Professor Kathleen Wellman, Department Chair
Professors: Jeremy Adams, Peter Bakewell, John Chávez, Dennis Cordell, Edward Countryman, James Hopkins, Donald Niewyk, Daniel Orlovsky, Sherry Smith, David Weber, Kathleen Wellman, R. Hal Williams; Associate Professors: Melissa Dowling, Kenneth Hamilton, Thomas Knock, Glenn Linden, Alexis McCrossen, John Mears; Assistant Professors: Sabri Ates, Crista DeLuzio, Benjamin Johnson; Instructor: Ling Shiao; Adjunct Assistant Professor: David Doyle; Adjunct Lecturer: Rick Halperin.
Departmental courses are of three types: introductory, survey, and more advanced courses that explore large areas of human history; intermediate thematic courses that mix lectures and small group discussions to explore more closely defined topics; and seminars that probe deeply into given areas. Each student should devise a program of study that meets individual interests and needs and also achieves a balance between diversification and specialization. Except where specified, there are no prerequisites, and interested students are invited into all courses.
Requirements for the B.A. Degree. Thirty-three term hours in history are required for the major, including a Junior Seminar in Research and Writing (HIST 4300) and one three-hour course at the 5000 level. In addition, majors must take at least six term hours in each of the following three areas: (1) United States, (2) Europe, and (3) Africa, Asia or Latin America. Any combination of courses in these areas is acceptable (History 4300 will not fulfill these area requirements). At least 18 term hours in courses at the 3000 and higher levels are required. History majors must earn 2.00 minimum G.P.A.s in their history coursework. Six term hours of advanced placement credit can be applied toward the History major.
Twelve term hours of foreign language are recommended.
The Departmental Distinction Program. A history major with sufficiently high standing may graduate with honors in history by applying for the degree “with departmental distinction.” During their senior year, candidates for distinction will pursue an individual research project under the direction of a particular professor (while enrolled in HIST 4375). This major research project will develop from the 5000-level seminar or HIST 4300, the junior seminar. The project will be presented as a thesis before the end of the term. The successful honors graduate must also pass an oral examination on the thesis.
Requirements for the Minor. Students with a general interest in history may pursue a minor by taking 15 term hours of departmental course work. Nine term hours must be taken at the 3000-5000 level. Students intending to take a minor in the department should design a program of study in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
1301,1302. World Cultures and Civilization. A survey of world cultures from the earliest times to the present. The development of individual civilization will be studied within a comparative framework emphasizing the themes common to all human history.
1311. Western Civilization to 1527 A.D. A survey of the cultural phenomenon often called Western Civilization, from its prehistoric roots in western Asia as well as Europe, through ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilization to the Greeks, the Romans, and the medieval experience up to the “Renaissance.” Lecture course, with much reference to literature and visual arts.
1312. Western Civilization Since 1527. An introductory survey of Western civilization from about the time of the Reformation to the present.
2300. The Vision of History: The Western Tradition.
2301. The Vision of History: The American Experience.
4300. Junior Seminar in Research and Writing. Consists of a common body of readings on research methods and writing and a relatively small core of required readings that will be different in each section and organized around a topic chosen by the instructor. Closely supervised writing assignments, based upon the required readings, will grow into a major research project by the end of the term.
4375, 4376. Departmental Distinction. Honors program open to qualified seniors by invitation of the department.
4397. Internship in History. An opportunity for students to apply historical skills in a public setting working with a supervisor of the student’s work and a professor assessing the academic component of the project. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and at least 2.5 overall G.P.A.
4398, 4399. Independent Study. History majors in their junior year may apply to the Director of Undergraduate Studies to pursue a personally designed course of study under the guidance of an appropriate professor during the junior or senior year.
Majors planning a concentration in the U.S. history field are advised to begin their program with one of the “problems” or advanced survey courses (at the 3000-4000 level), not HIST 2311, 2312.
1321. First-Year Seminar in American History. Offers the beginning student an opportunity to explore particular topics in American history intensively in a small class setting.
2311. Out of Many: U.S. History to 1877. Growth of American civilization. General survey, with particular attention to social and political aspects. Open to first-year students.
2312. Unfinished Nation: U.S. History Since 1877. Growth of American civilization. General survey, with particular attention to social and political aspects. Open to first-year students.
2339. A History of Technology in the United States. Examines how technological innovations have changed the lives of Americans between the Revolution and the present. Considers how Americans have embraced, resisted, understood and used new technologies.
