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Course Offerings, Spring 2014

Hist 3071: Louisiana History (T Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
This course provides a general survey of Louisiana’s history from the earliest days of colonization to the present. Although the primary focus is on events that took place within the boundaries of the modern state, we will also cover material intended to help students understand Louisiana’s history in terms of relevant regional, national, and international events and contexts. There are three exams. Each of them has an essay component. Instructor D. Frost.

Hist 3118, sec. 1 (seminar): Heretics, Idolaters, and Antichrists: Religion and Propaganda in the English Reformation (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)
This seminar will explore the changing religious thought and practices in the English Reformation. The seminar will not only consider the official theological changes but will also examine how these changes were taught to the larger population, via governmentally sanctioned and unofficial propaganda. This course will include use of primary documents, including prose, poetry, and art to demonstrate how propaganda helped facilitate and/or hinder the changing religious views in Tudor England. Instructor Amanda Allen. Enrollment in this seminar is by permission of instructor; contact the Department Administrator,

Hist 3119, sec. 1 (seminar): African-American Popular Culture (W 1:30-4:20 p.m.)
This seminar highlights the unique characteristics of African American forms of popular culture throughout the twentieth century. Topics include the production and distribution of music, film, television, sports, fashion, and other enterprises. Special emphasis will be placed upon black-owned record labels with national distribution, as well as emergence of hip-hop as the dominant cultural expression of young African America. African-American culture is central to understanding American culture because of the key role black artists and entrepreneurs play in developing the distinctiveness of American popular culture. Requirements: Class participation, short weekly response papers, a research paper of 8-10 pages, and a presentation of research.
Instructor Stuart Tully.  Enrollment in this seminar is by permission of instructor; contact the Department Administrator,

Hist 3119, sec. 2 (seminar): Readings in American Slavery (Th 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
This undergraduate seminar approaches the world of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries, North and South, from a variety of perspectives. Reading five books in common, we examine the slave trade, evolving theories of racial difference, the real life experiences of the enslaved, personal relations across the color line, and the laws that influenced the course of slavery, manumission, and abolition prior to the Civil War. Students will be asked to write two short papers, take an in-class midterm, and compose a significant research paper during the final month of the semester. Professor Andrew Burstein.  Enrollment in this seminar is by permission of instructor; contact the Department Administrator,

Hist. 3119, sec. 3 (seminar): Science Fiction in American History (M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
This seminar will explore the use of science fiction novels and films as historical documents. In particular, this seminar will focus on sci fi narratives featuring alien invasions as a way to understand the fears and concerns of Americans during various periods in the 20th century. Each week we will be discussing a novel and film and each student will be required to write two ten-page research papers. Readings will include H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898), Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End (1953), and Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961). Films will include Byron Haskins, War of the Worlds (1953), Don Siegal, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and John Carpenter, They Live (1988). Professor Charles Shindo. Enrollment by permission of instructor:

Hist 3119, sec. 4 (seminar): American Women in the Nineteenth Century (T Th 12:00-1:20  p.m.)
This course explores the dramatic changes in women’s lives from the American Revolution to the 1920s. Several major themes will be explored: women’s legal and political disabilities from coverture to the rise of women’s rights and the passage of the 19th Amendment; Southern women during the Civil War; moral codes of female virtue and vice; the significance of gendered ideologies shaping war, utopianism, science, western expansion, poverty and immigration, and the meaning of United States citizenship. The reading assignments will include biographies, memoirs, plays, novels, and short stories.

Assigned Reading:
Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple (a novel about sex and seduction published in 1794).
Charles Cohen, ed., The Female Marine (fictional story of a prostitute turned crossdressing sailor published in 1815).
Elizabeth Varon, Southern Lady, Yankee Spy (biography of a Southern lady turn Union spy .
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Crusade for Justice (autobiography of crusading anti-lynching advocate).
Miriam Brody, Victoria Woodhull (biography of spiritualist, women’s rights advocate and presidential candidate in 1872).
Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (part memoir and part fictional story of Jewish immigrant at the turn of century).
Short stories by sociologist, writer and feminist reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman published in the magazine, The Forerunner (1909-1916).
Judith Barlow, ed., Plays by American Women, 1900-1930 (popular plays written by women addressing murder, unmarried mothers, woman’s suffrage, and the meaning of religion and death for impoverished black women). Prof. Nancy Isenberg.  Enrollment in this seminar is by permission of instructor; contact the Department Administrator,

