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HIST108A
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in History; Incarceration Nation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
America leads the world in jailing its own citizens and there are now more than two million Americans behind bars. How did it come to this' This course examines America s long history of incarceration, with a particular focus on the period from the Revolution to the Civil War.
America leads the world in jailing its own citizens and there are now more than two million Americans behind bars. How did it come to this? This course examines America s long history of incarceration, with a particular focus on the period from the Revolution to the Civil War.
HIST108B
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in History; Gandhi: The Individual in History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
Uses the life and legacy of Mohandas K. Gandhi, in modern India and beyond, as a starting point to explore the relationship between individuals in world history and the social contexts that produced them. Topics include non-violence, diet, sexuality, politics, law, technology, the environment, and representations in film and other media.
Uses the life and legacy of Mohandas K. Gandhi, in modern India and beyond, as a starting point to explore the relationship between individuals in world history and the social contexts that produced them. Topics include non-violence, diet, sexuality, politics, law, technology, the environment, and representations in film and other media.
HIST110
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.
HIST113
The Making of Modern Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
Evolution of modern nation states since late medieval times. Industrial-economic structure and demography. Emergence of modern secular society.
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.
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.
HIST208A
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; The History of Religion--Faith, Myth, and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HIST208B
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; "How to Rule the World": Political Theory and Governance in the Ancient Mediterranean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HIST208C
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; Sex, Race, Money, an the Law: Law's Influence on 20th Century America
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
Cross-listed with 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.
HIST219I
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: JWST225, RELS219A.
Credit only granted for: JWST225, HIST219I, or RELS219A.
Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.
HIST219P
Special Topics in History; World History 3500BCE to 1300AD
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What is the story of humanity? How did humans learn to grow food, build cities, govern states, and coexist? This course covers world history from the earliest states until the Mongol invasions of the 13th century. Themes include religion, hierarchy, trade, global geography, technological innovation, climate, culture, and language.
HIST221
Asian American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with AAST201.
Credit only granted for: AAST201 or HIST221.
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
Credit only granted for: AAST222 or HIST222.
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
Divorced, Beheaded, Deposed: England and Britain 1485-1689
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.
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 2020; Cross-listed with 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
Cross-listed with 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.
Cross-listed with 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.
Cross-listed with AASP298A. Credit only granted for HIST255 or AASP298A.
HIST281
Inventing Traditions: The Making of Rabbinic Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
Cross-listed with: JWST230, RELS219C.
Credit only granted for: HIST281 or JWST230.
Introduces the dramatic literary and cultural (as well as political and demographic) innovations that reshaped Judaism in late antiquity. Examines the fundamental works and genres of rabbinic literature and the religious movement that produced them. Special emphasis on the rabbinic uses of "tradition" to enhance authority and legitimacy, and to foster group identity.
Additional Note: For Spring 2020; Cross-listed with JWST230 and RELS219C . Credit only granted for HIST281, JWST230, or RELS219C.
HIST283
History of the Jewish People II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: HIST283, HIST283H, JWST235, or JWST235H.
Political, economic, social, and cultural development within Jewish history from the end of Middle Ages to the present. Special attention to twentieth-century developments including the Nazi holocaust and its aftermath, the Zionist movement and the creation of the State of Israel; rise of the contemporary American Jewish community.
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.
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
Cross-listed with: RELS289C.
Credit only granted for: HIST289A or RELS289C.
Cross-listed with 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. Despite frequent hostilities, the interactions of Spanish Jews, Christians, and Muslims produced a flowering of science, theology, and literature in an often remarkably tolerant climate. Students will learn how medieval Spanish people themselves experienced interreligious contact and conflict. They will also discover the modern pressures, prejudices, and ideals that have shaped historians interpretations of medieval Spain.
HIST289L
Comparative History of Crime and Punishment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
This course will explore the transformation of crime and punishment in England, France, and America over five centuries. In doing so, it will focus on the connections between forms of government, cultural norms, and punishment. How do ideas about government and its rightful exercise connect to which actions are deemed crimes, and to how those crimes are punished?
