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HIST106
American Jewish Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
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.
HIST108C
Martin Luther King Jr.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS
Cross-listed with: AASP298M, AMST189C.
Credit only granted for: HIST108C, AASP298M, or AMST189C.
Examines the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. We immediately rethink the image of King who liberals and conservatives construct as a dreamer of better race relations. We engage the complexities of an individual, who articulated a moral compass of the nation, to explore racial justice in post-World War II America. This course gives special attention to King's post-1965 radicalism when he called for a reordering of American society, an end to the war in Vietnam, and supported sanitation workers striking for better wages and working conditions. Topics include King's notion of the "beloved community", the Social Gospel, liberalism, "socially conscious democracy", militancy, the politics of martyrdom, poverty and racial justice, and compensatory treatment. Primary sources form the core of our readings.
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.
HIST120
Islamic Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
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.
HIST123
Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Overviews early mid-19th-century changes in African societies, European conquest and African resistances in the late 19th-century, colonial states and societies, African nationalisms and decolonization and the independence era. Struggles over social, economic, and political changes are emphasized.
HIST132
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
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
CORE: SH
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
CORE: SH
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
CORE: SH
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
CORE: SH, D
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.
Jointly offered with JWST289E. Credit granted for HIST135 or JWST289E.
HIST136
Moneyland: Business in American Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
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.
HIST187
God, Land, Power, and the People: Moral Issues in the Jewish Historical Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: JWST187.
Credit only granted for: HIST187 or JWST187.
Examines the complicated relationship between theology, nationalism, sovereignty, and the ethical exercise of social control using case studies drawn from the Jewish historical experience. The universal and age-old issues implicit in the exercise of power have gained special moral force for Jews with the creation of the State of Israel, a Jewish and a democratic state with substantial non-Jewish minorities and hundreds of thousands of non-citizen subjects. Can these be reconciled? Jewish efforts over the ages and in recent times to define justice provide concrete examples through which to examine and discuss crucial abstract principles.
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.
HIST208K
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; Can a Movie Be "Accurate"?: American Films as Historical Sources
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
HIST208L
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; The US Radical Tradition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
HIST208M
(Perm Req)
Historical Research and Methods Seminar; "How to Rule the World" - Political Theory and Governance in the Ancient World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
HIST213
History of Sexuality in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS
Cross-listed with: WGSS298L.
Credit only granted for: HIST213, WMST298L or WGSS298L.
Explores the social construction of sexualities from the first colonial settlement to the modern era in the United States. Analyzes the implications of these understandings for power relations in U.S history.
HIST219E
Special Topics in History; Visual Cultures of Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with ARTH389L, AAST298B, PERS298E, and RELS219E. Credit granted for HIST219E, ARTH389L, AAST298B, PERS298E, or RELS219E.

Visual Cultures of Islam is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (digitalislam.umich.edu). This course is taught by an expert in the field of Islamic Art at the University of Michigan, and digitally shared with the University of Maryland. The course explores definitions of "Islamic" art and investigates various visual cultures of Islam around the world from the 7th to the 20th century. The course meets twice a week in real time using video conferencing technology and students are able to enroll directly at Maryland for course credit.
HIST219J
Modern India: From the British Raj to the World's Largest Democracy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Surveys the making of modern India, as well as Pakistan and Bangladesh, from the onset of colonialism in the 18th century to the present day. Focuses on three key themes: state formation and the persistence of regional identities; the negotiation of religious, ethnic, caste, and gender differences; and economic development and inequality.
Surveys the making of modern India, as well as Pakistan and Bangladesh, from the onset of colonialism in the 18th century to the present day. Focuses on three key themes: state formation and the persistence of regional identities; the negotiation of religious, ethnic, caste, and gender differences; and economic development and inequality.
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.
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.
HIST234
Invaders, Conquerors, Usurpers: A History of Pre-Modern Britain to 1485
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
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.
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.
HIST250
Colonial Latin America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with LASC250.
Credit only granted for: HIST250 or 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.
HIST266
The United States in World Affairs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
A study of the United States as an emerging world power and the American response to changing status in world affairs. Emphasis on the relationship between internal and external development of the nation.
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.
HIST304
The Baddest Decade: The 1970s in American Film and American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST201.
Cross-listed with: CINE352.
Credit only granted for: CINE352, FILM352 or HIST304.
Formerly: FILM352.
The history of the United States and of its cinema in the 1970s.
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.
HIST319L
Special Topics in History; Islam: Learning, Piety, and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with PERS398C. Credit granted for HIST319L or PERS398C.

History of the formation and development of major religious and intellectual currents of Islam.
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
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
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.
HIST328O
Selected Topics in History; Inventing the New World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
From Columbus and Vespucci to the Amazons, El Dorado and the cannibals, this course explores how sixteenth-century Europeans tried to make sense of their discovery of the lands they would call America.
HIST329C
Special Topics in History; History of Black Women at the University of Maryland
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST329E
Special Topics in History; Black Women in United States History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with WMST314 and HIST329E. Credit granted for AASP313, HIST329E, or WMST314.

