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HIS 1400 United States History I Through 1877
3 credits
A survey stressing the significant movements, events, and personalities in American history from the earliest settlements to 1877. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered Term I annually.

HIS 1401 United States History II 1865 to Present
3 credits
A survey stressing the significant movements, events, and personalities in American history from 1865 to the present. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered Term II annually.

HIS-WMS 1402 United States Women’s History to 1865
3 credits
An introductory survey course exploring how racial, class, and regional differences shaped the lives of different groups of American women from the early seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. Distribution Requirement: US.

HIS-WMS 1403 United States Women’s History: 1865 to the Present
3 credits
An introductory survey of the work and family roles of different groups of American women from the post Civil War era to the present. This course also discusses the historical development of the modern feminist movement in the United States. Distribution Requirement: US.

HIS 1500 European History I
3 credits
A study of the creation of European civilization from earliest times until the mid-Seventeenth Century, with special focus upon medieval Europe and the Reformation era. Offered Term I annually. Distribution Requirement: EU.

HIS 1501 European History II
3 credits
The development of modern European civilization from the mid-Seventeenth Century until recent times, with attention to issues of paramount concern to contemporary Europe. Offered Term II annually. Distribution Requirement: EU.

HIS 1600 Asian History I
3 credits
An introduction to Pre-modern Asia, giving special attention to the religious and cultural traditions that make the major civilizations of that region unique, as well as the ways in which these civilizations influenced each other. Offered Term I annually. Distribution Requirement: NW.

HIS 1601 Asian History II
3 credits
An introduction to Modern Asia, focusing particularly on the interaction between Asian and Western civilizations, the rise of nation-states, and the problems of modernization in India, China, and Japan. Offered Term II annually. Distribution Requirement: NW.

HIS 2100 Ancient Near East
3 credits
An overview of the principal political and cultural achievements of the peoples of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolla, Persia and their neighbors from the fourth millennium to the Fifth Century B.C. Distribution Requirement: NW. Fulfills.

HIS-WMS 2115 Women in Asia Pre-Modern
3 credits
The principal goal of this course is to emphasize the value of comparative study for a meaningful understanding of different social and cultural traditions especially as they relate to the roles and status of women in Asia. This course will focus on the pre-modern period, a period that covers from the pre-imperial period of Confucius to the closing days of the dynastic system. Distribution Requirement: NW. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I and Term II.

HIS-WMS 2116 Women in Asia Modern
3 credits
The principal goal of this course is to emphasize the value of comparative study for a meaningful understanding of different social and cultural traditions especially as they relate to the roles and status of women in Asia. This course will focus on the modern period, a period that covers from closing days of the dynastic system, through the period of Western imperialism, to the middle of the twentieth century. Distribution Requirement: NW. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Terms I and II.

HIS 2400 History of Colonial and Revolutionary America
3 credits
A study of the formative years of American history from the earliest settlements to the adoption of the Constitution, with special emphasis on such topics as Puritanism, the rise of American nationalism, black-white relations, the American Revolution, and the formation of the national government. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered as needed.

HIS 2501 Ancient Greece
3 credits
A comprehensive study of ancient Greek culture, with special emphasis on the political and artistic achievements of the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Distribution Requirement: EU.

HIS 2502 Ancient Rome
3 credits
An examination of Rome’s ancient culture from the Monarchy period to the end of the Roman Empire, emphasizing the political and social trends. Distribution Requirement: EU.

HIS 2503 History of England to 1688
3 credits
A survey and analysis of the leading events in English history from Stonehenge to the Glorious Revolution. Distribution Requirement: EU. Offered alternate years.

HIS 2504 History of England Since 1688
3 credits
A survey and analysis of the leading events in English history from the Glorious Revolution to contemporary times. Distribution Requirement: EU. Offered alternate years.

HIS 2506 Modern Russian History
3 credits
A survey and analysis of the leading events in Russian history since Peter the Great, with special attention to the origins and nature of the Soviet Union. Distribution Requirement: EU. Offered alternate years.

HIS 2602 History of China
3 credits
A study of Chinese civilization from Confucius to the People’s Republic, discussing China’s magnificent traditions, Western colonialism’s impact, and the Chinese response to Colonialism. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered as needed.

HIS 2603 History of Japan
3 credits
A study of the events and traditions that made Japan what she is today, from the refined culture of the Nara and Heian periods through the disciplined and rigorous Tokugawa era, to the miracle that is Japan today. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered as needed.

HIS 2660 History of China to 1600
3 credits
A survey of Chinese history from the pre-historic period through 1600 covering the major social, cultural, political, and economic developments that animate this long period of history. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered Terms I and II.

