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HIST110
The Ancient World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Interpretation of select literature and art of the ancient Mediterranean world with a view to illuminating the antecedents of modern culture; religion and myth in the ancient Near East; Greek philosophical, scientific, and literary invention; and the Roman tradition in politics and administration.
HIST111
The Medieval World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The development of Europe in the Middle Ages; the role of religious values in shaping new social, economic, and political institutions; medieval literature, art and architecture.
HIST142
Looking at America through a Global Lens
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: HIST289I or HIST142.
Formerly: HIST289I.
Looking at America will focus on a thematic approach to the study of foreign -- negative and positive -- perceptions of America in the 20th century.
HIST189B
Topics in History; Sustainability and History: The Maryland Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Also offered as ENST140. Credit only granted for HIST189B or ENST140.

Examines the changing nature of concern over sustainability through the environmental history of the state of Maryland. The historical approach, supplemented by discussion of the basic scientific processes underlying ecosystem functions and human impacts on the environment, reveals both enduring and changing qualities of the search for sustainable patterns of living, beginning before 17th century European contact and continuingon into the environmental concerns of our own time.
HIST200
Interpreting American History: Beginnings to 1877
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU
Credit only granted for: HIST156 or HIST200.
Formerly: HIST156.
The United States from colonial times to the end of the Civil War. Establishment and development of American institutions.
HIST201
Interpreting American History: From 1865 to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: HIST157 or HIST201.
Formerly: HIST157.
The United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. Economic, social, intellectual, and political developments. Rise of industry and emergence of the United States as a world power.
HIST204
Introduction to the History of Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: HIST174 or HIST204.
Formerly: HIST174.
An exploration of the roots of modern science from the ancient Greeks through the medieval and early modern periods. Focus on the men and women who helped to create the sciences and to change public perceptions of their disciplines.
HIST208T
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; Self and Others: Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HIST208V
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; Race and Gender in the Civil War Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HIST208W
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; War, Culture, and Legitimacy in the Ancient World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HIST211
Love, Labor, and Citizenship: History of American Women Since 1880
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: WMST211.
Credit only granted for: HIST211 or WMST211.
An examination of women's changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effects of industrialization on women's economic activities and status, and women's involvement in political and social struggles including those for women's rights, birth control, and civil rights.
HIST219M
Special Topics in History; Archaeology and History or Palestine: Neolithic to Muhammad
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as RELS219G. Credit granted for HIST219M or RElS219G.

This class covers the history and archaeology of the Southern Levant, and surrounding regions, from before the time of the earliest cities to the arrival of Islam. Introduction to the discipline of archaeology, both in general, and as a means to investigate the important cultural, political, social, and religious developments that shaped this part of the Mediterranean world.
HIST221
Asian American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
Also offered as: AAST201.
Credit only granted for: AAST201, HIST219G, HIST219M, or HIST221.
Formerly: HIST219M and HIST219G.
Introduction to the history of Asian Americans in the United States and the Americas and to the field of Asian American Studies, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include theories of race and ethnicity; Asian migration and diaspora to the Americas; Asian American work and labor issues; gender, family, and communities; nationalism and nativism, and anti-Asian movements; Asian Americans in World War II, the Cold War, and the issues in the civil rights & post-civil rights era.
HIST222
Immigration and Ethnicity in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: AAST222.
Credit only granted for: AAST222, AAST298A, HIST219L, or HIST222.
Formerly: HIST219L.
The history of immigration and the development of diverse populations i the United States are examined. Topics include related political controversies, the social experiences of immigrants, ethnicity, generations, migration, inter-group relations, race, and diversity in American culture.
HIST225
Modern Military History, 1815-Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
The military history of Europe through an examination of the economic, financial, strategic, tactical, and technological aspects of the development of military institutions and warfare from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 to the present.
HIST233
Empire! The British Imperial Experience 1558-1997
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: HIST219P or HIST233.
Formerly: HIST219P.
