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Spring 2017 Course Listings

View the History Department's course offerings for Spring 2017 by course level. Please click here to find which courses qualify for Category I & II. To see the History Department Fall 2017 Course Flyer click here.

For a listing of all History Department courses click here.

  • 100-200 level courses will give you an overview of a topic or region and teach you how historians work.
  • 300-400 level classes explore specific themes and help you develop your skills as a critical thinker, writer, and historian.
  • 500-600 level courses specialize in specific topics, help you deepen your understanding, and hone your writing and analytic skills.
     
HIST 101 Introduction to History: _____
An introduction to the study of history. The course will expose the student to the major issues and methods of historical study. This will be done through the study of a specific historical period or topical area. In the study of this period or topic, students will be introduced to schemes of interpretation, critical readings and analysis, primary sources, and evaluation of evidence. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Clark, Katherine
TuTh 09:30-12:15 PM SMI 108 - LAWRENCE
3 25103
HIST 104 Introduction to African History
An introduction to important historical developments in Africa. Topics include empires, kingdoms, the slave trade, European colonialism, liberation movements, national identities, and a return to independence. (Same as AAAS 105.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Omwodo, Hannington
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 23954
HIST 107 Introduction to the Ancient World
This course covers the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome with emphasis on the origins of agriculture, writing, cities, empires, and democracy. Students will be introduced to schemes of interpretation, critical readings, and analysis, primary sources, and evaluation of evidence. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Sivan, Hagith
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM SUM 506 - LAWRENCE
3 26479
HIST 108 Medieval History
The history of Europe from the Barbarian Invasions to the beginning of the 16th century. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Epstein, Steven
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 19597
HIST 114 Renaissance to Revolution: Europe 1500-1789
An introduction to early modern European history, with emphasis on the cultural, political, economic, and cultural forces which have helped to shape the modern world. The renaissance, the rise of nation states, the Reformation, absolutism and constitutionalism, the Enlightenment, and the coming of the French Revolution. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Corteguera, Luis
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 24359
HIST 117 Russia, An Introduction
This course introduces students to the history of Russia from its beginnings to the present. It explores Russia's ethnic and religious diversity, the relationship between the state and its peoples, the geopolitics of its place between Europe and Asia, and the revolutionary movements that shook Russia and shaped the world around it. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Levin, Eve
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 23309
HIST 124 Latin American Culture and Society
An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of Latin America, as manifest in the arts and literature, history, and in environmental, political, economic, and social realities. Explores and critiques the principal themes and methodologies of Latin American Studies, with an aim towards synthesizing contributions from several different disciplines. Emphasizes the unique insights and perspectives made possible by interdisciplinary collaboration and provides students with the basic knowledge base for understanding Latin America today. (Same as LAA 100.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Schwaller, Robert
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 25780
LEC Nascimento Gregoire, Joao Batista
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 4023 - LAWRENCE
3 26809
HIST 128 History of the United States Through the Civil War
A historical survey of the United States from the peopling of the continent through the Civil War. This survey is designed to reflect the diversity of the American experience, to offer the student a chronological perspective on the history of the United States, and to explore the main themes, issues, ideas, and events which shaped that history. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MW 01:00-01:50 PM HAW 1005 - LAWRENCE
3 15097
DIS
F 08:00-08:50 AM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 17300
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 20872
DIS
F 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 20873
DIS
F 12:00-12:50 PM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 17790
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 20874
DIS
F 02:00-02:50 PM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 17299
DIS
F 12:00-12:50 PM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 22931
DIS
F 01:00-01:50 PM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 21958
DIS
F 01:00-01:50 PM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 21959
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 21962
HIST 129 History of the United States After the Civil War
A historical survey of the American people from Reconstruction to the present. This survey is designed to reflect the diversity of the American experience, to offer the student a chronological perspective on the history of the United States, and to explore the main themes, issues, ideas, and events that shaped American history. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Moran, Jeffrey
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 26480
LEC Farber, David
MW 10:00-10:50 AM MAL 1001 - LAWRENCE
3 17416
DIS
F 08:00-08:50 AM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 18512
DIS
Th 09:00-09:50 AM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 18509
DIS
F 10:00-10:50 AM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 18510
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 19402
DIS