Black American women's history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.
HIST329F
Special Topics in History; Religious & Political Transformations in Modern Jewish History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with JWST319V. Credit only granted for HIST329F or JWST319V.

This course will analyze the social, cultural, and political forces that led to the emancipation of the Jews the granting to them of equal rights with all other inhabitants of the countries in which they lived and the integration of a once-detested ethnic-religious group into European society. The focus of the course will be Europe from 1650 to 1870.
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.
HIST339F
Special Topics in History; What Does Government Do? Politics, Policy, and Opportunity in the Modern United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In the dominant narrative, economic growth and political "progress" in the U.S. have been driven primarily by citizens' commitment to individual and market "freedoms" and an embrace of democratic values. In this course, we test that narrative by examining the role of government--of public power and authority--in shaping modern American life, opportunity, and political rights.
HIST339L
Special Topics in History; Minorities, Minoritization, and Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with RELS319B. Credit only granted for HIST339L or RELS319B.

Minorities and Sectarianism are two categories that are commonly used in contemporary political and social analysis of the Modern Middle East. The course will look at the historical events and processes that have led to the emergence of such social structures that are more often the product of modern politics than markers of essential historical difference. We will analyze the roots of ethnic and religious diversity and their manipulation by colonial and post-colonial governments, and at the politics of self-assertion by minority groups in the Middle East and North Africa during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
HIST339N
Special Topics in History; Sex and Gender in 20th Century American Politics and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
An examination of American public policy and politics through the lens of sexuality and gender. Topics include marriage and family law, health and reproductive politics, and access to political power.
HIST339O
Special Topics in History; Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots: Between Propaganda and Myth
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This course studies both the propaganda strategies developed during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart in shaping their images and the literary and artistic representations that after their deaths transfigured their vicissitudes in dozens of portraits, poems, dramas, musical operas, novels, and movies.
HIST355
Civil War and the Rise of Industrialization, 1860-1900
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST200, HIST201, HIST210, HIST213, HIST222, HIST254, HIST255, or HIST275; or must have completed HIST156 or HIST157; or permission of instructor.
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
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.
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; State Secrets: Writing the History of the Central Intelligence Agnecy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
HIST408I
Senior Seminar; Literature and Jewish Life in Eastern Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
We will read and discuss literary works by different authors describing Jewish life in Eastern Europe, and examine their contribution to the myths, images, and historiography of Eastern European Jewry. Scholarly articles will help us analyze the specific historical conditions that served as background for the different literary works.
HIST408K
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Antisemitism: Classic, Modern, and New
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
HIST408O
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Wet History: The Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
HIST408T
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Writing Lives: History and Biography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
HIST408V
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Illegality, Rights, and Resistance in US Immigration History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
HIST412
History of Women and Gender in Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST122 or HIST123; or permission of ARHU-History department.
Credit only granted for: HIST412 or HIST428L.
Formerly: HIST428L.
An examination of socio-economic and cultural change in Africa from the dawn of the colonial era in the 19th century to independence in the mid-twentieth century. Major focus on how African women understood and responded to the expansion of European empires, changes in the colonial economy, and impact of westernization and urbanization.
HIST419K
Special Topics in History; Radioactive Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In this seminar, students explore the scientific and cultural history of radioactivity. Materials include scientific papers, images from popular culture, films, and graphic novels.
HIST419M
Special Topics in History; Nazi Germany
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST419Q
Before the Holocaust: The Golden Age of Eastern European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: JWST370.
Credit only granted for: JWST419E, JWST370, or HIST419Q.
Formerly: JWST419E.
An exploration of the history of the Jews of Eastern Europe from the period of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Holocaust. Topics to be covered include religious, political, social, and cultural transformation of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the context of the general political changes in the area.
Jointly offered with JWST370. Credit granted for HIST419Q or JWST370.

An exploration of the history of the Jews of Eastern Europe from the period of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Holocaust. Topics to be covered include religious, political, social, and cultural transformation of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the context of the general political changes in the area.
HIST419R
Special Topics in History; Social History of Medicine: Health and the Body in Modern US History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HIST419X
Special Topics in History; Corporations on Trial: Histories of Law, Capitalism, and Human Rights
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines legal challenges to corporations around the world over the past 200 years through selected case studies. Topics include globalization, empires, the world wars, and the emergence of human rights, corporate social responsibility, and environmental justice.
HIST428G
Selected Topics in History; Islamic Reformism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with RELS439A. Credit only granted for HIST428G or RELS439A.

This course is shared via synchronous videoconferencing with Penn State University as part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum.