Britain's empire from the mid-sixteenth century to the late twentieth century, focusing on the encounter between Britain and indigenous peoples. Topics include the origins of British imperialism in Ireland and North America, the slave trade, the East India Company and India, women in empire, transportation and the making of Australia, sex in empire, missionaries, racial theories, and decolonization.
HIST235
History of Britain 1461 to 1714
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
British history from the War of the Roses to the Hanoverian succession; Yorkist and Tudor society and politics; the Renaissance and Reformation in England, Henry VIII through Elizabeth I; 17th-century crises and revolutions; intellectual and cultural changes; the beginnings of empire; the achievement of political and intellectual order.
HIST236
From Peacocks to Punks: Modern Britain from 1688 to Today
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the present. The revolution of 1688; the structure of 18th-century society and politics; economic and social change in the Industrial Revolution; 19th- and 20th-century political and social reform; imperialism; the impact of the First and Second World Wars on British society.
HIST237
Russian Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS
An overview of Russian history stressing the main lines of development of the Russian state and the evolution of Russian culture to the present day.
HIST245
Reformers, Radicals, and Revolutionaries: The Middle East in the Twentieth Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: HIST219W or HIST245.
Formerly: HIST219W.
The 20th century was a period of dramatic changes in the Middle East. Within the global context of the two World Wars and the Cold War, countries in the region struggled with the effects of colonialism and painful processes of decolonization. The course offers a thematic-comparative approach to issues such as social and political reform, nationalism, the colonial experience, independence struggles, models of governance, political violence, and Islamism. Course lectures and the analysis and discussion of primary sources will lead students to understand that the peoples of the Middle East found answers to the challenges posed by Western dominance based on their specific historical, cultural and socio-economic circumstances.
For Spring 2019; Also offered as ARAB298K and RELS219K. Credit granted for HIST245, ARAB298K, or RELS219K.
HIST251
Latin America Since Independence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST251.
Credit only granted for: HIST251 or LASC251.
Introductory survey of the history of Latin America from the era of independence (c. 1810-1825) through the early 1980s. Major themes include independence and sovereignty, postcolonialism and neocolonialism, nation- and state-building, liberalism, citizenship, economic development and modernization, social organization and stratification, race and ethnicity, gender relations, identity politics, reform and revolution, authoritarianism and democratization, and inter-American relations.
Also offered as LASC251. Credit granted for HIST251 or LASC251.
HIST255
African-American History, 1865 - Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS
An introductory course in the African-American experience in the United States from 1865 to the present. Topics include the aftermath of the Civil War on US race relations, the rise of segregation, northern migration, World War I and II, Civil Rights Movements, and the Black Power Movement.
Also offered as AASP298A. Credit only granted for HIST255 or AASP298A.
HIST281
The Rabbinic Movement: History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU
Also offered as: JWST230.
Credit only granted for: HIST281 or JWST230.
Introduction to the Rabbinic movement and its history, first to seventh century CE. Survey of the essential texts of ancient Rabbinic literature, both halakhic (legal) and aggadic (non-legal).
Additional Note: For Spring 2019; Also offered as JWST230 and RELS219C. Credit only granted for HIST281, JWST230, or RELS219C.
HIST284
East Asian Civilization I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
An interdisciplinary survey of the development of East Asian cultures. An historical approach drawing on all facets of East Asian traditional life, to gain an appreciation of the different and complex cultures of the area.
HIST285
East Asian Civilization II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS
A survey of the historical development of modern Asia since 1700. Primarily concerned with the efforts of East Asians to preserve their traditional cultures in the face of Western expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries, and their attempts to survive as nations in the 20th century.
HIST286
The Jew and the City through the Centuries
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: JWST275.
Credit only granted for: HIST286 or JWST275.
Jewish urban experience from ancient times to the present. Public space and private space. The city and the sacred. Jewish ghettos and quarters. The struggle over modern Jerusalem.
Also offered as JWST275. Credit only granted for HIST286 or JWST275.
HIST289A
Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain: Tolerance, Oppression, and the Problematic Past
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as RELS289C. Credit only granted for HIST289A or RELS289C.

