HIST 1501: Introductory Seminar in History

Introduction to the study of history intended for first- and second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussion, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.

HIST 2001: Global History

An introduction to Global History since 1492.

HIST 2002: The Modern World: Global History since 1760

This is a survey course in modern world history. It covers a period in which the main historical questions about what happened, and why, more and more involve global circumstances, global beliefs about those conditions, and global structures to solve problems. This course can therefore be an essential foundation for other courses dwelling on particular regions or nations.

HIST 2011: History of Human Rights

This course surveys the modern history of human rights, focusing on political, legal, and intellectual trends from the late 18th century to the present.

HIST 2012: History of Communism

A comparative, global history of communism: from the rise of Marxism in the nineteenth century, to the establishment of Marxist-Leninist regimes across the globe in the twentieth century, to the collapse of communism in the 1980s.

HIST 2050: World History

This course will trace the relationship between humankind and the world in which he/she lives.

HIST 2051: History of the Modern World

This course will use paradigms from which to extrapolate models for understanding the world as a whole. Topics include early exploration, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, the great Muslim empires, Western colonialism, World War I, the rise of fascism and communism, World War II and the postcolonial world. We will pay particular attention to those areas we will be visiting.

HIST 2060: History of Christianity II

Survey of Christianity in the Medieval, Reformation, and Modern Periods.

HIST 2150: Global Environmental History

This course examines global ecological connections throughout time and offers a narrative of environmental history that is more inclusive of regions outside of Europe and North America such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It explores the relationship between humans and their environments over the course of history and places special emphasis on the past century of ecological change and what has recently been called the Anthropocene.

HIST 2151: History of U.S.-Latin American Relations in the 20th Century

The course traces the history of U.S. relations with Latin America in the 20th century, with a special emphasis on the role U.S. intelligence played in making policy decisions.

HIST 2201: Technology in World History

Surveys how cultures have developed technology from the earliest times to the end of the twentieth century. Includes both western and non-western cultures and explores how different cultures have used technology to produce economic abundance, social order, and cultural meaning. No technical or scientific expertise required.

HIST 2210: Epidemics, Pandemics, and History

Covers epidemic diseases such as plague, cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS in world history since 1500.

HIST 2212: Maps in World History

This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the history of cartography that ranges across the globe from oldest surviving images of pre-history to GIS systems of the present day. It approaches map history from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including the history of science, the history of cartography, critical theory and literary studies, anthropology, historical geography, and spatial cognition and wayfinding.

HIST 2214: The Cold War

An exploration of the geopolitical and ideological conflict that dominated world affairs from 1945 to 1990. Assignments include the readings of historical work, as well as primary sources, some of which are recetly declassified material from the major states involved in the Cold War.

HIST 3041: The British Empire in the 18th Century

Surveys the history of the First British Empire to 1815, with concentration on the 18th century and on the loss of the American Colonies as a breaking point. Explores problems inherent in the imperial relationship between Mother Country and colonies and is an introduction to studies in colonialism and imperialism as they relate to the histories of England, early America, the West Indies, and South Asia and Africa.

HIST 3050: Modern Imperialism: The British and American Experience

This course examines the patterns of development of Great Britain and the United States as international powers. It illustrates their differences and similarities, what they have to tell us about the role of dependency on great power status, and the effects these had on their politics, economics and societies, as well as the countries with which they became involved.

HIST 3111: Technology and Cross-Cultural Exchanges in Global History

An interdisciplinary, historical exploration of the globalization of sociotechnical systems over the past 500 years. How have various cultures responded to imported technologies and the organizations and values that accompany them? What can this teach us about our own "technological ideology" today?

HIST 3112: Ecology and Globalization in the Age of European Expansion

Grounded in the field of environmental history, this course examines the ways in which environmental changes and perceptions of nature have interacted with socio-economic structures and processes associated with the expansion of Europe since the 15th century.