F 08:00-08:50 AM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 18513
DIS
F 10:00-10:50 AM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 19403
DIS
Th 10:00-10:50 AM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 18511
DIS
Th 11:00-11:50 AM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 21968
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 23322
DIS
Th 12:00-12:50 PM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 23323
HIST 140 Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
This interdisciplinary course and laboratory sections survey the foundations of environmental understanding and the process of scientific discovery from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the history of environmental systems and life on earth, the discovery of biotic evolution, ecological change, and climate change. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to earth systems and the development of environmental understanding using historical and present-day examples. (Same as EVRN 140 and GEOG 140.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM JRP 150 - LAWRENCE
5 18514
LBN Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
F 09:00-10:50 AM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 21771
LBN
Tu 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20130
LBN
W 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20132
LBN
Th 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20133
LBN
W 01:00-02:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20131
HIST 160 Introduction to West African History
This course treats West African history through the first part of the twentieth century. The student is provided with a perspective on the major historical patterns that gave rise to West Africa's development as an integral part of world history. Special attention is paid to anthropological, geographical, and technological developments that influenced West African political and socioeconomic changes. (Same as AAAS 160.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Omwodo, Hannington
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 23981
HIST 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, organized around current issues in history. May not contribute to major requirements in history. First year seminar topics are coordinated and approved through the Office of First Year Experiences. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Wood, Nathaniel
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 25784
LEC Gregg, Sara
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM FR 214 - LAWRENCE
3 26047
LEC Brown, Marie
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 23304
HIST 301 The Historian's Craft
This course introduces students to the practice and methods of the study of history and serves as the gateway to the major. Students learn (1) to think historically; (2) to understand how historians construct and write about the past through narratives, theory and analytical discussion; (3) to critically evaluate historical arguments and the material used to substantiate those arguments, including an introduction to the process of peer review; (4) to develop writing and research skills including the interpretation of primary sources; and (5) to master professional standards of presenting their findings. This course is required of all history majors and is a prerequisite for HIST 696 Seminar in:________. Prerequisite: Open only to declared History majors or by consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Omwodo, Hannington
MW 01:00-02:15 PM WES 3134 - LAWRENCE
3 15164
LEC
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 29538
LEC Hagel, Jonathan
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM SUM 514 - LAWRENCE
3 19354
HIST 304 1642, 1688, 1776: Three British Revolutions
Explains and analyzes the three revolutions in the English-speaking world which, more than any others, are held to have laid the foundations of modernity. Themes discussed include social, intellectual, and political developments, structures, and conflicts. 1642 and 1688 are treated in the setting of England's relations with Scotland and Ireland, and against the background of European wars of religion. 1776 is analyzed in a transatlantic context as a civil war within the wider British polity. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 321 From Mystics to Feminists: Women's History in Europe 1600 to the Present
This survey of women's history in Europe looks at changing patterns of women's economic roles and family structures in preindustrial and industrial society, the importance of women in religious life, cultural assumptions underlying gender roles, and the relationship of women to political movements, including the rise of feminism. (Same as WGSS 321.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vicente, Marta
MW 11:00-11:50 AM MAL 2001 - LAWRENCE
3 25785
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 25786
DIS
F 12:00-12:50 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 25787
DIS
F 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 25788
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 25789
HIST 328 The Modern Middle East
A survey of the history of the Middle East from 1800 to the present. Lectures and discussions focus on diversity within the Middle East over two centuries of major political and cultural change. Topics include causes for the decline of the Ottoman Empire, debates over modernization, European imperialism and the formation of nation-states, twentieth century cultural revolutions and women's activism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the revival of Islamic social movements. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brown, Marie
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM MAL 2001 - LAWRENCE
3 25767
HIST 336 Ethics, Ideas, and Nature
This course examines the ethical frameworks developed for thinking about, using, and protecting the natural world. Examples of topics include indigenous approaches to nature, the history of ecological ideas, environmental movements, the role of the state of managing resources, utilitarianism and progressivism, environmental lawmaking, wilderness advocacy, nature and theology, the rights of nature, and environmental justice. Students are introduced to the theories of duty ethics, justice ethics, utilitarianism, and right ethics, and required to apply ethical decision making to contemporary and historical environmental issues. Multiple perspectives on the history of human interactions with nature demonstrate the importance of reflecting upon the value systems inherent in human-centered environmental ethics and nature-centered environmental ethics. (Same as EVRN 336.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Caminero-Santangelo, Byron
