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HIST106
American Jewish Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: JWST141.
Credit only granted for: HIST106 or JWST141.
History of the Jews in America from Colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the waves of migration from Germany and Eastern Europe; the changing nature of the American Jewish community and its participation in American social, economic, and political life.
HIST110
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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
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.
HIST120
Islamic Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: RELS120.
Credit only granted for: HIST120 or RELS120.
Introduction to society and culture in the Middle East since the advent of Islam: as a personal and communal faith; as artistic and literary highlights of intellectual and cultural life; and as the interplay between politics and religion under the major Islamic regimes.
HIST122
African Civilization to 1800
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
History of Africa from earliest times to 1800. Topics of study include origins of African societies, Nile Valley civilization, medieval African states and societies, Islam, oral traditions, African slavery and the slave trade, and early African-European interactions.
HIST132
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
An examination of the different tools and tactics, means and methods that Americans have used to escape slavery or try to eliminate it.
HIST133
God Wills It! The Crusades in Medieval and Modern Perspectives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Cross-listed with: RELS133.
Credit only granted for: HIST133, RELS133 or RELS289D.
Formerly: RELS289D.
An examination of the identities and convictions both of the Western Europeans who participated in the Crusades and of the Easterners (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish) whom they encountered in the Holy Land. Focuses on the era of the first four great Crusades, from about 1095 to 1215. Consideration of the cultural impact of these movements on both Western Europe and the Middle East.
HIST134
Spies, Assassins, Martyrs, and Witches: Famous Trials in American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Examination of some of the most famous trials in American history and their enduring hold on the imagination.
HIST134S
Spies, Assassins, Martyrs, and Witches: Famous Trials in American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Examination of some of the most famous trials in American history and their enduring hold on the imagination.
HIST135
Civil Discourse or Urban Riot: Why Cities Don't (Often) Explode
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: JWST289E.
Credit only granted for: HIST135 or JWST289E.
An examination of the mechanisms that promote peaceful co-existence in urban societies and a discussion of how and why city streets sometimes become violent.
HIST136
Moneyland: Business in American Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
An exploration of American business culture and institutions from colonial times to the present with emphasis on how inherited and acquired identities (social capital) have shaped Americans' experiences as entrepreneurs, managers, workers, and consumers.
HIST200
Interpreting American History: Beginnings to 1877
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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
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
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.
HIST208E
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; Resistance in History, 17th to 19th Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Students will craft an original piece of historical scholarship that examines an instance, pattern, or form of resistance, broadly defined. We will use resistance as a vehicle for understanding how individuals, communities, societies, and nations have responded to change over time, the guiding principle of all historical scholarship.
HIST208F
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; Maryland History, Culture, Virtues, and Vices, 17th Century to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Examines Maryland as a microcosm of the United States as a colony and a republic. Students will study Maryland's social, cultural, economic, and political development from the colonial period through the twenty-first century, and explore the state's place in the context of greater American and Atlantic history.
HIST208G
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; Political and Social Transformations in the Middle East, 15th Century to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Delves into the political, social, cultural, and religious dynamics of the early modern and modern history of the greater Middle East and North Africa, including the region's multifaceted interactions with the rest of the world.
HIST215
Women in Western Europe to 1750
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: HIST215 or HIST219A.
Formerly: HIST219A.
An exploration of the theories and rhetoric about the nature and existence of women in the West, focusing on the experience of women from the hegemony of Classical Greece to the French Revolution, an era that marks the beginning of a continuous process of change. Emphasis will be on the period between 1250 and 1750, when the Western European world was fundamentally altered in every aspect and in every level of society, culture, and government.
HIST219I
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: RELS225, JWST225.
Credit only granted for: JWST225, HIST219I, RELS225, or RELS219A.
Formerly: 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.
HIST219T
Discovering the World of Ancient Rome