The course introduces students to the various trends of Islamic Reformism in the modern period. Topics will include: the scholarly and Sufi reform trends of the 18th century, the impact of the 19th century encounter with Europe on Islamic thought and practice, and the complex entanglements of political ideology and religious morality in the rise of Islamism during the 20th and 21st century.
HIST428J
Selected Topics in History; Global Revolutions in the Modern Era
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.
HIST428O
Selected Topics in History; The English Civil Wars, 1603-1662
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course looks at the causes of the English Civil Wars in the mid-seventeenth century in the context of long-term causes and short-term triggers. It also studies political factionalism during the conduct of the wars. The course also considers short-term and long-term effects of the wars.
HIST428P
Selected Topics in History; Trashed! Garbage and Recycling in History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
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.
HIST429A
Special Topics in History; Victoria's Secrets: Sex and Class in Nineteenth Century Britain
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Queen Victoria, Darwin, Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper: meet some of the Victorians who continue to captivate our historical imagination and learn the truth about sex, class, and race in 19th Century Britain.
HIST429N
Special Topics in History; The Aztecs: Human Sacrifice and Conquest
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with PHIL428N, RELS419J, and LASC448J. Credit only granted for HIST429N, PHIL428N, RELS419J, or LASC448J.

We examine the philosophical worldview and daily life of the Aztecs as well as arguments concerning the legitimacy of the Conquest.
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.
HIST429W
Special Topics in History; Ukraine and Russia: Entangled and Mirrored Histories
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Though Ukraine and Russia are today dramatically at loggerheads and even in a hybrid war conflict, the two countries still retain much of their historic similarity. This course addresses multiple interactions between the processes by which Russian and Ukrainian statehood and national identity crystallized, in a broader context of East/Central European and Slavic, imperial and national histories, from the early modern era up to the present.
HIST429Z
Special Topics in History; American Money: Rethinking Finance and its History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Conventional treatments of money and finance do not match the historical record. While most economics textbooks say otherwise, money has its origins in credit relationships and has always performed a credit function. In this seminar, we'll briefly revisit that long history and debates among scholars about money' origins and nature. Then we'll sample key moments in the American experience-from the colonial period to the present-to examine money's role in shaping the nation s history.
HIST451
American Capitalism: 1900 to Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST201, HIST211, HIST213, HIST222, HIST255, or HIST275; or permission of instructor.
An examination of the evolution of American capitalism from 1900 to the present, with special attention on the emergence of the United States as the world's leading economic power; the impact of big business on work and government regulation; causes and consequences of the Great Depression; the role of business in the two world wars; postwar growth followed by the decline of U.S. global competitiveness; why consumerism occupied a central role in U.S. history; the influence of economic theory on policymaking; realities and mythologies of Reaganomics and Clintonomics; and the economic impact of the digital revolution.
HIST452
Diplomatic History of the United States to 1914
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
American foreign relations from the American Revolution to the beginning of World War I. International developments and domestic influences that contributed to American expansion in world affairs. Analyses of significant individuals active in American diplomacy and foreign policy.
HIST454
Constitutional History of the United States: From Colonial Origins to 1865
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The interaction of government, law, and politics in the constitutional system. The nature and purpose of constitutions and constitutionalism; 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. The origins of American politics and constitutionalism through the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Major constitutional problems such as the origins of judicial review, democratization of government, slavery in the territories, secession, and civil war.
HIST466
Immigration and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AAST200, AAST201, AAST222, HIST200, HIST201, HIST221, or HIST222; or must have completed HIST156 or HIST157; or permission of ARHU-History department.
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.
HIST482
History of Japan to 1800
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Traditional Japanese civilization from the age of Shinto mythology and introduction of continental learning down to the rule of military families, the transition to a money economy, and the creation of a townsmen's culture. A survey of political, economic, religious, and cultural history.
HIST499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
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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.
HIST610
Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with ANTH655, AMST655.
Credit only granted for: AMST655, ANTH655, or HIST610.
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.
For Fall 2008: Additionally cross-listed with INST728T. Credit only granted for ANTH655, AMST655, HIST610, or INST728T.
HIST619A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in History; Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
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HIST619B
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in History; Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
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HIST619K
Special Topics in History; Radioactive Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
In this seminar, students explore the scientific and cultural history of radioactivity. Materials include scientific papers, images from popular culture, films, and graphic novels.
HIST619O
Special Topics in History; Righting Historical Wrongs: Global Struggles fro Truth and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, 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.
HIST619V
Special Topics in History; The Rise and Fall of the Old South
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
HIST638J
Special Topics in History; Global Revolutions in the Modern Era
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.
HIST638P
Special Topics in History; Trashed! Garbage and Recycling in History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
HIST639C
Special Topics in History; Capitalism and Black America in the 20th Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HIST708
Directed Independent Reading for Comprehensive Examinations I
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
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HIST709
Directed Independent Reading for Comprehensive Examinations II
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
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HIST779C
Readings in Middle Eastern History; Islamic Reformism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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, S-F
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.
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HIST819B
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in History: Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Department permission required.
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HIST898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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HIST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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