Undergraduate minor: history
Graduate degrees: M.A. in history; Ph.D. in history
History is the heart of a liberal arts education. Students of history develop an understanding of change—how it happens and why it happens the way it does—that enables them to engage the world they inhabit and to participate fully in civic life. Department of History courses engage the diversity of American life and bring a global consciousness that helps students to navigate the streets (and the news) from Iowa City to Berlin to Nairobi.
Faculty and students in the department participate in many of the University's interdisciplinary departments and programs, including American studies, African American studies, American Indian and native studies, classics, Asian studies, international studies, Latin American studies, Latina/o studies, and gender, women's, and sexuality studies.
In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Department of History, many history courses are approved for the General Education Program. Look for courses with prefix HIST under "Historical Perspectives," "International and Global Issues," "Social Sciences," "Values and Culture," and "Diversity and Inclusion" in the General Education Program section of the Catalog. History courses approved for General Education may not be taken pass/nonpass, even when they are taken as electives.
Undergraduate Programs of Study
Graduate Programs of Study
University of Iowa Libraries has unusual strength in all aspects of U.S. history. The Main Library houses the Henry A. Wallace papers and related collections, the Iowa Women's Archives, and other unique materials. Special Collections has a vast archive of both printed and digitized materials, including five decades of papers and work donated by television news correspondent Tom Brokaw. The State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch also hold valuable research materials. The Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio offers assistance with projects in the digital humanities.
History majors should take HIST:2151 Introduction to the History Major during their sophomore year or the first semester after they declare the major.
HIST:1000 First-Year Seminar1-2 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first- or second-semester standing.
HIST:1001 CLAS Master Class1-3 s.h.
Exploration of a single topic in a series of lectures by faculty presenting divergent perspectives; illuminates intellectual adventure inherent in liberal arts and sciences; encourages discovery of majors and other areas of study within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Same as ARTS:1001, BIOC:1001, CLAS:1001, CS:1001, CSD:1001, ENGL:1001, PHIL:1001, RELS:1010, THTR:1001.
HIST:1002 Issues in Medieval Society3 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1004 Issues in Human History: Communities and Society in History3 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1006 Issues: Nature and Society in Historical Perspective3 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1008 Issues in European Politics and Society3 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1010 History Matters3 s.h.
How do we understand the past on its own terms and what is its relevance to the present? Introduction to historical thinking through a variety of topics. GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1012 Issues in Human History: Europe's Expansion Overseas3 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1014 Issues: Twentieth-Century Crisis3 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1016 The History That Made Our World3 s.h.
How does history help to explain our interconnected world? Introduction to international and global thinking through a variety of topics. GE: Historical Perspectives; International and Global Issues.
HIST:1025 Medieval Religion and Culture3 s.h.
Religion in Europe from classical antiquity to dawn of the Reformation; the religious element in traditions such as art, architecture, literature. GE: Historical Perspectives. Same as RELS:1225.
HIST:1030 Introduction to Islamic Civilization3 s.h.
Major areas of Islamic religious tradition: Qur'an, traditions of the Prophet, development and character of Islamic law, theology. GE: International and Global Issues; Values and Culture. Same as RELS:1130.
HIST:1040 Diversity in History3 s.h.
How did diversity affect past societies? How does history help us to understand diversity today? Introduction to thinking about diversity and inclusion; topics vary. GE: Diversity and Inclusion.
HIST:1050 Modern Religion and Culture3 s.h.
European and American religious life from Renaissance to 21st century; focus on specific themes, such as secularism, regionalism, pluralism. GE: Historical Perspectives. Same as RELS:1250.
HIST:1101 The Modern World3 s.h.
How did today's globalized world come to be? Which aspects of globalization are new and which are inherited from the past? Taking a long-term perspective, this course traces the development and acceleration of global interdependence since the 14th century; how far-flung parts of the globe have been linked to one another, how long-distance connections affected the societies involved, and how individuals have experienced and contributed to such global networks; students develop an understanding of globalization's long history leading up to the present and of their place in contemporary global networks. GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1115 Big Ideas: The History and Science of Oil3 s.h.
