Courses

Code Course Credits

HIS 100

Becoming Modern: America in the 1920s (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Celebrated in the popular imagination as the age where "anything goes," America in the 1920s witnessed modernizing and traditional forces clash over such issues as immigration, prohibition, radicalism, consumerism and changing moral standards. This course explores the cultural ferment of the time, examining how the forces of modernity and traditionalism made the Twenties both liberating and repressive.

Prerequisite(s): HIS110 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 110, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

Heretics, Reformers and Radicals: Women & Power in American History (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course focuses on women who challenged the gendered hierarchies of their eras. We will examine a collection of women from the 17th to the 20th centuries who developed new modes of exercising power in American public life and overturned longstanding ideas about the weakness and subordination of women.

Prerequisite(s): HIS112 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS112, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course may be applied to the American Studies & Gender & Sexuality Studies program.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

Beneath the Skull and Cross Bones: A Global History of Piracy (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS118 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS118, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

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

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS119 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS119, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

Crosscurrents and Connections: Encounters in the Atlantic World (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Spring Semester

In this course we will view early America through the lens of migration and Atlantic history: exploring the intersections and linkages between Old World and New, and the experience and voices of those who crossed the Atlantic up to the nineteenth century.

Prerequisite(s): HIS120 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS120, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

Perspectives on China (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS121 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS121, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

Made in China: A History of Trade and Culture (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

China is an economic power today, but has also been a vibrant center of global trade and production for centuries. We explore this history from socio-cultural and material perspectives, from the Silk Roads to the Ming voyages, from late twentieth-century labor practices to stereotypes of the "Chinese entrepreneur."

Prerequisite(s): HIS122 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS122, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Frederick Douglass' heroic journey from slavery to freedom in antebellum America illuminates--in lightning flashes--a nation riven by race, region, economy and differing conceptions of justice and morality. The course weaves literature, film, and primary materials, tracing Douglass's complex life and times and introducing students to college-level historical inquiry.

Prerequisite(s): HIS 128 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 128, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 100

America During the Cold War, 1945-1990 (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course will examine the Cold War as a sustained political, ideological, economic and military contest fought on a global scale. We will consider how and why the Cold War started, how it influenced U.S. foreign policy toward Third World countries, and how it played out within the United States. This course is not simply a chronological survey of the many significant events which took place between 1945-1990. We will also consider how these events intersected with such issues as atomic science, domestic politics, and civil rights. Finally, through three critical essays and a research paper, this course will offer students an introduction into how historians write and construct arguments from the many sources available to them.

Prerequisite(s): HIS 129 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 129, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

Faith & Violence in Early Modern Europe (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS113 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a European History. When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS113, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements. Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

The Declaration of Independence in World History (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS115 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History. When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS115, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements. Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

Anti-Semitism, Nazism, and the Holocaust (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of Europe’s antisemitic past that culminated in the rise of National Socialism and the Holocaust of European Jews. Special emphasis will be given to eyewitness biographical accounts of this tragic history.

Prerequisite(s): HIS116 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a European History.When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS116, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements. Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS117 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History.When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 117, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

History of American Freedom (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course examines the idea of freedom in U.S. history from the American Revolution to the present. It focuses on how this idea, so central to American identity, has evolved and has been contested throughout the nation's history.

Prerequisite(s): HIS124 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS124, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

The Ancient Dead: Mummies and Other Ancestors (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course explores world history through the study of human remains and the human culture surrounding the dead. Through various windows on social history, this will allow a historical survey of human beliefs about life, death and the afterlife, and its relationship to the present.

Prerequisite(s): HIS125 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History. When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS125, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements. Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

Shamans, Prophets and Saints: Mystics in World History (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

"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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS126 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History.When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 126, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

The Great Depression and World War II (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): HIS127 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History.When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 127, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 205

Irish-American Experience

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program and the Irish Studies minor.

3

HIS 207

The Holocaust

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will offer an historical analysis of the Holocaust of European Jews under National Socialism. This includes a study of the origins of antisemitism, 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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History. Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

HIS 209

Native American History

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a United States or World History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program and the Anthropology minor.

