism and the spread of a character-based writing system, as well as the evolution of relations between Asia kingdoms and their neighbors.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: McCaffrey

HIST 251 Rome: From Republic to Empire (1)

This course will examine the origins of Rome, the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, and the development of the Roman Empire. Within this political framework, close attention will be given to the socio-economic factors that drove Rome's quest for world power. Furthermore, the importance or social and cultural themes and institutions (e.g., gender, religion, slavery, entertainment) will be examined for the clues they provide to the question of Roman identity both for the inhabitants of the city and those on the peripheries of the Empire. In addition, through careful analysis of both primary and secondary sources, student will be encouraged to ground their study of ancient Rome with an understanding of the theoretical models and concepts relevant to ancient history and historiography.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Chenault

HIST 254 20th-Century Europe (1)

This course surveys the history of Europe in the 20th century. Focusing on social and political developments, it examines the phenomenon of nationalism, total war, the Russian Revolution, the Depression, the rise of fascism and bureaucratic collectivism, and the Holocaust. In the post-WWII period, the course will focus on the division of Europe and of Europe in the Cold War, the decline of the European empires and on the contradictory forces that are pushing Europe toward economic and political unity on the one hand (most markedly in the West) and toward dissolution and conflict (especially in the East).

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

HIST 255 (TH) Cities and the Making of Modern Europe: 1750 to Present (1)

This course surveys the transformation of Europe from a primarily rural to an overwhelmingly urban society. Why have cities come to dominate the European landscape? How have the functions of cities changed over time? How has the growth of cities impacted people's quality of life and how have cities managed the environmental, social, economic, and cultural challenges that expansion brought? What kinds of struggles played out in cities? To what extent are cities engines of change in shaping modern European society? The course will grapple with such questions by studying the histories of a selection of cities across Europe from the onset of the industrial revolution to the present.

General Education Requirement:  Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

HIST 256 Colonial Latin America (1)

A study of the history of Latin America from the pre-colonial period to independence. Emphasis will be placed on the development of Latin America's economy, culture and political life. Special attention will be given to the encounter between the Spanish conquistadors and indigenous peoples, as well as to the background of the movements for independence.

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Jopp

HIST 258 Modern Latin America (1)

This course examines the significant social, political, economic and cultural developments in Latin America from the 19th century movements for independence through the 20th century. Special emphasis will be given to Mexico, Cuba, and Central America as well as selected South American states including Brazil. The role of the United States in the region will also receive much attention.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

HIST 259 American Jewish History (1)

Since 1654, Jews have been a minority presence in America. This course surveys the Jewish experience from the colonial period through the late 20th century and places that experience in the larger context of American ethnic history. The various forms of Jewish identity--ethnic, cultural, religious, etc.--will be examined as they changed over time in response to experiences in America and in the larger Jewish world. Attention will be given to the impact of the successive waves of Jewish immigration on the American Jewish community, to regional variations in American Jewish experiences, and to the relationships between American Jewish communities and other ethnic/religious/racial minority communities, including recent debates over the evolving place of Jews in the American ethnic/racial hierarchy, often cast as the relationship of Jews to "whiteness."

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Eisenberg

HIST 262 American Women's History (1)

This class will present an overview of the history of women in the United States. The course will explore the shifting nature of gender systems, focusing on the following topics: the nature of women's work, sexuality and reproduction, education, social reform and feminism. The course will emphasize the diversity of American women's lives in terms of class, ethnic, racial and regional background.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Dunlap

HIST 265 (TH) Late Imperial China (1)

This course examines the social and cultural history of China during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Topics include the political structures of imperial rule; the social and cultural institutions that organized local society; the economic trends that produced the pre-modern world's largest and most advanced civilization; and the ways in which all of the above were transformed by China's 19th-century encounter with Western imperialism. This period provides an excellent case study of nationalism and modernization in a non-Western context.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically; Asia Cluster

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: McCaffrey

HIST 273 Africa Since 1945 (1)

This course focuses on key figures, events, and trends in African history during the second half of the twentieth-century. It bridges the gap between colonial and post-colonial history by examining key features of British, French, and Portuguese colonialism, as well as their post-colonial legacies in politics, economics, culture, religion, and the arts. Topics include: colonial economies and labor relations, nationalist ideologies and independence movements, military regimes and one-party states, and structural adjustment and neoliberal reform.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Murillo