2380 (CFA 3380). Ethnic Regions in the Western World. An interdisciplinary course that examines the ways regional ethnic minorities – such as the Basques, Québecois, and Chicanos – have functioned within larger societies in Western Europe and North America.
2398. American Politics and Culture, FDR to Bush. Examines life and culture in modern America.
3301 (CF 3317). Human Rights: America’s Dilemma. Examines certain violations of human rights within their historical context and explores America’s commission and prevention of human rights violations.
3304. Blacks and the Civil Rights Movement. African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement with a focus on post-World War II migration, changing conceptions of race, increasing black prosperity, integration and black nationalism, and the lives of significant black leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
3305 (CF 3318). The Hispanos of New Mexico, 1848-Present. History of the Mexican-American subculture of New Mexico. Field trips to historical sites. SMU-in-Taos. Summer only.
3306 (CF 3309). Colony to Empire: U.S. Diplomacy 1789-1941. Examines major events in American foreign policy from the Early National period to Pearl Harbor, emphasizing 19th-century continental expansion, early 20th-century imperialism, and American involvement in the World Wars.
3307. The U.S. and the Cold War, 1945-1989. An examination of major events in American foreign policy since World War II, emphasizing policy toward Western Europe, the Soviet Union, Asia and Latin America.
3308 (CF 3320). History of Hispanics in the U.S. through Film. An examination of selected events and developments in the histories of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other Latinos as depicted in film and video, in movies and television.
3309 (CFB 3309) North American Environmental History. Surveys North American environmental history since pre-Columbian times. It expands the customary framework of historical inquiry by focusing on the interaction of human beings and the natural world.
3310. Problems in American History. Explores historical issues or trends in U.S. history using a case study or comparative format.
3311. Nineteenth-Century American West. History of the trans-Mississippi West in the 19th century, with an emphasis on major political, social, economic and environmental themes of the region’s history.
3312. Women in American History. Analyzes women’s changing social, economic and political roles in American society from colonial times to the present.
3313. African Americans in the United States, 1607-1877. Examines the people of the African continent, uprooted and enslaved, who continually grappled with the problem of how to preserve their dignity and identity in a hostile environment. The African Americans’ adjustment to American society, their exterior struggle against political oppression, the interior nature of their group life, and the development of black institutions are critical to the course’s concerns.
3314. African Americans in the United States, 1877 to the Present. Particular attention will be given to Populism, disfranchisement, segregation and lynching, black leadership ideologies, the influence of mass migrations, the impact of the Great Depression and two world wars on black life, the quest for equality in the 1950s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and the flowering of black culture and nationalism.
3316. History of Sex in America (CF 3311). This course will test the hypothesis that gender and sexuality are culturally constructed categories. Readings in anthropology, history, literary criticism and psychiatry will be utilized.
3318. The Human History of Natural Disaster in the United States. A survey of the role of “natural” disasters in US history, with an emphasis on the ways that they (including Hurricane Katrina) are human events, caused or complicated by social practices.
3319. Texas History. Texas as a crossroad of cultures from the 16th century to the present.
3320. The Spanish Frontier in North America, 1513-1821. (Also listed under Latin American History.) The exploration, colonization and development of the South and Southwest under Spanish rule, 1513 to 1821, including interaction with Indian peoples.
3321. The American Southwest. (Also listed under Latin American History.) History of the American Southwest, from the initial penetration in 1821 to the present.
3322 (CFB 3322). Native American History. Examines the roles Native Americans played in the history of North America (excluding Mexico) from 1500 to the present.
3324. The Mexican Americans, 1848 to the Present. Traces the historical evolution of the Mexican-American people in the Southwest from pre-Columbian to modern times with emphasis on the era since the Mexican War.
3327. Economic History of the United States. Development of the United States economy from colonial times until the present. Causes and consequences of American economic growth and instability.
3336 (CF 3366). Cultural History of the United States. Analysis of the literature, art, architecture, music, drama, popular amusements and social customs of America since 1877.
3338. U.S. Social History to 1877. Views history from the bottom up, offering a comparative examination of the American social experience (colonial era to 1877) in terms of race, class, ethnicity and gender.
3339. U.S. Social History since 1877. Views history from the bottom up, offering a comparative examination of the American social experience (1877 to the present) in terms of race, class, ethnicity and gender. Recommended preparation: HIST 3338.