HIST289N
The Politics of Sexuality in America: A Historical Approach
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Why do particular issues about sexuality hold such an important place in American political debates? What animates these controversies and what can a historical perspective on these issues add to our understanding of modern sexual politics? This class explores the historical sexual politics that undergird contemporary debates concerning sexuality in America. It focuses on topics that garner significant public attention - Reproductive rights - LGBTQ rights - Sexting - and explores the histories that undergird Americans disagreements.
HIST289R
Pocketbook Politics: A History of American Buying and Selling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
This course is designed to provide a thematic approach to consumerism as it emerged in the United States over the course of three centuries. The history of consumption is a prism through which many aspects of social and political life may be viewed. How does what we wear, what we listen to, or what we eat shape our identities?
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
In this course students will study the relationship between history, memory, politics, and 20th Century American warfare. Examining multiple forms used to convey historical information - includingphotography, film, memorials/museums, monuments, children's literature, memoirs, television and digital sites- students will consider how "collective memory-making" has intersected with the changing and contested histories of 20th century American wars.
HIST299
(Perm Req)
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
Cross-listed with JWST345.
Credit only granted for: HIST307 or JWST345.
Roots of Nazi Jewish policy in the 1930'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.
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
This course will explore popular culture, society, and religion in China , with a focus on the late imperial periods (1368-1911). A variety of (translated) primary sources and secondary sources will be discussed, including the famous sixteenth-century popular novel "The Journey to the West," which features the adventures of the powerful Monkey King in his quest for pleasure, immorality, and salvation. The course will raise and address questions about popular culture, vernacular literature, folk religion, ritual operas, and everyday life of ordinary people in late imperial China.
HIST319F
Special Topics in History; Modern African History through Film, Literature, and Music
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Approaches film, literature, and music as interpretive lenses through which to understand 19th- and 20th-century African history, with special emphasis on the ways that African artists have used creative genres to reclaim Africa s past while also imagining new futures.
HIST319I
Special Topics in History; The Lion and the Man: Frederick Douglass's Life and Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with 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
HIST319T
Special Topics in History; African Poetry, Oral Tradition, and Letters as History
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.
Cross-listed with 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.
Cross-listed with JWST331. Credit granted for HIST320 or JWST331.
HIST321
Biblical History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with: JWST324.
Credit only granted for: HIST321, or JWST324.
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, archeological finds, and source materials from neighboring cultures to reconstruct political history and the development of religious concepts.
HIST324
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The ancient Greeks from Homer to Socrates, 800-400 B.C. Society and religion of the city-state, the art and literature of Periclean Athens, the Peloponnesian War, and the intellectual circle of Socrates.
HIST328A
Selected Topics in History; "Forging the Tortilla Curtain": US-Mexican Borderlands History, 1800-Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with USLT318C. Credit only granted for HIST328A or USLT318C.
HIST328F
Selected Topics in History; The Right in Israel: A Historical Examination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ISRL349D. Credit only granted for ISRL349D or HIST328F.

Israel has clearly moved towards the political Right during the last 30 years. This course will explore the history of that movement, beginning before Israeli became a state with the Revisionist movement and its offshoots. We focus primarily on post-1967, examining the religious and non-religious movements and parties that have advocated a Greater Israel. No previous knowledge of Israeli history required. Contact instructor for more information.
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.
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
This course explores the history of drugs in a global context by focusing on the origins and demand for drugs including opium, alcohol, caffeine, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, OxyContin, and Viagra.
HIST329E
Special Topics in History; Black Women in United States History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with WMST314 and HIST329E; credit will only be granted for AASP313, WMST314, or HIST329E.
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.
HIST329W
Special Topics in History; Climate and Society: History, Politics, and Controversy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course explores the interaction of climate and human society since the 19th century, especially its socio-political, scientific, and economic significance in western and non-western societies.
HIST329Z
Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: JWST319D, ISRL329M.