HIST 282 (TH) China in Revolution, 1911-1949 (1)

This course focuses on the tumultuous years between 1911-1949, when China developed into a modern nation-state. Topics include: the political struggles behind the formation of the Republic of China; the intellectual and cultural revolutions of the May Fourth period; the development of an industrial economy; the rise of the Chinese Communist Party; the War of Resistance and civil war.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically; Asia Cluster

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: McCaffrey

HIST 301 (W) Themes in American Social History (1)

A study of the major themes in American social history. The methods and central debates of this movement to study history "from the bottom up" will be analyzed. Topics include mobility, the work and residential patterns of African-Americans and immigrants and poverty.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Eisenberg

HIST 302 Foundations of American Thought (1)

A study of the changing climate of opinion and representative intellectuals from the colonial period to the 20th century. Emphasis will be placed on Puritanism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the development of Pragmatism.

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Cotlar

HIST 303 History of American Families (1)

This seminar in social history explores how families in the United States have changed over the past four centuries in relation to broad social, economic, and political changes. The course examines changing household arrangements as well as changing conceptions of proper family life, emphasizing how race, class, gender, and sexuality have shaped relations between family members over time. Topics include the history of courtship; the history of state regulation of marriage and divorce; the history of parenthood and childhood; and the impact of social movements such as feminism and Christian conservatism on families.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Dunlap

HIST 306 History Through Biography (1)

The aim of this course is to study the life of a major historical figure. Through the use of biographical and autobiographical works, students will examine the subject's life, the historical context in which the person lived, and his or her historical significance. In addition to these aims, the course will also survey a range of biographical approaches.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 307 American Immigration History (1)

This course will explore the major themes and debates in American immigration history. Topics will include key migration waves, immigration policy, acculturation and attitudes towards immigrants, with an emphasis on the post-Civil War period. Methodological issues in researching immigrant history will also be explored.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Eisenberg

HIST 308 American Legal History (1)

A study of the history of American law from its origins in the colonial period to its contemporary condition. This course will use the law that we study as a window on the economic, political and social forces that mold law and examine the role of law in American society. The ultimate objective is to come to some conclusions about the relationship between ourselves and our legal system.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Jopp

HIST 309 History of American Radicalism (1)

This course surveys the history of egalitarian radicalism in America from the revolutionary era until the present. Topics to be covered include agrarian populism, feminism, the abolitionist movement, anarchism, labor activism and socialism, the civil rights movement, and the changing role of artists in radical movements. Students will engage with a wide range of primary and secondary sources which illuminate the different, intertwining strands of American radical thought, the historical moments when progressive ideas gained more or less widespread acceptance, the interaction between radical movements and state authority, the interplay between international politics and American activism, and the conflicts within and between American social movements.

Prerequisite: One American History class or permission of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Cotlar

HIST 312 The Early American Republic, 1790 - 1840 (1)

This course examines the social, political, and economic transformations that marked the first fifty years of the new American nation. These years witnessed the emergence of the nation's first formal political parties and a radical democratization of the political system, early industrialization and the rise of wage labor in the North, the expansion and solidification of slavery in the South, the hardening of racial and gender ideologies throughout the nation, and an explosion of reform movements in response to these dramatic new developments. Students will engage with a wide range of primary and secondary sources in order to come to their own understandings of this formative period in American history.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Cotlar

HIST 315 (TH) Western Civilization and Sustainability: Beginnings to 1600 (1)

This course is an introduction to the historical roots of sustainability design to examine the thought and practices which have marked interactions between humans and the environment in the West prior to 1600. Focusing on key moments that have contributed significantly to the current context--the transition to agriculture, classical Athens, the later middle ages, and the age of global commerce, colonization, and scientific progress--the course will analyze 'green' versus traditional histories, interpret data about resource use, and analyze primary texts that speak to the human-nature relationship. The course will challenge students to analyze the extent to which our current thought and practices have roots in the historical past, understand humans' relationship to the environment as integral to the narrative of history in the West, analyze traditional historical categories such as periodization, causation, and narrative structure, and use the lens of sustainability to examine how values shape historical narratives.