3346. The 20th-Century American West. Examines the American West in the 20th century, emphasizing major social, cultural, economic and political themes of the region’s last one hundred years. Explores the characteristics that distinguish the West from other American regions and investigates its continued significance to American history.
3347. Civil War and Reconstruction. Examines the institution of slavery, the events leading to the Civil War, the War itself, and the subsequent efforts at Reconstruction.
3348 (CFA 3348). American Families: Changing Experiences and Expectations. Explores changes in American family life from the colonial period to the present. Seeks to understand how family ideals, structures and roles have shaped and been shaped by social and historical change.
3362. Searching for the American Dream: U.S. Immigration/Migration. Focus on American identity through the history of immigration and migration. Topics include the slave trade; European, Asian and Latin-American immigration; the Overland Trail; illegal immigration; and “the melting pot.”
3364. Consumer Culture in the United States, 1700-1990. The business, cultural and political history of the rise of the consumer culture in the United States. Focus on the development of institutions, ideas and practices centered on consumption.
3369. Colonial America. A study of the transfer of Europeans and Africans to the British mainland provinces and the development of a multicultural and multiregional colonial society.
3370. The American Revolution. A survey of political, social and military history of the Revolutionary era. Major topics include the imperial crisis, mobilization and war, and state and federal constitutional development.
3372. The South in American History. Explores the origin, development, and present and future status of the South’s position in America.
3379 (CFA 3325). A Cultural History of New Mexico. Explores the history of struggles between the state’s dominant ethnic groups – Native American, Hispanos, and Anglos – over rituals, spaces and objects. (SMU-in-Taos)
3384. Social Action in Urban America. An examination of the historical development of social action in American cities and communities, from religious charity organizations of the 19th century to present-day community organizing projects. Taught in conjunction with the SMU Inter-Community Experience (ICE) Program and includes a three-hour-per-week community service requirement. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
3388. The African-American Urban Experience, 1865-1980. A history of blacks in American cities during the post-Civil War era. Investigates the forces that inspired blacks to relocate to urban areas and surveys the dynamic lifestyles created within evolving black urban communities, the long periods of major African-American rural-to-city migration, institution building, black politics, African-American economics, race relations, and social life.
3391 (CF 3330). From Pew to Bleacher: American Culture and Institutions. An introduction to the formation of 19th- and 20th-century American culture and civilization through the study of the Church, print culture, museums, galleries, libraries, theater, Hollywood, television, and professional sports.
3394. The “New Woman”: The Emergence of Modern Womanhood in the U.S., 1890-1930. Explores the experiences of a variety of women from 1890-1930, including feminists, reformers, intellectuals, artists, working women, mothers, high school and college students and juvenile delinquents.
3399. U.S. Foreign Policy from the Spanish American War to Vietnam. A broad survey of American foreign relations in the 20th century. Traces the rise of the United States as a world power from Teddy Roosevelt’s charge up Kettle Hill to the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.
3401 (CF 3401). The Good Society. Examines the values and ideals that have been fundamental to the historical concept of the “good society,” with an emphasis on themes to aid in understanding issues of race, gender, ethics and power essential to any meaningful evaluation of the society in which one lives.
4353, 4354. History of Ideas in America. Studies the main themes of American public thought from the colonial period to the Civil War and from the Civil War to the present.
5330, 5331. Seminar in Mexican-American History. An examination of the growing historiography on Mexican-Americans, focusing on the relationship between their ethnic identity and the Southwest. (Also listed under Latin American History.)
5340, 5341. Seminar in American History. Intensive examination of major topics in American history.
5344. American Cultural History. Considers the histories of cultural institutions, objects, ideas and practices. Explores an array of representative cultural conflicts and obsessions that have marked American history.
5345. Industrialism and Reform in U.S., 1877-1919. An investigation of life in Gilded Age and Progressive-period America, including industrialization, urbanization and social conflict.
5350. Twentieth-Century America: A Seminar. Intensive examination of major developments in recent American history.
1303. Millennialism Through the Ages. A historical look at the ancient and current notion that an apocalyptic End Time will produce a New Heaven and New Earth turning conventional order upside down, and how to behave if so.
1322. First-Year Seminar in European History. Offers the beginning student an opportunity to explore particular topics in European history intensively in a small class setting.