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: CLAS190.
Credit only granted for: CLAS190 or HIST219T.
An exploration of the cultural traits and developments of ancient Roman civilization from its roots in Etruscan culture, through the rise of the Roman Republic, to the expansion of Roman cultural influence in the ancient world and the emergence of the Roman Empire. Drawing upon the evidence of the archaeological remains as well as ancient historical and literary documents, students gain a basic familiarity with the principal monuments and artifacts of ancient Roman civilization, the various institutions and values that characterized the Romans, and the significant historical events that transformed the culture over the course of antiquity.
HIST221
Asian American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AAST201.
Credit only granted for: AAST201 or HIST221.
Introduction to the history of Asian Americans and Asians 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.
HIST226
Revolution, Regret, and Reform: The People and Principles in American Political History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: HONR299G or HIST226.
Formerly: HONR299G.
Explores American political history from Independence through the present day. Interrogates the roots of American political ideas, the dynamics of partisan competition, the interaction of class, ethnicity, race, and politics, the evolution of policy preferences, the growth of the state, and the transformation of grassroots expectations and ambitions, among other important themes. By exploring the writings of major figures as well as the preferences of anonymous voters--and everyone in between, this course will help students identify the overarching themes and the important forgotten moments in our nation's political development. Students will end the semester armed with a mastery of this history, an understanding of the methods of political historians and scholars in related fields, and a contextualization of our contemporary political world.
HIST234
Invaders, Conquerors, Usurpers: A History of Pre-Modern Britain to 1485
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
British history from Roman times to the 15th century. The Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, and Norman invasions; the coming of Christianity; Magna Carta, the development of Parliament, legal institutions, and the Common Law; the decline of medieval kingship.
HIST250
History of Colonial Latin America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: LACS250.
Credit only granted for: LASC250, HIST250, OR LACS250.
Formerly: LASC250.
Introductory survey of the history of Latin America from pre-Columbian Indian cultures to the beginning of the wars for independence (ca. 1810), covering cultural, political, social, and economic developments. Major themes include conquest, colonialism, indigenous culture, African slavery, religion, race and ethnicity, and gender ideologies.
HIST254
African-American History to 1865
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DVUP
Cross-listed with: AASP298C.
Credit only granted for: HIST254 or AASP298C.
Survey of the principal developments in the history and culture of the peoples of African descent in colonial North America and the United States to 1865. Examines the African past, the Atlantic slave trade, variation in slavery, the growth of free black communities, the transformations of families and cultural forms, and patterns of resistance.
Cross-listed with AASP298C. Credit will be granted for AASP298C or HIST 254.
HIST261
Medicine in an Age of Empires, 1500-1800
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
An introduction to the broad shifts in European medicine of early modern period, a period that saw the extension of overseas empires and the emergence of medicine as a profession. The course offers a thematic and comparative look at the intertwined experiences of disease, empire, and global commerce that reshaped expectations of what medicine could or should do, for whom, and at what cost.
HIST284
East Asian Civilization I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
HIST286
Urban Dreams and Nightmares: The Jewish Experience of Cities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: JWST275.
Credit only granted for: HIST286 or JWST275.
Cities give expression to man's power while they highlight human limitations. It is urban social diversity that makes great wealth and thriving culture possible, but it also fixes discrimination behind walls constructed from paper and stone. Nations make cities symbols of the sacred and the glorious, while they ignore the poverty and social alienation that city life breeds. Jews, intensively urbanized for millennia, provide a special vantage point from which to study the beauty and the tragedy implicit in city-building. Our sources will include the Bible, poems, plays and novels but also US Supreme Court rulings and news of riots in Israel. We will survey how Jews have shaped, and been shaped by, the urban challenge over time and space.
HIST289N
The Politics of Sexuality in America: A Historical Approach
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: WGSS298N.
Credit only granted for: HIST289N or WGSS298N.
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.
HIST289O
Lawlessness: From Pirates to Body-snatchers, Exploring the Legitimacy of Illicit Activity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Explores motives of and responses to the lawless behavior of pirates, body snatchers, bandits, vigilantes, smugglers and others worldwide from the 1500s to today.
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.
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.
HIST319C
Special Topics in History; The Roman Empire in Late Antiquity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with RELS319K. Credit only granted for RELS319K or HIST319C.

