Learn about the past. Prepare for your future.
Old World Map background


Spring 2020 Course Descriptions: 200-400 Level

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE! Always check the University online schedule for the latest changes.

HIS 204 - History of Africa from 1870

image used for decoration only

10628 TR 9:30-10:45
Colleen Kriger

When, how, and why did European nations colonize the African continent? And, an equally important question, What is the legacy of European colonialism in Africa today? This course examines major themes in recent African history, and discusses theoretical debates in the history of Africa during the colonial period and since. Topics to be covered include: the imposition of colonial rule and wars of resistance; styles of colonial rule; theories of underdevelopment and the effects of colonial policies; Pan-Africanism, nationalism, and independence movements; the creation of apartheid; decolonization; and issues facing independent Africa such as neo-colonialism and the dismantling of apartheid. These themes will be studied with reference to the regions of west, east, central, and southern Africa.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 206-01 - Topics in Premodern Western History: "AfroEurasia to 1650"

image used for decoration only

12420 206-01 TR 12:30-1:45
Timothy Reagin

This course surveys civilizations, religions, cultures, and societies in Europe, North Africa, and Asia from pre-history to about 1650 A.D. Our focus will be on political, religious, economic, social, cultural, and military trends as well as significant and representative people and events.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GL .GPM.

HIS 206-02 - Topics in Premodern Western History: "Survey of Premodern Global History"

image used for decoration only

12425 206-02 TR 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Anderson Rouse

This course surveys global history through 1500, paying particular attention to wide-ranging world developments - population movements, trade, and cultural exchange - and webs of connection between societies. This course also examines the origins and histories of distinctive societies and cultural traditions in Africa, Eurasia, China, South Asia, the Near East and the Western Hemisphere. Students should gain a broad and balanced understanding of the most significant social, political, and cultural developments of human societies up to the eve of the modern era.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GL .GPM.

HIS 207-01 - Topics in Premodern World History: "Cultures in Contact"

image used for decoration only

Sarah McCartney

This course provides a broad overview of world history in the premodern and early modern eras from roughly 500 C.E. to 1700 C.E.. It emphasizes connection, comparison, and change across Africa, Asia and the Americas, and highlights "big picture" moments that impacted the world population. Particular attention is given to networks and the spread of commodities, religions, and ideologies across the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, which brought cultures into contact.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 207-02 - Topics in Premodern World History: "The Mediterranean World"

image used for decoration only

Ian Michie

This class focuses on the history of the Mediterranean Sea from the origins of its earliest civilizations through the Middle Ages. The class will pay particular attention to the evolution and continuity of Mediterranean culture, society, and economic networks.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 208-01 - Topics in the West and the Modern World: "The Soviet Union and the Wider World, 1917-1991"

image used for decoration only

10636 MWF 10:00-10:50 Will Zang

This course is a broad overview of Soviet history from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Soviet state in 1991 with a particular focus on the relationship between the USSR and the rest of the world. We will examine domestic Soviet developments and international issues in which Moscow played a major role. Topics covered will include the establishment of the Soviet socialist state, Bolshevik aspirations of worldwide revolution, the Second World War, the postwar rise of the Soviet Union as a superpower, the Cold War, and the disintegration of the Soviet empire.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

HIS 208 - Topics in the West and the Modern World: "Revolutions in Modern World History"

image used for decoration only

208-02 and -03 Mark Moser

This course will be a comparative overview of major "revolutions" in modern world history. Topics covered will include the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Technological Revolution of the late 20th century, as well as important political and cultural revolutions that have taken place globally in the modern era. Major emphasis will be placed on the impact of these revolutions on the individual.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

208-02 - TR 11:00-12:15
208-03 - ONLINE

HIS 208-04 - Topics in the West and the Modern World: "The Great War"

image used for decoration only 10641 TR 5:00-6:15
Chris Davis

The First World War began in the summer of 1914 as a conflict between the Great Powers of Europe, but quickly escalated from a continental contest between two powerful alliances to a war whose scale would encircle the globe. The war began in the Balkan region of Southeastern Europe and yet, by the end of the war in 1918, it had expanded over the course of four years to include Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas (North, Central, and South). This course will explore the causes that pushed the European powers towards war, how and why it expanded beyond Europe, and the effects of the conflict on the nature of warfare and on the societies who committed to the fighting. This course will also explore the consequences of The Great War such as the decline or collapse of the European powers, the Russian Revolution, the rise of the United States as a world power, and a bitter peace that arguably paved the way for an even more devastating conflict. Markers: .GHP .GL .GMO .IGS.