2321. Philosophical and Religious Thought in the Medieval West. A study of the key issues in Western thought, and of their temporary resolutions, in the “medieval” millennium – and of the shifting balance between Greek and Hebrew elements in that evolving tradition.
2323 (CFA 3320, FL 3323). Russian Culture. Significant aspects of Russian thought and culture at its various stages of development, illustrated by examples from poetry, prose, drama, journalism, architecture, the fine arts and music.
2346. Modern England, 1714 to the Present. A survey of modern English history from the accession of the Hanoverians to the present, with emphasis on social and political themes dealing with the transition from a landed to an industrial society. (SMU-in-Oxford)
2353 (CF 3392, ARHS 3318). Currents in Classical Civilization. The interdisciplinary study of the art, literatures and history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, focusing on the development of democracy, individualism, immortality, heroism, justice, sexuality, nature, etc.
2354. Ancient Foundations of Modern Civilization. An introduction to the study of the ancient world embracing both the ancient Near East and classical Greek and Roman civilization.
2365. Europe in the Modern World, Renaissance to 1760. An introductory survey of the growth of European civilization.
2366. Europe in the Modern World, 1760 to Present. A continuation of HIST 2365.
3302. Georgian and Victorian England, 1714-1867. The political, social and economic institutions of Britain and their development in the 18th and 19th centuries.
3303. Modern England, 1867 to the Present. Britain in the 20th century, with social and cultural emphasis; traces the changes in outlook and Empire to the present day.
3328. Economic History of Europe: 1000 A.D. to the Present. Survey of the development of the European economy from 1000 A.D. to the present. Sources of growth and institutional changes will be explored.
3329 (CF 3322). Women in Early Modern Europe. A study of the influence of women in European society and intellectual movements from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment.
3330. Women in Modern European History. An exploration of the role of women in European society, from the cultures of Crete and Sumer to the present.
3332. Ancient and Medieval France. An exploration of selected themes that dominate the current history, archaeology and historiography of ancient and medieval France, from the paleolithic cave painters to Joan of Arc.
3333. Early Modern France to 1789. An examination of the social, political and cultural transformation of 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century France through the rise of the Bourbon monarchy, its consolidation under Louis XIV, and its evolution under his successors.
3334. France Since 1789. A history of France from 1789 to the present with special emphasis on social and cultural history including the French Revolution and its legacy, the development of 19th-century French society, and France during the two World Wars.
3335 (CF 3335, FL 3335). One King, One Law: France 1500-1789. The culture of France through its history and literature, emphasizing the historical developments, ideas, and literary texts that define the period and illuminate both French Classicism and absolutism.
3337 (CFB 3337). Ethical Dilemmas in a Global Age. A cross-cultural exploration of major ethical issues emanating out of the radically changing context of human existence in recent decades.
3340. The Revolutionary Experience in Russia, 1900-1930. The effects of the breakdown of the old regime and the establishment of Soviet power on Russian society and culture. Examines the evolution of political and social institutions, ideologies, literature and the arts against the backdrop of the era’s turbulent political history.
3341. Soviet/Post-Soviet Society and Politics 1917 to Present. Soviet/Russian/Eurasian experience from historical, ethnographic, economic, social and cultural perspectives, beginning with the present and going back to the roots of the Soviet state and society in the Revolutionary experience, 1917 to 1921.
3342. Atomic Energy and the Modern World. An examination of the development of atomic energy and how it has affected the way we have lived in the 20th century.
3344 (CF 3394). The Oxford Landscape: From the Stone Age to the Tudors. An exploration of several approaches to the development of the distinctive human “landscape” of the Upper Thames Valley and the city that gradually became its metropolis, from the paleolithic era to the end of the Middle Ages. (SMU-in-Oxford)
3345. England in Medieval and Early Modern Times. Treats selected themes in the history of England to 1688, with special attention to formative periods and developments in the evolution of the English state. (SMU-in-Oxford)
3350. Life in the Medieval World, A.D. 306 to 1095. A survey of the political, religious and cultural history of Western Europe from Constantine the Great to the First Crusade.
3351. Life in the Medieval World, 1095 to 1350. A survey of the political, social and intellectual structures that characterized the civilization of Western Europe between the First Crusade and the Black Death.
3352. The Age of the Crusades. Exploration of patterns of thought and behavior underlying and motivating the military, ideological and general cultural confrontation between Christendom and Islam from the late 11th to the 14th centuries.
