Courses

Course Code Credits

First-Year Seminar: Pin-Ups, Princesses and Femme Fatales: Women & Popular Culture

This class examines how women are depicted in magazines, advertisements and film (1940-2013). What forms of popular culture target women? How have women resisted or co-opted the messages they have received? Students will use methods from American Studies and History to understand popular cultures role in shaping gender identity. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 16.

AMS111 4

CORE: History Cornerstone

Only open to students that have not completed the 100 level History Cornerstone requirement. Not open to Elementary Education Majors because HIS 100 does not cover the required material for licensure requirements. Limited to 25. The History Cornerstone courses are topical, with the topics changing each semester. See the Registrar's Course Listing page (http://www.stonehill.edu/x26638.xml) to view the individual course topic descriptions.

HIS100 3

CORE: History Cornerstone

Only open to students that have not completed the 100 level History Cornerstone requirement. This course is open to Elementary Education Majors because it does cover some of the material required for licensure requirements. Limited to 25. The History Cornerstone courses are topical, with the topics changing each semester. See the Registrar's Course Listing page (http://www.stonehill.edu/x26638.xml) to view the individual course topic descriptions.

HIS101 3

First-Year Seminar: New York, New York

This course examines the rise of New York City from the 18th century to its emergence as the nation's most modern metropolis. It follows the city through a number of growing pains, including the notorious Civil War draft riots, the rise of the slums, the emergence of an urban youth culture, and the development of the nation's first amusement park on Coney Island. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Not open to Elementary Education majors. Limited to 16.

HIS111 4

First-Year Seminar: Faith & Violence in Early Modern Europe

This course introduces students to college-level historical research within a specific topical framework: religious violence, persecution and conflict in post-Reformation Europe. Using primary and secondary readings, students will analyze the willingness to kill (inquisitions, witch hunts, religious warfare), the willingness to die (martyrdom), and the emergence of religious toleration and coexistence. Fulfills the Cornerstone History Requirement. Limited to 16.

HIS113 4

First-Year Seminar: The Outbreak of the Great War

The outbreak of the Great War almost a century ago had both proximate and more remote causes; it also had immediate as well as enduring consequences. This course will consider, from social and cultural, political and military perspectives, both what led to and what followed from the First World War. Fulfills the Cornerstone History Requirement. Limited to 16.

HIS114 4

First-Year Seminar: The Declaration of Independence in World History

This course introduces students to one of the most significant documents in world history: The Declaration of Independence. We will read the original draft in order to uncover the elusive document's "original meaning." Then, we will examine the intellectual and political underpinnings of the Declaration along with its impact on world history. Limited to 25.

HIS115 4

First-Year Seminar: Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration

The history of exploration is the history of convergence-how humans knit together the globe after tens of thousands of years of divergence. From Polynesian seafarers to Christopher Columbus and from the Vikings to David Livingstone, we examine the pathfinders who have shaped our world. Limited to 25.

HIS117 3

First-Year Seminar: Beneath the Skull & Cross Bones: A Global History of Piracy

We explore the global phenomenon of piracy from the ancient Mediterranean to modern Somalia. We examine the daily lives of pirates and the role pirates played in global political, social, and economic transformations. We question the origins and consequences of piracy highlighting major events and personalities in the history of piracy. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Not open to Elementary Education majors. Limited to 25.

HIS118 3

First-Year Seminar: Chuck Berry's America: The United States from 1955 to 1965

An examination of how entrenched ideas about race, gender, sexuality, class, age roles and social behavior all came under direct challenge with the emergence of rock and roll and youth culture during the tumultuous decade from 1955 to 1965. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Not open to Elementary Education majors. Limited to 25.

HIS119 3

First-Year Seminar: Perspectives On China

This course follows in the footsteps of Venetian merchants, Japanese monks, British diplomats, Western missionaries and other foreign visitors to China's shores throughout the centuries. We explore what happens when cultures meet for the first time, how they perceive one another, and how this shapes the writing of history. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Not open to Elementary Education majors. Limited to 25.

HIS121 4

First-Year Seminar: Fleeing to England

From Voltaire in 1726 to Freud in 1938, for personal and political reasons, a number of prominent continental Europeans needed to flee to England. This course will survey these episodes as case studies in English constitutional history, in order to understand how England came to constitute a modern European refuge. Fulfills the Cornerstone History Requirement. Limited to 16.

HIS123 4

First-Year Seminar: Shamans, Prophets & Saints: Mystics in World History

"Strange" individuals who journey into other realms of consciousness have been central not only as spiritual or religious guides but as lawgivers, healers, poets, scientists, and even rulers. The course investigates three overlapping categories, tracing their history through various societies and cultural traditions, from Neolithic times up to the present. Limited to 25.