For 800 years, medieval Spain was home to one of the most religiously diverse societies in European history, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived and worked closely together. In the modern era, this period has been held up both as a model of successful interreligious harmony, and as a case study in religious discrimination and exclusion. Can the example of the Spanish past really teach us how to build-or how not to build-a society that embraces religious difference?
HIST289R
Pocketbook Politics: A History of American Buying and Selling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HIST289V
What Does It Mean to be An American?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
This course seeks to understand the on-going crisis over national identity and purpose by examining the many factors that go into the big stew known as America.
HIST289X
History and the Politics of American Memory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
HIST289Y
Zombies, Fear, and Contagion: A Cultural History of Public Health, Medicine, and Technology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
HIST299
(Perm Req)
Directed Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST307
The Holocaust of European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: JWST345.
Credit only granted for: HIST307 or JWST345.
Roots of Nazi Jewish policy in the l930's and during World War II: the process of destruction and the implementation of the "final solution of the Jewish problem" in Europe, and the responses made by the Jews to their concentration and annihilation.
HIST310
History of South Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Formerly: HIST419E.
Explores the roots of Apartheid and the anti-Apartheid movement from precolonial times to the present: the social history of work and identity, the rise of kingdoms (Zulu, Sotho), conquest and colonial administration, urban and rural mass politics, gender relations, and the transition to democracy.
HIST319A
Special Topics in History; City God, Dragon Boat, and Monkey King: Popular Culture and Society in Imperial China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST319I
Special Topics in History; The Lion and the Man: Frederick Douglass's Life and Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST328Y. Credit granted for HIST319I or AMST328Y.
HIST319R
Special Topics in History; Genghis Khan and the Mongols: Destroyers of Worlds and Patrons of Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST320
Early Christianity: Jesus to Constantine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed one course in ancient history at the 200 level.
Also offered as: JWST331.
Credit only granted for: HIST320 or JWST331.
Social and religious history of early Christianity from its origins in the first century to the reign of Constantine.
Also offered as JWST331. Credit granted for HIST320 or JWST331.
HIST321
Biblical History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as: JWST324.
Credit only granted for: HIST321 or JWST324.
Formerly: HEBR333.
Study of the political, social, and religious development of the Jewish nation from its inception to its return from exile in Babylonia around 536 C.E. Focus on biblical texts, archaeological finds, and source materials from neighboring cultures to reconstruct political history and the development of religious concepts.
HIST327
The Roman Empire
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Roman history from Augustus to Heraclius, 44BC-641AD: The Imperial cour and government; the diversity of culture in provinces and cities and the progress of Romanization; Roman religion and its transformation in late antiquity; the Roman army and defense of the frontiers.
HIST328C
Selected Topics in History; Arts, Leisure, and Entertainment: Urban Life in Modern Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST328C. Credit granted for PERS398B, HIST328C, JWST319I, or TDPS358B.

From traditional to modern forms of art and entertainment, from popular and youth culture to the official, and from the underground art scene to online social media, this cultural history course sheds light on the formation and transformations of the urban public culture in modern Iran. Taught in English.
HIST328G
Selected Topics in History; Heretics, Witches, and Slaves: Marginalized Communities in the Middle Ages
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST328L
Selected Topics in History; Empires, Revolutions, and Cold Wars: Modern Central and Eastern Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
We live in an international system dominated by accusations of growing Russian power and meddling in the affairs of other countries -- from the civil war that has raged in Ukraine since 2013, to the US presidential elections of 2016. These stories show that Central and Eastern Europe --a region largely taken for granted since the end of the Cold War -- has once again become a battleground for the future of the international order. This course will both offer a broad overview of that region's history since the late 1700s -- through empires, revolutions, and cold wars -- and provide students with the critical tools to develop their own views on that history.
HIST328N
Selected Topics in History; The History of Medicine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course meets once per week on campus; the rest of the course content will be on ELMS. A history of medicine from antiquity to the present. Principal goals include the exploration of historical perspectives on the development of medical advances and practices such as diagnosis, therapeutics, surgery, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, psychiatry, medical ethics, and the role of both men and women in shaping the history of medical sciences.