Explores a famous historical conundrum Edward Gibbon (d. 1794) defined as The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. What historical forces, operating between the third century and the seventh, brought the high Classical civilization of the Greeks and Romans to an end? Was it the invasions of Germans and other barbarian peoples? The bubonic plague or climate disasters? Do we think our own societies and governments would respond to similar challenges? Or, was Gibbon wrong, and Rome never really "fell?"
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.
HIST319G
Special Topics in History; The Vikings
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Study of the Vikings from their origins in late antique Scandinavia through the Norman conquest, looking at them both as feared pillagers and conquerors in the west and merchant adventurers in the east. Focus on combining textual histories, myth, and archaeology to reconstruct an image of Viking life, motivations, and society.
HIST319P
Special Topics in History; Ukraine and Russia: Entangled Histories, Clashing Identities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Formerly offered as HIST429W. Credit only for HIST319P or HIST429W.

Interactions and encounters as well as divergences between the processes of Ukrainian and Russian national identity and state formation, in a broader context of East European and Slavic history, from the Middle Ages up to Russia's aggression against Ukraine in 2022.
HIST319T
Special Topics in History; Witchcraft and Magic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the genesis and impact of the "Witch Craze" in Europe from the fourteenth to the late seventeenth centuries.
HIST319X
Special Topics in History; Black Women in Twentieth Century America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with WGSS379J, AMST498D, and AASP398J. Credit only granted for HIST319X, WGSS379J, AMST498D, or AASP398J.

Traces twentieth-century United States history from the perspective of Black women. We will center their diverse voices and experiences as we explore themes including family, work, activism, and cultural expression.
HIST319Y
Special Topics in History; Making of Middle Eastern Identities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST319Y. Credit only granted for ARAB398M or HIST319Y.

Taught in English.
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.
HIST328B
Selected Topics in History; Globalization at Sea: The Indian Ocean in World History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the history of globalization on a regional scale, focusing on the Indian Ocean as a space connecting Asia, Africa, and the Middle East from medieval times to the present. Tracks the rise and fall of empires and nation-states, migration, trade, the environment, and the spread of ideas, using a primarily biographical approach that follows the journeys and experiences of individuals.
HIST328F
Selected Topics in History; The Right in Israel: A Historical Examination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ISRL349D and GVPT368I. Credit only granted for ISRL349D, HIST328F, or GVPT368I.

Israel has been moving towards the political Right during the last 30 years, as became obvious in its last election in November 2022. This course explores the history of that movement, beginning before Israel became a state, but focusing primarily on 1967 to the present. No previous knowledge of Israeli history required. Contact the instructor for more information.
HIST328J
Selected Topics in History; Transnational Neorealism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with CINE329A. Credit only granted for HIST328J or CINE329A.