HIS126 4

First-Year Seminar: The Great Depression & World War II

This course explores the nature and study of history. Using primary and secondary readings, students will gain a better understanding of the many significant events which took place between 1920 and 1947. Particular attention will be paid to the Great Depression, the New Deal, the rise of fascism and World War II. Through critical essays and a research paper, this course will offer students an introduction into how historians write and construct arguments from the sources available to them. Only open to students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 25.

HIS127 4

Irish-American Experience

Irish background, different waves of Irish immigration, Irish contributions to politics, religion, business and fine arts, as well as the different interpretations of the Irish experience in America. Limited to 25.

HIS205 3

The Holocaust

This course will offer an historical analysis of the Holocaust of European Jews under National Socialism. This includes a study of the origins of anti-Semitism, the rise of National Socialism, German Jews in the Weimar Republic and their exclusion from public life under National Socialism, the euthanasia action, Reichskristallnacht, ghettoization, deportation, and the concentration and death camps. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HIS207 3

Native American History

An interdisciplinary survey of the aboriginal inhabitants of North America from pre-history to the present. Confronts long-standing stereotypes of Native Americans and seeks a deeper understanding of native beliefs, values, and historical experiences. Course deals extensively with European and Native American encounters and evaluates their continuing impact on indigenous communities. Limited to 25.

HIS209 3

Ireland: From Colony to Nation State

An introduction to Ireland: its history, people, culture, and mystique. This course explores Irish history from the Norman invasion to the present conflict in Northern Ireland. Topics include the Cromwellian settlement of Ireland, the Anglo-Irish estate system, revolution and nationalism in Ireland from 1780, the Great Famine, and Irish emigration. Limited to 25.

HIS214 3

Modern Britain

This course will cover the history of Britain from the time of the Tudors to the 20th century. It will focus on the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Limited to 25.

HIS216 3

Winston Churchill's World Wars

This course will cover the World Wars by way of Winston Churchill's well-known histories of them; and in this way will be able to engage with the historical and historiographical issue that arise from the interest and the influence of his version of events. Limited to 25.

HIS218 3

History of World Economic Development

The world has experienced an extraordinary but unevenly distributed increase in material living standards over the last 250 years. This course examines major developments, issues, and controversies related to long run economic development and change. Themes include the causes of technological leadership, the connection between technological change and business structure, and the spread of industry. Open to second semester first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Cross-listed with the Economics Department as ECO 219. Limited to 25.

HIS219 3

Comparative Empires: Spain and Portugal

Investigation of the historical foundations and development of the Iberian Empires of Spain and Portugal, the first global maritime empires of the modern era, and evaluation of their historical significance; Columbus and the age of exploration and conquest; and the maturation and decline of the Iberian Empires. Limited to 25.

HIS220 3

Ancient Mediterranean Greece & Rome

A study of the ancient civilizations that coalesced into Hellenistic Culture with a focus on the political, institutional, and intellectual movements, which provided the context for the development of European Civilization. Limited to 25.

HIS221 3

Ren & Rev: Early Modern Europe

This course examines the major developments of a pivotal time in European history known as the Early Modern Era (1400-1800). These developments include the educational reforms of the Renaissance, the religious change and violence of the Reformation, the rise of centralized monarchies, European expansion overseas, the Enlightenment, and democratic revolutions. Limited to 25.

HIS227 3

History of US Foreign Relations

In this survey of American foreign relations from the late eighteenth century to the recent past, we will explore significant trends and changes to explain the movement of the United States from a fledgling nation, to regional power, to global empire, and, finally, to declining superpower. Limited to 25.

HIS228 3

Women & Gender in Early Modern Europe

This history of women, men and gender in early modern Europe, between the Renaissance and the early nineteenth century. The course will consider philosophical , medical and religious beliefs about women and men, and the real and imagined roles that women played in early modern society: queens, scientist, healers, witches and saints. Limited to 25.

HIS229 3

History Sexuality in America

This course traces the history of sexuality in America from colonial times to the present. It explores the relationship between history and sexuality by examining the changing meanings of sexuality and its relationship to ideologies, economy, family and other historical forces. Limited to 25.

HIS230 3

American Catholic Social History

A historical presentation of the numerous social issues, conflicts, and varied solutions in American Catholicism from the late 19th century forward with emphasis on how the many issues of society impacted Catholicism. The course demonstrates how the application of faith and various theological and philosophical theories were used in resolution of social conflict. Cross-listed with the Religious Studies Department as REL 233. Limited to 25.