Hist 3119, section 5 (seminar): The Black Panthers and Black Power (T Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
This course will examine the development of black militancy in post- Civil Rights America by focusing study on the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. The readings will cover scholarship on the nascent growth of the Black Power Movement by examining work on radical traditions and armed self-defense in the context of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, and continue through the rise and fall the Black Panthers. The course readings include academic monographs as well as extensive biographical material written by former Panthers and the lawyers and law enforcement officers closest to the movement. We will conclude by looking at the crumbling of the Party in the late 1970’s and their lasting effect on the political, cultural and institutional landscape of the United States. Prof. Kodi Roberts.  Enrollment in this seminar is by permission of instructor; contact the Department Administrator,

Political Science 4000: An Undergraduate Dean’s Seminar: Southern Identity in an Age of Diversity (M 5:00-7:50 p.m.)
Co-Taught By Dean Gaines Foster, History, and Professor Wayne Parent, Political Science
The seminar explores the nature and persistence of a southern identity in a South that has, and is, undergoing tremendous change. It begins with a brief overview of the history of the region and then, each week, focuses on a different aspect of the life in the region, including gender, food, popular culture, violence, poverty, and, in particular, race relations. The class meets on Mondays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, sometimes on campus often at the home of one of the instructors. Guest speakers from throughout the College provide an introduction to each topic followed by class discussion. Assignments include weekly reaction and one longer research paper. The class is designed for students from across the College. Credit is for Political Science, but the course can be applied to the History major. Participation is limited; to apply, email Professor Wayne Parent,

Hist 4003: The Roman Republic (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)
Examines the rise of Republican Rome to dominance of the Mediterranean World and its eventual self-destruction (which gave birth to the Imperial Rome of Augustus Caesar and the Emperors).  Topics covered include Roman self-definition in the context of the Hellenistic Mediterranean, Etruscan origins of Roman society, Republican ideals, the Punic Wars, social reform and upheaval, the civil wars and the career of Julius Caesar.  Primary emphasis is on political and military history, but due attention is also given to social issues such as slavery, the family, and Roman women; Roman art and architecture; religion, and literature.  Moderate to heavy reading load; two midterms, one final, two papers. Prof. Steven Ross.

Hist 4017: 20th-Century Europe (M W F 12:30-1:20 p.m.)
A survey of European history from 1900 to the present, with particular attention paid to intellectual, cultural, and political developments. Course requirements include a variety of readings, the viewing of a number of films, five short papers, and a final exam. Participation in class discussions counts toward the final grade. Prof. Meredith Veldman.

Hist 4022: France Since 1770 (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)
This course covers the principal political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in France during the last two and a half centuries.  Special emphasis is on two topics:  how the government evolved from absolute monarchy to republic, with interruptions for constitutional monarchy and empire, and how the  French people experienced the social and economic changes resulting from this political upheaval.  Required reading:  four books; required testing:  midterm examination and final examination. Prof. Benjamin Martin.

Hist 4028: The First World War (M W F 10:30-11:20 a.m.)
2014 is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The War destroyed the stable political, social, economic, and intellectual system of Europe and the world before 1914 and launched Western Civilization on a variety of horrific experiments that included Communism, Fascism, Nazism, and the Holocaust. And we are not finished. Germany made its last WWI reparation payment in September 2010, and the latest effort to resolve the War's political issues was the declaration of independence of Kosovo in 2008. The War also destroyed the Ottoman Empire, the stable government of the Middle East, and turned that area into the cauldron that to this day sees no way to evolve into a peaceful, stable region. In this course we will try to cover as much of the War as possible, but we will focus primarily on the War in Western Europe, which was the main theater of military action and involved the countries with which we are most familiar. Seven books, two films, two papers, mid-term, and final.Prof. Karl Roider.

Hist 4043: Tudor England (M W F 12:30-1:20 p.m.)
This course focuses on the political, religious, social and cultural history of England during the reign of the Tudor dynasty from 1485-1603. Among the most important of English monarchs, the Tudors (among whom were Henry VIII, 'Bloody' Mary, and Elizabeth I) presided over the creation of a new style of monarchy, a new Protestant church, and a new colonial Empire. Course requirements include a midterm exam, research paper, final exam, and active participation in class discussion. Prof. Victor Stater.