Credit only granted for: JWST319D, HIST329Z, or ISRL329M.
Cross-listed with JWST319D and ISRL329M. Credit granted for JWST319D, ISRL329M, or HIST329Z.

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.
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 present with emphasis upon politics and foreign relations, but with consideration of special topics such as radicalism, conservatism, and labor.
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.
HIST398
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HIST399
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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.
HIST408J
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Telling War Stories: Using Oral History to Write Military History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
This research seminar explores the human side of war, concentrating on the "war stories" of the ordinary men and women who gave their blood, sweat, and tears on the frontlines. It will culminate in a research paper based upon the oral histories gathered by the Library of Congress' Veterans' Oral History Project.
HIST408K
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Antisemitism: Classic, Modern, and New
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
A readings seminar on change and continuities between the "old" forms of Christian religious anti-Judaism and the "modern" racist antisemitism that culminated in the Holocaust. We then turn to the "new" and "golbalized" antisemitism that emerged inside and outside Europe in the 20th century in leftist, far right and Islamist variations and continues in recent decades.
HIST408M
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Race and the History of Jim Crow
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
This readings seminar examines the work of race and racial formation during the rise of Jim Crow sanctioned by law and custom from 1865-1967.
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.
HIST408Y
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Jewish Women and Modernity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
This research seminar will explore how Jewish women experienced modernization in Europe and America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will read memoirs of Jewish women in Germany, Russia, Poland, and the United States to see how they experienced assimilation, religious change, gender norms, education, and politics. Students will use primary sources to study Jewish women in these places and others.
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.
HIST419A
Special Topics in History; From Neverland to Downton Abbey: History and Popular Culture in 20th Century Britain
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course uses the lens of popular culture to study 20th Century Britain- from the peak of colonial power to the nation's "decline" in the age of Brexit. Kids' adventure stories, wartime propaganda films, youth culture, sports, and music, post-colonial fiction, and our current nostalgia for the past, from "Downtown Abbey" and "Peaky Blinders" to "The Great British Bake-Off" are just a few of the topics we will cover.
HIST419B
Special Topics in History; China's Last Empire: History of the Great Qing, 1644-1911
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
History of China's last imperial dynasty, the Great Qing, founded by the Manchus and ruled China from 1644 to 1911. Topics include the Manchu conquest, emperors and the bureaucracy, economic growth and commercialization, territorial expansion, social and cultural changes, and the Qing in contemporary Chinese popular culture.
HIST419L
Special Topics in History; Postcolonialism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ANTH469L, AMST498F, ENGL479O, LASC448K, and PHIL428A. Credit only granted for HIST419L, ANTH469L, AMST498F, ENGL479O, LASC448K, or PHIL428A.
HIST425
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The rise and fall of the Russian Empire, Peter the Great to the collapse of tsarism in revolution. Emphasis on the evolution of autocracy, social groups, national identities, and cultural change.
HIST428B
Selected Topics in History; Seven Revolutions in Postwar Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST428G
Selected Topics in History; Islamic Reformism
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.
HIST428P
Selected Topics in History; Trashed! Garbage and Recycling in History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In this upper-level reading seminar, students will explore how humans have produced, dealt with, and ignored trash and recycling. We will look at case studies from North America, Europe, and Asia from the 19th 20th century to understand how the role of garbage in society has changed over time.
HIST428W
Selected Topics in History; Global Mobility in the Age of Sail: Studies in Sexuality, Gender, Race & Colonialism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
From the Fifteenth century on Europeans took to the sea to explore the far reaches of the globe. They sought trade, natural resources, and land to expand their dominions. These seafaring adventures initiated colonialism, conquest, and the rise of Atlantic slavery.

This class explores how this global geographic movement changed ideas and practices of sexuality; how sexuality was used to deploy colonial power and resist it; and how sexuality was central to deployment of new ideas about race and gender.
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.
