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COURSES

Fall 2019 Course Descriptions
100-400 Level

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


HIS 101-01 - The Contemporary World

80004 MWF 10:00-10:50
Jeff Jones

This course explores the historical background behind major issues of the contemporary world, including: colonialism/decolonization; the Cold War and other global conflicts; genocide; religious fundamentalism; and the role of women.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GN


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HIS 203-01 - History of Africa to 1870

80005 TR 9:30-10:45
Colleen Kriger

What is civilization? This course examines the variety of African civilizations throughout the continent, from ancient times up to the 19th century, and how closer study of African history has prompted scholars to revise the way "civilization" is defined. We will focus on ancient civilizations in Africa, the empires and city-states of the Islamic period, and the rise of trade with Europe, especially the Atlantic slave trade and its effects on African societies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS .GHP .GN .GPM.


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HIS 206-01 - "AfroEurasia to 1650"

206-01 TR 8:00-9:15
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.


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HIS 206-02 - "History of Christianity to 1648"

80007 206-02 online
Anderson Rouse

This course explores the history of Christianity until the end of the Thirty Years War. We will discuss the earliest history of Christianity, focusing on its religious, cultural, and historical context; the development of Christianity in the Roman World; Christianity after Constantine; Christianity in Medieval Europe; Christianities in Africa, Asia, and the Levant, after 500 CE (including Coptic Christianity and Eastern Orthodoxy); and the Protestant Reformation and the European wars of religion in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GL .GPM.


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HIS 206-03 - "Mediterranean World"

80008 206-03 online
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: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GL .GPM.


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HIS 207-01 and -02 - "Islamic Civilization, 900-1200 C.E."

80209 207-01 TR 9:30-10:45
80210 207-02 TR 3:30-4:45
Asa Eger

In the middle of the seventh century, Arab tribes coalesced and emerged from the Arabian Peninsula, conquering an enormous expanse of territory that reached from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the deserts of India in less than one hundred years. In the following centuries, Islamic civilization took shape, a dynamic process framed by Islamic ideals yet influenced by the many cultures this civilization embraced. The products of this civilization included magnificent monuments, extensive works of literature and science, far-flung trade routes that connected to east Asia, and new agricultural and technological innovations. This course will familiarize students with the history of the rise and spread of Islamic civilization as a complex and interdependent process that occurred throughout the Near East, North Africa, Spain, and Central Asia. We contextualize this process in the world before Islam and the rise of the Prophet Muhammad at the start of the seventh century and continue until the time of the Crusaders at the end of twelfth century. 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 .GN .GPM .IGS.


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HIS 208-01 - "Revolutions in Modern World History"

80212 TR 11:00-12:15
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.


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HIS 208-02 - "Social History of Medicine and Disease"

80216 TR 9:30-10:45 Caitlin Saraphis

Getting sick is a universal human experience. Regardless of time, place, or culture, we all know what it's like to be ill. But the meaning we ascribe to those illnesses and the ways we attempt to heal ourselves have varied greatly over time. In this class, we will investigate how ideas about medicine and disease have been constructed over time, how those ideas have been used to enforce or undercut social norms, and what impact that has had on our modern understandings of science, medicine, and wellness.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GMO .GN .IGS.


HIS 209-01 - "Women in Modern World History"

80215 209-01 online
Lynda Kellam

This course will introduce students to major themes in the study of women and gender in world history since 1750. Students will learn how to analyze a variety of primary sources and evaluate historical debates. They will consider how looking at women and gender changes our understanding of major topics in world history and sheds light on contemporary global politics.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GMO .GN .IGS


HIS 209-02 - "Topics in Latin American History"

85164 209-02 MWF 12:00-12:50
Maikel Farinas Borrego

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


HIS 210-01 through -05 - "Human Rights in Modern World History"

MW 10:00-10:50 and F 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50
Mark Elliott

This course provides a conceptual and historical introduction to the idea of human rights, surveying major developments in the advocacy of human rights around the globe from 1760 to the present. Focusing on a selection of important events, historical figures, and international issues of global significance, this course explores human rights in international law, transnational movements, and global causes. By understanding how claims of "humanity" arise from grassroots struggles, this course will widen the historical inquiry on this topic from a World, rather than Eurocentric, perspective. The concept of "human rights" has not remained static over time; it has been a contested idea and the subject of debate and disagreement among its advocates as well as its detractors. Placing the debates around, and the uses of, "human rights" in historical context will be the main endeavor of this course.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GL

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

80217 210-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
80220 210-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
84883 210-05 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50


HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

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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

211-01 through -04 Watson Jennison

The lecture portion of HIS 211-01 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.

