Course Offerings Fall 2019

Courses marked with a double asterisk (**) offer General Education Humanities credit.

Course Professor Time/Day

**History 1001, section 1: Western Civilization to 1500

Ideas, trends and institutions in western civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation. This is a General Education course.
Prof. James Hardy 9:00-10:20 T Th

**History 1001, section 2:    Western Civilization to 1500

History 1001 covers the history of Western Civilization (basically West European and related Mediterranean cultures) up to the Modern period, roughly 1500 C.E. The main emphasis is on Classical Greece and Rome; Christianity and its roots in Jewish religion/society; the Mediterranean after the Roman Empire; emergence of Western European states in the Middle Ages. Along with lecture presentations there are assigned readings in the textbook and a few ancient documents available on the course website. Grading is based on attendance, two in-class exams and a final, as well as map quizzes, multiple-choice online quizzes and enrichment activities linked to the textbook. Each exam has an essay component and also a multiple-choice section. This is a General Education course.
Prof. Steven Ross 9:00-10:20 T TH
**History 1001, section 3: Western Civilization to 1500
This course provides a survey of Western Civilization from its origins to approximately 1500 AD. The focus of this course is the social, cultural, religious, and political history of the period as revealed by a careful reading of primary sources, the textbook, and by attending lectures. The primary goal of the class is to introduce the student to study of history while investigating the history of Near Eastern, Greek, Roman and Medieval civilizations. Assignments include in class discussion, online quizzes, three exams, and a final exam. The exams include a map, an identification section, and essay questions. Voluntary outside of class discussions are also available and can provide extra credit. This is a General Education course.
Prof. Maribel Dietz 10:30-11:50 T TH

**History 1001, section 4: Western Civilization to 1500

Ideas, trends and institutions in western civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation. This is a General Education course.
Prof. Sherri Johnson 10:30-11:20 M W F

**History 1002, section 1: Western Civilization to 1500, Honors

Ideas, trends and institutions in western civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation, with special Honors emphasis for qualified students. This is a General Education course.

Prof. James Hardy 12:00-1:20 T TH

**History 1003, section 1:    Western Civilization

Development of Western Civilization from the Reformation to the present. This is a General Education course.

Prof.Victor Stater 9:30-10:20 M W F

**History 1003, section 2:   Western Civilization

The course centers on the question, “What is the West”? We examine how, when, where, and why the idea of “Western Civilization” emerged and trace its changing definitions. Along the way we cover social, cultural, religious, and political history. We move quite rapidly through the 16th-early 19th centuries, then slow down for a more detailed look at the later 19th-21st centuries.

This course uses the "games model" of grading: the student chooses from a menu of assignments to earn points. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Meredith Veldman 11:30-12:20 M W F

**History 1005, section 1:  World Civilization to 1500

HIST 1005 offers a survey on the trajectory of human history from earliest existence to approximately 1500 CE with an emphasis on the development of global civilizations and the connectedness of humankind. Overarching themes involve human migration, trade, religion, technological development, and conflict. Classes consist of lecture and multimedia presentations. There is an assigned common textbook which is accompanied by a primary source collection used for discussions. This is a General Education course.

Instructor Jason Wolfe 8:30-9:20 M W F

**History 1007, section 1:    World Civilization since 1500

This course will examine the history of the development and interactions of the major cultures of the world since 1500. Students enrolled in the class will be able to describe and begin analyzing the cultures of the world’s main regions and how these changed over time. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Gibril Cole 12:30-1:20 M W F

**History 2022: Modern Europe

This course covers the history of Europe from 1848 to the present and emphasizes people—the humble and the powerful--as the makers of history.  Lectures and readings will alternate between the profiling of important leaders (Queen Victoria, Habsburg Emperor Franz Josef, Adolf Hitler, and Mikhail Gorbachev) and investigation of the everyday life of Europeans.  We will discuss such subjects as the transition from candlelight to electricity, the ‘below stairs’ lives of domestic servants, Victoria’s relationship to her husband and children,  Hitler’s grandiose architectural fantasies,  and everyday life in Soviet prison camps.  Assignments will include weekly blog posts, two midterm exams, and a final research project.  This is a General Education course.

Prof. Suzanne Marchand 10:30-11:50 T TH

History 2023, The World Since 1960

This course serves as a survey covering major events since 1960 in the United States, USSR/Russia, and selected nations of Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Asia with an emphasis on social, cultural, political, and national security issues.  Topics will include sex, drugs, student protests, spies, and rock & roll. There is no overarching textbook, but you will need to read two books out of a selection of ten (all easily available used or in digital format). Grades will be based on a midterm and final; weekly discussion forums based on primary sources; and, in-class collaborative assignments. This is a General Education course.