Mode of Inquiry:  Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Petersen-Boring

HIST 319 Medieval Europe, 400-1500 (1)

This course will examine the Barbarian invasions of Europe, the decline of the Roman Empire, the rise of Christianity and its new moral norms, institutions, and hierarchies, the Frankish Empire, and the threats of Byzantine, Moslem and Viking civilizations. Then it will trace, from the 11th through 14th centuries, the revival of economic and urban life, the Investiture Controversy, the 12th century Renaissance, the crusades, the rise of the feudal monarchies, Scholasticism, Gothic Art and Architecture and the increasing secularization of western Europe.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Petersen

HIST 320 European Intellectual History: The Enlightenment (1)

Major trends in European thought during the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the rise of Romanticism. Not available to freshmen.

  • Offering: Every third semester
  • Instructor: Duvall

HIST 321 European Intellectual History: The 19th-Century (1)

Major trends in European thought from Hegel to Nietzsche and Freud, including Marxism, Liberalism and Positivism and its rejection. Not available to freshmen.

  • Offering: Every third semester
  • Instructor: Duvall

HIST 322 European Intellectual History: The 20th-Century (1)

Major trends in European thought from Nietzsche, Freud and Wittgenstein to the present, including phenomenology, relativism, existentialism and postmodern discourse. Not available to freshmen.

  • Offering: Every third semester
  • Instructor: Duvall

HIST 341 Studies in Latin American History: (1)

Topics to be announced. A thematic, general interest course in Latin American history offered when circumstances warrant. May be repeated if the topic varies.

Prerequisite: One History course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 342 Studies in American History: (1)

Topics to be announced. A thematic, general course in American history offered when circumstances warrant. May be repeated if the topic varies.

Prerequisite: One History course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 343 Studies in European History: (1)

A thematic, general interest course in European history offered when circumstances warrant. May be repeated if the topic varies.

Prerequisite: One History course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 344 Studies in East Asian History: (1)

Topic to be announced. A thematic, general interest course in East Asian history offered when circumstances warrant. May be repeated if the topic varies.

Prerequisite: One History course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 345 Studies in Greek or Roman History (1)

Topic to be announced. A thematic, general interest course in ancient Greek or Roman history. May be repeated if the topic varies.

Prerequisite: One History course or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Chenault

HIST 361 African American History 1619-1865 (1)

This course examines the experience of African Americans in the United States from 1619 to the end of the Civil War. Course topics will include the Atlantic Slave Trade, the relationship between slavery and racism, the development of free black communities in the North and South, slave religion, patterns of slave resistance and accommodation, the emergence of a shared African-American culture in the 18th century, and the African-American role in both the abolitionist movement and the Civil War.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Cotlar

HIST 362 African American History 1865-Present (1)

This course examines the experience of African Americans in the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Course topics will include Reconstruction, the Jim Crow period, the Great Migration, the urban experience, the Civil Rights Movement, and African American leadership.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Eisenberg

HIST 367 The American Revolution (1)

This course examines the causes and consequences of the American Revolution. Course materials explore the events of 1763 to 1789 from many different perspectives-as a set of diplomatic and military encounters which fractured a long-standing colonial relationship, as a pivotal moment in the history of Anglo-American political thought, as part of the expansion of a market-oriented economy in North America, and as a socially transformative event in the lives of the laboring men, women, African-Americans, and Native Americans who took part in the war. Students will engage with a wide range of primary and secondary sources which will enable them to assess in what ways the American War for Independence was or was not a revoluntionary war.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Cotlar

HIST 370 Renaissance and Reformation (1)

Explores the connection between the Italian Renaissance and the Protestant and Catholic Reformations of early modern Europe, paying particular attention to the inter-relationship between politics, learning, and religion that influenced the development and effects of the Renaissance and Reformations. The course will also investigate briefly the late medieval roots of both movements.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Petersen

HIST 372 History of Modern Russia (1)

The uniqueness of Russian civilization, the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union. The emancipation period, revolutionary thought and action, the constitutional monarchy, the 1917 revolutions and the establishment of the Soviet regime, the development of agriculture and industry and the evolution of the Communist Party.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

HIST 373 History of Modern France (1)

From the Revolution of 1789 to the present, considering the revolutionary tradition and its impact, and the difficulties of France culturally, socially and economically in making the adjustment to the 20th century.