HIST429M
Special Topics in History; History & Memory in Medieval Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST429O
Special Topics in History; Righting Historical Wrongs: Global Struggles for Truth and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the diverse range of approaches that societies around the world have adopted to investigate, adjudicate, acknowledge, or otherwise atone for mass violence and gross human rights abuses.
HIST429V
Special Topics in History; Women and Capitalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Discusses the relationship between capitalism and women in the past 500 also forced capitalism to adopt new definitions. The parameters of capitalism experienced extraordinary expansion due to women s active participation in history making.
HIST429X
Special Topics in History; Tradition and Change: Jewish Religion in the Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with JWST347 and RELS419R. Credit granted for JWST347, RELS419R, or HIST429X.

An exploration of the history of the different modern Jewish religious movements that developed in Europe, starting with messianic movements and ending with Reform and Orthodoxy. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of the academic study of Judaism on the development of modern Jewish religious ideologies and practices.
HIST429Z
Special Topics in History; Comparitive Colonialisms in Southeast Asia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST431
Becoming Great Britain, 1603-1704
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of the political, religious, and social forces in English life, 1603-1714, with special emphasis on Puritanism and the English revolutions.
HIST437
Modern France from Napoleon to De Gaulle
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The changing political and cultural values of French society in response to recurrent crises throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Students should have had some previous survey of either Western civilization or European history.
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.
HIST460
History of Labor in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST200, HIST201, HIST210, HIST211, HIST222, HIST255, or HIST275; or must have completed HIST156 or HIST157; or permission of instructor.
The American working class in terms of its composition; its myths and utopias; its social conditions; and its impact on American institutions.
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.
HIST476
Jews in Medieval Times 1000-1450
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: HIST282, HIST330, HIST331, or JWST234.
Cross-listed with J WST432.
Credit only granted for: HIST476 or JWST432.
Social and cultural life of Jewish communities spread throughout Islam and Christendom. Major topics include the Gaonate, kehila organizations, legal, rationalist, and mystical thought, and the context of rising animosity against Jews linked to the Crusades and changing Church doctrines.
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.
HIST495
Women in Medieval Culture and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with WMST455.
Credit only granted for: HIST495 or WMST455.
Medieval women's identity and cultural roles: the condition, rank and rights of medieval women; their access to power; a study of women's writings and the constraints of social constructs upon the female authorial voice; and contemporary assumptions about women.
HIST499
(Perm Req)
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.
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.
HIST619M
Special Topics in History; Readings in Nineteenth Century US History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST619X
Special Topics in History; US State and Society since Reconstruction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST638P
Special Topics in History; Trashed! Garbage and Recycling in History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
In this upper-level reading seminar, students will explore how humans have produced, dealt with, and ignored trash and recycling. We will look at case studies from North America, Europe, and Asia from the 19th and 20th century to understand how the role of garbage in society has changed over time.
HIST639M
Special Topics in History; History & Memory in Medieval 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
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HIST720
Readings in the History of the Catholic Church
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This is graduate-level readings seminar in the modern history of the Catholic Church. We will begin with the Reformation and proceed through the present day. This course will combine European history with global history, looking both at how the Church changed in the face of major turning points in modern European history (the Scientific, French, and Russian Revolutions; the two world wars; and the Cold War) and at its missionary encounters and long-term presence across the world (in Latin America, India, China, Africa, and North America).
HIST779C
Readings in Middle Eastern History; Islamic Reformism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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: AMST655, ANTH655, or HIST610.
Cross-listed with ANTH856, AMST856.
Credit only granted for: AMST856, ANTH856, or HIST810.
A research seminar focusing on the practice and presentation of cultural 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
(Perm Req)
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AMST856, ANTH856, or HIST810.
Restriction: Permission of Museum Scholarship Program required.
Cross-listed with ANTH857, AMST857.
Credit only granted for: AMST857, ANTH857, 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.
HIST819G
Special Topics in History: Independent Research; Research Seminar in Early America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST819Y
Special Topics in History: Independent Research; Global Research Seminar
Credits: 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.