Hist 4053: Age of Jefferson and Hamilton (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
This course focuses on the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson; the apparent contradiction of his eloquent defense of liberty and his ownership of slaves; and his political rivalry with Alexander Hamilton.  It also concerns issues of national self-definition in the period 1776-1809.  The final grade is a composite of short papers and a midterm and final exam.  Prof. Andrew Burstein.

Hist 4065: History of Contemporary America (M W F 8:30-9:20 a.m.)
The history of America since 1945, focusing on domestic events, but not excluding foreign policy crises with significant domestic repercussions.  This course makes particular use of appropriate aural and visual resources:  radio, film, television, internet.  The course includes careful coverage of the recent past, and one assignment may be done using on-line sources exclusively. Prof. David Culbert.

Hist 4066: Military History of the U.S. (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
This course uses the concept of strategic culture to examine how the United States has waged war from the era of the struggle for independence through the Vietnam conflict.  American warfare is therefore examined as a reflection of such factors as geography, economic resources, historical experience, political and social systems, religion, ethics, and national self-image.  Specific topics explored in this course include the causes and consequences of major wars, key battles and campaigns, changing  military technology and tactics, and strategic thought.  Grades will be based on three examinations and a short research paper. Cross-listed with MILS 4066. Prof. Stanley Hilton.

Hist 4071: The Antebellum South (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)
This course covers the history of the American South from the colonial period to 1861. Topics that receive particular attention include: slavery from its beginnings to the mature institution, with treatment of origins, the slave world, and the master-slave relationship; the nature of the southern economy; the white social order; the southern mind; political history from the Revolution to the breakup of the Union, emphasizing the connection between the South and the nation. Prof. William Cooper.

Hist 4088: Atlantic History (T Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
Using the fourteen chapters of Douglas R. Edgerton et al’s The Atlantic World:  A History, 1400-1888 as the basis for weekly readings and discussion the course explores how Europeans, Africans and Native Americans initially encountered  and then interacted with each other to create new cultural, economic, and racial realities.  The weekly reading assignments are accompanied with questions that students respond to on-line in Moodle.  Four short papers based on additional assigned readings and three exams complete the assignments. This course is an excellent way to either begin to learn about the history of the Americas and West Africa that parallels perhaps better known events in Europe or the United States OR to integrate what has been learned in courses specifically on Europe, the US, Latin America, and Africa. Graduate students have to prepare a research paper on an Atlantic History topic.  Prof. Paul Hoffman.

History 4091: China to 1600 (M W F 11:30-12:20)
This course presents a survey of approximately three thousand years of Chinese history, from the dawn of Chinese civilization around 1500 B.C. to about A.D. 1500, the eve of the modern Western intrusion. The class will focus on political and cultural history, and the course will devote some attention to such aspects of Chinese civilization as archeology, language, philosophy, literature, religion, and art. There is no specific course prerequisite for enrolling in this course. Prof. John Henderson.

History 4093: Pre-modern Japan (M W F 9:30-10:20)
This course will cover the first thousand years of Japanese history, from the beginnings to the 16th century, emphasizing cultural and political history.  Among the topics to be covered are interactions with China and Korea, the Japanese language, and the literature and drama, art and architecture, and religion and philosophy of  premodern Japan.   The readings will include the Japanese national epic, TALES OF THE HEIKE, and an anthology of Japanese literature, as well as a brief narrative history.  No previous study of Japanese history or culture is expected or required.  Because the theme of Buddhism is so pervasive in the course, students may receive extra credit for a certifiable satori (enlightenment experience), as well as for a haiku that sums up the meaning of the course. Prof. John Henderson.

Hist 4112: European Intellectual History (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
This course is intended to introduce students to the ideas and cultural worlds of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe. We will give extensive attention to the Enlightenment, the French Revolution (and reaction to it), the Romantic movement, and Realism. Course readings range from philosophy to economics, from political treatises to literary masterpieces. In spring 2014, we will focus on religion and the evolution of ‘civilization’; readings will include Denis Diderot’s scandalous novel, The Nun, Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, and Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Anti-Christ. Lectures will seek to explicate difficult concepts in the readings and to put readings in historical context.  Prof. Suzanne Marchand.

Hist 4125: History of Ancient Israel (T Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
Surveys Israelite history from its beginning to the Persian period. The main goal is to become skillful at historical reconstruction, which includes the critical evaluation of ancient sources, especially the Hebrew Bible. The format of the course balances short lectures with class discussion and student reports. Requirements include short writing exercises; a critical review and oral presentation about a scholarly essay on an aspect of Israelite history; a take-home midterm; a take-home final.  Cross-listed with REL 4125.  Prof. Stuart Irvine.