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Duvall

HIST 374 Medieval Intellectual History (1)

This course is designed to introduce students to the major intellectual currents in Medieval culture ca 400-1500 B.C.E. Selections will be drawn from a diverse range of genres, including philosophy, poetry, devotional writings, letters, autobiographies, and visions. Authors will include Augustine, Boethius, Abelard, Maimonides, Jewish and Muslin poets of Andalusian Spain, Marie de France, Chretien de Troyes, de Lorris and de Meun, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Dante, and Christine de Pizan. Topics will include the persistence and rebirth of Greco-Roman intellectual traditions, the rise of vernacular literature and the literature of courtly love, medieval philosophy and the rise of scholasticism, pilgrimages of the soul, and the influence of Islamic and Jewish cultures on intellectual traditions in the West. Readings will focus particularly on the relationship between love and knowledge, the nature of the ultimate good, and the development of individual and community identity.

Prerequisite: One History course, or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Boring

HIST 377 (TH) Chinese Microcosms (1)

Chinese Microcosms will take a multi-disciplinary approach to examining Chinese traditional ideas about the structure of the universe and how these cosmological concepts are reflected in important sites from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. These sites are referred to as microcosms, or reflections of the structure of the universe in miniature. After a strong grounding in Chinese traditional cosmological models, this course will focus on understanding key examples of microcosms within their imperial ritual sites in Beijing, and the Tibetan Buddhist temple complexes in Beijing and at the Qing imperial summer retreat at Chengde, Hebei province.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Greenwood

HIST 379 Studies in Comparative History (1)

Topics will be announced. A thematic, general interest course in comparative history offered when circumstances warrant. May be repeated if the topic varies.

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 380 History of Traditional Japan (1)

A course on Japanese history from early time to approximately 1800. The primary focus will be on major political and social trends that led to the transformation of the state and society. Attention will also be given to religious belief, rituals, art and literature.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 381 (TH) History of Modern Japan (1)

This course examines the history of modern Japan from the late Tokugawa period (1800) through the Meiji Restoration (1868) and Japan's first industrial revolution, the rise of militarism and the road to Pearl Harbor, and Japan's remarkable growth and development in the postwar era. The emphasis will be on coming to terms with the nature and process of change in Japan's modern historical experience.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Loftus

HIST 383 Mao's China 1949-1979 (1)

Examination of the major events which took place during Mao's era, 1949-1976, and political and economic reforms during Deng Xiaoping's era. The issues will be focused on the structure of the CCP, its ideology, its left-oriented policies, its foreign policies and the power struggles within the leadership. Assessment of the role of Mao Zedong will provide a basis for understanding Chinese politics and society.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: McCaffrey

HIST 390 (W, 4th Sem Lang Req) Germany from Bismarck to Hitler (1)

This course surveys the making of modern Germany from the creation of the Hohenzollern Empire under Bismarck until the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945. It examines the key social, economic, cultural, and political developments that led to the Empire's collapse at the end of the First World War, the founding of the Weimar Republic, and the rise and fall of Nazism.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered; Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

HIST 391 (4th Sem Lang Req) Germany Since 1945 (1)

This course surveys the socioeconomic, political and cultural development of Germany since the collapse of the Third Reich. It examines the postwar division of the country into West and East Germany, the impact of the Cold War on two frontline states and the internal and external factors that led to the country's recent "reunification." In addition, the course aims to raise questions about the essential features of the "democratic-capitalist" West and the "totalitarian-socialist" East and the ways in which these factors shape contemporary German society.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

HIST 393 Oral History: Theory, Methods, Practice (1)

This course is an introduction to the theory, methods, and practice of oral history. Students will explore how scholars have used oral history to reconstruct the experiences of individuals, groups, and communities. Course themes include controversial debates and objectives of oral history; insider/outsider status and other methodological challenges; oral history as advocacy and empowerment; interpreting oral source material; historical memory and the politics of remembering; life histories; and oral narratives and performance. Students will design, conduct, present their own oral history projects.