80223 211-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
80224 211-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
80225 211-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
80226 211-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
80227 211-05 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
80228 211-06 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive

HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

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General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO.

80244 212-01 MWF 8:00-8:50 Ashley Loper
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO

80245 212-02 TR 11:00-12:15 Kaitlyn Williams
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO

80246 212-03 MW 3:30-4:45 Ethan Roy
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO

84665 212-04 MWF 1:00-1:50 Mandy Cooper
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO


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HIS 213-01 - Topics in American History: "Sex, Race, and Family"

80247 MW 2:00-3:15 Warren Milteer

This course will explore the history of sex and family across racial boundaries from the colonial period to the present. Students will investigate the ways communities and governments sought to divide people through racial categorization and how those divisions challenged individuals' abilities to build relationships. We will focus on the impact of discrimination against couples as well as the impact prohibitions on sex and marriage across racial boundaries had on the children of mixed couples. The course will also explore the ways people fought back against lawmakers and community members who attempted to deem their relationships illegitimate.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO


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HIS 213-02 - Topics in American History: "The Depression and World War II"

80248 TR 6:30-7:45 p.m.Travis Byrd

The era of the Depression and the Second World War was the most intensely formative in modern American history, and in this period the South was "the Nation's No. 1 economic problem," as Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in 1938. The region was a bellwether of changes occurring across the United States. While national in scope, this course will therefore use the South as one specific lens through which to analyze larger trends and issues. We will range from the origins of the Depression to the New Deal and then the global emergency of the Second World War. We will examine postwar reconversion - a time that was certainly not "the best days of our lives" for those who experienced the upheaval of the former home front. Throughout, a cultural approach will be used to investigate the socioeconomics and politics of class, gender, and race in America from the late-1920s to the mid-1940s. Military history will be a key aspect of this course, too, as will international relations.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO


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HIS 216-01 - Civilizations of Asia II

80249 Online
Joseph Ross

Impact of West on Asia and Asia's response; development of nationalism and Communism. Focus is on India, China, and Japan in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GMO .GN .IGS


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

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

80250 217-01 ONLINE Mark Moser

80251 217-02 ONLINE Matthew Hintz


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HIS 218 - The World since 1945

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

80252 218-01 TR 9:30-10:45 David Wight

80253 218-02 TR 3:30-4:45 Susan Thomas

81202 218-11 online (restricted to distance students, last half of Fall semester)Brian Suttell

85340 218-12 online (restricted to distance students, last half of Fall semester)Brian Suttell


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HIS 220-01 - The Ancient World

80254 TR 12:30-1:45
Stephen Ruzicka

Early civilizations: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman to Reign of Constantine.
Field: Europe. Markers: .ARC .GHP .GPM.


HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789

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222-01 through -04 Jodi Bilinkoff

Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GL .GPM

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.

80255 222-01 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
80256 222-02 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50
84804 222-04 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50


HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

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80289 TR 5:00-6:15 Chris Davis

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

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80290 Online
Maikel Farinas Borrego

This course introduces the the political, social, and cultural history of Latin America since independence. The survey addresses such themes as dictatorship and democracy; sovereignty and imperialism; revolution and social transformation; race relations; and the evolution of export economics, and explores the historical roots of the region's perennial struggles with inequality and foreign exploitation.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GMO .GN .IGS


HIS 301 - Race and Slavery

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80291 MW 2:00-3:15
Watson Jennison

An examination of the African-American experience from ancient to modern times, including precolonial Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, slavery in the Americas with special emphasis on the United States before the Civil War.
Field: United States. Markers: .ADS .GMO


HIS 308 - Navigating World History

80292 TR 9:30-10:45
Steven Ruzicka

Pr. Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor

Introduction to and overview of world history, ca. 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Prepares Social Studies Licensure majors to teach world history at the middle grades and high school level.
Field: Wider World.