HIST328Q
Selected Topics in History; Queer History of Classics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as CLAS309Q, WMST379Q, and LGBT398Q. Credit granted for CLAS309Q, HIST328Q, WMST379Q, and LGBT398Q.

In Classics and Queer History, we will explore ancient and modern paradigms of sex, gender, and sexuality and discuss queer uses of and struggles with the past and the idea of the Classical. To do this, we will examine diverse works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and visual art, as well as works from later periods sonnets, operas, novels, films, scholarship, and more that adapt ancient stories and ideas for their own, queer purposes. As we move across time, geography, and cultures, we will keep in mind the over-arching questions, what is queer history, and why might one pursue it?
HIST328V
Selected Topics in History; Ancient Greek Religion: Gods, Myths, Temples
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as CLAS330 and RELS370. Credit only granted for CLAS330, HIST328V, or RELS370.

Survey of Greek religious ideas and practices as they evolve from the Bronze Age to the early Christian period.
HIST328Y
Selected Topics in History; Women in Chinese History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST329A
Special Topics in History; Cities of Real & Imagined Disasters
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The history of real and imagined urban disasters in modern global history is examined through the study of events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, terrorism, and the creation of monsters such as Godzilla and King Kong. The course includes the study of the significance of historical events such as Hurricane Katrina, the San Francisco and Mexico City earthquakes, Hiroshima, Chernobyl, and 9/11.
HIST329B
Special Topics in History; Drugs in the Modern World: From Opium Wars to the War on Drugs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST329D
Special Topics in History; Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Opposing Histories
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as ISRL329D. Credit granted for HIST329D or ISRL329D. Israelis and Palestinians have been fighting over the Land of of Palestine/Israel for over a century, but both sides date their relationship to the Land back many centuries, even millenia. We will look at the history but especially the "narratives" that the two sides employ to explain and justify, both to themselves and others, their claims to the land, and how these narratives have both molded the shape of the conflict and been molded by it, and changed over time. This is not solely a history course, though it will cover the relevant history. It will focus on the importance of narratives to the continuation of the conflict, as well as elements relating to identity, religion, archaeology, morality, and human rights. No previous knowledge is expected, but those with such knowledge will find it useful.
HIST329F
Special Topics in History; Religious and Political Transformations in Modern Jewish History, 1650-1870
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST319V. Credit granted for HIST329F or JWST319V.
HIST329L
Special Topics in History; Riches and Ruin: A Global History of Capitalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Surveys the development of capitalism since the 1500s from a global perspective, focusing on Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Topics include commodity flows, labor migration, the environment, markets, and entrepreneurs. Engagement with key scholarly debates, primary sources, and digital methods.
HIST329X
Special Topics in History; Mobility in History: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST329Z
Special Topics in History; Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ISRL329M and JWST319D. Credit only granted for HIST329Z, ISRL329M, or JWST319D.

It is impossible to understand Israeli society today without examining the Mizrahi experience. Despite the common misconception that most Israelis are of European origin, the fact of the matter is that Jews of Mizrahi origin, whose parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel from the Middle East and North Africa,represent a major part of the Israeli population. Moreover, Ashkenazi-Mizrahi relations continue to be a major source of tension in Israeli society and politics. This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality through its various milestones: the 1959 Wadi Salib Revolt, the Black Panthers Movement in the 1970s, the emergence of the Israeli Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas, and the new wave of Mizrahi activism in the 21st century. Additionally, the course explores literature, film and television to uncover the way Mizrahi Jews narrate their story in Israel today.
HIST333
The European Reformations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST111 or HIST112; or permission of instructor required.
Also offered as: RELS343.
Credit only granted for: HIST333 or RELS343.
Examination of developments in European religion between 1450 and 1700; the late-medieval Church and its critics; rise of Protestant thought in Germany and its spread throughout Europe; reform efforts in the Catholic Church; religious wars and violence and their impact on state and society; consequences of religious reform in society and its impact on the family and women.
