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History


HIST-111 United States History to 1877

Covers the emergence of an independent American state, the development of a distinctively American society and culture, the conflict over states' rights and slavery, and the Civil War. Considers changes in the lives of diverse American peoples.

HIST-112 United States History Since 1877

Considers industrialization, immigration, domestic politics, foreign relations and changing definitions of citizenship in the United States since the late 19th century.

HIST-131 Europe, 800 - 1648

European history from about 800 to the middle of the 17th century. Pays particular attention to major epochs during this lengthy period-medieval, Renaissance, Reformation.

HIST-132 Europe, 1648 - Present

Modern Europe from the dawn of science and Enlightenment thought to the end of communism and after. Focuses on political, intellectual, cultural and social developments, showing the ways in which ideas shaped people's daily lives. Pays special attention to the human impact of the modern state's development, as well as industrialization, empire building, modernism, world war and genocide.

HIST-151 Traditional East Asia

An introduction to the civilization of East Asia from earliest times to the 17th century, surveying major political, social and cultural developments in China, Japan and Korea. Special attention is given to the origins and the evolution of civilizations; the relationship between state, society, and religion; and the writing of history. The course provides students with a better understanding of different cultures, to awaken them to world developments and to encourage cross-cultural analysis and appreciation.

HIST-152 Modern East Asia

A survey course that introduces the foundation and development of modern East Asia from the 17th century to the present. It emphasizes the transformation of political and economic institutions, and the social and cultural trends of modern China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. It studies how international diplomatic, commercial, military, religious and cultural relationships joined with internal processes to direct the development of East Asian societies.

HIST-171 African Civilization

Survey of key developments in early African history from the agricultural revolution to the advent of trade with Western Europe. This course covers the topics of technology, economy, politics, constructions of gender, and religious institutions between circa 16,000 B.C.E. up to 1400 C.E.

HIST-172 Early Modern Africa

An examination of the processes of change that have led to modern political, economic, and social institutions in Africa. Topics include the analysis of the historical development of urbanization, state formation, the slave trade, monetary systems, and leisure culture. This course focuses on issues of continuity and change between 1400 and the present. The central question addressed is how have African communities viewed modernity and how have different people endeavored to create a modern Africa?

HIST-180 Latin America, 1492 - 1825

An examination of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to independence. Traces developments fundamental to the establishment of colonial rule, the formation of colonial society, and the origins of the independence movements in Spanish America and Brazil. Topics include contact period, the cultural and political assimilation and resistance of indigenous and African peoples, the role of the church, colonial government and economic systems in colonial organization.

HIST-181 Latin American History, 1825 - Present

Study of Latin America from the era of independence to the present. Focuses on Latin America and the global economy, revolutions and their consequences, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of the region, the relationship between the U. S. A. and Latin American nations, and changing politics of citizenship.

HIST-215 The Civil War in American Experience

This course considers the Civil War in its economic, political, and cultural contexts. Students focus on the war as a human struggle with roots in racial, class, gender, and regional identities. The course also emphasizes historians' debates about causes and consequences. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-217 Contemporary America, 1945 - Present

Analyzes the United States in the Cold War, the Civil Rights era, the war in Vietnam, the period of deindustrialization, and into the 1980s and 1990s. Focus on social/cultural history and the theories with which historians explain the past. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-218 Work and Play in the USA

This course examines the connections between the history of labor and leisure in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Particular emphasis is placed on social and cultural analysis of labor and leisure systems. Students read several historical case studies and synthesize course material in an original research project or a topic of their choosing. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-226 Soviet and Russian Politics

Looks at Russian and Soviet politics and foreign policy. The Soviet Union is examined, with particular emphasis on the policies of Gorbachev and the 1991 disintegration of the U.S.S.R. The post-Soviet period is also studied, especially the challenges of democratization and of moving toward a market economy. While primary attention is paid to the situation in Russia, issues in other former Soviet republics and Eastern Europe are discussed. Same as POLI-226.