HIST 3152: The Cold War, 1945-1990

This class investigates the global rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the second half of the twentieth century. The class will explore major global events such as the division of Europe, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the spread of the cold war into the developing world, the revolutions of 1989, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

HIST 3162: War and Society in the Twentieth Century

This class will explore the impact of war upon society during the twentieth century, including World Wars I and II; conflicts in Korea and Vietnam; wars of national liberation and decolonization; and small-scale 'counter-insurgency' conflicts. Topics covered include: popular mobilization for war;civil liberties in wartime; civilian casualties; the ethics of violence; genocide; technology; and cultural production in wartime societies.

HIST 3201: History, Museums, and Interpretation

Overview of the issues and challenges involved in historical interpretation at public history sites, primarily in the United States. Includes a review of general literature on public history, exploration of diverse sources frequently used, and analysis of some recent public history controversies.

HIST 3211: History of Sexuality in the West

Surveys changes in sexual behavior and attitudes in Europe and the United States since ancient times, with particular attention to the moment of major breaks. The politics of forming sexual norms and imposing them on society is also examined.

HIST 3221: Zionism and the Creation of the State of Israel

This course seeks to comprehend Israel's origins, development, and conflicts from the rise of Zionism to creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Major topics of discussion include the Jewish national movement and its ideological origins; the development of Jewish settlement in Palestine (the Yishuv); the origins of the conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine; the emergence of a Hebrew culture in Palestine; the struggle for statehood; and the war of 1948.

HIST 3231: Exhibiting Jews: The Jewish Museum

Explores Jewish museums as sites of cultural display that restore, preserve, and communicate the sacred. Topics will include: the culture of contemporary exhibits (i.e. the common topics reflected, the style and design of exhibits), the ways in which nationalism or regionalism affect the ways Jewishness is presented, and the comparative emphasis on history, religion, and art as Jewishness is presented, and the comparative emphasis on history, religion, and art as reflections of ethnographic, cultural, and/or aesthetic barometers for identity formation.

HIST 3281: Genocide

History of genocide and other forms of one-sided, state-sponsored mass killing in the twentieth century. Case studies include the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the mass killings that have taken place under Communist regimes (e.g., Stalin's USSR, Mao's China, Pol Pot's Cambodia).

HIST 3300: Curating the Past: A History of Museums

This course explores the history of museums as well as themes and challenges in a variety of forms of public history. It relies heavily on classroom discussion, field trips, archival research, and hands-on exhibit design. Students learn about the origins of the modern museum as well as the important areas of debate within the museum community on presenting various topics. As a capstone project, they design their own exhibit.

HIST 3301: South Atlantic Migration

An exploration of migrations and other related human movements as they have shaped the societies of the South Atlantic region of what is now the United States (FL-GA-SC-NC-VA on the mainland), and Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.

HIST 3352: The First World War

At the Great War's centennial, we take stock of how it shaped life in the 20th century for peoples around the globe. Movies, memoirs, government reports and other texts throw light on causes of the war, the human carnage of 1914-18, Woodrow Wilson's effort to end war forever with a League of Nations, the demise of liberalism and the rise of fascism and communism in postwar Europe, and the launch of anti-colonial movements in Asia and Africa.

HIST 3371: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1900

Studies the impact of the printing press on western European and American culture.

HIST 3411: The Modern World, 1890-1943

This is the first half of a course about modern world history, selecting episodes beginning in the last decade of the 19th century and ending in the last decade of the twentieth. The second half of the course is offered in the spring. Each can be taken on their own. The approach of the course is to be selective, concentrating on particular places and times, on big ideas and fateful choices.

HIST 3412: The Modern World, 1944-1991

This is the second half of a course about modern world history, selecting episodes beginning as the post-World War II world comes into view and ending in the early 1990s. The first half of the course is offered in the fall. Each can be taken on their own. The approach of the course is to be selective, concentrating on particular places and times, on big ideas and fateful choices.