3353. The History of Ancient Greece. A study of the ways in which the various societies of ancient Greece approached the problem of defining, establishing and maintaining an equitable social order.
3354. Warfare and Diplomacy in Antiquity. A study of the methods both of waging and of averting war in antiquity.
3355 (CF 3325). Class and Gender in Ancient Society. An examination of class and gender in the ancient world with special emphases on changing definitions of masculinity and femininity in Greek and Roman culture and the position, rights and interaction of different groups (e.g., free and slave, citizen and foreigner, soldier and civilian).
3356. The Individual and Society in Antiquity. A study of different concepts of the nature of the individual and his relation to society in Homeric and classical Greece and republican and imperial Rome.
3357 (CF 3363, ENGL 3371). Joan of Arc: History, Literature and Film. The life and later reception of the extraordinary peasant girl, Joan of Arc (ca. 1412-1431), who in two years changed the course of European history before she was burned at the stake.
3358 (CF 3313). The Renaissance. A history of culture in the Renaissance from the perspective of advances in scholarship and science and, above all, in appreciation of social and political contexts.
3359. Europe in the Age of the Reformation, 1520-1598. The political, economic, religious and cultural history of Europe, including the impact of the Protestant and Catholic reform movements.
3360. English Society in the Age of Elizabeth the Great. Focuses selectively upon key aspects of the social, cultural, religious and intellectual life of Elizabethan England, set against the background of political, economic and diplomatic developments in Europe in the 16th century.
3361. Roman History and the Roman Mind. The development of Roman civilization from its earliest beginnings to the dawn of the Middle Ages.
3363 (CF 3306). The Holocaust. Examines the destruction of the European Jews as they emerged from pre-World War I anti-Semitism and Nazi racism. Considers Jewish responses to genocide, the behavior of bystanders, and possibilities of rescue.
3365, 3366. Problems in European History. Historical events or trends of particular significance in the development of modern Europe will be examined with consideration of the ways in which historians have assessed and reassessed their viewpoints. Students will be invited to join in the controversy with a modest research project of their own. Topics will be selected in accordance with the interests of students and instructors and hence will vary from term to term.
3367. Revolutions in European History. Traces the impact of revolutionary explosions on European civilization from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages through the rebellions of the 1560s and 1640s and the great upheavals of the Age of Democratic Revolution to the events of 1917 in Russia. Recommended preparation: HIST 2365, 2366.
3368 (CF 3312). Warfare in the Modern World. The evolution of weapons, tactics, strategy and military organization in the western world from the Renaissance to the present, with special attention to the fundamental nature and causes of armed conflict as well as the interrelationships between warfare and society as a whole.
3373 (CF 3327). Science, Religion and Magic in Early Modern England. A study of the interaction of three ways of thinking about nature and the place of human beings within nature – science, magic and religion. Focuses on early modern England and religious divisions of the English Reformation and civil wars that brought political dissension and many competing views of nature and society.
3374 (CF 3328). Diplomacy in Europe: Napoleon to the European Union. Treats the evolution of the European state system from the post-Napoleonic settlement through the end of the Cold War and creation of the European Union.
3375. Social History of Early Modern Europe. Studies European social and cultural development from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
3376 (CF 3314). Social and Intellectual History of Europe. Studies European social, cultural and intellectual development from 1848 to the present.
3383. Habsburg Monarchy: Making of East Central Europe. The Habsburg monarchy from its medieval origins through its disintegration at the end of World War I, with emphasis on its enduring legacy to contemporary Europe.
3385. The Balkan Peninsula in its European Context. The impact of events in the Balkan peninsula on the development of European civilization from the conquests of the Ottoman Turks prior to 1566 through the contemporary era.
3397 (CF 3336). Modernity and Crises of Identity. Draws on the works of major intellectuals and artists. Explores crises of identity in Western culture during the decades prior to World War I.
4363. Inside Nazi Germany. The reality beneath the spectacle of the Nuremberg rallies and the efficiency of the totalitarian state.
4369. History of Modern Germany. Surveys developments in German society from unification under Bismarck to division in the wake of World War II, with particular attention given to Hitler’s rise to power.
4380. History of Spain to 1492. (Also listed under Latin American History.) The main social, political and cultural topics of the history of the Iberian Peninsula before Ferdinand and Isabella, focusing on the Roman and Medieval periods.