Instructor Jason Wolfe 10:30-11:50 T TH

**History 2025, Early Modern Europe

This course provides an introduction to the history of Western Europe in the period from 1450 until 1800. It will divide focus between the social, economic, religious, and political structures of premodern European societies and the major upheavals to those structures caused by the Reformation, the Age of Discovery, the growth of a market-oriented consumer society, the rise of literacy and the Enlightenment, and, finally, the French Revolution. Students will read primary and secondary sources and practice formulating arguments from historical evidence. Midterm, final, quizzes and 2 brief papers. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Christine Kooi 1:30-2:20 M W F

**History 2030:    War, Mass Violence, and Genocide

This course examines mass violence against civilians, usually in the context of warfare. These events have earned various names: ethnic cleansings, forced resettlements, famines, genocides, purges, the Holocaust, or massacres. What are the common causes and consequences linking these atrocities, and what makes each case unique? This course will tackle the histories, politics, and legacies of several cases: the destruction of American Indian populations, the Armenian genocide, the Soviet famine in Ukraine, the Holocaust, postwar expulsion of Germans, anti-Communist massacres in Indonesia, and the Rwandan genocide. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Brendan Karch 11:30-12:20 M W F

**History 2055, section 1:    US to 1865

The course provides an overview of the how America changes from the time of the Indians to the end of the Civil War. It looks at many developments but in particular explores four themes: how America’s political values develop and change; the origins and development America’s governmental institutions; the evolution and influence of cultural values, particularly religion; and the role of slavery and race. Reading assignments include a textbook and three additional books. There will be two hour tests (short answer and one essay), two or three shorter quizzes (all short answer), and a final (short answers and two essays). This is a General Education course.

Prof. Gaines Foster 12:30-1:20 M W F

**History 2055, section 2:    US to 1865

History of the United States from pre-colonial times up to the Civil War. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean 9:00-10:20 T TH
 **History 2055, section 3:    US to 1865

History of the United States from pre-colonial times up to the Civil War. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Andrew Burstein 12:00-1:20 T TH

 **History 2055, section 4:    US to 1865

History of the United States from pre-colonial times up to the Civil War. This is a General Education course.

Staff 9:30-10:20 M W F

**History 2056, section 1: US to 1865, Honors

History 2056 is taught in conjunction with History 2055, sec. 1.  Students in Hist 2056 attend that class and meet all its requirements.  In addition, students in 2056 meet once a week for a small group discussion, using in part one additional book.  They also write two additional papers. This is a General Education course.


Prof. Gaines Foster 12:30-1:20 M W F and 1:30-2:20 W

**Hist 2057, section 1: The United States from 1865 to the Present

History of the United States from the Civil War era to the present day. This is a General Education course.

Instructor Mark Carson 9:00-10:20 T TH

**History 2057, section 2:  The United States from 1865 to the Present

This lecture-based course covers the history of the United States since the Civil War by exploring the major issues in modern America, primarily the growth of the federal government, the rise of corporate power, and the struggle of groups to gain and retain power. Students will be expected to write argumentative essays throughout the semester based the lectures and primary documents. There are no exams in this course. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Charles Shindo 11:30-12:20 M W F

**Hist 2061: African American History

This course examines the social, political, and economic impact of African American communities in the United States. Beginning with the mass importation of Africans as a labor force in the late fifteenth century, the survey serves as an introduction to the history of achievement and exploitation in one of the most culturally influential populations in world history. The course covers that history into the late twentieth century looking at African American impact on American society and politics into the postmodern era. The class is aimed at familiarizing students with the general problems, needs, and goals of African American populations in hopes of demonstrating the ways in which those material realities and cultural norms are contingent on a dynamic and continuous exchange with the rest of the United States that makes African Americans both consumers and creators of the broader American culture. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Kodi Roberts 12:00-1:20 T TH

**Hist 2100: Introduction to Asia 

This course offers students the basic knowledge of the great eastern civilizations (with special focus on China, Japan, India, and Vietnam) from their early emergence to contemporary times. It particularly focuses on social, cultural, and religious practices and beliefs as well as cross-cultural contacts within Asia and with the West. This course will also address methodological issues, such as Orientalism and Globalization, that are particularly relevant to the study of Asia. This is a General Education course.

Prof. Asiya Alam 10:30-11:20 M W F

Hist 3071: Louisiana

This is 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 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.

Prof. Alecia Long 10:30-11:50 T TH

HIST 3117, section 1: History of Capitalism

Capitalism has generally been considered the driving force behind globalization. Since the beginning of the global economic crisis in 2007-2008, however, “capitalist globalization” has become the object of much debate, leading to a close reexamination of such issues as its nature, its benefits and pitfalls, and its sustainability.
Taking an historical approach, this course addresses these and other questions, including what exactly are capitalism and capitalist globalization and what kind of transformation–in terms of time and space–did both undergo. What are the intellectual and historical origins of capitalism? What are its relationships with modernity?