HIST 3452: The Second World War

This course provides a survey of the greatest, most destructive war in human history. Perhaps 50 million people were killed in the Second World War, and the conflict reached every corner of the globe. Its political, social, and human consequences were vast and shape the world we live in today.

HIST 3611: Espionage and Intelligence in the 20th Century

The course examines the role of intelligence and espionage in the 20th century. It compares and contrasts the U.S. effort with British and Soviet operations. It looks at the impact of technology on intelligence activities and its influence on policy decisions.

HIST 3775: Americans in the Middle East

This course offers a history of Americans' involvement in the Middle East and responses to them. Using new approaches to international history, we study 19th-century pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Wilsonian diplomacy, oil businesses, philanthropists, Zionists, spies in the Cold War, and finally the soldiers who fought the Iraq war. Students write a final paper based on research at the Library of Congress or National Archives.

HIST 3854: Reasoning from History

This course reviews some common traps in historical reasoning and suggests ways of avoiding them.

HIST 4400: Topics in Economic History

Comparative study of the historical development of selected advanced economies (e.g., the United States, England, Japan, continental Europe). The nations covered vary with instructor. Cross-listed with ECON 4400.

HIST 4501: Major Seminar

The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pages in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.

HIST 4511: Major Colloquium

The major colloquium is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the colloquium. Colloquia are most frequently offered in areas of history where access to source materials or linguistic demands make seminars especially difficult. Students in colloquial prepare about 25 pages of written work distributed among various assignments. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.

HIST 4591: Topics in History

Topics courses are small, discussion-oriented classes available to any student with sufficient background and interest in a particular field of historical study. Offered irregularly, they are open to majors or non-majors on an equal basis.

HIST 4890: Distinguished Majors Program-Special Colloquium

Studies historical approaches, techniques, and methodologies introduced through written exercises and intensive class discussion. Normally taken during the third year. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program.

HIST 4990: Distinguished Majors Program-Special Seminar

Analyzes problems in historical research. Preparation and discussion of fourth-year honors theses. Normally taken during the fourth year. Intended for students who will be in residence during their entire fourth year. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program.

HIST 4993: Independent Study

In exceptional circumstances and with the permission of a faculty member any student may undertake a rigorous program of independent study designed to explore a subject not currently being taught or to expand upon regular offerings. Independent study projects may not be used to replace regularly scheduled classes. Enrollment is open to majors or non-majors.

HIST 5002: Global History

Reading, discussion, and analysis of classic as well as contemporary works of scholarship on global history.

HIST 5031: Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data

The social scientific approach to historical inquiry, the formulation of theories, and their testing with historical data. Includes extensive directed readings in quantitative history and training in quantitative methods, sampling, the organization of a data-set, and data analysis. Prerequisite: Introductory course in statistics or instructor permission.

HIST 5062: Commerce, Culture, and Consumption in World History

Explores the circulation of goods throughout the world in the early modern and modern periods, and its cultural implications and consequences. Readings approach trade from a number of standpoints, including commodities, traders, trade routes, media of exchange, and consumers. Most major world areas will be represented, but there will be particular emphasis on Europe and its commercial relations with non-European lands and peoples.

HIST 5063: Theory and/of History: Recent Perspectives

The course examines theoretical perspectives relevant to the discovery and interpreting of historical phenomena. Topics include memory; identity; trauma; narrative; practices of inference; nation-state and trans-nationality; space; and the role of normative assumptions. Likely authors include B. Anderson, Bourdieu, Brubaker, Confino, Flyvbjerg, Geertz, Ginzburg, Kuhn, LaCapra, Megill, Moyn, J. C. Scott, J. W. Scott, Sewell, Weber, White. Prerequisites: Minimum admission standard: 3rd year undergrad. Undergrads must request permission and see the instructor before the class starts.