4381. History of Spain, 1469 to the Present. (Also listed under Latin American History.) The main social, political and cultural topics of the history of the Iberian Peninsula from Columbus to the present.
4384. Early and Medieval England, from the Beginning to 1485. The early historical heritage of the English peoples, from prehistoric times through the end of the Middle Ages.
4385. Tudor and Stuart England, 1485 to 1714. The emergence of the modern British state and societies in the 16th and 17th centuries.
5364. The City of God: Utopias in Christian Tradition. An examination of St. Augustine’s masterpiece, along with several of its models and analogues from the Greco-Roman and Hebrew traditions.
5367. Russia from the Kievan Era to 1881. Surveys the development of state and society from the beginnings of history in East Slavic territory through the era of the Great Reforms.
5370. Seminar in French History. An examination of key historians and of the several modes of history-writing that shape our vision of pre-modern France.
5371. The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815. The nature and causes of revolution, the French Revolution, and the career of Napoleon Bonaparte.
5372. Europe from Napoleon to Bismarck, 1815-1870. Examines the aftermath of Napoleon’s empire, with special consideration of the revolutions of 1848.
5373. Europe from Bismarck to World War I, 1870-1918. Studies some of the modern world’s most potent ideas: imperialism, social Darwinism, Marxism, racism and positivism in the context of Europe at the peak of its influence.
5374. Recent European History, 1918 to the Present. Considers two attempts to revive Europe from the effects of disastrous world wars, as well as the sources of new vigor it has found in the last 30 years.
5375. Europe in the Age of Louis XIV. The Scientific Revolution, the culture of the Baroque, and development of the European state system under the impact of the Thirty Years’ War and the wars of Louis XIV.
5376. Europe in the Age of Enlightenment, 1715-1789. A study of society and culture in 18th-century Europe, the Enlightenment philosophies, Rococo art, the classical age of music, Enlightened Despotism, and the coming of the French Revolution.
5378 Medieval Renaissances. A reading-and-discussion seminar in two bursts of medieval cultural activity, the Carolingian and 12th-Century Renaissances. Focuses on two case studies (Alcuin and John of Salisbury).
5390. Seminar in Russian History. This advanced seminar covers in depth selected topics in late Imperial and Soviet history. Prerequisite: HIST 3340 or 3341, or permission of instructor.
5391. Athenian Democracy. This seminar examines the development of democratic government in Athens and studies the functioning of that government in peace and in war.
5392. Seminar in European History. Intensive examination of major topics in European history. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Students planning a concentration in Latin American History are urged to take HIST 2384 and 2385, followed by HIST 4380 and 4381.
2384 (CFA 3318). Latin America: The Colonial Period. An introductory survey covering the development of Latin American society from pre-discovery to the early 19th century.
2385 (CFA 3319). Latin America in the Modern Era. An introductory survey beginning with the 19th-century wars of independence from Spain and Portugal and emphasizing the 20th century as the new nations struggle for political stability and economic independence.
3317. Women in Latin-American Societies. The female experience in the formation of Latin American colonial societies. The theoretical explanation of womanhood within the ideology of the Spanish Counter-Reformation and its application to the daily life of women will be studied.
3320. The Spanish Frontier in North America, 1513-1821. (Also listed under United States History.) The exploration, colonization and development of the Southwest under Spanish rule, 1513 to 1821, including interaction with Indian peoples. (For History majors, fulfills United States or Latin American requirement.)
3321. The American Southwest. (Also listed under United States History.) History of the American Southwest, from the initial penetration in 1821 to the present.
3380. Problems in Ibero-American History. Allows students to study special topics on a comparative or thematic basis. Avoids the strictly national, chronological approach to history in favor of topical organization.
3382. History of Mexico. Studies pre-Columbian, colonial and independent Mexico. Stresses culture and social developments.
3386. History of the Caribbean. A survey of Caribbean history aimed at identifying common and contrasting themes in this very diverse part of the world. Topics include the Caribbean before 1492, the slave trade, sugar and the plantation economy, abolition, the dependent Caribbean, and the false promise of independence.
4380. History of Spain to 1492. (Also listed under European History.) The main social, political and cultural topics of the history of the Iberian Peninsula before Ferdinand and Isabella, focusing on the Roman and Medieval periods. (For History majors, fulfills only European requirement.)
4381. History of Spain, 1469 to the Present. (Also listed under European History.) The main social, political and cultural topics of the history of the Iberian Peninsula from Columbus to the present. (For History majors, fulfills only European requirement.)