HIS233 3

Colonial Latin America

This course is a survey of the historical, economic, political, social, and cultural development of colonial Latin America from before the European discovery to the era of independence. It addresses the major themes and substance of the three centuries of colonial government and an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of colonial Latin America. Limited to 25.

HIS244 3

Modern France

An examination of the rise of modern France from the 1789 Revolution to France's role in the search for European Union. This includes a study of the reign of Napoleon, the Franco-Prussian War, the German Occupation and the Vichy regime, and De Gaulle and the Fifth Republic. The course will place special emphasis on the lives of French men and women. Limited to 25.

HIS245 3

United States Economic History

Basic economic analysis is used to study important aspects of the economic history of the United States. Concentration is on the period from 1830 to 1945, when the U.S. became a major industrial power. Emphasized are the development of big business, the effect of race and gender on markets, opportunities and incomes, and government policy. Open to second semester first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Cross-listed with the Economics Department as ECO 206. Limited to 24.

HIS251 3

Modern Latin America

This course seeks to locate Modern Latin America (c. 1800-present) within a global framework and to understand the origins and development of the political, economic, social, and cultural issues that challenge and define Latin America today, including US foreign policy and changing ethnic, gender, and class relations. Limited to 25.

HIS257 3

Medieval-Renaissance-Reformation

Rise of Medieval Europe through the "barbarization" and Christianization of the Roman Order. Idea of Empire and Christendom, the conflict of Papacy and Kingship. Feudalization of Europe and the rise of cities, popular religious movements. The culmination and crisis of this order in Renaissance cities and its fragmentation in the political and religious conflicts of the Reformation Era. Limited to 25.

HIS262 3

Religion in America

An examination of a variety of religious ideas, institutions, and traditions in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis is placed upon questions of religious pluralism, religion and cultural identity, and religion in public life. Cross-listed with the Religious Studies Department as REL 262. Limited to 25.

HIS263 3

Western Civilization I

An examination of the historical development of culture and society in the pre-modern era with a focus on the theoretical justifications for authority, law, freedom, and community. Limited to 25.

HIS265 3

Western Civilization II

A survey of the rise of the nation state and nationalism among the masses from the 16th century to the present. This course explores such topics as industrialization, geography, modern warfare, colonization, totalitarianism, and the Cold War. Limited to 25.

HIS266 3

The Making of Modern China

An introduction to the dramatic transformations in China's political, economic and socio-cultural life from the seventeenth century to the present. The course will cover transitions from dynastic to republican to communist rule, encounters with the West, socio-economic reforms, and the challenges of modernization in the world's oldest continuous civilization and bureaucratic state. Limited to 25.

HIS270 3

World History I

This course examines the history of humanity from the emergence our species to the early modern era. Explores how and why humans shifted from nomadic hunting and gathering to settled agriculture societies creating cities, states, and empires. Examines the consequences of this transition for human societies and the environment. May not earn credit for both HIS 254 and HIS 271. Limited to 25.

HIS271 3

World History II

Examines the history of the human community from the early modern era to the present. Explores how and why industry, nation states, and European style economics have come to define the modern world. It analyzes the interconnections and interdependencies, nowadays called "globalization", that continue to define human historical development. May not earn credit for HIS 253 and HIS 272. Limited to 25.

HIS272 3

History of Brazil

This course examines the history of Brazil from 1500 to the present and explores its richly diverse culture, politics, economy, and geography that ultimately tie it to the histories of Europe, Africa, Asia, the U.S. Major themes include: race relations, national development, military dictatorships, and popular culture. Limited to 25.

HIS277 3

American Nation I

Comprehensive study of American historical development with a focus on the development of U.S. political principles, ideals, founding documents, institutions, and processes. Topics include modes of colonial life, geographical perspectives, the Revolution and Constitution, urban development, westward movement, constructions of race and gender, popular culture, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Limited to 25.

HIS281 3

American Nation II

An analysis and interpretation of the development of American politics, foreign policy, and domestic society from Reconstruction to the present. Topics include the gilded society, world power, the rise of consumer culture, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, affluence and discontent. Limited to 25.

HIS282 3

Women in America: 1630-1890

The history of women from the colonial era through the end of the nineteenth century. Examines the diversity of experiences among women of different races and classes in America, focusing on issues central to female experience: reproduction and family life, work, religion and reform, and political struggles for civil rights. Limited to 25.

HIS285 3

Asian American History

An introduction to the history of Asian migration and experience in the United States from approximately 1850 to the present. Explores the changing experiences of immigrants in economic, social and political terms, and situate this history within the larger context of immigration, race relations and multiculturalism within modern American history. Limited to 25.

