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Check out these Fall 2020 History courses by theme, which address some of today's most pressing issues.

View the History Department's course offerings for Fall 2020 by course level. Please click here to find which courses qualify for Category I & II.

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.

The list above does not include course descriptions for courses that are using general "Topics in" numbers (389, 390, 500, 510). In some cases, those numbers are used for cross-listings of courses taught by faculty in other departments. You can look for course descriptions on those departments' websites. Here are descriptions of the two courses on that list that are taught by History Department faculty:

HIST 389, Christopher Forth, Angry White Male Studies:

In recent decades, the “angry white male” has emerged as a recognizable figure in a number of Anglo-American countries, often combining palpable rage with a pronounced sense of victimization and entitlement. This course charts the rise of the “angry white male” in America and Britain since the 1950s, exploring the deeper historical and sociological sources of this emotional state while evaluating some of its recent manifestations. Employing interdisciplinary perspectives from anthropology, film studies, gender studies, literature, history, and sociology, this course seeks to understand how dominant and subordinate masculinities are represented and experienced in cultures undergoing periods of rapid change connected to modernity as well as the rights-based social movements of women, people of color, homosexuals, and trans* individuals.

HIST 390, Gregory Cushman, Disease in Global History:

How have past societies around the world dealt with the challenges posed by disease and epidemics? How have they altered the human environment and sought to maintain good health? This course adopts an episodic approach to understanding the history of both sickness and health in humans and other organisms, while providing an introduction to the methods and insights of global history. Besides specific diseases, topics covered will include allergies, anti-vaccination movements, and environmental health. Worried about how your courses will be taught next semester under the threat of coronavirus? This class is designed for online engagement! 


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