HIS 209-01 through -04: Topics in Modern World History: "Introduction to Islamic History and Civilization, 1200 C.E. - present"

image used for decoration only

MW 1-1:50 and F 12-12:50 or 1-1:50
Asa Eger

Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

By the tenth and eleventh centuries, Islamic civilization from Spain to Central Asia had reached its peak with a system of elaborate cities, expansive trade networks, and profound achievements in arts and architecture, science, literature, law, political and religious thought. However, by the twelfth century, contact with western European world with the onset of the Crusades and with the eastern world with the advent of Turkic nomads fundamentally transformed the course of Islamic civilization. In this course we will examine how these changes reverberated through medieval and modern Islamic history in two parts. The first part will familiarize students with the dynamic history and changes in Islamic cultural process from time of the Crusaders through the legacy of the Mongols. The second part will explore the transition of the medieval to modern Islamic world, focusing on the formation of the "gunpowder" Ottoman, Safavid, and Moghul Indian empires and the effects of nationalism in shaping the modern Middle East. Throughout the course we will focus on themes of tradition and change in Islamic society with the assimilation, influence, and conflict of non-Arab and non-Muslim cultures. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will look at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, literature, and religion of Islamic civilization.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.

10666 209-01 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
10667 209-02 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50
10669 209-03 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
10670 209-04 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50

HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

image used for decoration only

General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. Sections -01 through -04 are Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO.WI

211-01 through -04 Mandy Cooper

The lecture portion of HIS 211-01 through -04 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12-12:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.

10671 211-01 - MW 12-12:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
10673 211-02 - MW 12-12:50, F 1-1:50 Writing Intensive
10674 211-03 - MW 12-12:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
10675 211-04 - MW 12-12:50, F 1-1:50 Writing Intensive

HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. 
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO.WI

10685 211-05 - TR 8:00-9:15 Kaitlyn Williams
10686 211-06 - TR 3:30-4:45 Ashley Loper-Nowak
15237 211-08 - ONLINE March 10-April 29 Richard Smith

image used for decoration only

HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. Sections -01 through -06 are Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO .WI

212-01 through -06 David Wight

The lecture portion of HIS 212-01 through -06 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 12:00-12:50.

10677 212-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
10678 212-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
10680 212-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
10682 212-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
10683 212-05 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
10684 212-06 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive

HIS 213 - Topics in American History: "Southern Women's History"

10707 MW 3:30-4:45 Mandy Cooper

What does southern history look like when women's experiences and actions are placed at the center? This course will seek to answer this question by exploring the history of women in the U.S. South from pre-colonial times to the present. Students will examine the changing experiences and expectations of southern women and how these experiences and expectations were continually shaped by the intersections of gender, race, and class. The course will pay particular attention to the subjects of women and slavery, the impact of the Civil War on gender relations, the changing meaning of race and class in women's lives, women's suffrage in the South, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO

HIS 217 - The World in the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)

image used for decoration only

10750 ONLINE Matthew Hintz

Political, social, and economic forces affecting Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 1900-1945.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 218 - The World since 1945

image used for decoration only

This class will examine global issues in the contemporary world, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will examine some of the important political, economic, social, and cultural changes of the second half of the twentieth century and how these changes have shaped the world we live in today.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS.

10752 TR 3:30-4:45 Susan Thomas
10631 ONLINE Jan. 13 - March 9 Brian Suttell

HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy

image used for decoration only

10753 TR 9:30-10:45 Ryan Goodman

Lying between the end of the western Roman Empire and the beginning of the early modern period, nearly a thousand years of history has become known as the middle ages. Often (mis)characterized as the “dark ages,” the middle ages were, in reality, a time of great change in politics, law, religion, culture, and social organization. This course provides a multifaceted and multidisciplinary survey of medieval history from approximately the fifth century to the fifteenth century, exploring all of those developments, while also practicing the methodological and historiographical tools necessary to be a medieval historian. The middle ages continue to have a great influence on modern society and popular culture too, and this medieval legacy will also be explored.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GPM.

HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

image used for decoration only

10754 TR 11:00-12:15 Peter Gengler

A survey of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the fall of the Berlin wall. Emphasis will be placed on the political culture and the emergence of the great ideological systems of the West (e.g., liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, nationalism, and fascism) as well as how the borders and boundaries of Europe have changed over the last two hundred years with respect to class, race, gender and the nation state.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

HIS 239 - The First America: Latin America 1492-1830

image used for decoration only

239-01 through -04 MW 10-10:50 and F 10-10:50 or 11-11:50 Maikel Fariñas Borrego

The origins of Latin America can be traced back to the bloody encounters between Indians, Africans, and Europeans. This course will explore the multiple impacts of the Iberian conquest and trace the creation and development of colonial societies to the struggles for independence. Our analysis will be organized into six historical periods: the first is Europe, Africa, and the Americas before Columbus, the second covers the conquest, then the early colonial period, followed by the late colonial period, the movements for independence, to conclude with an assessment of the legacies of the colonial era. Geographically, the focus of our course will be on the territories colonized by Spain and Portugal that eventually transformed into Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Cuba. We will pay particular attention to numerous themes such as empire and power relations, economic organization, religion, transculturation, social hierarchy, ethnic and race relations, and issues of gender and sexuality.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM.IGS.

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50.

10755 206-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10756 206-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
10758 206-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10759 206-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50

HIS 240 - (Dis)order and Progress: Latin America since 1810

image used for decoration only

10760 ONLINE
Maikel Fariñas Borrego

This course studies modern Latin American history since the period of independence to the present day. Latin America is divided into over twenty nations, but we will trace a variety of themes to approach the region as a whole rather than try to provide individual national histories. Our readings and online forum discussions will cover a wide array of topics. First, we will discuss the Iberian conquest and the colonial hierarchies to understand the antecedents of modern Latin America. Then we will focus on the period after independence, including the legacies from previous centuries, the forging of new nations, political alignments in the nineteenth and twentieth century, the rising of nationalisms, the revolutionary transformations, the Cold War confrontations in the region, migration patterns, and a brief incursion into the history of Latinos in the United States.Field: Wider World. Markers:.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 313 - The Viking Age

image used for decoration only

10761 MWF 10:00-10:50
Richard Barton

At the end of the 8th century CE, Scandinavian peoples erupted onto the historical stage in what has become known as the Viking diaspora. For the next several centuries, Scandinavian people interacted with settled cultures in Francia, Britain, the Baltic, and Eastern Europe through trade, raiding, and settlement. This course provides an examination of the Viking Age through a close examination of sources — both written and material — produced during this period. It first explores the nature of pre-migration Scandinavian life and culture, looking particularly at social structures, gender norms, religion and magic. It then moves to examine the dialectical relationship with Scandinavian peoples and the more 'settled' people of continental Europe; themes include the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity, Vikings voyages of discovery and settlement, and the heavy impact of Viking raids in Francia, Britain, and Eastern Europe.
Field: Europe.

image used for decoration onlyHIS 315 - Witchcraft and Magic in European History

10875 TR 11:00-12:15
Jodi Bilinkoff

You may have heard about the witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. But, did you realize that by that time tens of thousands of people, mostly women, had been tried and executed as witches throughout western Europe? In this course we will examine the intellectual, religious, legal, and social factors that led to a "Witch Craze" in the period between 1480 and 1700. Field: Europe. Marker: .WGS

image used for decoration only

HIS 322 - American Indian History: 1840 to the Present

10877 MWF 9:00-9:50 Arlen Hanson

Explores the history of American Indians in the area now encompassed by the United States from 1840 to the present.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GN

HIS 341 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story

image used for decoration only

10890 TR 12:30-1:45 Linda Rupert

This course introduces students to the fascinating, complex, and changing role of corsairs, buccaneers, and privateers in shaping the emerging colonial economies, societies, and cultures of the early modern Caribbean. Few historical actors have been so thoroughly romanticized — or so completely decontextualized — as Caribbean pirates. From the daring exploits of the French corsairs and the Elizabethan privateers in the 1500s, to the independent buccaneer communities of the 1600s, to the gruesome trials and hangings of pirate outlaws in the early 1700s, piracy was intricately woven into the history of the region.
Field: Wider World.

HIS 344 - The New South

image used for decoration only

10891 MW 3:30-4:45 Andy Bedingfield

This course examines the American South from 1865 to the present day. We will examine the multitude of different ways that southerners sought to make sense of, and attempt to shape, a period of immense turmoil and transformation. As we shall see, southerners held profound disagreements on what kind of society should be created in the wake of war and emancipation. This course will argue that such disagreements have never ended. From the Era of Reconstruction to the political realignment of the late Twentieth Century, we will cover southern themes of race, politics, culture, labor, religion, and economics.
Field: United States.

HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

image used for decoration only

This is a survey course. It spans more than 400 years of state history - from colonization to the present. It is American history with the spotlight on North Carolina. Objectives of the course include an examination of:

  • when, how, and why North Carolina developed as it did.
  • How its actions and reactions were similar or different from the other states.
  • How the development of its economic, social, and political structure determines present-day North Carolina with special emphasis on such topics as: a) the economy b) politics c) race relations.

Field: United States

10892 347-01 TR 2:00-3:15 Warren Milteer

10893 347-02 W 6:00-8:50 Speaking Intensive Section. Marker: .SI Christine Flood

HIS 349 - The World at War, 1939-1945

10895 TR 3:30-4:45 Mark Moser

Emphasis on the political systems responsible for the Second World War; military establishments that fought it, the populations that suffered it, and sociopolitical and cultural changes it brought about.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL

HIS 350 - American Immigration: Newcomers and Gatekeepers

10896 TR 12:30-1:45 Thomas Jackson

This new course examines a burning issue of our time through historical analysis of immigrant experience, immigration policy, and nativist movements for immigration restriction since 1880. We will analyze and compare immigrants' opportunities and struggles in relation to the political and economic context of U.S. and world capitalism and communism. The first two weeks will be devoted to understanding the recent history of today's immigration policy impasse. Then we will plunge into past contests over Asian, Southern, and Eastern European immigration and restriction at the turn of the 20th century, 1880-1924. Historical understanding of the transformation of U.S. society and culture through a revolution in immigration policy in the 1960s will inform the second unit. A third unit will be student-organized: a set of "past and present" comparisons across a continuum of student research interests. This part will have a strong collaborative research component, allowing subgroups of students to research and debate changes and continuities over time in immigrant experiences and anti-immigrant political culture. Ultimately, immigration debates provide a window into shifting cultural assumptions about American national identity, citizenship, and who belongs in the circle of "We the People." Has the United States been a melting pot that transforms immigrants, a mosaic of separate ethnicities, a mestizo nation that blends and mixes traditions, or a nation repeatedly and profoundly at odds with itself over the prospects for national decline or national renewal through immigration?
Field: United States.

HIS 378 - Russia Since 1900

image used for decoration only

10897 MW 6:30-7:45 Travis Byrd

Since 1900, Russo-Soviet history has been as deceptively multi-layered as a matryoshka doll; it was more than just Lenin or Stalin, Gorbachev or Putin. This course will explore the complexities of Russian history —social and political— from late tsarism through the advent of the current regime. A cultural approach will be used to plumb topics as diverse as gender, ethnicity, environmental history, and the experience of the average RKKA soldier in the Great Patriotic War. We will also consider the major personalities and their influence on the rise, shape, and eventual demise of the Soviet Union. Stalinism and the Cold War will be topics of particular scrutiny, as will Western attitudes toward Russia since the revolutions of 1917. Finally, the role of memory, myth, and propaganda in creating a distinct Russo-Soviet identity in the period will be considered throughout the semester. Field: Wider World.

HIS 390 - History Internship

image used for decoration only

Anne Parsons

Field learning experience in public or applied history. Academic supervision provided by job supervisor. Assigned reading and written reports. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of Director of Public History. Written permission needed to register. Contact Anne Parsons for information.

HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods

Writing and Research Intensive. Prerequisites: History major or minor and completion of all 200-level requirements for the major.

This is a required course for all history majors (except social studies concentration candidates who complete HIS 430 for research methods). It serves as a prerequisite for the capstone course in the major. Students in the course address a variety of research problems in history using different sources and methods in preparation for HIS 411. Formal goals include: analyzing varieties of primary and secondary source materials; designing a project focus; finding and evaluating appropriate sources; learning citation methods; understanding how historiography can guide us to significant questions and methods.
Marker: .WI.RI.

image used for decoration only

10898 391-01 TR 2:00-3:15 
Jodi Bilinkoff 

The Age of Reformations, 1500-1700: When the German monk Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses against the sale of indulgences in 1517 he set off a chain of events that would shatter the unified Christian culture of Western Europe. Over the next two hundred years Europeans of all backgrounds would struggle with a dizzying array of issues related to faith to be sure, but also, politics, education, gender roles, economics, war, artistic expression, and individual and group identities. In this course we will first briefly trace the history of the Protestant Reformation and the ways in which Catholics responded to this new challenge. Then students will take on projects focusing on the experiences and works of individuals who lived in Europe and its colonies in the period roughly between 1500 and 1700. Over the course of the semester they will learn skills critical to carrying out historical research and writing, including ways of analyzing primary and secondary sources, how to design a project and develop a thesis, citation methods for notes and bibliographies, and strategies for composing clear and compelling prose.