Historical perspective on business, science, geology, technology, politics, environment, and culture of the global oil industry; the rise of oil as the most influential international business of the last 150 years, the material foundation of economies, a major force in world politics, a shaper of daily life, and a guide to understanding Earth's deep history. Offered fall semesters. GE: Historical Perspectives. Same as EES:1115, ENVS:1115, GEOG:1115.
HIST:1219 Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America3 s.h.
Examination of major social issues and challenges faced by nation, state, and communities; what government's role is in a democratic society; how we decide when, where, and how government acts in ways consistent with social goals and values; focus on pressing social issues (i.e., education, inequality, labor standards, health care); historical development of the problem or policy; ways we address social issues; effectiveness of current policies and alternative policies; ways in which social science contributes to policy design and assessment. GE: Social Sciences. Same as SOC:1219.
HIST:1261 American History to 18773 s.h.
America before European colonization; encounters between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America; the rise and decline of European imperial powers; the independence and expansion of the American republic; economic, political, and social change from the American Revolutionary era through Civil War and Reconstruction. GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1262 American History 1877-Present3 s.h.
America since Civil War and Reconstruction; politics, society, and culture from the post-Civil War decades through the Progressive Era, the Great Depression, and two world wars; the "Cold War" with Soviet communism abroad and at home, social protest movements and their influence on electoral politics, and the evolving economic and political role of U.S. in the world. GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1401 Western Civilization I3-4 s.h.
Ancient history. GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1402 Western Civilization II3-4 s.h.
Medieval history. GE: Historical Perspectives.
HIST:1403 Western Civilization III3-4 s.h.
Modern history. GE: Historical Perspectives; International and Global Issues.
HIST:1602 Civilizations of Asia: China3 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives; International and Global Issues. Same as ASIA:1602.
HIST:1604 Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4 s.h.
GE: Historical Perspectives; International and Global Issues. Same as ASIA:1604.
HIST:1606 Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4 s.h.
Civilization of a vast region that includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. GE: Historical Perspectives; International and Global Issues. Same as ASIA:1606.
HIST:1607 Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4 s.h.
Introduction to Korean history and culture; how meanings of "Korea" and "Koreans" changed from ancient times to present; relevant issues of politics, society, and culture; events that shaped ancient Korean states—Koryo state (918-1392), the Choson dynasty (1392-1910), Japanese colonization (1910-1945), and the two Koreas (1945-present); how present perspectives on Korea have influenced understandings of its past. GE: Historical Perspectives; International and Global Issues.
HIST:1609 India Now! A Survey from Bollywood Films to Global Terror3-4 s.h.
Experience of change on adaptations made by India to global conditions in the last 50 years, and on contemporary Indian contributions to global conditions and culture; India environmentalism, Bollywood films and world music, celebrity culture and Nobel prizes, Gandhian activism, economic performance, the explosion of cricket, the place of English language, social movements among women and Untouchables, the Indian diaspora abroad, internal dissent, and the Indian war on terror. GE: Values and Culture.
HIST:1708 Civilizations of Africa3 s.h.
Introduction to the study of Africa; brief survey of African history; aspects of modern African life, including political and social issues, economic and health problems (including HIV/AIDS); classroom discussion of selected African films and assigned African novels. GE: Values and Culture.
HIST:2120 World History: Stone Age to Feudal Age3 s.h.
World history from human origins, through classical antiquity, to the 16th century; political, economic, and environmental forces contributing to social transformations. Same as IS:2120.
HIST:2122 World History: Feudal Age to Nuclear Age3 s.h.
World history from the late 1400s to 1945; colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and industrialization as forces of global social and cultural transformation. Same as IS:2122.
HIST:2148 The Invention of Writing: From Cuneiform to Computers3 s.h.
Invention of writing as one of the most momentous events in the history of human civilizations; how the use of written sign systems, notations, maps, graphs, encryptions, and most recently, computer programs have consequences that reach deeply into all aspects of people's lives; how writing fascinates and delights, fosters reflexive thinking and facilitates development of complex societies, and gives rise to institutions of social power and control; students explore the invention of writing and its consequences in broad international and interdisciplinary context. Same as ANTH:2248, ASIA:2248, CL:2248, CLSA:2048, COMM:2248, IS:2248, LING:2248, WLLC:2248.
HIST:2151 Introduction to the History Major3 s.h.
Requirements: history major.