HIS 309 - Unity and Unrest in Medieval Towns

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80293 TR 11:00-12:15
Richard Barton

This course explores medieval urban culture through examination of the lives, values, religious beliefs, conflicts and historical roles of town-dwellers, some of whom include nobles, bishops, friars, merchants, artisans, women, servants, slaves, criminals, students, and the poor. We will also investigate the role of the town itself as a social, political, and cultural force in the broader arena of medieval history. In that sense, a major theme of this course will be the ways in which townspeople came to define their particular urban communities. We will find that because of their relatively high population density, medieval urban communities were especially interested in attaining moral, political and social unity. They craved harmony, and attempted to achieve that harmony both by encouraging the formation of certain groups and activities (guilds, confraternities, civic festivals) and by defining their community in specific ways, ways that came to include certain individuals and exclude others (the poor, certain women, slaves, heretics, and so forth). We will thus be interested in some of the following questions: Who belonged to the urban community? Who did not? What ceremonies and rituals served to promote communal identity? In what ways, and for what reasons, did medieval cities come to be increasingly more tightly defined, and thereby more susceptible to excluding "other" groups? Answers to these and other questions will come from analysis of medieval urban notions of class, gender, "nationality", and morality, as well as from consideration of regional variation in the medieval urban experience (particularly between Italy and Northern Europe).
Field: Europe. Markers: .GL


HIS 316 - Interpreting American History

80294 TR 12:30-1:45
Thomas Jackson

Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor

Examination of a broad variety of primary source evidence and historiographical methods for studying the American past from the colonial era through the twentieth century.
Field: United States.


HIS 329-01 - U.S. Women's History Since 1865

84667 MWF 10:00-10:50
Mandy Cooper

A history of women in the U.S. since the Civil War. Topics include women's activism, labor, reproduction, public policy, race and class inequalities, and contemporary women's issues.
Field: United States.


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HIS 333 - American Indian History to 1840

80333 MWF 9:00-9:50
Arlen Hanson

This course will be a survey of the history of First Peoples in the area now encompassed by the United States. Our analysis will begin with the first settlers--16,000+ years before the present--and conclude with the era of Indian Removal (1830s CE). This class is not a survey of European, and later American, engagements and interactions with Native Americans. Rather it seeks to assess the history of American Indians from their perspective and experience. In order to do this, students will be introduced to the field of Ethnohistory, in which our historical endeavors make use of the methods and insights of anthropology and archaeology, as well as traditional historical methods. Among the important themes and topics of this course with regard to First Peoples will be gender, slavery, pan-Indianism, and the environment.
Field: Wider World.


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HIS 336 - The Age of Democratic Revolution, 1764-1789

80344 MW 5:00-6:15
Richard Smith

The politics, social structure, warfare, and ideology of the American Revolution set against the background of early modern European thought and modern American constitutional development. Field: United States. Marker: .GMO


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HIS 340 - The United States since World War II

80335 TR 12:30-1:45
David Wight

With the end of World War II, Americans celebrated the defeat of fascism and a return to peacetime and a booming economy. In short order, however, new challenges and opportunities arose for the United States at home and abroad. In the following decades, Americans debated and acted upon these issues. The Democratic and Republican parties struggled over the direction of the country's political programs, with visions that ranged from Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society to Reaganomics. Activists contested the legal, social, and cultural standing of racial minorities, women, and the environment. And Americans grappled with how to wield US power abroad during the Cold War and the Global War on Terror. This course will look at these major events and the debates Americans had within them.
Field: United States.


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HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

80336 347-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Christine Flood
(Speaking Intensive Section) Marker: .SI.

80337 347-02 TR 3:30-4:45 Robert Bedingfield

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.


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HIS 348 - The World at War 1914-1918

80342 TR 3:30-4:45
Mark Moser

Origins, course, and impact of the First World War. Emphasis on political, social, and cultural as well as military perspectives.
Field: Europe.


HIS 369 - History of Spain

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80344 MWF 11:00-11:50
Jodi Bilinkoff

In the period between 1450 and 1700 a previously poor and isolated region of Europe emerged as a dominant political, military and cultural force. In this, its "Golden Age," Spain conquered and colonized the largest empire since the days of the Romans, dominated much of Europe, declared itself the leader of the Catholic faith, and dazzled the world with its accomplishments in art, music, literature and spiritual expression. It also grappled with intense problems of poverty, urban sprawl, racism, religious intolerance and seemingly endless wars, on both sides of the Atlantic. In this course we examine primary texts (in English translation) from the Hispanic world in the Age of Empire, and listen to the voices of people caught up in the triumphs and struggles of this complex and fascinating society.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GPM.