HIST-238 Contemporary Europe

Examination of post-World War II Europe from its division, reconstruction, and reduction to democratization and the end of communism. Compares life in both East and West. Pays attention to cultural diversity in the new Europe. Explores the role of memory in shaping European identities. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-258 Modern China

A history of China from the fall of the last imperial dynasty to the People's Republic. It covers the major political events and revolutions, such as the Opium War, the Republican revolution and the Communist revolution. It also emphasizes the social and cultural lives of various human actors and social institutions, such as peasants, workers, women, ethnic minorities, migrants within and beyond China, educational system, and nationality laws. It explores such questions as what is Chineseness and what modernity means to different people at different times. It also studies China as an integral part of world history. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-300 History Methods

A study of the research methods employed by historians: searching for sources with electronic and published retrieval systems, annotated bibliographies, and methods of citation. A consideration of epistemological issues, such as fact, truth, inference and synthesis. Completion of a historiographical essay, a short research project and other writing in order to build and refine skills. History Methods is a critical course in the professional development of historians; therefore, the intended audience is history majors and minors. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and two history courses or permission of instructor. 4 SH.

HIST-313 Social History of the United States

Studies the changing group setting for individual Americans, including family, community, class, and race/ethnicity, with a dual focus on popular culture and the process of industrialization/urbanization. Also examines historians' models of social change. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-314 African-American History

Surveys the experience of African-Americans from the origins of slavery to the debate over affirmative action. Considers slavery, black abolition, blacks during the Civil War and their transition to freedom. Also covers life under institutional restrictions such as segregation and disenfranchisement, and Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and the changing cultural expressions of African-Americans. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-316 Making a Multicultural United States

This course examines United States history through the lens of ethnic and racial interplay. Students consider the experiences of a diverse set of historical actors, emphasizing shifting definitions of national identity, citizenship, and opportunity in America.

HIST-321 European Union

Examines the post-World War II development, institutional structure and policies of the European Union and its predecessors in the movement toward European integration, with a special emphasis on the current situation. Same as POLI-321.

HIST-322 Pennsylvania History

An examination of the history and government of Pennsylvania. In addition to analyzing political developments and the structure of the state constitution, students consider the experiences of a diverse set of historical actors who co-existed from the colonial period to the late 20th century. The course emphasizes the ways in which these groups interacted, as well as the means by which individuals made sense of such widespread changes as industrialization, demographic shifts and urbanization. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-323 History of American Medicine

An analysis of the history of American medicine from the colonial period to today. In addition to studying professional medical practice, the class investigates the following topics: Native American medicine, enslaved healers, alternative medical practices, gender and medicine, race and medicine, class and medicine, and disease. Using both primary and secondary sources, students will analyze several important questions. What is medicine? What is disease? How did race, gender, and class affect American medical care? How has medicine changed or stayed the same over time? What is unique about American medicine? Prior knowledge of medicine or American history is not required.

HIST-330 The Middle Ages

Focuses on the social, economic, and intellectual changes and developments during the time of enormous creativity and transition from the ninth to the 14th centuries. Examines the social and intellectual synthesis of the medieval period as an essential link between the classical and modern worlds. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-331 Medieval People and Culture

An interdisciplinary study of the historical and literary figures of the Middle Ages. Although the content will vary from semester to semester, this course is designed to provide substantial first-hand knowledge of major works of the period, as well as an introduction to the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written. Same as HONS-340. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-335 Muslims/Christians/Jews Medieval Spain

This course will examine the lives of Muslims, Christians and Jews who lived in the Iberian Peninsula, at times under Muslim rule and at times under Christian domination, during the 8th to the 15th centuries. We will explore the distinctive religious thought and practices of each group while noting the theological and traditional connections among the ""Peoples of the Book."" We will also investigate the idea of ""convivencia"" as a way to understand the living together of these three groups, which resulted in significant cultural, philosophical and artistic collaboration and achievement and horrifying persecutions, cruelty and slaughter. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

HIST-338 The Holocaust

Examines the origins, implementation and consequences of the Nazi program of mass murder over the course of the 20th century. Students study various primary and secondary sources of the Holocaust and consider the lasting impact of how we represent and remember these events. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission. Same as JWST-338.

HIST-361 Global Migrations in Modern History

A study of migration in the modern world from historical and comparative perspectives. It examines major migrations across national boundries and their connections in the global context. It compares migrants to the United States with those living and working in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It addresses important themes such as colonialism, imperialism, racism, war and migration, gender and migration, and so on.

HIST-370 American Women

This course traces the history of American women from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries. It considers the history of American women in relation to gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and religion. Same as WMST-370.

HIST-375 Piracy

Pirates have long been a fear and fascination of communities mythologized in popular culture. From literature to film to music and even fashion, pirates are a favorite inspiration. In this course we examine, from several philosophical and cultural perspectives, piracy in its various forms. We also examine how several disciplines have approached and/or defined the subject; the disciplines include history, anthropology, law, literature and art. Definitions of piracy vary not only in terms of global perspectives but also historical eras, though typically definitions of piracy deal with issues of transgressing societal norms and border crossing, be those borders philosophical or physical. We examine the diversity of piracy in its many forms, from maritime piracy to digital piracy, as well as piracy's economic, social, political and cultural impacts. A wide range of sources will be used to explore this topic including films, music, children's literature, poetry, international laws, scholarship in the disciplines, religious commentaries and media coverage of piracy. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and one of the following: ANTH-162, a 100-level history course, a 100-level philosophy or religion course, a 100-level political science course, and a 100 or 200-level economics course.

HIST-376 Race/Nation in Modern Latin America

This course examines the role of the idea of race in the formation of the modern nation-state in Latin America during the 19th and 20th centuries. It examines how racial ideologies and constructions shaped during the forging of national identity and the ways of citizenship were constantly challenged and redefined by government officials and racial/ethnic groups after independence. The course also examines how ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, and nation not only shaped the course of the region's history but also the lives of ordinary people.

HIST-381 Film and History

This interdisciplinary course unites film studies and history as a way to understand two things: the ways that film functions as history and the ways we use film to consider history. Using films therefore as primary and secondary sources, it will analyze one epoch in detail. Students will use the tools of the historian to study film and the tools of the film scholar to analyze film's function in shaping perspectives on history. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and either one course in history or one course in film.

HIST-383 Popular Music & History in the 20th Cent

Merging the study of music and history, this interdisciplinary class offers a unique way to understand people's lives in Europe and the United States in the 20th century. The focus on popular music, in particular, looks at recorded music, which helps minimize differences in students' abilities to read and analyze music. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and either a 100-level history or 100-level music course (ideally both), or instructor's permission.

HIST-389 Enlightenment & Revolution

This seminar traces the history of the Enlightenment and French Revolution from a comparative perspective. Using and analyzing secondary and primary sources, the class will explore various themes related to the Enlightenment including the importance of science, the role women played, the rise of print culture, and the impact of the philosophes. In the second half of the semester, the class will turn its attention to the French Revolution, revolution in the French colonies, and how Americans viewed the Revolution.

HIST-390 Topics in History

Topics vary according to instructor. Recent topics included film and history, African diaspora, intellectual history of Europe, Islam in Africa, Indian Ocean history, Latin American revolutions, American women, and global migrations. Prerequisite: at least one history course or instructor's permission.

HIST-401 Collective Inquiry in History

Collective work that bridges the courses History Methods and Seminar in History and helps students construct their senior thesis topic. Also emphasizes editing, publishing, Web work and attention to career choices. Prerequisite: HIST-300 or instructor's permission.

HIST-408 Readings in History

Directed readings in a specific topic in the field, most often in preparation for the senior seminar. Prerequisite: HIST-300 or instructor's permission.

HIST-410 Seminar in History

The capstone course that brings together students' work in various classes, employing especially their research, analytical, interpretive, communication, and writing skills. Students create a substantial research project in conjunction with a faculty member and present their work publicly. Required for history majors. Prerequisite: HIST-300 or instructor's permission.

HIST-420 Internship in History

Supervised work in fields related to history including museum work, publishing and editing, historic site surveys and other activities in public history. Not for major or Central Curriculum credit.

HIST-501 Independent Study

Detailed exploration of a selected historical period, topic or problem under a faculty member's direction. Involves either a reading program or a major research paper. Open to all majors. Prerequisite: Department permission.

HIST-502 Honors Conference

Writing a thesis under the personal supervision of a department member.

Womens Studies


WMST-370 American Women

This course traces the history of American women from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries. It considers the history of American women in relation to gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and religion. Same as HIST-370.



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