Examining -- and trenchantly going beyond -- the allegedly Italian origins of neorealism, this course will use select examples from the global cinema of the second postwar to look at the transnational, cultural, and political history of this famous film style.
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 upended by Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Central and Eastern Europe -- a region largely taken for granted since the end of the Cold War -- is now once again the key battleground for the future of the rules-based global order. This course will 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; Korea in the 20th Century: Nationalism, Colonialism, and the Cold War
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An introduction to the history of 20th century Korea and the foreign relations of two Koreas and their neighbors; focus on Japanese colonial rule, US-Soviet occupation, the Cold War, and the dynamics of inter-Korean relations.
HIST328O
Selected Topics in History; Inventing the New World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
From Columbus to the Amazons, El Dorado and the cannibals. Explores how sixteenth-century Europeans tried to make sense of their discovery of the Americas. Emphasis on the ways in which the textual and visual representations of native peoples and their cultures by explorers, conquistadors, mapmakers and missionaries contributed to development of European colonialism.
HIST328V
Selected Topics in History; The Soviet Collapse and its Aftermath
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of the causes and consequences of the Soviet Union's sudden demise in 1991. Emphasis on the Soviet Union as a multiethnic state and the long reverberations of the collapse in Russia (including Putin's rise to power), Ukraine, the Caucasus and elsewhere.
HIST329A
Special Topics in History; Britain in the Age of Bridgerton
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Period dramas like Bridgerton and Jane Austen adaptations often present a fantasy of the late Georgian and Regency period; this course will explore the social, political and cultural realities, from slavery in the sugar colonies and Parliamentary politics to the history of fashion and sexuality. We will also examine how 21st century popular culture uses this period in history to promote a certain version of "Britishness" andr omanticize the past for profit.
HIST329I
Special Topics in History; Colonial America and the Caribbean, 1492-1804
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Considers continental North America and the Caribbean as part of an integrated and interconnected colonial system. Spans from pre-Columbian indigenous societies to the Haitian Revolution. Key themes include: indigenous dispossession, racial slavery, creolization, struggles for power, authority, and dominion, development of Atlantic economies.
HIST329O
Special Topics in History; Ideologies, Parties, and Social Movements in the Modern Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Focuses on the emergence and evolution of political and social movements in Middle Eastern countries since the second half of the 19th century. Orientations spanned from left wing radicalism, communism, to political Islam and right-wing nationalism.
HIST329R
Special Topics in History; History of Antisemitism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with JWST319X. Credit only granted for HIST329R or JWST319X.

Hatred of the Jews has a long history, stretching from antiquity to the present. Based on many causes -- religious animosity, economic challenges, racial fears, political anxieties -- antisemitism may have waxed and waned over the past two thousand years, but it has proven a remarkably resilient and often deadly concept. This course will examine the main claims of the antisemites from antiquity to the present, the causes for the emergence of antisemitic invective and behavior in different periods and places, and the ways Jews devised to cope with the threat that anti-Jewish hostility posed. We will focus on primary sources as well as scholarly analyses. Hopefully we will come to understand how different societies coped with an unusual religo-ethnic minority group and how that minority group understood its place in those societies.
HIST331
Europe in the High Middle Ages: 1000-1500
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: RELS341.
Credit only granted for: HIST331 or RELS341.
Medieval civilization in the 11th through 15th centuries. Emphasis on cultural and political developments of the high Middle Ages with study of the principal sources of medieval thought and learning, art and architecture, and political theory prior to the Renaissance.
HIST332
Renaissance Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: RELS342.
Credit only granted for: HIST332 or RELS342.
Intellectual developments in Italy and Northern Europe from 1300 to 1550 and their influence on the arts and religion; social and economic trends, including the rise of the commercial economy in cities; the family and the role of women in society; expansion of Europe overseas and the beginnings of colonization; emergence of the state and consequent changes in political theory.
HIST339A
Special Topics in History; History of Socialism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A global historical approach to one of the most enduring challenges to capitalism, with attention to the political movements it has animated and its social, aesthetic, and intellectual trajectories.
HIST339K
Special Topics in History; History of Black Education in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP398K and AMST498F. Credit only granted for HIST339K, AASP398K, or AMST498F.