Also offered as RELS343. Credit granted for HIST333 or RELS343.
HIST353
America in the Revolutionary Era, 1763-1815
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST200, HIST210, HIST213, HIST254, or HIST275; or must have completed HIST156; or permission of instructor.
The background and course of the American Revolution and early nationhood through the War of 1812. Emphasis on how the Revolution shaped American political and social development, the creation of a new government under the Constitution, and the challenges facing the new nation.
HIST354
Ante-Bellum America 1815-1861
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST200, HIST210, HIST213, HIST222, HIST254, or HIST275; or must have completed HIST156; or permission of instructor.
Traces how the strong nationalism after the War of 1812 transformed int the sectionalism that led to Civil War. The course concentrates on the controversies over slavery and other issues contributing to North-South antagonism, including Jacksonian democracy, capitalism, racism, immigration, manifest destiny and religious, social, and intellectual movements, each of which produced its own social tendencies and tensions.
HIST356
Emergence of Modern America, 1900-1945
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST201, HIST211, HIST213, HIST222, HIST255, or HIST275; or must have completed HIST157; or permission of instructor.
The emergence of modern institutions and identities, 1900-1945. These institutions may include corporate enterprises and the welfare state; identities include homosexuality, the New Woman, and the New Negro.
HIST357
Recent America: 1945-Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST201, HIST211, HIST213, HIST222, HIST255, or HIST275; or must have completed HIST157; or permission of instructor.
American history from the inauguration of Harry S. Truman to the presen with emphasis upon politics and foreign relations, but with consideration of special topics such as radicalism, conservatism, and labor.
HIST376
History of Modern Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: ISRL342.
Credit only granted for: HIST376 or ISRL342.
History of modern Israel since the beginning of the Zionist settlement in 1882. Attention to different interpretations and narratives of Israel's history, including the historical and ideological roots of Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel, ideological forces, wars, and the triumphs and crises of democracy.
HIST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-History department; and junior standing or higher.
The History Department's Internship program. Pre-professional experience in historical research, analysis, and writing in a variety of work settings.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST396
(Perm Req)
Honors Colloquium II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-History department; or HIST395.
Restriction: Must be in History program.
Uses a seminar approach to examine a major problem of historical interpretation across two or more diverse cultures in different periods. Topics vary and include: religion and society, the city in history, gender, slavery and emancipation, and modernization.
HIST405
Environmental History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An introduction to the key issues and methods of environmental history. The scope of the subject is discussed, as well as its relationship with other disciplines, such as ecology, anthropology, and geography. A primary focus is environmental change in history with emphasis on the American experience.
HIST408A
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; The Worlds of Benjamin Franklin
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
To a remarkable extent, Franklin witnessed and created the world that seems familiar to us now. His long life (1706-1790) spanned most of the eighteenth century, making his incredibly varied accomplishments a superb measure of the cultural and historic changes in this era. What's more, he began his life at a modest level but then ended it as the most famous American of his day, his self-made manhood making him an excellent case study of the differences between ordinary and extraordinary lives, typical and atypical experiences, common and elite cultures.
HIST408C
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; The Construction of Jewish Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
HIST408E
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Empire and Central Asia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of department. An exploration of the role of empire in the making of modern Central Asia. Focus on five former Soviet republics, Afghanistan and Xinjiang (western China).
HIST408G
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Slavery, Freedom, and Citizenship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
HIST408Q
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Death in the Biblical World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Death, burial, and concepts of the afterlife in the ancient Mediterranean cultures with a particular focus on ancient Israel and early Judaism. Source material, both texts and artifacts, will be examined within the contexts of the ancient Near East (Egypt and Mesopotamia) and the Classical World (Greece and Rome).
HIST408W
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Votes for Women in Maryland!
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Each student will research and write biographical sketches of two woman suffragists for publication in a crowdsourced historical encyclopedia. Through this work, students will hone their research and writing skills as they become published authors!