HIST 5077: Pius XII, Hitler, the US and World War II

For the past forty years the role of Pius XII and the Vatican during World War II has been controversial. This seminar will look at that controversy and place it in the context of newly available archival material. The studnets will read severalbooks on both sides of the question and then present their own research papers, the topics of which will be chosen in consultation with the professor.

HIST 5092: Multiculturalism in the Ottoman Empire

Study of how a large empire governed a diverse population, between 1453 and 1918, from the perspective of concerns about recent nationalist, racial and ethnic conflicts in modern nation states. Course 1st examines how the Ottomans managed relations between ethnic and religious groups to 1750, then the reasons for increased communial conflicts after 1750, and their efforts to re-engineer relations among groups along liberal, constitutional lines.

HIST 5111: Slavery in World History

Historical study of 'slavery' from very early times through the nineteenth century, on a global scale (including ancient Mediterranean, Islamic world, Africa, Europe, and the Americas).

HIST 5130: Global Legal History

Examines European legal regimes as they moved around the globe and considers those regimes' interactions with one another and with non-European legal cultures from 1500 to the twentieth century. Themes include: empire formation and legal pluralism; conflicting ideas of property; interaction of settler and indigenous peoples; forced labor and migration; the law of nations; and piracy and the law of the sea.

HIST 5621: Genocide

Readings and discussion of the history of genocide and other forms of one-sided, state-sponsored mass killing in the twentieth century.

HIST 5920: History of Documentary Photography

Examines the history of documentary photography, the work of some of the most significant documentary photographers of the past and the present, and the ethical and theoretical issues which surround documentary practice.

HIST 7001: Approaches to Historical Study

This course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of historical approaches.

HIST 7002: Graduate Colloquium on World History

Introduces graduate students in History to the growing literature on world history, with emphasis on the epistemology of history, both the usual regional fields and history on broader scales. Supports the qualifying examination fields for the PhD. May be taken, with instructor approval, at any point in the graduate program.

HIST 7011: Atlantic World

Introduces graduate students in all fields of history to their overlapping and complementing aspects in an Atlantic context from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. It distinguishes a historical epistemology significantly distinct from, but also integral to, any of its component fields. Thus it supports regional graduate history fields and dissertation research. It also orients students toward development of qualifications to meet the "world history" component of many current teaching positions. Graduate students in other departments may find the colloquium a useful enhancement to their primary academic agendas, as well as for reflection on the relationships of thinking historically to their own academic disciplines. ABDs are welcome to participate in the colloquium as a dissertation-writing workshop.

HIST 7021: History and Historiography of Empire

This colloquium will consider how to think historically about empire in comparative and transnational context. We will depart from the nation-state as the fundamental unit of inquiry, looking instead to: flows of goods, people, biota and ideas across borders; the formation of networks of trade, identity and influence; the formation of communites in the interstices of global geography; empire as a pivot of international power.

HIST 7051: Economic History

Extensive directed readings on selected topics, covering both substantive historical literature and relevant theoretical works. Students must write a minimum of two papers during the term.

HIST 7061: Comparative Readings in British America and Latin America Before 1800

Graduate colloquium devoted to comparative readings in colonial Latin America and colonial British America, co-taught by specialists in each of the respective fields. Identifies broad areas of similarity and contrast in the settlement and development of the two colonial societies.

HIST 7071: Methods in Social History

A colloquium open to students in all fields and periods. Examines new approaches, methods, and subject matter in the broad area of social history.

HIST 7161: Forced Migration, Genocide, and Human Rights: A Transnational History

This course explores in a comparative, transnational approach the modern global history of forced migration, genocide, and human rights with special emphasis on problems of history, memory, and the links between the local, national, and global.

HIST 7162: Cultures of War: Readings in War and Society

Reading and discussion of new trends in the field of War and Society.

HIST 7191: History of Technology: Theory and Methods

Examines the role of technology in both American history and world history. Readings introduce major issues and methodology. No technical or scientific expertise required.