Explores the development of formal education created by and for African Americans, from the antebellum era through the twenty-first century. Examine the historical roots of recent debates around race, justice, and equity in American schools.
HIST339T
Special Topics in History; History of Iraq
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST355
Civil War and the Rise of Industrialization, 1860-1900
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: HIST355 or HIST364.
Civil War, sectional and class conflicts and their impact on American life and institutions from the beginning of the Civil War through the Gilded Age; social, economic, and political reconstruction of the Union; industrialization, urbanization, and technological changes.
HIST357
Recent America: 1945-Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
HIST361
Metropolitan Change and Modern America: Cities, Suburbs, Hinterlands
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: HIST419B or HIST361.
Formerly: HIST419B.
An exploration of the forces that have transformed metropolitan and rural life since the mid-19th century. What role have politics, policy, economics, and ideology/culture played in creating an urbanized and then a "suburbanized" nation?
HIST376
History of Modern Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Cross-listed with 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.
HIST395
(Perm Req)
Honors Colloquium I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-History department; and must be in History program.
History and theory: the conceptual underpinnings of the historical discipline. Students evaluate several contrasting theories of history. Prerequisite for other honors courses.
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.
HIST408F
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Social Movements of the 1960s and 1970s
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Using sources from archives, newspapers, and oral history collections, students will develop a research project that explores a social or cultural movement in the global "long sixties." Coursework will emphasize research skills, argumentative writing, use of historical evidence, and historiographical methodology.
HIST408M
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Race and the History of Jim Crow Segregation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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.
HIST408N
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Revolutions and Rebellions in the Atlantic World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Combination research class and digital humanities class that gets you involved in research about power, revolutions, and rebellions in the erabetween 1600-1820.Think through some of the interconnections between Europe, Africa, and the new world, focusing on rebellions, revolutions and resistance during these centuries.
HIST419F
Special Topics in History; Making Public History: Behind the Scenes at the National Museum of American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will be immersed in the hands-on work of public history. Understand the origins of museums and other modes of public engagement with historical artifacts and research, and learn essential skills ranging from design and content development to label writing, visitor studies, and grant writing.

NOTE: some class sessions will meet on-site at the National Museum of American History. See syllabus for meeting schedule.
HIST419O
Special Topics in History; Plants & Diaspora: Black and Indigenous Environmental History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP478G. Credit only granted for HIST419O or AASP478G.

Reading seminar investigating the African Diaspora in the Americas through several plants, such as mangroves, sesame, rice, oil palm, coconut palm, cassava, and peanuts. Students analyze environmental histories of slavery, colonialism, and rebellion and explore how Black and Indigenous experiences shaped landscapes of extraction, freedom, and justice.
HIST419P
Special Topics in History; Origins of Ethnic Cleansing in Russia/USSR
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Nationality policies in the Russian Empire and in the Soviet Union, with a focus on large-scale violence practiced by the state against various ethnic/ethno-religious/ethno-social groups and minorities. The key theme concerns the ways in which major changes in governance, population control, and surveillance engendered persecutions, deportations, or evengenocides.
HIST419T
Special Topics in History; Deindustrialization and Global Capitalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines the phenomenon of deindustrialization in the context of the global history of capitalism, from the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century to the United States in the early 21st century. Topics include technology and automation, loss of manufacturing jobs, and the decline and revitalization of urban areas. Focus on social and cultural changes accompanying the process.
HIST419V
Special Topics in History; The New Deal: Reimagining America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines the New Deal not as an inevitable response to the Great Depression by all-knowing policymakers, but as a risky and innovative amalgam of programs generated in part by grassroots movements. Learn how some of its policies solidified race and gender hierarchies, while others helped to produce the most economically egalitarian period in United States history.
HIST428O
Selected Topics in History; Sex and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the changes in family life, reproductivity, sexuality, and gender from the later Middle Ages (fourteenth and fifteenth centuries) until the late eighteenth century. Topics to be examined include civic prostitution, sexual renunciation, spiritual marriage, the medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth, and birth control.
HIST428Q
Selected Topics in History; Sufism: History, Literature, and Politics of Islamic Mysticism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST638Q, and RELS419Q. Credit only granted for PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST428Q, HIST638Q, or RELS419Q.