HIS 2670 History of China Since 1600
3 credits
A survey of Chinese history from 1600 to the present covering the major social and political developments that coalesced to produce the striking changes in China over the past two centuries. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered Terms I and II.

HIS-ART 2651 Chinese Religion and Visual Culture
3 credits
This course examines the interaction between religious and artistic practices and their impact on the cultural history of China. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered Fall and Winter Terms.

HIS-AMS-ENG 3000 Race and American Identity
3 credits
A study of the way in which race has influenced the question of American identity; readings include W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Richard Rodriguez, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich, and Toni Morrison. Prerequisite: One course in American Studies or American History.

HIS-AMS 3015 American Environmental History
3 credits
A study of the environmental history of the North American continent by exploring the interactions of human beings and the environment from the first European contacts with Native Americans to the present. We will explore a variety of historical sources, including data about climate, flora, and fauna, and agricultural and industrial production; the accounts of travelers and explorers; diaries; art and literature. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS-AMS-ENG 3025 Nature and the American Imagination
3 credits
A study of the intellectual and cultural responses to nature from the colonial period to the present, focusing on arts, literature, and philosophy.

HIS-WMS 3205 Origins of American Feminism, 1780s to the 1920s
3 credits
An exploration of the political, economic, and cultural conditions which promoted organized feminism in the United States from the 1780s to the 1920s. Topics discussed include: How does one define feminism? Who were the leading early feminists? What role did the antislavery movement, the Civil War, the emergence of corporate capitalism, and the development of birth control have on the struggle for women’s rights? Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3403 The United States as a Global Power, 1945 to the Present
3 credits
A study of selected topics in American diplomatic history including the rise of the United States as a world power and its role in world affairs in modern times Offered as needed. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3405 The Enlightenment: Revolution in Eighteenth Century Europe and America
3 credits
An exploration of the major intellectual and political aspects of Enlightenment thought in Eighteenth Century Western Europe and North America. Discussion of major thinkers such as Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Jefferson, Smith, Jefferson, Madison and Wollstonecraft. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3411 Reforming America, 1815-1860
3 credits
A study of the major reform movements which transformed American culture and politics during the first half of the Nineteenth Century. Discussion of efforts to eradicate slavery, drunkenness, crime, prostitution, child abuse, illiteracy, and various other ills. The role of evangelical Christianity and women’s activism in shaping reform will merit particular study. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3412 The Transformation of American Culture, 1870s-1910s
3 credits
A study of the major issues which transformed the cultural and political life of the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Topics include the impact of Darwinism, feminism, consumer capitalism and World War I on American society. Discussion of leading thinkers such as William James, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Thorstein Veblen, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and W.E.B. DuBois. Distribution Requirement: US. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3501 Greek Historians
3 credits
An in-depth study of Greek Historians from the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., specifically Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, and Arrian, with emphasis on the historiography of Classical times. Prerequisite: HIS 2501 or HIS 1500. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3502 Historians of Ancient Rome
3 credits
An in-depth study of historians of Ancient Rome from the first century B.C. to the Fourth Century A.D., focusing on Julius Caesar, Livy, Tacitus, and Ammianus Marcellinus, with emphasis on Roman historiography. Prerequisite: HIS 2502 or HIS 1500. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3510 Renaissance Italy
3 credits
A study of the thought, culture, and art of the Renaissance in Italy, in the context of Italian history from the 1300s to 1550. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I.

HIS 3515 Tudor England
3 credits
A detailed study of the major developments in Sixteenth Century England, especially in the fields of politics, society, and culture. Offered as needed. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3520 The French Revolution and Napoleon
3 credits
An in-depth analysis of the major developments in Europe during the French Revolution and Napoleonic era, and of the competing interpretations of these events. Offered as needed. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

HIS 3525 European Totalitarianism
3 credits
An examination of totalitarian movements and regimes in Europe in the first half of the Twentieth Century, concentrating on Communism in the USSR and Nazism in Germany. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II.

HIS 3602 Empire in Early China
3 credits
This course will explore how the vision and concept of empire was constructed in early China. The main period of focus will be the Qin (221 -207 BCE) and Han (206 BCE-220 CE) dynasties, the two states that created the mold for what a Chinese empire should look like. Prerequisites: HIS1600, or HIS 2115, or HIS 2602. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I and Term II.

HIS 3696 Chinese Historiography
3 credits
This course will examine in detail the changing role of the historian in Chinese culture from the earliest times through to the modern era looking in detail at a range of historiographical works. Prerequisites: One of the following: HIS 1600, HIS 1601, HIS 2115, HIS 2602, or HIS 3602. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I and Term II.

HIS 4590 Senior Seminar
3 credits
A course in research methods for junior and senior history majors, conducted with a different focus by members of the history faculty. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II.