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM LEA 2112 - LAWRENCE
3 22355
LEC
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 24790
LEC Boynton, Alex
MW 01:00-02:15 PM ROB 252 - LAWRENCE
3 26683
HIST 337 History, Ethics, Modernity
This course will examine the question "How has human dignity been preserved or violated in the modern age?" Cast in a global framework, some of the probable themes are the history of human rights; the moral universe of genocide; the (in)dignity of industrial work; the shifting status of the poor and the colonized and their treatment by the state and society; the impact of changing technology on ethics in war, peace and the environment; and the violation of dignity as a factor in collective resistance. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rosenthal, Anton
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM WES 4023 - LAWRENCE
3 23312
HIST 340 The History of the Second World War
A survey of the origins, course, and consequences of the war, 1930-1945. Political, economic, military, and social aspects will be dealt with in the context of their global effects. Extensive use will be made of motion pictures and other media. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lewis, Adrian
MW 11:00-11:50 AM MAL 2048 - LAWRENCE
3 19141
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4011 - LAWRENCE
3 19153
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4021 - LAWRENCE
3 22929
DIS
F 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 19144
DIS
F 02:00-02:50 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 22928
HIST 341 Hitler and Nazi Germany
An examination of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, beginning with the breakdown of 19th century culture in the First World War and continuing through the failure of democracy under the Weimar Republic. The course will also discuss the impact of Nazism on Germany and how Nazism led to the Second World War and the Holocaust. (Same as JWSH 341.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Denning, Andrew
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM SUM 427 - LAWRENCE
3 24679
LEC Sternberg, Frances
W 06:00-08:30 PM REGN 152 - EDWARDS
3 23589
HIST 345 Hard Times: The Depression Years in America, 1929-1941
An analysis of the experiences of the American people during the Great Depression. Attention will also be given to the global dimensions of the crisis, socioeconomic dislocation, cultural and institutional change, and the impact of the Asian and European wars. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hagel, Jonathan
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM WES 4025 - LAWRENCE
3 25804
HIST 353 Indigenous Peoples of North America
This course surveys the history of the first peoples to inhabit North America from prehistory to present. Commonly and collectively referred to as American Indians, indigenous peoples include a diverse array of nations, chiefdoms, confederacies, tribes, and bands, each of which has its own unique cultures, economies, and experiences in dealing with colonial and neocolonial powers. This class seeks to demonstrate this diversity while at the same time providing an understanding of the common struggle for political and cultural sovereignty that all indigenous nations face. Indigenous nations that have developed a relationship with the United States will receive primary focus, but comparative reference will be made to First Nations of Canada. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 361 Youth, Sex, and Romance in Post-WWII United States
Most people don't think of sex and romance as having a history. And youth seems just a natural stage of life. But the nature of "courtship," the definitions of sex, and the meaning of "youth" have changed dramatically over time, and people struggle over those definitions right up to the current day. In this class we try to make historical sense of those struggles by focusing on a volatile and complicated period in U.S. history: the years from World War II through the recent past. (Same as WGSS 361.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bailey, Beth
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM MAL 2001 - LAWRENCE
3 25766
HIST 362 The American Way of War Since World War II
This course is a survey of American Military History from World War II to current military operations. It covers the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, both Persian Gulf wars, the global war on terrorism, and the war in Afghanistan. The course examines the causes, course, conduct, and consequences of the wars and covers advances in technology and doctrine, civil-military relations, foreign policy, and inter-service rivalry, providing a political, military, and cultural history of the wars. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lewis, Adrian
MW 12:30-01:45 PM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 22923
HIST 378 Beyond the Iron Curtain: Soviet Perspectives on the Cold War
This course reimagines the Cold War through Soviet eyes, challenging assumptions and offering less familiar perspectives on a global conflict. Analyzing Soviet and American mass media, popular culture, declassified documents, and personal stories, students investigate the following: Who started the Cold War, and who won it? Was it a time of relative peace or paranoia? How did the two sides view each other and did espionage help them know each other better? How did people and culture sometimes cross the iron curtain? What were the Soviets doing in places like Latin America and the Middle East? And why were both sides so concerned with Olympic athletes, ballet defectors, and cosmonauts? LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Scott, Erik
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM SMI 108 - LAWRENCE
3 25805
HIST 398 Introduction to History of Japan: Anime to Zen