HIST 4130: Second World War (T Th 3:00-4:20 p.m.)
Global crisis of the 1930s; Axis and Allied strategies; major military campaigns; great power diplomacy; homefront mobilization; the Holocaust; espionage and resistance; relationship between American Strategic Culture and war-fighting; reasons for Germany's defeat; global consequences. Cross-listed with MILS 4130. Prof. Stanley Hilton.

Hist 4195: African Nationalism (T Th. 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
The rise of African nationalism marks a watershed in the history of the post-WWII global community. This course examines the growth and development of the movement for individual liberty and the collective freedom of Africans under European rule; it also investigates the origins and progression of the concepts of pan-Africanism and Negritude as political and cultural movements that emerged not in Africa, but in the African diaspora. Thus we shall pay close attention to the role and place of diasporan African communities in the Atlantic world. Prof. Gibril Cole.

Hist 4196, sec. 1: Premodern Sport (M W 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
This course explores sport, spectacle and entertainment primarily in the ancient Roman and Medieval periods. Topics will include participatory sport, spectator sport, team sport, athletes, gladiators, martyrs, circus performers, actors, tournaments, animals, and the emergence of ball sports. We will look at the creation of special venues such as the theater, the amphitheater, hippodrome, arena and circus, as well as the transformation of civic space into a place for spectator sport in medieval cities and towns. We will explore the role of entertainment and spectacle in the politics, society and culture of the Premodern world. There will be papers required, an oral presentation, two written exams and discussions. Prof. Maribel Dietz.

Hist 4197 section 2: History of the Acadians (Cajuns) in Louisiana (M 6:00-8:50 p.m.)
This course begins in 1603 with the creation of the Company of Acadia by King Henry IV of France and the founding of the colony of Acadia in what is today the Maritime Provinces of Canada in 1604. We will study the development of the colony in the 17th and 18th Centuries and the creation of a people called Acadians. Special attention will be given to Le Grand Derangement (The Great Upheaval) and Le Grand Rassemblement (The Great Reunion), and how, why, and when the Acadians reached Louisiana and their evolution into the Cajuns of today. Dr. W. Arceneaux.

Hist 4197 section 1 : Emergence of Modern America (T Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
HIST4197 will introduce students to the major events and issues in American history from roughly 1877 to 1915. We will explore the political, social, economic, and cultural changes of this period, examining the rise of the corporation, organized labor, and a regulatory state. Students will also investigate the changes in American race and ethnic relations during the period, including the rise of segregation, disfranchisement, lynching, and exclusion. Students will be expected to compare the experiences of different parts of the country – the South and the West, in particular – and of different groups of people – city-dwellers, rural folk, immigrants, and natives. We will study the rise of progressivism as a social and political movement, the changing urban landscape, the development of a truly mass culture, and the continuing contradictions and harmonies between individual and national identity and obligations. Students will be expected to complete the assigned readings, participate vigorously in class discussions and exercises, and develop their own sense of what connects this period of history to our own. No prerequisites are required. Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean.

Graduate Courses

Hist 7909: Research Seminar in European History (W 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
This seminar will cover the basics of researching and writing a significant piece of historical work. Students will work on and complete a journal length and publishable quality article on a topic of their own choosing (with the approval of the instructor and major advisor). Students will discuss and present their work at the end of the semester. For more information, contact Professor Shindo at Prof. Charles Shindo.

Hist 7922: Seminar in European History to 1650 (T 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
A seminar focused on reading recent historiography on early modern Europe, 1400-1700. Prof. Christine Kooi.

Hist 7930: Reading Seminar in British History
Prof. Victor Stater.

Hist 7952: Reading Seminar in American History 1815- (T 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
Prof. Nancy Isenberg.

Hist 7957: Research Seminar in American History (W. 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
This seminar will cover the basics of researching and writing a significant piece of historical work. Students will work on and complete a journal length and publishable quality article on a topic of their own choosing (with the approval of the instructor and major advisor). Students will discuss and present their work at the end of the semester. For more information, contact Professor Shindo at
Prof. Charles Shindo.

Hist 7959: Graduate Seminar, "War and Memory" (Th 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean.

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