HIST:2195 Digital History Workshop3-4 s.h.
Introduction to use of new media in historical research and writing; web-based publishing and blogging; photo, text, and video editing; digital mapping; curation of digital resources; projects may include short documentary videos, web development, mapping projects, or collaborative curation (identifying, digitizing, annotating artifacts or documents from University collections) in collaboration with University of Iowa Libraries Digital Research & Publishing.
HIST:2210 Diversity in American Religious History: Experimenting with Gender and Sexuality3 s.h.
Introduction to select popular, alternative, and communal religious groups from the 19th and 20th centuries that have challenged society's norms for gender and sexuality. Same as GWSS:2110, RELS:2110.
HIST:2250 The History of Social Justice Movements3 s.h.
History of contemporary social movements in the U.S. and how these movements have directly affected policies related to environment, food, reproductive justice, civil rights, immigration, labor, race, and gender; students read, explore, discuss, and write about the history of contemporary social movements in the U.S. that had lasting effects on policies related to environment, agriculture, health, reproductive justice, civil rights, labor, race, gender, and immigration; exploration of multiple modes of representation and resistance including protests, boycotts, strikes, music, art, writing, riots, civil disobedience, theater, poetry, dance, and poetry. Same as GWSS:2250, SJUS:2250.
HIST:2266 Civil War and Reconstruction3 s.h.
HIST:2280 Introduction to Latina/o Studies3 s.h.
Introduction to field of Latina/o studies through interdisciplinary readings from literature, history, sociology, political science, urban studies, and anthropology; commonalities and differences among long-standing Latina/o populations (Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans); challenges faced by newer arrivals (Dominican Americans, Salvadoran Americans, Guatemalan Americans, Central and South American immigrants). GE: Diversity and Inclusion. Same as LATS:2280, SPAN:2280.
HIST:2288 Introduction to Mexican American History3 s.h.
Introduction to major themes in Mexican American history from the 18th century to the present; settlement of Mexico's Far North by Spanish Mexican residents, their incorporation into the United States after a war of conquest, and the growth of Mexican Americans into the nation's largest Latino group.
HIST:2290 Food and Culture in Indian Country3 s.h.
Native Americans as original farmers of 46 percent of the world's table vegetables; examination of food as a cultural artifact (e.g., chocolate, tobacco); food as a primary way in which human beings express their identities; environmental, material, and linguistic differences that shape unique food cultures among Native peoples across the Western Hemisphere; close analysis of indigenous foods, rituals, and gender roles associated with them; how colonization transformed Native American, European, and African American cultures. Same as AINS:2290, AMST:2290, GHS:2290.
HIST:2420 Germany in the World3-4 s.h.
The Federal Republic of Germany's increasing prominence in post-Cold War international affairs, against backdrop of 20th-century history. Taught in English. GE: International and Global Issues. Same as GRMN:2720.
HIST:2431 Roman Law, Order, and Crime3 s.h.
Case-based introduction to Roman law; principles of Roman law ranging from standards of evidence to trial procedures to various topics in civil and criminal law, including family law and the law of delict. Same as CLSA:2151.
HIST:2461 Middle East and Mediterranean: Alexander to Suleiman3 s.h.
HIST:2462 Middle East and Mediterranean: Saladin to Napoleon3 s.h.
Complement to HIST:2461; Mediterranean world from the age of Saladin (12th century) to Napoleon (early 19th century); history and imaginaries of the relationship between Europe and the Middle East.
HIST:2465 Europe Since 19453 s.h.
Europe since World War II: recovery, cold war, social and economic change, global perspectives.
HIST:2483 History of Britain: Fall of Rome to the Norman Conquest3 s.h.
History of Britain from fall of Rome (after 410) and through Anglo-Saxon era, until Norman Conquest of 1066; Anglo-Saxon kings and kingdoms, church and society; poetry, historical writings, archaeology.
HIST:2687 Perspectives on Korea3 s.h.
History of Korea from earliest times to present; changing meanings of Korea and Koreans; relevant issues of politics, society, and culture; events that shaped ancient Korean kingdoms, the Choson dynasty (1392-1910), Japanese occupation, and divided Korean peninsula; how present perspectives on Korea have influenced understandings of its past; placement of Korea within a regional and global context to examine Korea's relationship with the world. Same as ASIA:2887.
HIST:3101 History Internship3-6 s.h.
Internship involving historical work. Requirements: consent of director of undergraduate studies and Pomerantz Career Center.
HIST:3105 International Events in Historical Context3 s.h.
Current world events in historical perspective; daily readings of the New York Times; selective utilization of other news media, including daily newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post), major foreign newspapers and periodicals (Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy), and electronic news media including network and cable television news programs; gain understanding of the historical background of world events and how these events shape U.S. party politics.
HIST:3125 Gender, Race, and Citizenship in North and South America3 s.h.
Interaction between race, gender, and citizenship throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in North and South America; comparative study of how men and women engaged in the practice of citizenship; analysis of primary sources and identification of similarities and differences in gender norms and race; how these factors influence the rights, duties, and obligations of citizenship across time and location. Same as GWSS:3525.
HIST:3126 History of Globalization3 s.h.
Broad overview of globalization in modern world history; focus on evolution of international business, world economy, interstate system, and cultural interchange in 19th and 20th centuries; long-distance trade and exchange; global economy under British Empire; globalization after 1945 following a 30-year period of nationalism, war, and depression; global market integration in late 20th century under American supremacy.
HIST:3143 International Politics: The History of the Present3-4 s.h.
Historical approach to international relations; comprehensive overview of key developments and concepts in history of international politics.
HIST:3145 Europe and the United States in the Twentieth Century3 s.h.
United States-European transatlantic relationship over 20th century in historical perspective; sense of common heritage transformed into program of political purpose; alliances in defense of a shared civilization (the West) challenged by nations and ideologies from Wilhelmine Empire to Nazi Germany and from U.S.S.R. to Islamist groups; reluctant American involvement in Europe, East European claims of inclusion, mutual frustrations and suspicions, differences in interpreting shared tradition; diverging concepts of security, legitimacy, sovereignty, and history lessons underscored by U.S. role as sole superpower and European Union experiment in integration.
HIST:3155 The World Since 19453 s.h.
HIST:3157 Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights3 s.h.
History of gender and sexuality as components in international human rights activism and law; current debates, representative topics. Same as GWSS:3157.
HIST:3191 Individual Study: Undergraduatearr.
HIST:3193 Undergraduate History Portfolio0 s.h.
Submission of required history portfolio. Requirements: history major and senior standing.
HIST:3202 Introduction to American Indian History and Policy3 s.h.
Survey of relationships among American Indian tribes, the United States government, and the American settler society; consequences of contact and colonialism through the study of an individual tribe, the impacts of U.S. federal policy and settler colonialism on tribal communities, and how tribes responded variously to these challenges. Same as AINS:3002.
HIST:3230 American Environmental History3 s.h.
Introduction to environmental change in American history; human-nature interactions from colonial period to recent past; food and agriculture, industrial technologies and transportation, energy production and consumption, urbanization and sprawl, public lands and public works, environmental politics and law, toxic pollution and health, natural disasters, climate change.
HIST:3232 History of American Inequality3 s.h.
Survey of causes and consequences of inequality in modern American history.
HIST:3275 History of Slavery in the U.S.A.3-4 s.h.
Beginning, expansion, and ending of American slavery; how our national memory of slavery in popular culture (in high school history, in historical landmarks and museums) helps or hinders our understanding of history of slavery in the U.S. Same as AFAM:3275.
HIST:3280 Women and Power in U.S. History Through the Civil War3 s.h.
Exploration of how women, as political actors, shaped the outcome of familiar events (the American Revolution, the Civil War); how they organized social movements around important issues of their lives such as the abolition of slavery and the right to consent to sexual intimacy; how women's inequality was established in law and social practice; how women thought about and challenged inequality, both as individuals and in social movements. Same as GWSS:3280.
HIST:3282 Women and Power in U.S. History Since the Civil War3 s.h.
Major events and themes in U.S. women's history from late 19th century to present; how women's experiences have differed from men's; exploration of distinct, but interconnected histories of different groups of women; changing ideals of femininity; women's experience of industrialization, immigration, depression, war, and sexual revolution; women's activism for social reform, women's rights, labor, civil rights, peace, and the New Right. Same as GWSS:3282.
HIST:3360 American Economic History3 s.h.
HIST:3409 Medieval Civilization I3 s.h.
Europe from the decline of Roman empire to the eleventh century; cultural, political, economic, artistic and architectural foundations of Western civilization. Same as MDVL:3409.
HIST:3410 Medieval Civilization II3 s.h.
Europe from the eleventh century to the Italian Renaissance; cultural, political, economic, artistic, and architectural foundations of Western civilization. GE: Historical Perspectives. Same as MDVL:3410.
HIST:3412 Medieval Philosophy3 s.h.
Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham, and Duns Scotus, three of the most brilliant philosophers of the high middle ages (11th through 13th centuries); their writing as Christians in (fascinated) reaction to philosophical systems of their pagan predecessors; how medieval philosophers wrestled with problems concerning possibility of free will and responsibility in face of divine omniscience and foreknowledge; existence of abstract universals in a world that is nonabstract and particular; nature and existence of God; skepticism and limits of human knowledge; nature of good and evil. Same as PHIL:3112.
HIST:3436 Food in Ancient Mediterranean Society3 s.h.
Practices and values influenced by consumption and production of food in ancient Mediterranean societies; varied topics, including methods of food production and distribution, hierarchies of status as associated with food, food and ethnic identity, food and health, food and religion; focus on classical Greek and Roman society, Egypt, the ancient Near East, and Persia. Recommendations: familiarity with Greek and Roman civilization and history. Same as CLSA:3836.
HIST:3644 Gandhi and His Legacy3 s.h.
In-depth introduction to the life, ideas, and ongoing impact of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948); from his conservative upbringing to his early career as a lawyer, his transformative experiences, and self-transformation into a charismatic mahatma ("great soul"), the pursuit of political and social liberation through non-violent civil disobedience, the assertion of human rights, and the quest for sustainable lifestyles that uphold the common good and protect the natural environment; evolution of Gandhi's thought and activism and his legacy. Same as RELS:3644, SOAS:3644.
HIST:3745 Islam in Africa4 s.h.
African Islamic history beginning with earliest Muslim migrants from Arabia to Ethiopia in early 7th century C.E. to dawn of 21st century; focus on historical development of Islam on African continent, specific regions, and particular themes; part of Islamic Studies Virtual Curriculum and Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) CourseShare Program. Same as IS:3745, RELS:3845.
HIST:3755 Understanding Health and Disease in Africa3 s.h.
HIST:3995 History Honors Research Seminar0-3 s.h.
Research and method seminar; developing and writing an honors thesis in history. Corequisites: HIST:3996. Requirements: g.p.a. of 3.33.
HIST:3996 Honors Thesis3 s.h.
Individual research and writing under supervision of faculty member; occasional group sessions with other students in the course.
HIST:4100 Historical Background of Contemporary Issuesarr.
HIST:4101 History of Human Rights3 s.h.
Introduction to history of human rights in the 20th century; disjuncture between human rights in theory and in practice; provides an international approach to the history of human rights by situating U.S. human rights activism and policy in a global context; focus on human rights following World War II, contradictory impact of the Cold War; emergence of human rights politics in 1970s United States, challenges of post-Cold War human rights activism, and human rights rhetoric of the Global War on Terrorism.
HIST:4105 World Events in Historical Context3 s.h.
Examination of current international news stories and their historical background; daily reading of The New York Times international news section and online international news stories in U.S. and international news outlets; creating informed world citizens.
HIST:4115 Workshop for History Educators and Cultural Professionals1-3 s.h.
Topics vary based on ongoing project work and instructors.
HIST:4125 War and Peace in the Twentieth Century3 s.h.
HIST:4130 Museum Literacy and Historical Memory3 s.h.
Concepts and methods for understanding the role of museums in shaping knowledge and collective memory of history; institutionally based exhibits and collections, historical markers and public monuments, public holidays and events, media and artistic works that interpret the past; how events, people, and civic ambitions are memorialized and how memories of them are shaped; appearance of museums and related practices in the non-Western world after 1850. Same as MUSM:4130.
HIST:4131 Origins of Western Science3 s.h.
Exploration of philosophical, cultural and religious factors behind birth and growth of natural philosophy (science) from prehistory to High Middle Ages. Recommendations: junior or senior standing.