This course provides a foundation for study of Japanese history. It combines lectures on the scope of Japanese history over the past 2,000 years with discussions of topics key to the development of Japanese civilization such as religion and literature. We analyze how different media, such as film, Japanese animation (anime), and art can be used as historical sources, and how these shape our understanding of Japan. Students hone their ability to analyze both thematic and historical questions through writing assignments and discussions. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 399 The Samurai
Japan's warrior class, the samurai, dominated politics and society for more than half of Japan's recorded history. This course traces the history of the samurai from their origins to the dissolution of their class in 1877, examining their military role, philosophy, and cultural contributions. It also considers continued references to the "spirit of the samurai" in the twentieth century. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 402 Roman Military History
The Defense of the Roman Frontiers. This course emphasizes the development of the frontiers of the Roman empire from Caesar to the late second century. It includes the origins of the Germans and their society, the Celtic background, and the relationship between the emperor and the army. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Sivan, Hagith
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM SUM 506 - LAWRENCE
3 25765
HIST 410 The American Revolution
This course will focus on the meaning the American Revolution had for different groups of Americans. Particular emphasis will be on the relationship between ideology and experience, and the impact of the Revolution on such groups as women, slaves, Indians, African-Americans, the poor, merchants, and loyalists. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 461 The Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945
This course introduces students to the Asia-Pacific War, which began with the outbreak of fighting between Japan and China in July 1937 and ended with the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire to Allied forces in August 1945. The course revolves around three themes, which are explored through lecture, discussion, and extensive use of film and visual materials: the geopolitical and colonial origins of the conflict; the concept of total war and the political and social transformations it unleashed on all belligerent nations; and the ideologies on the home front justifying the mass slaughter of soldiers and civilians. There is also discussion about how people in Japan, the United States, China, Korea, and other countries remember the war in the postwar period. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 490 Honors Course in History
May be taken more than once; total credit not to exceed six hours. Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator of the Honors Program of the Department of History. IND.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 525 France and Its Empire: From Acadia to Zidane
A study of modern France through the lens of its overseas empire and the relations between French colonies and the metropolitan "Hexagon." This course studies the establishment of New France in the early modern period, the relationship between the French Revolution and colonies like Haiti, the French obsession with North Africa in the nineteenth century, the "Second Empire" at home and abroad, the French role in the Scramble for Africa and the global age of imperialism, the participation of colonial troops in the world wars, the post-World War II age of colonial wars and decolonization, and the contemporary role of imperial memory and immigrants to France from its former colonies. Prerequisite: Requires a prior history course or permission of the instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Denning, Andrew
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM MS 106 - LAWRENCE
3 25808
HIST 541 British History, Tudors and Stuarts
An introduction to the impact on the British Isles of the Reformation and Renaissance; the development of the Tudor state; Parliament; the Stuart monarchy; the Anglican counter-reformation; civil war; the Cromwellian experiment. Prerequisite: A prior history course, or permission of the instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Clark, Katherine
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 25757
HIST 579 The History of Brazil
The history of Brazil from European discovery to the present with emphasis on social and economic change. Topics discussed will include the Indian, African, and European backgrounds, slave society, the frontier in Brazilian development, cycles of economic growth and regionalism, the role of foreign capital, industrial development, labor, urban problems, the military in government, and human rights. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kuznesof, Elizabeth
MW 12:30-01:45 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 20907
HIST 615 Rise of Modern America: Politics, Culture, and Society, 1900-1950
The history of the United States in the First Half of the Twentieth Century. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Moran, Jeffrey
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 25810
HIST 626 Men and Masculinities
An intensive examination of the history and theory of masculinities in the Western world. Students become acquainted with some of the key theories of men and masculinities, and develop research projects on a topic negotiated with the instructor. (Same as HWC 570, WGSS 570.) Prerequisite: An upper-division course in History, Humanities and Western Civilization, or Women Gender and Sexuality Studies; or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HIST 696 Seminar in: _____
A seminar designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of historical inquiry. A research paper will be required. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of upper-class courses in history and completion of HIST 301 or consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hagel, Jonathan
MW 09:30-10:45 AM WES 3659 - LAWRENCE
3 18517
LEC Kuznesof, Elizabeth
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM WES 4002 - LAWRENCE
3 22008

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