HIS 380 - Topics in Near/Middle East: "Unearthing Islam's Past: Art, Archaeology, and History"

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80345 TR 12:30-1:45 
Asa Eger

This course will survey the monuments, material culture, and settlements left behind of the Islamic world from Morocco to the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. We will begin in the 7th century and continue through the Late Antique, Medieval, and Early Modern periods until the early 20th century. We will study Islamic lands through archaeology. Beyond understanding Islamic history through its physical past, we will closely examine the relationship between archaeological and historical practice, observing how archaeological evidence complements or diverges from what we consider as 'history,' and how, as archaeologists and historians, we can broaden our perspectives and utilize other categories of evidence as tools to learning history.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ARC .IGS


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HIS 389 - West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade

80346 TR 2:00-3:15
Colleen Kriger

How, why, and when did trade between Europeans and Africans along Africa's western coast become a trade in slaves across the Atlantic to the Americas? This course examines the history of this trade, how it was organized and carried out on the African side of the Atlantic, and how the slave trade and its abolition affected African societies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS .GHP .GN .IGS


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HIS 390 - History Internship

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.


HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods

80363 391-01 TR 3:30-4:45 Thomas Jackson

85165 391-02 MW 5:00-6:15 Maikel Farinas Borrego

Writing and Research Intensive. Restricted to history majors.

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.
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HIS 411A - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "Crisis to Crisis: Cold War, Race, Vietnam, and Urban Revolts, 1962-1968"

80456 M 4:00-6:50
Thomas Jackson
Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisite: HIS 391.

These are in many ways the first years of our time, when the U.S. lurched from crisis to crisis. Many groups were inspired by the struggles of African Americans to assert equal participation in democracy. New media of communications helped revolutionize politics, race, sexuality, and women's sense of their possibilities. Movements pressured, Presidents proposed, and Congress passed the most far reaching civil rights and voting rights laws since Reconstruction. They reformed a restrictive immigration system and initiated a multi-pronged War on Poverty. Federal courts struck down laws and widened citizens' rights to everything from contraception to public protest. Leaders stepped up to the brink of nuclear war in 1962, and led the nation into a seemingly intractable quagmire in Vietnam. A broad anti-war protest movement challenged that war. Over two hundred racial uprisings challenged elites to provide economic opportunity for all and reform violent police forces. A conservative backlash gained force behind slogans of "law and order." Students will write an original research paper which engages relevant historical writing and interprets the discordant voices of the time in historical context.
Field: United States. Markers: .WI .SI.


HIS 411B - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "The End of the Roman Empire"

80457 T 4:00-6:50
Stephen Ruzicka

Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisite: HIS 391.

Why did the Roman Empire fall? The best answer is that it didn't, at least not until the 15th century when the continuous line of Roman emperors came to an end. But the Roman Empire did undergo changes in so many ways in the 4th and 5th centuries that the perception of failure and fall is understandable. What were these changes? What was responsible for them? Why was the Roman world receptive or vulnerable to change? What kind of new society did all the changes produce? To answer these questions, this course investigates the establishment of Christianity and the end of paganism in the Roman Empire, the impact of the foundation of Constantinople as an eastern capital, the settlement within the Roman Empire of many Germanic peoples and the resulting transformations of Roman government, society, and culture, and the military and economic reforms that sought to deal with new conditions. After examining relevant primary source material and representative secondary works, students will choose a research topic and produce an analytical paper focusing on a particular aspect of "the end of the Roman Empire" story.
Field: Europe. Markers: .WI .SI.


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HIS 411C - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "Early Caribbean"

80458 MW 2:00-3:15
Linda Rupert

Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisite: HIS 391.

Columbus's arrival in the Caribbean in October 1492 was one of the most consequential blunders in human history - and it has been interpreted in markedly different ways over the past 500 years. During the first weeks of this course we will closely read a range of primary documents that document the impact of Europeans' conquest, settlement, and transformation of the region. We will pay particular attention to the limitations and changing interpretations of the sources that are available to us, as well as to the useful information and insights they give us across time. Each student will then identify and delve into a selection of appropriate primary sources related to a specific theme in early Caribbean history. The capstone project is to write an original research paper based on a careful reading and critical analysis of these sources, with reference to how different historians have interpreted the material.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .WI .SI.