image used for decoration only

10899 391-02 MW 3:30-4:45 
Maikel Fariñas Borrego 

A People's History of U.S.-Latin American Relations: This course will help you to develop a set of skills that are crucial for all history majors. The skills learned in this course will contribute to your success in upper division classes–especially the capstone course. In Historical Skills and Methods, you will be asked to think historically, to sharpen your investigation and writing skills, to make arguments, and to support them with evidence. You will learn to elaborate research questions, to analyze primary sources, to evaluate the arguments made in secondary sources, and to write research results into analytical papers. Thematically, this course offers a bottom up view of U.S.-Latin American Relations and pays attention to the encounters of ordinary people from Anglo America and Latin America. A People's History of U.S.-Latin American Relations looks beyond government to government interactions and diplomatic history.

image used for decoration only

HIS 392 - The Holocaust: History and Meaning

10901 TR 2:00-3:15
Peter Gengler

The Holocaust is central to our political, moral, and cultural world in twenty-first century America. Yet the Holocaust still confounds efforts to understand the perpetrators' motivations and the victims' experiences. How did "ordinary" Germans respond to the Nazi regime? Why did special units commit murder so efficiently and ruthlessly? What role did other countries—the US and the Soviet Union—play? In this course we will study the origins and implementation of the Holocaust, and the challenge this event poses to the study of history. Among the topics to be covered are the centrality of the "Jewish Question" and the long history of anti-Semitism in Germany; the role of the Holocaust within the larger context of World War II in Europe; and debates about Germany's aims. We will pay close attention to how the Holocaust has been remembered and memorialized and how memory aids and differs from the work of professional historians.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL.

HIS 403 -- African American History Selected Topics: "From Blaxploitation to the Birth of the B-Boy: Black Popular Culture in the 1970s"

image used for decoration only

10918 W 4:00-6:50
Watson Jennison

The 1970s witnessed an explosion of black popular culture unseen since the Harlem Renaissance of a half century before. A product of the economic, political, and social transformations that shaped black life in this critical decade, black art, both high and low, represented the voice of a people articulating their distinctive vision of American identity. This course will examine the history of black popular culture as well as the context and controversies connected to its creation. In addition to the rise of black artists in music, television, and film, this course will explore other topics such as Afrofuturism, black theater and literature, and the birth of hip hop.
Marker: .ADS. Field: United States

HIS 411B - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany, 1933-1945"

image used for decoration only

10920 R 4:00-6:50
Peter Gengler

Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.
Field: Europe

Modern Germany is a nation rooted in a traumatic past that continues to reverberate. Tourists to Berlin pose before the Brandenburg Gate, where the Iron Curtain between a democratic West and communist East divided a nation for more than four decades. Walking a few paces, they can see the Bundestag, where politicians commemorate the victims of the dictatorship. Just a little further, visitors encounter the moving "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe," located in the heart of the erstwhile capital of the Third Reich. A stone's throw from this prominent symbol of contrition was the bunker of the architect of this genocide and cataclysmic war that left Europe divided, and who continues to cast such a long shadow: Adolf Hitler. Who was this man that led a fringe political faction born in Munich beer halls to the most potent political force in a shattering democracy? Why did millions of Germans flock to its banners? How did National Socialism seek to remake the social and racial order of Germany, Europe, and the world? How did two Germanys emerge from the ruins of defeat, and contend with their toxic legacy? This course will provide a broad overview of the history of Nazi Germany, the various interpretations historians formulated to explain Nazism, and contemplate how Germans have long struggled to cope with their dark past. With an emphasis on primary sources and representative secondary readings, students will meet in seminars to discuss the materials. The goal of the course is to prepare students for a capstone project, an original analytical research paper based on critical examination of the materials and analysis of primary sources dealing with a relevant aspect of the history of Nazi Germany.