5330, 5331. Seminar in Mexican-American History. (Also listed under United States History.)
5382. Seminar in Latin American History. Intensive examination of major topics in Latin America history.
1323. First-Year Seminar in Non-Western History. Offers the beginning student the opportunity to explore particular topics in non-Western history intensively in a small class setting.
2355. History of the Ancient Near East and Egypt. An introduction to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Israel, Anatolia and Egypt. Examines changing ancient cultures as they contact (or conquer) each other as seen through their literature, histories and archaeological remains.
2379. A History of Islamic Empires. This course introduces students to the history of various Islamic empires and covers the period from 600-1750.
2391. Africa to the 19th Century. History of Africa south of the Sahara, focusing on culture and social organization, the Bantu migrations, African kingdoms, contacts with the world, Islam, and the slave trade.
2392. Modern Africa. An introduction to the history of Africa since 1800. Focuses on a number of themes to enable a better understanding of the recent past of this vast continent. Major topics include 19th-century social, political and economic revolutions in Southern and West Africa, the incorporation of the continent into the capitalist world economy, class formation under colonial rule, the rise of nationalism, and the politics of liberation.
2393. Japan Before 1850. Japan from its origins through the Tokugawa period. Themes include the military and the emperor in the polity, religions in society and culture, and the continuous, contested creation of identity.
2394. China Before 1850. Examines changes and continuities from Neolithic times to 1850 in Chinese state, society and religion, and the relations among the three spheres, through scholarly writings and primary sources.
2395. Modern East Asia. A survey of modern East Asia emphasizing an outline of the traditional societies, the Western impact, Japanese industrialization and imperialism, Pearl Harbor and the rise of Chinese communism.
3325. Islam and Politics. This course aims to familiarize students with the basics of Islam and explore the relationship between Islam as religion and Islam as ideology.
3326 (CF 3310). The Venture of Islam. An introduction to Islamic civilization through an examination of Islamic history and society, arts and letters, and science, as well as philosophy and the legal order. Considers the response of Islam to the challenge posed by the West.
3371. Conflicts in the Modern Middle East. Examines the Arab-Israeli conflict, other regional conflicts and the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Cold War in the Middle East.
3377. History of South Africa. A survey of the history of South Africa from the 17th century to the present. Emphasis on the historical development of the patterns of economic, social and political interaction among the peoples that led to the emergence of a majority-ruled, “new” South Africa.
3378. Problems in African History. Examines a particular topic in the history of Africa. Potential topics include the trans-Saharan caravan system, the arrival and spread of Islam, the rise of African-European cultures, the slave trade, the abolition of slavery, imperialism and colonial transformations, nationalism, liberation movements, independence and underdevelopment, and democratization.
3387 (CF 3315). Asia and the West. Goods, ideas, religions, artistic styles, technologies, soldiers and diseases have long traveled between East and West. Scholarship, primary sources, literature and film illuminate the material and ideological effects of the exchanges.
3389. Problems in Middle Eastern History. A contemporary topic is treated in historical perspective. Sample topics include the Arab-Israeli conflict, oil and the politics of energy, and Islamic fundamentalism.
3390. Modern Middle East: 1914-to-Present. This survey course introduces students to the history and politics of the contemporary Middle East.
3392 (CF 3349, FL 3349). The African Diaspora: Literature and History of Black Liberation. Examines the role of Black literature in bringing on the collapse of European colonial order and as a major force in the struggle against neocolonialism today. Explores links between literature and politics, literature and history, and thought and action in 20th-century Africa and the Caribbean.
3393. China in Revolution. Examines the “century of revolution” in China, from the mid-19th century to the present, beginning with the unique political and social structure of “Old China,” and analyzing the impact of Western Imperialism and the creative responses of intellectuals, warlords and revolutionaries.
3395. Problems in Asian History. Explores historical issues, trends or special topics in Asian history using a thematic or comparative format.
3396. Middle Eastern Economic History. Examines economic patterns in Middle Eastern history, politics and social life from the 18th century until the present.
3398. Women in Chinese History. Examines changes and continuities from Neolithic times to today in women’s roles in politics and the state, religions and ideologies, the family and its alternatives, and production and consumption.
5395. A History of Iran. This seminar introduces students to the history, cultures and peoples of Iran and familiarizes them with this complex and increasingly important country.