Upcoming Courses

Course Highlights for Spring 2014

For a complete schedule of courses, see the Spring 2014 Time Schedule for History, Ancient and Medieval History, History of the Americas, Modern European History, and History of Asia.

HIST 113 Europe and the Modern World

A survey of European history from the 17th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on reading and analyzing primary sources. Read more...

HIST 151 Introduction to African History, 1000-1880

This course will introduce students to major themes in the history of precolonial Africa, from about c. 1000 through the establishment of European colonial rule across much of the continent by the close of the nineteenth century. Read more...

HIST 340 The Cold War: Realities, Myths, Legacies

Offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the Cold War (1947-1991), a global conflict, with political cultural, and military tensions between two post-World War II superpowers: the United States and its "Western" allies, and the USSR and its "Eastern" allies. Attention given to diplomatic, military, and cultural ramifications. Read more...

HSTAA 282 History of Mexico: Culture, Identity, and the Politics of Rule from the Aztecs to the Present

Overview of Mexican history from late Aztec times until the twenty-first century. Emphasizes how women, campesinos, indigenous populations, free and enslaved Afro-Mexicans, and the urban poor experienced the past, challenged colonial and post-colonial rule, and shaped modern Mexican society and culture. Read more...

HSTAA 313 African Americans in the American West

Explores pre-1848 Spanish-speaking black settlers, slavery, post-civil war migration, buffalo soldiers. 19th and 20th century black urban settlers, World War II migration, the civil rights movement in the West, the interaction of African Americans with other people of color. Particular focus on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Read more...

HSTAA 353 Class, Labor, and American Capitalism

The history of workers and class formation form early industrialization to the present. Emphasizes the interaction of class with race, ethnicity, gender, and political culture within the context of American economic development. Explores the role of unions, labor politics, and radical movements. Read more...

HSTAA 365 Culture, Politics, and Film in Twentieth Century America

Explores relationship between film and twentieth century U.S. cultural, social, and political history. Examines the ways that films responded to, participated in, and helped shape understandings of modernity, national identity, political power, race and ethnic relations, gender, and crises such as economic depression and war. Read more...

HSTAA 432 History of Washington and the Pacific Northwest

Exploration and settlement; economic development; growth of government and social institutions; statehood. Focuses primarily on the three American states of Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, with additional attention to British Columbia, Alaska, western Montana, and California, from the mid-18th through the 20th century. Read more...

HSTAM 333 Late Middle Ages

Disintegration of the medieval order under the impact of the national state, the secularization of society, and the decline of the church. Movements of reform and revolution. The culture of late gothic Europe. Read more...

HSTAS 211 History of Chinese Civilization

Intensive survey of Chinese civilization from earliest times to today. Introduces all students, including East Asian history majors, to the general sweep of Chinese history. Social, cultural, and intellectual developments.

HSTAS 221 History of Southeast Asia

Surveys Southeast Asian civilizations at the outset of Western colonial rule; the colonial impact on the traditional societies of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines; nineteenth- and twentieth-century nationalist and revolutionary movements; emergence of Southeast Asia as a region in the modern world. Read more...

HSTEU 422 The French Revolution and Napoleon: 1789-1815

Transformation of France under the Revolution of 1789; the Reign of Terror and Napoleon; the impact of the revolution and Napoleon upon Europe. Read more...

HSTEU 444 Imperial Russia: 1700-1900

This course provides an overview of Russian Imperial History from the late 17th century to the Revolutions of 1917. Read more...

HSTEU 474 England in the Nineteenth Century

Political, social, and cultural development; the agrarian, industrial, and French revolutions; the rise of parliamentary democracy; the Victorian age; political thought from utilitarianism to Fabianism; Irish home rule. Read more...