Provides an introduction to the history, literature, and politics of Sufism the Islamic "mystical" mode of piety from its origins to the modern period.
HIST429J
Special Topics in History; The Legal History of the Civil Rights Movement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the Legal and Constitutional history of the Jim Crow Era in the United States. Topics include the rise of Jim Crow laws and"separate but equal", the NAACP's legal campaign challenging Jim Crow laws, the arrests of Civil Rights protestors and due process, major Supreme Court decisions including Brown v. Board of Education, major events including the Little Rock Crisis and the riots at the University of Mississippi, and passage of significant acts including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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 approaches that societies around the world have adopted to investigate, adjudicate, acknowledge, or otherwise atone for a wide range of historical injustices: colonial violence, apartheid, sexual atrocities committed during war, gross human rights violations carried out by dictatorial regimes, and genocide. Global case studies with an emphasis on non-US examples.
HIST429Z
Special Topics in History; American Money: Rethinking Finance and its History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Standard macroeconomic treatments of money and finance cannot be supported by the historical record. While most textbooks say otherwise, money has its origins in credit instruments, and meanwhile its value and uses are inseparable from the public authority that issues it. We will briefly revisit that well-documented history and debates among scholars about money's origins and nature. Then we'll look at case studies--from the colonial period to the present (from the issue of the first paper bills to Bitcoin)--to examine money's role in shaping American development.
HIST466
Immigration and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: AAST498L or HIST466.
Seminar exploring historical problems relating to US immigration, race, and ethnicity since 1848, with emphasis on cultural impacts of migration on immigrants, their children, and U.S. society.
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)
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
HIST608A
(Perm Req)
General Seminar; American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
HIST608G
General Seminar; Colonial Latin America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST608M
General Seminar; History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST608N
General Seminar; Global Interaction and Exchange
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST610
Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with: AMST655, ANTH655, INST653.
Credit only granted for: AMST655, ANTH655, HIST610, INST728T or INST653.
Provides students a basic understanding of museums as cultural and intellectual institutions. Topics include the historical development of museums, museums as resources for scholarly study, and the museum exhibition as medium for presentation of scholarship.
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.
HIST619F
Special Topics in History; Making Public History: Behind the Scenes at the National Museum of American History
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Students will be immersed in the hands-on work of public history. Understand the origins of museums and other modes of public engagement with historical artifacts and research, and learn essential skills ranging from design and content development to label writing, visitor studies, and grant writing.

NOTE: Some class sessions will meet on-site at the National Museum of American History. See syllabus for meeting schedule.
HIST619G
Special Topics in History; Slavery, Freedom, and Citizenship: Readings in Nineteenth Century United States History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Focused on readings that cover the creation and remaking of slavery, freedom, and citizenship during the nineteenth century, this seminar explores key questions regarding labor, law, and politics in the United States.
HIST638G
Special Topics in History; Readings in Race and Migration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Migration is one of the most widespread of human experiences yet generates tremendous conflicts and contradictions in constructions of identities, communities, and inequalities of power. Perhaps the chief systems of differentiation troubled by migration are those of racial categorizations and nation-state formations. This reading seminar guides graduate students to develop a vocabulary and conceptual understanding for migration studies and its interventions into nation-based conceptual frameworks through transnational, diasporic, critical race, and ethnic studies projects.
HIST638I
Special Topics in History; Readings in American Capitalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Key interpretations from the rise of capitalism in British North America through contemporary financialization and globalization, with special emphasis on capitalism s emergence, the role of slavery, the state, and corporations in nineteenth century economic expansion, the rise and impact of big business, the Great Depression and New Deal Order, postwar consumerism, 1970s economic stasis, and neoliberalism.
HIST638Q
Special Topics in History; Sufism: History, Literature, and Politics of Islamic Mysticism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST428Q, and RELS419Q. Credit only granted for PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST428Q, HIST638Q, or RELS419Q.

Provides an introduction to the history, literature, and politics of Sufism the Islamic "mystical" mode of piety from its origins to the modern period.
HIST639Z
Special Topics in History; Issues and Themes in Soviet History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An exploration of the major issues and themes in Soviet history (1917-1991). Focus on classic works, as well as consideration of new approaches and areas of interest, including the study of race and racism; environmental history; oral history and transnational history.
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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HIST799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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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: AMST857, ANTH857, INST787.
Credit only granted for: AMST857, ANTH857, HIST811, INST728I or INST787.
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.
HIST819O
Special Topics in History: Independent Research; United States History: Reconstruction to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Guides students step-by-step through the research and writing of an original work of historical scholarship. Students choose their own research topics, provide peer review, and deliver oral presentations of their work as well as an article-length essay.
HIST819X
Special Topics in History: Independent Research; Research in European History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.