Major Seminar

Spring 2014

HIST 4501 (2)

Major Seminar


Christian W. McMillen

This course will consider epidemics in history.  Students will have a set of common readings for the first half of the course and then will embark on research for a topic of their choosing.  The course will be designed so that students may write papers on virtually any time and place.  The common readings will cover different approaches to the problem of epidemics and will not be bound by a particular region or time.  Topics we will likely consider in these common readings will be the American Indian encounter with disease; malaria in world history; tuberculosis among African Americans and in South Africa; yellow fever in the Caribbean, to name only a few.  The major limiting factor in choosing a paper topic will be sources.    

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