Upcoming Courses

Course Highlights for Winter 2016

HSTAM 112: Medieval World

Political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages.

HSTAA 231: Race and American History

What is race? How has it shaped American history? From Thomas Jefferson, colonial dispossession, and chattel slavery to Barack Obama, immigration debates, and #BlackLivesMatter, this new course will open your eyes to the enduring power of race in American history.

HSTAA 331: American Indian History Part 1

Once relegated to the margins of U.S. history, American Indian histories have emerged as important narratives in their own right and central components to the stories we tell about our own states, regions, and nation. For generations, American Indians have pushed their own priorities and been crucial historical actors in the making of the United States long before this nation came into existence. This course examines the histories of indigenous peoples of North America from their perspective.

HSTAA 337: Holocaust and American Life

In most accounts, “the Holocaust” is told as a European story, but it was also a transatlantic story. Incorporates film, literature, journalism, social scientific writing, diaries, court cases, and other primary sources to examine how events in Europe affected and were affected by developments in United States history.

HSTAS 264: Violence, Myth and Memory

Explores how images and ideas of power, violence, and global modernity circulate in memories and discourses abut US relations with Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Topics include foundations myths, colonial and postcolonial encounters, historiography and narrative, and nationalist and ethnic identity formations.

HSTAS 254: China in the 20th Century

Surveys Chinese history from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. Examines how "modern China" took shape by focusing on transformations and changes in the political system, economic structure, social organization, and intellectual trends.

HSTEU 234: Nazi Germany

Introduces students to the social, political, and cultural history of Germany leading to and during the National Socialist era from 1933-1945. Through the lens of Germany social history, studies the rise of fascism and genocide, and how the German case can inform other historical studies.

HSTEU 272: London: Hub of Empire

Over five centuries, Britain amassed the largest and most diverse empire in world history.  London was the nerve center of this vast enterprise. This course will explore London since its origins as a remote outpost of Rome. Through plague, fire, the traumas of industrialization, and Hitler's attempt to demoralize its people, London has bent but never broken.

HSTAFM 162: Islamic Middle East to 1800

This course explores the history of the Islamic Middle East from 600–1800 CE, roughly from the time of Muḥammad and the Arab conquests to Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt and the onset of European colonialism in the Muslim world. In addition to lectures and secondary background readings, students read and discuss samples of key primary texts, with a view to exploring Islamic history through the voices of the people who witnessed its birth and participated in its creation. After completing the course, students will gain a better understanding of the often fragmentary nature of the sources used to reconstruct early Islamic history, and will be able to discuss in detail the major debates which surround the emergence, formation, and transformation of Islamic culture between the Late Antique and Early Modern periods.