Prerequisites: Juniors of Senior Status, or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Murillo

HIST 440 (W; TH) History of Modern Socialism (1)

A study of the socialist responses to the industrialization of Europe and to the development of modern society. The study will begin with utopian socialists and then special emphasis will be given to Marxism. Consideration will also be given to the relationship of revisionist socialist, Leninist, Stalinist and Maoist thought to orthodox Marxism.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

HIST 441 Advanced Topics in Latin American History: (1)

A special topics course to be offered when circumstances warrant, focusing on a particular problem or issue in Latin American history in accordance with the faculty member's special interest and area of expertise. May be repeated if the topic varies.

Prerequisite: One History course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 442 (W) The Holocaust (1)

This course examines the Holocaust as a central issue in modern history. The origins of the Holocaust, the implementation of the Final Solution, resistance to the Nazis and the legacy of the Holocaust will be studied from the perspective of both German and Jewish history.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Eisenberg, Smaldone

HIST 443 Advanced Topics in European History: (1)

A special topics course to be offered when circumstances warrant, focusing on a particular problem or issue in modern European history in accordance with the faculty member's special interest and area of expertise. May be repeated if the topic varies.

Prerequisite: One History course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 444 (W) Seminar in Historiography and Philosophy of History (1)

Major trends, assumptions and problems in the writing of European and American history as related to the changing intellectual milieu from the Enlightenment to the present.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 445 Postwar Japan (1)

This course will examine Japan's historical experience since the end of World War II. How did the Allied occupation shape the development of contemporary Japan? How has Japan evolved since the end of the occupation into a modern economic superpower? How is modern Japan governed and how do modern Japanese define themselves in terms of their own culture and in relation to the rest of the world? Using novels and films along with a variety of other readings, this course will explore these and other questions, which will help us understand how contemporary Japan sees itself and its relationship to the modern world.

Prerequisite: HIST 118, HIST 381 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Loftus

HIST 450 Advanced Topics in American History (1)

Special topics course to be offered when circumstances warrant, focusing on a particular problem, issue or theme in American history in accordance with faculty interest and expertise.

Prerequisite: Two courses in American history

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 452 (W) Topics in Chinese/Japanese History (1)

A special topics course to be offered when circumstances warrant, focusing on a particular problem or issue in either Chinese or Japanese history in accordance with the faculty member's special interest and area of expertise.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: Closed to first-year students.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 453 (W) Social History Practicum: Local History (1)

This course aims to develop students' skills as social historians through development of research projects on Salem's history. Students will explore themes and issues in the practice of local history. They will learn to locate and use primary sources, frame historical questions, and place their findings within a broader historical context.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: One 300 level history course

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Eisenberg

HIST 491 Independent Study in American History (.5 or 1)

Directed reading and/or research in some aspect of American history for advanced students. Open only to juniors or seniors who have completed two credits in American history.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 492 Readings in European History (1)

Intensive individual reading in the field of modern European history, offering interested students the opportunity to probe beyond the advanced survey level of HIST 320, 321 and 322.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

HIST 495W Medieval England and Ireland: The Age of Bede, c. 600-740 (1)

This course will explore the cultural flowering of the "Golden Age" of early medieval Britain and Ireland (600-800 BCE) and the works of Bede (672-735), who produced the first history of the English people and whose life and works are emblematic of this period of cultural transformation. The course will trace the revolutions in landscape, literature, and culture as this region transformed from the pagan, warrior society of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms into a Christianized realm whose cultural expressions became preeminent in Western Europe, and will explore the relationship between historical narrative and cultural transformation. The course is designed for students wishing to further their knowledge of medieval Europe, as well as for seniors needing to fulfill the senior History thesis requirement.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: One European History class or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Petersen

HIST 499 (W) Senior Tutorial (1)

The History Senior Tutorial consists of a program of directed reading, research and writing in an area or topic of the student's own choice, in consultation with members of the department. As the tutorial is the culmination of the student's History major, it is expected that the tutorial topic will be from the student's area of concentration within the major and will build on course work completed by the student in that area. The tutorial project may be a research project involving the use of primary and secondary source materials, or a project that is a historiographical in nature.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: History major, senior standing

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff