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Fall 2024 History Department Advising Guide

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Course Number PAWS Number Course Name Professor Days Times Pre-Modern? Regions College Core
HIS130-01 82237 Key Moments in Russian History Through Film Dr. Roman Kovalev TF 11am-12:20pm No Eurasia Global
HIS130-02 82238 Key Moments in Russian History Through Film Dr. Roman Kovalev TF 3:30pm-4:50pm No Eurasia Global
HIS165-01 82239 US Slavery in TV and Film Dr. Mekala Audain MR 11am-12:20pm No United States
HIS165-02 82240 Disease and Health in US History Dr. Simon Finger TF 11am-12:20pm No United States
HIS165-03 82241 Disease and Health in US History Dr. Simon Finger TF 9:30am-10:50am No United States N/A
HIS173-01 82243 19th Century US History Dr. Craig Hollander MR 11am-12:20pm No United States N/A
HIS173-02 82244 19th Century US History Dr. Craig Hollander MR 2pm-3:20pm No United States N/A
HIS177-01 82245 20th Century US History Dr. Michael Zvalaren M 5:30pm-8:20pm No United States N/A
HIS177-02 82356 20th Century US History Dr. Joseph Coleman TF 9:30am-10:50am No United States N/A
HIS179-01 82246 African American History to 1865 Dr. Mekala Audain MR 9:30am-10:50am No United States Race and Ethnicity
HIS180-01 82247 African American History 1865-Present Dr. Christopher Fisher TF 9:30am-10:50am No United States Race and Ethnicity
HIS180-02 82248 African American History 1865-Present Dr, Christopher Fisher TF 11am-12:20pm No United States Race and Ethnicity
HIS187-01 82249 World War 2 and Memory Dr. Joseph Campo MR 9:30am-10:50am No Comparative World N/A
HIS189-01 82250 World History Beyond the Margins Dr. Satya Shikha Chakraborty TF 2pm-3:20pm No Comparaitve World Gender, Global
HIS210-01 82325 The Craft of History Dr. Robert McGreevey M 2pm-4:50pm No N/A Global
HIS210-02 82326 The Craft of History Dr. Robert McGreevey R 2pm-4:50pm No N/A Global
HIS210-03 82327 The Craft of History Dr. Jodi Weinstein MR 12:30pm-1:50pm No N/A Global
HIS230-01 82328 Imperialism and Colonialism 1500-Present Dr. Satya Shikha Chakraborty TF 3:30pm-4:50pm No N/A N/A
HIS301-01 82329 Classical Greek Civilization Dr. Dobrinka Chiekova MR 9:30am-10:50am Yes Europe N/A
HIS303-01 82396 Roman Republic Dr. Arthur Jones MR 9:30am-10:50am Yes Europe N/A
HIS327-01 82331 European Society Since 1789 Dr. Cynthia Paces MR 11:00am-12:20pm No Europe Gender and Sexuality
HIS330-01 82332 Women and the Family in Modern China Dr. Qin Shao T 5:30pm-8:20pm No East Asia Global
HIS351-01 82333 Ancient and Medieval Africa Dr. Matthew Bender MR 3:30pm-4:50pm Yes Africa Global, Race and Ethnicity
HIS367-01 82334 US Civil and Human Rights Dr. Christopher Fisher TF 2pm-3:20pm No United States Global, Race and Ethnicity
HIS368-01 Queer HIstory in the US Dr. Lindsay Warren W 5:30pm-8:20pm No United States Gender and Sexuality
HIS388-01 82335 Environmental HIstory Dr. Matthew Bender MR 2pm-3:20pm No Comparative World N/A
HIS460-01 82336 Civil War and Reconstruction Dr. Craig Hollander M 5:30pm-8:20pm No United States N/A
HIS460-02 82792 Slavery and the City Dr. Mekala Audain M 2pm-4:50pm No United States N/A
HIS461-01 82337 1989 Dr. Cynthia Paces R 2pm-4:50pm No Europe N/A
HIS498-01 82339 Honors Senior Capstone Seminar Dr. Robert McGreevey MR 11am-12:20pm No N/A N/A
HIS499-01 82340 Senior Capstone Seminar Dr. Roman Kovalev TF 2pm-3:20pm No N/A N/A
HIS499-02 82341 Senior Capstone Seminar Dr. Qin Shao W 5:30pm-8:20pm No N/A N/A
HED390-01 82344 Methods and Tools of Teaching Social Studies Dr. Michael Marino MW 5:30pm-7:25pm No N/A N/A
HED490-01 82345 Student Teaching

Topics Courses:

HIS130-01 and HIS130-02: Key Moments in Russian History Through Film

The course will examine a number of watershed events in the history of Russia through screening films and placing them in their historical context. The course will be chronologically inclusive of all Russian history, from
the Middle Ages to modern times, but naturally examine films from the 20th-21st centuries. To achieve these aims, students will screen films, attend lectures, as well as read select books and articles dedicated to various
larger themes of the topic and discuss them in class.

HIS165-01: US Slavery in Television and Film

Within the past ten years, there has been a renewed interest in showing the experiences of enslaved Black people to both national and international audiences. In this course, students will view films and TV mini-series to learn about eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century U.S. slavery. Students will also read primary sources and scholarly book chapters to better understand the historical context of the films and miniseries that they watch. Among the questions we will consider in this course are: how do people use TV and film to remember slavery and how do these works reimagine the experiences of slavery?

HIS165-02 and -03: Disease and Health in US History

This course will explore changing American understandings of what it means to be healthy or sick, and how the quest to promote healthiness and avoid disease shaped American history and culture from the colonial era
to the 21st century. Using a variety of sources and an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine the relationship of health and environment, disease outbreaks and the responses to them, and battles over health policy. Topics will include the role of disease in American aboriginal depopulation, the catastrophic outbreaks of Yellow Fever and Cholera in the Early Republic, the doctor-patient relationship, the role of medicine in sustaining slavery, movements for dietary and health reform, the effects of urbanization on American health, debates over quarantine and immigration policy, and the role of the media in spreading information and misinformation about preserving health.

HIS187-01: Memory and World War Two

This course is designed to give students an appreciation for how the history of the Second World War unfolded and to explore how different groups of peoples at different periods after 1945 have contested the memories of those events. It pays particular attention to three themes: those wars and experiences that history seemingly forgot, crucial/controversial developments that have competing interpretations, and how even after the war was “over,” it has been (and still is) very much a central part in many people’s lives. Its main objective is to get students to comprehend that this was indeed a world war, that is, it had an impact on the entire globe.

HIS230-01: Colonialism and Imperialism 1500-Present

How did empire-building, colonialism, trans-oceanic trade and migrations transform the world into the globalized space we inhabit today? How have notions of the world itself changed in the last six centuries? This course offers a broad historical foundation of the modern world from the late 1400s, while trying to curtail Eurocentric assumptions from the narrative of world history and the history of empires. We will begin by exploring the powerful Islamic gunpowder empires such as the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals, and their struggles with rising European powers hungry for colonial expansion. What made European colonialism and global hegemony eventually possible, and how did various local cultures respond? Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and British imperialists not only imposed European norms and systems on the new territories they colonized, but also adapted to American, African and Asian forms of science and governance, and forged domestic ties with local people. This hierarchical cultural interaction not only changed the political, economic and knowledge structures of non-Western societies, but in the process also transformed Europe.

In this course, we will look at the crucial role played by ideologies of race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and morality in sustaining imperialism and colonialism. How were these ideologies naturalized by colonial science? Both Western and non-Western imperialism were legitimized through cultural products which permeated the everyday lives of ordinary people. We will explore how imperialism led to the world wars and how colonized people were dragged into the wars. We will look at anti-colonial nationalist struggles that led to decolonization, as well as transnational collaborations against Western imperialism and neo-colonialism. This course will not only enable us to understand imperial motives and methods, but also how ordinary people experienced empire. Finally, this course will help us think over the relationship between imperial history and memory – why certain events/individuals are remembered and memorialized, while others are forgotten.

HIS330-01: Women and the Family in Modern China

This course examines women and the family in modern China from the early 20th century to the present. How did Chinese women struggle against footbinding to become revolutionaries? What was the impact of the one-child policy on gender and generational relationships in contemporary China? The course explores these and other issues to study the impact of social change on women and family life, and women’s participation in and contribution to social change.  The course format is a combination of lectures, in-depth discussions, workshops, oral reports, visual presentations, role-playing, and other creative activities. The course materials include primary sources, scholarly works, material culture, and films.

HIS460-01: The Civil War and Reconstruction

This seminar will provide an overview of the Civil War and Reconstruction, giving students insight into the causes of the sectional conflict, the emancipation process, the military engagements of the Civil War, and the politics of national reconciliation. In the process, we will also address why the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction features so prominently in our collective memory.

HIS460-02: Slavery and the City

HIS461-01: 1989

Perhaps “1989” makes you think about Taylor Swift’s Album of the Year, commemorating the year of her birth, but 1989 was also a pivotal year in world history. The year 1989 witnessed the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the Tiananmen Square Uprising in China, the negotiations for Nelson Mandela’s release in South Africa, and new democratic elections in several Latin American and African countries. Scholars continue to debate about the factors that led to this convergence of unprecedented global change in a single year.  This course will analyze the events of 1989, from multiple perspectives, including historical documents, memoirs, films, and academic analyses.