HIS286 3

Women in Modern America: 1865-1975

Survey course of U.S. Women's History from Reconstruction to 1975. Examines a diverse array of women's lives and experiences including women's rights activists, African-Americans, Native Americans, and Immigrants. Topics will include civil rights, women in war, education, reform, marriage, family and reproduction, labor, consumer, and popular culture. Limited to 25.

HIS287 3

Colonial America

This course examines the social consequences of colonization, migration and war in early America, 1500-1775. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of regional cultures, and the interaction of British colonies with competing European cultures (French, Spanish, Dutch), with Native Americans, and with African American slaves. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS301 3

From Depression to Dominance

This course studies the political, social, and economic life of the United States from the Great Depression to 1960. Students will explore the New Deal, World War II, the origins of the Cold War, the growth of new media, and major changes in class, gender, and race relations. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS303 3

US Popular Culture

An investigation of U.S. popular culture focusing on its ability to illuminate important themes in the nation's social, economic, and political development. A special emphasis will be given to twentieth-century popular culture. Important questions and themes will include popular culture's role in perpetuating attitudes regarding race and gender. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS304 3

U.S. Popular Music

In a seminar format, this course will analyze how American popular music reflected and shaped public notions about class, gender, and race. Topics will include jazz, rap, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and folk music. Limited to 15.

HIS305 3

The Early Republic

Explores the tumultuous years following the American Revolution when Americans fought over the meaning of the war and the future direction of the country. We will examine the major conflicts of the period, including ratification of the Constitution, slavery, reform movements, Indian removal, immigration and capitalist development. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS308 3

Ancient Mediterranean Greece & Rome

A study of the ancient civilizations that coalesced into Hellenistic Culture with a focus on the political, institutional, and intellectual movements, which provided the context for the development of European Civilization. This course is equivalent to HIS 310. May not receive credit for HIS 310 and HIS 221. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS310 3

Historical Methods & Materials

The course explores the nature and study of history including historical theory, historical evidence, and historical writing. Sophomore standing, majors should register in their sophomore year in preparation of HIS 411. Limited to 20.

HIS320 3

African-American History I

This course explores African-American history and culture from the beginnings of slavery in America to the Civil War. Themes include ethnic origins in West Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the emergence of plantations societies in the Americas, slave resistance, the abolition movement, gender, Civil War and emancipation. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS321 3

From Jackson to Lincoln

Examination of the major political, social, and economic developments in U.S. society from the election of Andrew Jackson to the presidency in 1828 to that of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS324 3

Lincoln and His America

An examination of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most important and frequently studied figures in U.S. history. The course is conducted as a seminar, and readings include Lincoln's own speeches and writings as well as scholarly studies of his life and career. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS325 3

The Christian Churches in Nazi Germany

An examination of the choices that the Catholic and Protestant churches made under the impact of National Socialism. The course will also examine the reaction of the churches to the persecution of the Jews and the Holocaust. Limited to 25.

HIS326 3

US Civil War & Reconstruction

Examines the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction in U.S. history (1860 - 1880), including the war's origins and consequences. The course explores, in addition to the military aspects of the war, the major political, social, and economic development of the period. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS327 3

Pursuit of Happiness in Revolutionary America

This course traces the events and conditions that led North American colonists to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through political conflict, revolution, and war. We will examine the breakup of empire in North America and consider how ordinary men and women, African-Americans, and Native-Americans responded to and shaped revolutionary events. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS328 3

The Vietnam Era & Its Legacy

An examination of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia and the war in Vietnam from the 1940s to the present. The course explores the origins of the U.S. military commitment in Southeast Asia and the ultimate failure of U.S. policy. The effects of the war on veterans and the home front, the peace movement, and the legacy of the war for contemporary U.S. society is also examined. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS329 3

United States Seminar: Topical

Offers an opportunity to study a specific area or problem in U.S. history in greater depth. Seminar format focusing on discussion of primary sources and secondary literature. Alternating topics to be announced prior to registration. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Course may be repeated under different topics. Limited to 15.

HIS330 3

America in the Nuclear Age

This course explores the origins and evolution of the nuclear age, both at home and abroad, looking at politics, diplomacy, as well as cultural and social trends. Students will also examine the continuing presence of nuclear weapons as cultural symbols and threats to world peace despite the end of the Cold War. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS332 3

The American Catholic Experience

A critical examination and analysis of the peoples, events, and ideas that shaped American Catholicism from the era of discovery to the 21st century. Catholicism's minority status and the perennial tension being American and Catholic are used as guiding principles in this study. Cross-listed with Religious Studies Department as REL 333. Limited to 25.