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HIS 414 - World History Topics: "Oral Traditions and Oral History"

84463 W 4:00-6:50
Colleen Kriger

This course is an introduction to 'orality' - oral primary sources in and for history, the nature of those sources, and how they are to be gathered, analyzed, and interpreted for historical research. Hence this course is about historical methods and historical methodology and is not restricted to any particular geographical area or time period. Students will be engaged in the very practical matters of research design and procedures, as well as the theoretical implications and issues raised when using oral primary courses of various kinds. Along the way, we will develop a greater awareness of and appreciation for the history of history itself. We will also be examining literacy more critically. Why do we tend to believe what is written, even if it is speculation or hearsay? Why are we oftentimes 'graphocentric' - valuing written over oral communication? Why would a society prefer to remain oral and reject literacy?
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS .IGS


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HIS 424 - 20th Century U.S. History: "U.S.-Middle East Relations"

80459 TR 3:30-4:45
David Wight

This course is centered on two key questions: how did relations between the United States and the Middle East, which were largely peripheral to each other's interests and concerns at the end of the 18th century, change to become so important and intertwined in the present, and what have been the consequences of this process of interaction and change? While the questions are simple, the answers are rich and complex, involving issues that include military and geopolitical power, economic interests, culture, religion, ideology, transnational communities, and historical memory.
Field: United States


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HIS 443 - Historic Preservation: Principles and Practices

84840 W 9:00-11:50
Jo Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture)

This seminar is designed to provide students with an overview of how historic preservation philosophy has evolved since the nineteenth century and to encourage Interior Architecture and History students (and those in related disciplines) to develop well-informed personal philosophies and approaches to making decisions about the historic built environment within the broad context of historic preservation. To achieve this purpose, students participate in a series of discussions based on assigned weekly readings. Further, each student selects a relevant topic to investigate and develop as a research project throughout the semester. The individual research projects will be developed into polished, illustrated papers formatted in Adobe InDesign software. Outstanding briefs will be included in the Historic Dimension Series (a student online publication series).


HIS 440 - Principles and Practices of Teaching History

80460 MW 2:00-3:15
Lisa Tolbert
Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, 316, and one other 300-level History elective for a total of 9 s.h., or permission of instructor.

This course is especially designed for students who are concentrating in social studies and plan to engage in teaching as a career. As an aspiring educator, how will you instill in your students a sense of the value and relevance of thinking historically in the 21st century? How do people learn history? Is there something distinctive about learning history compared to learning other academic subjects? This course will introduce you to the growing scholarship that addresses the distinctive challenges of teaching and learning history as both a subject and a discipline.


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HIS 444 - Early Modern Europe: "Cities and Their Dwellers, 1400-1700: From Paupers to Patricians (and Everyone In-Between)"

80461 MW 3:30-4:45
Jodi Bilinkoff

The period following the end of the Middle Ages was an age of demographic growth, economic expansion, and cultural flourishing throughout western Europe, especially in its urban centers. Indeed, it is hard to think of Shakespeare apart from his London, or Michelangelo without Florence. Scholars have identified the cities of early modern Europe as the sites of innovations as varied and significant as the invention of the printing press, the administration of overseas empires, the Protestant Reformation, the emergence of modern banking, and the Scientific Revolution. In this course we will explore these and other aspects of urban life in Europe between roughly 1400 and 1700. In the process we will encounter some famous political and religious leaders, intellectuals, and artists, as well as the ordinary men and women who constructed the walls and buildings, prepared food, kept legal records, raised children, policed crime, and delivered the goods and services of every sort that kept cities functioning. We will inquire, as well, whether all social groups benefitted equally from the urban experience. In addition to readings in common, each student will choose a city to research for written and oral reports due at the end of the semester.
Field: Europe.


HIS 451-01 - Gender and History: "Women and Politics in U.S. History"

84668 MW 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Mandy Cooper

This course examines the history of women's involvement in politics in the United States from the founding to the present. Women of all ethnicities, races, classes, and sexualities have always been involved in politics through a wide range of political activities - as citizens, voters, activists. This course will examine women's historical role in the political process, the different ways that women have engaged as political actors (even when disenfranchised), and the issues that became defined as women's issues.
Field: United States.


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