HIST408X
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Britain at War: A Social and Cultural History, From WWI to the Cold War
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of department. From the idealism of the "Soldier Poets" of 1914 who believed war would be "a great adventure" to the apocalyptic fears of the Cold War generation, war has shaped Twentieth Century British social and cultural history, especially British notions of class and gender. This is a readings based seminar, using memoirs, novels, and films, as well as secondary sources.
HIST415
Ideas and Politics in Europe Since 1900
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examination of intersection of ideas and politics in Europe since 1900. Focus will be on advocates of liberalism, social democracy, fascism, Nazism, communism, and conservatism and their impact on politics and policy since 1900.
HIST417
Colonial Encounters: Natives, Spaniards, and Africans in the New World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: HIST220 and HIST250.
Credit only granted for: HIST417 or HIST428Y.
Formerly: HIST428Y.
An exploration of the discourses and practices of the Spanish colonial project in the New World and the ways in which Indians and Blacks were incorporated into or excluded from that project. Also examines native and African resistance and adaptation to Spanish rule, and the process of transformation and hybridization of Spanish, native and African cultures in Spanish America. An analysis of recent historiographical developments that have profoundly changed the understanding of the Spanish conquest and colonization of the New World.
HIST419F
Special Topics in History; Public History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduces students to the modes and skills historians deploy in order to foster historical understanding and thinking beyond publication and the classroom. Students will analyze examples of public history and create a proposal for a public history project that builds on their own scholarly work. This class will use the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as a laboratory and class sessions will be held there. On several occasions, students will be required to experience the museum outside of class hours.
HIST428B
Selected Topics in History; Seven Revolutions in Postwar Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST428F
Selected Topics in History; Cultural Imagination in the US-China Relations since 1785
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST428J
Selected Topics in History; Global Revolutions in the Modern Era: From France, to Russia, to Poland, to Tunisia, to Ukraine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What are the key social, cultural, political, and economic causes of revolution? How and why have modern revolutions migrated across borders, continents, and oceans? This seminar -- intended for both advanced undergrads and graduate students -- considers the American, French, and Russian Revolutions as global events before exploring the rise and fall of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe, the failed Tiananmen Square revolution in China, the rise of the mujahideen in Afghanistan and the end of apartheid in South Africa. The seminar closes with challenges facing the global order in the 21st century, including ongoing struggles in the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.
HIST428K
Selected Topics in History; US in the World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST428M
Selected Topics in History; Oral History of Immigration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, DVCC
Uses oral history to explore experiences of migrants to the Washington, D.C. area since the mid-twentieth century in projects based on engagement with local immigrants.
HIST428O
Selected Topics in History; Tea and the Global World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST428V
Selected Topics in History; Staging War: The US Military Beyond the Battlefield
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST429D
Special Topics in History; The Soviet Union and the World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST429F
Special Topics in History; MAC to Millennium: History of the University of Maryland
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Through extensive use of primary documents, students will gain an overview of the history of UMD, from its founding in 1856 to the presentday.
HIST429Q
Special Topics in History; Digital Histories of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST429R
Special Topics in History; Imperial Russia's World Connections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST429T
Special Topics in History; Wealth and Poverty in the Modern Indian City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the history of urban life in South Asia from the 18th century to the present using a case study approach and varied sources from history to literature and art. Focuses on the long-term dynamic between opportunity and inequality and the challenges of living together across ethnic, religious, gender, and class divides.
HIST429Y
Special Topics in History; Islamic Memory: The Prophet Mohammed and the Founding Generation of Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as RELS419A. Credit granted for HIST429Y or RElS419A.
HIST430
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of the political, religious, and social forces in English life, 1485-1603, with special emphasis on Tudor government, the English reformation, and the Elizabethan era.