HIST 7231: Topics in Environmental History

Introduces students to the literature and methods of environmental history from a global perspective. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 8001: Master's Essay Writing

Master's Essay Writing offers first-year doctoral students in History and those in the JD/MA program a workshop in which to discuss and develop an article-length work of original scholarship. Prerequisite: First-year history Ph.D. students or JD/MA students

HIST 8011: Summer Research Seminar

A general research seminar for students needing to meet seminar requirements for the M.A. or Ph.D. degrees during the nine-week summer session. Not open to degree candidates enrolled during the regular academic session. Prerequisite: Permission of the director of graduate studies or chair of the department.

HIST 8021: Research Seminar in History

This course offers graduate students an opportunity to research and write an article-length history research essay of publishable quality in any field. Research will be conducted with the guidance of the faculty dissertation adviser. A revised version of the essay can be submitted to fulfill the master's essay requirement for students in History. This course fulfills one of the two required research seminars for History graduate students. Prerequisite: Graduate students in History or permission of instructor

HIST 8211: English Legal Thought

Studies English legal thought in the nineteenth century, particularly the background, opinions, and conception of law held by Blackstone, Bentham, John Austin, Lord Eldon, Sir Henry Maine, Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, A.V. Dicey, and F.W. Maitland. (See School of Law listing.)

HIST 8212: English Legal History

Research seminar on topics of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English legal history. Limited (if necessary) to 18, and preference is given (if necessary) to those who have taken English Legal Thought.

HIST 8240: Law: Comparative Contexts, to 1850

Research course on law in comparative, transnational, and imperial contexts, to 1850.

HIST 8331: Research Seminar in the History of Gender and Sexuality

This research seminar is intended to provide students interested in the history of gender and sexuality or in women's history an opportunity to develop research directions for their dissertations. The seminar is comparative and will address themes relevant to different fields and time periods. We will spend the first half of the semester discussing shared readings and devote the rest of the semester to meetings to a final research paper.

HIST 8451: Twentieth-Century History: Europe and America

A research seminar.

HIST 8501: Forced Migration in the Modern World

This course explores the problem of forced migration in the modern world, that is those events designed to create homogeneous nation states by violently removing thousands and at times millions of human beings. It looks at specific historical cases such as the Indian removal, Europe (1943-47), India/Pakistan (1947), and Palestine/Israel (1948), focusing on issue of war, decolonization, experience, human rights, and memory.

HIST 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

HIST 8999: Non-Topical Research

For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

HIST 9011: The Practice of History

A workshop on teaching at the college level. Prerequisites: Third-year history Ph.D. candidates

HIST 9012: Dissertation Prospectus

A workshop and seminar preparing the dissertation prospectus. Prerequisites: Third-year standing in the graduate program, or permission of the Graduate Committee

HIST 9021: Tutorial in the History of the Human Sciences

This graduate-level tutorial introduces the history of the human sciences in Western Europe and the United States since around 1800. Emphasizing anthropology, sociology, and the mind sciences (psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry), we consider the intellectual as well as the institutional dimensions of how disciplines emerged; how they created new forms of power; how they affected old forms of power; and how they changed everyday life.

HIST 9022: Tutorial in Global Legal History

Considers key ideas and practices in global legal history, ca. 1500-1900. Explores the interaction of European law with non-European cultures as empires expanded; the development of the law of the sea; and early ideas and practices in the law of nations.

HIST 9023: Tutorial in Visual and Aural History

Explores the incorporation of images and sounds into historical research, focusing on historiography and methods.

HIST 9024: Tutorial in Historical Digital Visualization

The course is a practicum that designed to introduce students to digital tools for historical visualization, with an emphasis on geospatial visualization. It will introduce students to a variety of software tools for data visualization including MapScholar, Carto DB, Story Map, and SHIVA as they build their own research-based projects. It will include events and consulting sessions hosted by SHANTI the Scholars' Lab.