HIS 411C - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "Town and Country in the Medieval Islamic World"

10921 W 4:00-6:50
Asa Eger

At a time when western Europe was cut off from the rest of the Mediterranean world in a post-Roman insular "Dark Ages," the Medieval Islamic world, from the 8th to 12th centuries reached a thriving pinnacle of civilization. The Islamic lands included a complex system of cities and subsidiary towns, innovative new agricultural and industrial technologies, and far-flung trading networks from the Mediterranean Sea to East Asia. It is precisely the unifying force and openness of Islamic culture superimposed over these vastly different geographies from Spain to Central Asia that allowed for an expansive yet inter-connected framework of economic and social exchanges. Over the course of several stages, you will produce a final research paper on a topic of your choosing which draws upon a synthesis of your historical and archaeological research with secondary sources. No prior knowledge of Islamic history is required for the course. Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.
Field: Wider World

HIS 414 - Topics in World History: "The Global Cold War"

image used for decoration only

10922 MW 2:00-3:15
David Wight

This course explores the global roots and consequences of the Cold War. While the two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, were important leaders in this global struggle, myriad countries from across the world contributed to the start, prolongation, and resolution of the conflict. Furthermore, many of the consequences of the Cold War, particularly its "hot wars," were larger imposed upon societies within the Third World. This course will thus look at the superpowers, allied nations, and non-aligned countries to present a truly global understanding of the defining geopolitical struggle of the second half of the 20th century. Field: Wider World. Crosslisted with HIS 514.

HIS 422 - Early American History Selected Topics: "Race in Native America"

image used for decoration only

10925 TR 3:30-4:45
Warren Milteer

This course will explore the connection between race and the history of Native America. Students will investigate the ways that the concept of race impacted indigenous Americans and shaped their destinies. We will focus on the ways that Native communities rejected and embraced racial hierarchies and how these decisions supported and disrupted long-held ideas about family, kinship, nation, and social belonging. The class will also focus on the legacies of these decisions and their impacts on present-day Native peoples and their neighbors.
Field: United States. Crosslisted with HIS 522.

HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers

10926 MW 2:00-3:15 
Lisa Tolbert

Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, HIS 316, and one other 300-level History elective for a total of 9 s.h.. or permission of instructor.

HIS 430 is an introduction to historical thinking and the research process designed to address these historical methods content standards for all social studies licensure candidates. The state of North Carolina requires that teacher candidates must demonstrate depth of content knowledge in "the process of critical inquiry in history and the social sciences used to examine change over time and develop historical perspectives," including: identifying and framing a problem, using primary and secondary resources, evaluating the credibility of sources, putting sources into historical context, investigating, interpreting, and analyzing multiple viewpoints, clearly and effectively articulating conclusions. The ultimate goal of the course is to understand the creative process of research within the discipline of history.

HIS 446 - American Cultural History Selected Topics: "Thinking Visually about American History"

10927 MW 3:30-4:45
Lisa Tolbert

The historians you will encounter in this course all use some form of visual evidence in their work, from objects to art to photographs and more. How can objects open up new ways of studying and interpreting the past? What is the difference between studying the history of objects and reading objects as evidence to interpret the past? Doing history from things has the potential to change historical narratives in significant ways. The ultimate goal of the course is to apply the methods we study to write an object-based history on a topic of your choice.
Field: United States. Crosslisted with HIS 546.

image used for decoration only

HIS 469 - African History and Cultures through Film

taught in English and cross-listed with LLC 568, Cybelle McFadden

10930 T 4:00-6:50
Colleen Kriger

In this course we analyze the multiple mappings of 'race,' gender, class, and sexuality in recent Francophone Cinema. Along the way, we examine Africa's precolonial and colonial histories, struggles for independence, and the legacies of these histories in the current post-colonial period. Focusing on the ways in which Africa and Africans have been portrayed in a variety of film genres takes us directly into issues of content — that is, messages conveyed in film about Africa and Africans — and the ways in which those messages are conveyed in order to decode them. Thus we will be identifying stereotypes about Africa in film, and discussing where those stereotypes have come from, in what forms they persist over time, and how politically aware and engaged filmmakers have responded to them. What are the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural forces at play in the production of African films and in their content? What are the challenges of imagining Africa on its own terms and not in relation to the West, especially the former colonial power? How are interactions with the West negotiated? Finally, we will consider how some films and their circulation may change perceptions of Africa both from within and outside the continent. All films will be subtitled in English.
Field: Wider World. Crosslisted with HIS 469 and LLC 568.

CAS home banner
Giving Banner
Facebook Instagram
Connect with us!