HIST436
Napoleon, the French Revolution, and the World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An argument for the broad continuity between the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
HIST455
Constitutional History of the United States: Since 1865
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
American public law and government, with emphasis on the interaction of government, law, and politics, and the relationship between the constitution and social forces and influences, the way in which constitutional principles, rules, ideas, and institutions affect events and are in turn affected by events. Major crises in American government and politics such as Reconstruction,the rise of corporate power, civil liberties during wartime, the New Deal era, the civil disorders of the 1960s.
HIST462
Slavery, Sectionalism, and the U.S. Civil War
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Slavery, sectionalism, and the coming of the Civil War. Resources and strategy of the Confederacy and the Union, the war's changing character, emancipation and its consequences, conditions on the home front, and the wartime origins of Reconstruction.
HIST463
History of the Old South
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The golden age of the Chesapeake, the institution of slavery, the frontier South, the antebellum plantation society, the development of regional identity, and the experiment in independence.
HIST483
History of Japan Since 1800
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Japan's renewed contact with the Western world and emergence as a modern state, industrial society, and world power, 1800-1931; and Japan's road to war, occupation, and recovery, 1931 to the present.
HIST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST601
History and Contemporary Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An introduction to contemporary theories in philosophy, literary criticism, cultural studies, anthropology, and other fields; and analysis of their usefulness to historians.
HIST607
(Perm Req)
The Teaching of History in Institutions of Higher Learning
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
For majors only.
HIST608B
(Perm Req)
General Seminar; American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
HIST608D
General Seminar; Middle East History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST619A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in History; Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST619B
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in History; Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST619C
Special Topics in History; Colonial and Revolutionary America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST619F
Special Topics in History; Public History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Introduces students to the modes and skills historians deploy in order to foster historical understanding and thinking beyond publication and the classroom. Students will analyze examples of public history and create a proposal for a public history project that builds on their own scholarly work. This class will use the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as a laboratory and class sessions will be held there. On several occasions, students will be required to experience the museum outside of class hours.
HIST619J
Special Topics in History; US in the World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST619P
Special Topics in History; History and Theory of Popular Culture in the 20th Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST638J
Special Topics in History; Global Revolutions in the Modern Era: Fron France, to Russia, to Poland, to Tunisia, to Ukraine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
What are the key social, cultural, political, and economic causes of revolution? How and why have modern revolutions migrated across borders, continents, and oceans? This seminar -- intended for both advanced undergrads and graduate students -- considers the American, French, and Russian Revolutions as global events before exploring the rise and fall of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe, the failed Tiananmen Square revolution in China, the rise of the mujahideen in Afghanistan and the end of apartheid in South Africa. The seminar closes with challenges facing the global order in the 21st century, including ongoing struggles in the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.
HIST639O
Special Topics in History; Power and Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST639X
Special Topics in History; Comparative American Borderlands
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST639Y
Special Topics in History; Islamic Memory: The Prophet Mohammed and the Founding Generation of Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST708
Directed Independent Reading for Comprehensive Examinations I
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST709
Directed Independent Reading for Comprehensive Examinations II
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST810
Museum Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST610.
Also offered as: ANTH856, AMST856.
Credit only granted for: AMST856, HIST810, or ANTH856.
A research seminar focusing on the practice and presentation of cultura and historical scholarship in museums and historical sites. Students will complete an original research project on the challenges and opportunities of public exhibition and interpretation of cultural and historical research.
HIST811
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: HIST810.
Restriction: Permission of Museum Scholarship Program required.
Also offered as: ANTH857, AMST857.
Credit only granted for: ANTH 857, AMST857 or HIST811.
Students devise and carry out a research program using the collections at the Smithsonian Institution or some other cooperating museum, working under joint supervision of a museum professional and a university faculty member.
HIST819A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in History: Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Department permission required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST819B
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in History: Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Department permission required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST819N
Special Topics in History: Independent Research; Microhistory Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This graduate research seminar is designed to assist graduate students in the conception, research, writing, and revision of a 10,000-14,000-word piece of original micro history that will follow the formal conventions of an article in a scholarly journal and will be of publishable quality.
HIST819Y
Special Topics in History: Independent Research; Global Research Seminar
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.