HIST 9025: Tutorial in the History of Cartography

This course is a global survey of maps and map making from pre-history to the present. It introduces students to the varied scholarly approaches to understanding the knowledge and practice behind representations of geographic space as well as the interpretation of maps, plans, and charts as objects of analysis. The content of this course can be tailored to times and places of particular interest to students.

HIST 9026: Tutorial in 20th Century International History

Readings in modern international history: topics will include war, peace-making, diplomacy, the role of non-governmental organizations in world politics, refugees, human rights, decolonization, and transnational ideologies.

HIST 9027: Tutorial in Marx's Capital

This tutorial will be a close reading of Capital vol. 1 with excerpts from Smith, Ricardo, and Malthus, as well as secondary sources on the texts. We will finish with historical & contemporary perspectives on Marx and Marxism. By the end students will be prepared to consider the quest of capitalist development outside the West, have a basis for continuing into cultural studies & post-colonial theory & the relationship between theory & history.

HIST 9028: The Indian Ocean, America, and Global History

This course will introduce students to the historiography on the Indian Ocean in broad terms, placing it within the context of discussions on world history more broadly. It then looks more specifically on literature that has examined American forays into the Indian Ocean - a history of merchants, consuls, pirates, and diplomats, but also of families - and situates it within a broader conversation on the contours of global history.

HIST 9029: Tutorial in History and Theory of Nationalism

This course examines seminal works in the study of nationalism, focusing on major questions in the field. Topics include the origins of nationalism; its relationship to empire and to violence; the techniques and technologies of nationalist mobilization; and nationalism's role in daily life. We will read both theoretical texts and historical case studies, with a special emphasis on modern Europe.

HIST 9030: Readings in the History of Global Capitalism: Labor and Capital

This graduate workshop focuses on the global and comparative history of labor during the emergence of capitalism. Students will read ten monographs and a number of debates and fora published in journals on the history of labor around the world from the development of the global capitalist world system to the present. At the end of the semester students will write a twenty-page historiographical essay on a topic of their choosing.

HIST 9275: Legal History and the Scholarly Process I

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of new work in legal history. Students are required to attend the legal history workshop and the legal history writing group and to write a number of short reaction papers in response to the work presented by legal historians over the course of the year. There is no final exam. Through the class, students will engage with a variety of legal history scholars.

HIST 9276: Legal History and the Scholarly Process II

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of new work in legal history. Students are required to attend the legal history workshop and the legal history writing group and to write a number of short reaction papers in response to the work presented by legal historians over the course of the year. There is no final exam. Through the class, students will engage with a variety of legal history scholars.

HIST 9960: Readings in History

This course is a graduate-level adaptation of an undergraduate course in history. The graduate-level adaption requires additional research, readings, or other academic work established by the instructor beyond the undergraduate syllabus.

HIST 9961: Supervised Reading and Tutorial

Graduate study of the historiography of a particular topic or historical period, equivalent to a graduate-level colloquium course. Prerequisites: Approval of director of graduate studies or department chair.

HIST 9962: General Exam Preparation

In this course, students will prepare for the general examination under the guidance of a faculty examiner. During the course, the student will identify relevant readings; complete and review those readings; and explore the larger questions raised by those readings and their fields more generally.

HIST 9964: Master's Essay Revision

This course is intended for PhD candidates to revise their master's essays for publication under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty. It is typically taken in first semester of the second year of study.

HIST 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

MSP 3501: Exploring the Middle Ages

Discussion and criticism of selected works of and on the period. Taught by different members of the medieval faculty.

MSP 3801: Exploring the Middle Ages

Discussion and criticism of selected works of and on the period. Taught by different members of the medieval faculty.

MSP 4995: Capstone Project in Medieval Studies

For advanced students dealing with methods of research in the field.