Prof. Margherita Zanasi 3:00-5:50 W

HIST 3118, section 1: Saving the World: The British Hero in Popular Culture since 1945

Sherlock Holmes. Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee. James Bond. Doctor Who. Harry Potter.

This course explores the history of the British hero in  modern British and global popular culture. History 3118 is a seminar rather than a lecture course. Students should be ready, willing, and able to participate in class discussions as well as to pursue their own research. Although there are no formal prerequisites, students who have not read the Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings will find the course quite difficult.

Prof. Meredith Veldman 1:30-2:50 M W

Hist 3118, section 2: Crafting History in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Undergraduate Seminar

How and why was the writing of “History” invented? How did ancient and medieval people understand their history and how did they begin to tell it?  How does history get used by civilizations in the past and the present?  This undergraduate seminar explores these issues and others through a lively discussion and reading of premodern historians such as Herodotus, Ibn Khaldun, Polybius, the Hebrew Bible, Tacitus, Anna Comnena, Bede, Gregory of Tours, Norse Sagas, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Orosius, etc.  If you enjoy History and wish to explore the history of History, this is the course for you!  Grade based on discussions, presentations, and papers, including a research paper. Honors Option available.  Contact Prof. Maribel Dietz for more information:

Prof. Maribel Dietz 3:00-5:50 T

Hist 3119 section 1: Race, Crime & Prison

 In the face of exploding prison populations, a clamor to decrease the economic and administrative burdens surrounding prisons, and protests and international outcries against police violence, a constant national dialogue about incarceration and criminal justice is occurring now in the United States.  This course will seek to explore some of the literature on the relationship between racial politics, criminal justice, and the prison industrial complex.  Students will be required to digest and unpack the complexities around these issues in order to understand what arguments are being made on either side of this issue, how the history of racial ideologies and criminal justice intersect in American history, and in what ways should that history inform our contemporary understanding of the problems and proposed solutions for dealing with an ailing criminal justice system.

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Prof. Kodi Roberts 3:00-4:20 T TH

Hist 3119 section 2: Amateur Sports

As we read stories of races won and touchdowns scored, we will look beyond the competition and focus on broader themes such as: the ethics of tying commercial sports to higher education; racial prejudice, exclusion, and integration in sport; athleticism and evolving ideas about masculinity and womanhood; the links between sport, patriotism, and national identity; and sport as an arena for political protest. In a seminar format, students will discuss primary sources and the contemporary works of historians and sociologists. Workload includes weekly reading, three short book-based essays, and a research project that investigates how sports have reflected larger trends in American life. This project will investigate primary sources about a sports topic of your choice. For more information contact Professor Gutfreund: 

Prof. Zevi Gutfreund 12:00-1:20  T TH

HIST 3119 section 3: History and Film

This seminar will explore the relationship between history and film by looking at historical documentaries, theatrical films about historical subjects, and theatrical films as historical documents.  Seminar discussions will be based on readings and film viewings.  Each student will write three papers (about 10 pages each) over the course of the semester.  For more information contact Professor Shindo:

Prof. Charles Shindo 3:00-5:50 M

Hist 4001: Greece of the City-State

From the epics of Homer to the exploits of Alexander the Great: Course will follow the rise of Greek culture and self-identity first against the background of the state system of the wider Mediterranean world, and then in the context of the emergence of the polis city state system and the significance of the Greek cultural heritage. Reading intensive: Both textbook readings and original source texts (the classical historians and other examples of Greek literary authors) will be used. Primary emphasis is on military and political history, but due attention will also be paid to philosophy, tragedy, art history and other important aspects of Greek society and its impact on the modern world. One midterm exam and a final; one book report on an “outside” book; one research paper; participation points and debates.

Prof. Steven Ross 12:00-1:20 T TH

HIST 4008: Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500

In this course, we will examine the history of Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean from 1000-1500. The course will combine lecture with discussion of primary sources.   Readings will include crusade chronicles, the Song of Roland, the letters of Abelard and Heloise, and Dante’s Inferno, along with documents that allow us to see the changes in cities, kingdoms and the church in this era.   Assignments for the class will include two exams, a final paper, quizzes and participation in class discussions.  

Instructor Austin McCray 12:30-1:20 M W F

HIST 4024: Dutch Republic and Empire, 1500-1800

Political, economic, social and cultural history of one of the great powers of early modern Europe; emphasis on the Golden Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Grades will be evaluated on the basis of a midterm and final exam, two short papers and participation in class discussion.

Prof. Christine Kooi 10:30-11:20 M W F

Hist 4043: Tudor England

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  12:30-1:20 M W F

Hist 4071: Antebellum South

Economic, social, intellectual and political development of the South to 1860.

Instructor Luke Hargroder 1:30-2:20 M W F

Hist 4083: Mexico: The National Period

This course covers the history of Mexico from the wars of Independence to the present (c. 1810-present).  It is designed to introduce the region to the college student in some of its complexity—the history, the politics, the economics, the art, the people.  It proposes to do so through readings, discussions, film, individual research, analytical writing and lectures.  What will be offered is montage, cut and spliced images—glimpses—of times and places past, as well as contemporary visions and some very minor future prognostications.  The stereotypes of mustachioed men, bandoliered revolutionaries, and mariachis will be eschewed for a more realistic, everyday picture of the Mexico’s people and places.  When possible, we will attempt to listen to the articulations of Mexicans themselves, principally through words they have written—primary sources.  Topics covered will include the struggle for independence from colonial powers, the creation of an independent nation-state, war in the 19th century, the Porfiriato, the Mexican Revolution, economic development in the 20th century, the rise of the Mexican counterculture, debt-crisis and neoliberalism, democratization and the PRI, drug-trafficking and violence, and popular culture. Students will be assigned two essays as well as a final research paper. Readings will include scholarly monographs, articles, novels, and primary sources.

Prof. Stephen Andes 1:30-2:50 T TH

Hist 4091: China to 1600

History and civilization, including a survey of religion and philosophy, language and literature, art and archaeology and popular culture.

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Prof. Margherita Zanasi 1:30-2:50 T TH

Hist 4094: Modern Japan

From 1600 to the present; emphasis on historical and cultural roots of Japan's modernization in the late 19th century and quest for empire in the 20th century; cultural and intellectual developments in modern Japan.

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Instructor Kathryn Barton 3:00-4:20 T TH

Hist 4130: World War II

This course focuses on the political and social history of World War II. We examine how the war shaped, and was shaped by, global politics, ideology, race, colonialism, occupation policies, civilian experiences, gender, class, and the environment. 

Prof. Brendan Karch 1:30-2:50 M W

Hist 4140: Vietnam War

French colonial rule and Vietnamese nationalism; Ho Chi Minh and the war against the French (1946-1954); The National Liberation Front (Vietcong); process of American involvement and disengagement; counter-insurgency and the air war; anti-war movement in the United States; reasons for failure of American policy; Vietnam since 1975; lessons and legacies for the U.S.

Instructor Mark Carson 12:00-1:20 T TH

Hist 4197: Crime, Conspiracy and Courtroom Dramas

In this class, we address how American films offer a complex medium for decoding popular conceptions of the nature of crime, the causes of political conspiracies, and the meaning of justice. We begin with Scarface (1932), the classic film of the criminal underworld, followed by films on other controversial political topics: southern chain gangs; the film noir world of murder; wartime fears of espionage, treason, and presidential assassination; racial injustice; prejudice and the jury system; women on death row; and corruption in the judicial system. The course covers mostly Hollywood films but ends with a modern documentary, The Thin Blue Line (1988), which explores the case of a man on death row. Major assigned readings (other online articles will be used as well) include: Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay (1989); Robert Burns, I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! (1997); Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men: A Screen Adaptation (1985); David Ruth, Inventing the Public Enemy (1996). Students are required to screen all the assigned films.

Prof. Nancy Isenberg 12:00-1:20 T TH

Hist 4901.1: Internships

Students can intern at a nearby historical site and earn three hours of credit. Course involves 90 work hours during the semester, confirmed by a mentor/supervisor, a few meetings with the course instructor and a 10-15 page paper at the end evaluating the experience and what was learned.



Prof. Victor Stater  


Graduate Courses

Hist 7904: American History and Criticism 3:00-5:50 M, Prof. Gaines Foster

Hist 7908: Introduction to Historical Research 3:00-5:50 M, Prof. Suzanne Marchand

Hist 7922: Seminar in European History to 1650 3:00-5:50 T, Prof. Sherri Johnson

Hist 7930: Reading Seminar in British History  Prof. Victor Stater (time TBA)

Hist 7951: Reading Seminar in American History from 1607 3:00-5:50 T, Prof. Nancy Isenberg

Hist 7956: Reading Seminar in American History, 1865-present 3:00-5:50 TH Prof. Catherine Jacquet

Hist 7958: Special Topics Seminar: The Politics of Memory 3:00-5:50 TH Prof. Andrew Burstein

Hist 7970: Graduate Seminar on Modern Imperialism 3:00-5:50 W Prof. Asiya Alam