HIS333 3

The Debate over Slavery in Antebellum America

An Examination of writing and speeches attacking and defending slavery in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Limited to 25.

HIS335 3

Christian Theology as Ideology

How the use of Greek philosophy and Roman imperial theory transformed the Gospel of Jesus into a society that regarded its culture as providential history. This synthesis created but eventually tore Christendom apart. The political, economic, intellectual, and scientific dynamics of Europe are incomprehensible without this theological development. Cross-listed with the Religious Studies Department as REL 343. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS343 3

Adolf Hitler & Nazi Germany

An in-depth study of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement from the establishment of the Weimar Republic through the end of World War II. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 20.

HIS347 3

Inquisition: Myth & History

Explores the myths and history of the inquisition as a social, political and religious institution in Europe, the Americas, and in Goa, India, from its Medieval inception to its final abolition in the nineteenth century. Students will seek to understand why it was created, how it functioned, the impact it had on the societies that sustained it, and why it was finally abolished. Limited to 15.

HIS349 3

The French Revolution

This course focuses on the decade of political upheaval in France (1789-1799) that later became a catalyst for widespread political changes in countries all around the world. In addition to the key events of the Revolution, students explore how ordinary people (including women and people of color) experienced this tumultuous event. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS351 3

A World at War

Organized violence represents one of the most common of human activities. Warfare shapes, and is shaped by, deep seated political, social, economic, religious, and technological values and attitudes. For good or ill, warfare has played, and continues to play, a key role in shaping the world we live in. The course explores warfare and its consequences from a world historical perspective from Paleolithic times to ancient China and the Middle East to modern day forms of state and extra-state violence. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS353 3

European Seminar: Topical

Offers an opportunity to study a specific area or problem in European history in greater depth. Seminar format focusing on discussion of primary sources and secondary literature. Alternating topics to be announced prior to registration. Open to sophomore, junior and senior Gender Studies, History, International Studies and Political Science majors and minors and Irish Studies minors. Course may be repeated under different topics. Limited to 15.

HIS360 3

World History Seminar: Topical

Offers an opportunity to study a specific area or problem in World history in greater depth. Seminar format focusing on discussion of primary sources and secondary literature. Alternating topics to be announced prior to registration. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Course may be repeated under different topics. Limited to 15.

HIS362 3

The Age of Absolutism

This course examines the political, social, and cultural conditions surrounding the development of strong, centralized monarchies of continental Europe and constitutional monarchy of England. Using film, art and primary sources students explore the daily lives of both kings and their subjects during this fascinating era. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS371 3

The Modern Girl in China and Japan

Explores the emergence of the Modern Girl, a revolutionary phenomenon in early twentieth-century China and Japan who defied social conventions regarding domesticity, sexuality, politics, commercial consumption, and nation-state ideals of the Female Citizen. Incorporating literature and film, this course examines global commercialization, marriage and family, education, feminism, and gendered nationalisms. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HIS374 3

Public History

This academic and experiential course looks at the practice, methods, and possibilities associated with practicing history in museums, historic sites, and archives. In the classroom, we will explore the nature of public history through curatorial, archival, and preservation issues as well as examine the roles of education, interpretation, exhibitions, and living history. A substantial field component has students encountering museums, archives, and historic sites to interact with professionals, discover what public historians do, and critically assess their public history offerings. As a final project, students will collaboratively produce a museum exhibition at Stonehill. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

HIS380 3

Topics in US Women's History

This course moves beyond a broad overview of the role of women in eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. History to examine specific topics such as education, reform, labor, culture, and political organization in depth. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

HIS385 3

Senior Research Seminar

0Training in historical research methodologies and strategies with practical instruction in archival research, analysis, argumentation, writing, and citation. Includes visits to local archives and meeting with archival staff. Research culminates in the completion of a research proposal for HIS 415. Pre-requisite: HIS 320. Senior standing, majors should register in their senior year in the same semester as HIS 415. Limited to 15.

HIS411 3

History Thesis

An independent, in-depth thesis designed in HIS 320 Historical Methods and Materials, then carried out with the assistance of a faculty member. Arrangements with the faculty must be made at least one semester in advance and no later than the fall of the fourth year. Pre-requisite: HIS 320. Senior standing, majors should register in their senior year. Must also register for HIS 411. Permission of Thesis Advisor. Limited to 20.

HIS415 4

Internship in Historical Research

Internships are available to History students to give them an opportunity to experience the relevance of the past to the present through active participation in contemporary institutions and organizations. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Permission of Instructor. Limited to 25.

HIS475 3

Directed Study

An in-depth study of an historical question under the tutorial direction of a faculty member. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

HIS490 3