3

HIS 214

Ireland: From Colony to Nation State

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to Ireland: its history, people, culture, and mystique. This course explores Irish history from the Norman invasion to the present. 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.

Considered a European History.Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

HIS 219

History of World Economic Development

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014 and 2016

For description, see ECO 219.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 220

Comparative Empires: Spain and Portugal

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a European and World History.

3

HIS 221

Ancient Mediterranean Greece and Rome

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History.

3

HIS 225

History and Film

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

For years, Hollywood has offered an array of films, both epic and provincial, that center upon events in history. Using primary and secondary written accounts, this course will view a comparative selection of these films in the search for “historical” truth.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States and European History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 227

Renaissance and Revolutions: Early Modern Europe

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a European History.

3

HIS 228

History of U.S. Foreign Relations

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a United StatesHistory.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 229

Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a European History.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 233

American Catholic Social History

Offered: Fall Semester

An 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.

Considered a United States History. Fulfills the Moral Inquiry and Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 241

A History of Horror Films

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of the history of horror films. This course is an excursion that will compare and contrast the fictional world of the macabre with the historical realities that form and challenge our social and cultural lives. With the aid of film, this course will analyze the phenomenon of the horror genre down through the ages.

Considered United States and European History.

3

HIS 244

Colonial Latin America

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 245

Modern France

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a European History.

3

HIS 247

Modern Germany

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A history of Modern Germany from the 1871 unification under Chancellor Otto von Bismark through the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification in 1990. The course material will consider such topics as German colonization, the World Wars, National Socialism, and Communism.

Considered a European History.

3

HIS 251

United States Economic History

Offered: Fall Semester

For description, see ECO 206.

Not open to first semester students. Considered a United States History.

3

HIS 257

Modern Latin America

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 262

Medieval – Renaissance – Reformation

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a European History.

3

HIS 263

Religion in America

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a United States History.Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions Requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 265

Western Civilization I (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a European History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.

3

HIS 266

Western Civilization II (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a European History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.

3

HIS 270

Modern China

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 271

World History I (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines the history of humanity from the emergence of 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.

Considered a World History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 272

World History II (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a World History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 277

History of Brazil

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 278

History of the Islamic World I

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course explores the historical development of Islamic societies from the pre-Islamic period to roughly 1500 CE. We will develop a nuanced understanding of cultural, intellectual, spiritual, political and economic themes important to the formation of classical Islamic civilization, through studying primary texts in translation, visual arts and contemporary scholarship.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies program.Considered a World History.

3

HIS 279

Modern Japan

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

From shogun to skinkansen – a survey of Japan from the seventeenth century to the present, examining the political, social and economic changes that accompanied its transformation from feudal shogunate to modern nation-state. Topics covered include the Meiji Revolution, modernization, the rise of nationalism, and Japan’s relations with Western and Asian powers.

Considered a World History.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 281

American Nation I (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a United States History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 282

American Nation II (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a United States History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program and the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 283

East Asian History I

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A broad survey of major developments in East Asian history from the time of its earliest written records (circa 1200 B.C.E.) to 1800 C.E. Draws on primary sources, secondary scholarship, and examples of material culture to highlight key themes in the political, social and cultural life in China, Japan and Korea. These themes include state formation and dissolution, religious beliefs, political ideologies, philosophy and literature, economic activities and social relations.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 284

East Asian History II

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An introduction to the turbulent histories of modern China, Japan and Korea, covering their major political, economic and socio-cultural transformations from 1800 onwards. Themes considered include encounters with Western military and economic expansion, the role of cultural exchanges in Asia, and the rapidly growing role of East Asia in present-day globalization.

Considered a World History.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 285

Women in America: 1630-1865

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 286

Asian American History

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Survey of Asian migration to and experiences in the United States from mid-nineteenth century to the present. Follows East, Southeast and Asian migrants through gold mines and sugar plantations, on the first transcontinental railroad and on agricultural frontiers, through struggles over citizenship and identity politics. Themes include immigration, race relations and multiculturalism in modern United States history.

Considered a United States and World History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 287

Women in Modern America: 1865-1975

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 290

History of the Islamic World II

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

This course explores the historical development of Islamic societies from roughly 1500 CE to the present. We will develop a nuanced understanding of cultural, intellectual, spiritual, political and economic themes important to the contemporary Muslim world in its global context, through studying primary texts in translation, visual arts and contemporary scholarship.

Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies Program.Considered a World History.

3

HIS 301

Colonial America

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 303

From Depression to Dominance

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 304

U.S. Popular Culture

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 305

U.S. Popular Music

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 307

From the New Frontier to a New Century

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course studies the political, social, and economic life of the United States from 1960 to the present.Students will explore the burst of political activism during the 1960s and 1970s, Watergate, the Reagan era, and other historically significant individuals, events, and programs of the last decades of the twentieth century and the early decades of the twenty first century.

Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 308

The Early Republic

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 313

Modern European Intellectual History

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course will cover the intellectual history of modern Europe by way of and engagement with four of the most compelling and influential modern European thinkers: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud. Students will read substantial selections from their texts as well as some of the intellectual historiography.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History.

3

HIS 321

African-American History I

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 322

African-American History II

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course surveys the history of African- Americans from emancipation to the present. It begins by exploring the meaning of black freedom during emancipation and Reconstruction. It examines the economic and cultural lives of African-Americans as they confronted segregation and Jim Crow laws in the American South. Other topics include the Great Migration, Harlem Renaissance, black nationalism, and Civil Rights.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History.

3

HIS 324

From Jackson to Lincoln

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 325

Lincoln and His America

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 326

The Christian Churches in Nazi Germany

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
Considered a European History. Fulfills the Moral Inquiry and Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirements. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 327

American Civil War and Reconstruction

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 328

Pursuits of Happiness in Revolutionary America

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 329

The Vietnam Era and Its Legacy

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 330

United States Seminar: Topical

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 332

America in the Nuclear Age

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 333

The American Catholic Experience

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a United States History. Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

HIS 335

The Debate Over Slavery in Antebellum America

Offered: Fall Semester

An examination of writing and speeches attacking and defending slavery in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.
Considered a United States History. Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 337

The Electric Guitar in American Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course explores the electric guitar as instrument, symbol, and artifact in modern American culture. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we will assess the impact of the electric guitar on various kinds of music, from blues to heavy metal, and dig into the lives of the musicians and manufacturers who gave the electric guitar its iconic power.

Considered a United States History.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course formerlly offered as AMS 333.

3

HIS 343

Christian Theology as Ideology: From Theocracy to Democracy

Offered: Spring Semester

For description, see REL 343.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History. Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

HIS 347

Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History. Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

HIS 349

The Inquisition: Myth and History

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Considered a European and World History.Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

HIS 351

The French Revolution

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing.
Considered a European History.

3

HIS 353

A World at War

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

HIS 360

European Seminar: Topical

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History.Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor

3

HIS 362

World History Seminar: Topical

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a World History.

3

HIS 371

The Age of Absolutism

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History.

3

HIS 373

Asian Encounters with Empire

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of the imperial experience in East, Southeast and South Asia during the nineteenth and twentieth century’s, encompassing the impact of both European and Asian expansions. Themes include issues of race, gender, modernization, orientalism and colonial legacies.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 374

The Modern Girl in China and Japan

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing and above.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

HIS 380

Public History

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 385

Topics in U.S. Women’s History

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 420

Historical Theory and Writing

Offered: Spring Semesters

The course explores the nature and study of history including historical theory, historical evidence, and historical writing.

Prerequisite(s): History majors and minor only. Sophomore standing.
Fulfills the General Education Writing in the Disciplines requirement.

4

HIS 425

History Research Seminar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Training 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 430.

Prerequisite(s): HIS 420 and Junior Standing.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

HIS 430

History Thesis

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An independent, in-depth thesis based upon the thesis proposal written in HIS 425. Thesis advised by a department faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): HIS 420 and HIS 425.
Fulfills the Capstone requirement in History.

4

HIS 475

History Internship

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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. Students work under the supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator, maintain a field journal, and write a final paper.

Concentration consideration linked directly to the Internship's area of focus.

3

HIS 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An in-depth study of an historical question under the tutorial direction of a faculty member.

Concentration consideration linked directly to the Directed Study's area of focus.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing. Approval of faculty member directing the project and Department Chairperson required.

3