HIST:4132 Science, Medicine, and Race3 s.h.
Examination of social construction of race in scientific and medical thought; focus on Atlantic world (Europe, Africa, the Americas); construction of race in other parts of world.
HIST:4133 The Rise of Modern Science3 s.h.
Natural philosophy and science from Italian Renaissance through Scientific Revolution and into modern era, up to and potentially including the 20th century; scientific ideas, cultural and institutional contexts of science. Recommendations: junior or senior standing, and HIST:1401 or HIST:1402 or HIST:1403.
HIST:4145 The Internet in Historical Context3 s.h.
History of media technologies (e.g., speech, writing, print, A/V devices, the Internet) from the evolution of speech to the present; ways in which technologies molded social groups and guided beliefs; impact of the Internet on contemporary society and culture.
HIST:4146 The History of Warfare3 s.h.
World military history from evolution of human kind to present; development of weapons, tactics, and strategies.
HIST:4148 Global History as Local History: European Immigration in Iowa1,3-4 s.h.
Opportunity to use skills developed in other courses to pursue global history locally; waves of immigration that flowed across Iowa during 19th century; ways in which national and international shifts in economics and geopolitics affected this population and state from mid-19th century through World War II; research project based on a local community of student's choice; capstone course. Recommendations: junior or senior standing.
HIST:4160 History of Public Health3 s.h.
State-endorsed measures to avert or control disease in society. Same as GHS:4160.
HIST:4162 History of Global Health3 s.h.
Foremost problems of health and disease in colonial and postcolonial societies; topical approach. Same as GHS:4162.
HIST:4176 Vietnam War on Film3-4 s.h.
HIST:4201 History of the American Deaf Community3-4 s.h.
Creation of a distinct language and culture of Deaf people in America during the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught in English and/or American Sign Language. Requirements: concurrent enrollment in ASL:2002, if not taken as a prerequisite. Same as ASL:4201.
HIST:4202 Society and Health Care in American History3 s.h.
Social and cultural history of health care in the United States from colonial period; social relationships between care providers and patients, disease theories and therapeutic procedures, historical understandings of ethics and health care frameworks.
HIST:4203 Disability in American History3 s.h.
HIST:4205 American Cultural History 1820-19203 s.h.
Culture as contested terrain; creation of cultural hierarchy (high and popular culture); struggles over the cultural construction of meaning; competing stories of America; advent and significance of mass culture.
HIST:4216 Mexican American History3 s.h.
Survey of Chicana/o (Mexican American) history from 18th century to present; Mexican American society's diverse nature, explored through class, ethnic, gender, and regional divisions. Same as LAS:4216.
HIST:4217 Latina/o Immigration3 s.h.
Immigration experiences of people arriving in the U.S. from other regions of the Americas (e.g., Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America); what has fueled immigration—social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. and other nations; territorial conquest, colonialism, real and imagined borders, chain migration, formation of immigrant communities, acculturation, circular migration, social networks; how migration restructures gender relations; immigrant communities and pan-Latino identity in the U.S. Same as LAS:4217, LATS:4217.
HIST:4221 The Frontier in American History 1840-Present3 s.h.
HIST:4228 Cold War America3 s.h.
Key historical developments of the Cold War; examination of how the war shaped ideological, political, economic, and cultural aspects of American society.
HIST:4229 The United States as Empire3 s.h.
The U.S. rise to world power; continental empire-building in the 19th century; industrial, military and colonial power in the early 20th century; global hegemony from the mid-20th century to the present; white settler colonialism; overseas rule of Philippines and Puerto Rico; cultural Americanization; Cold War interventionism; post-9/11 unilateralism; meanings of American exceptionalism, intersections of U.S. nationalism with race and gender, remaking of domestic U.S. society within a changing global and imperial context.
HIST:4230 The Political Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy3 s.h.
Political culture of U.S. foreign policy in historical perspective; connections and interactions between the domestic scene and international realities, from time of manifest destiny to national security state; domestic foundations of American power and its projection abroad, including constitutional framework, economic developments, rise of the state, role of media, public opinion, civilian-military relations; concepts of race, ethnic identifications, and religious and political beliefs have shaped understandings of patriotism, national interest, international responsibility; great debates in which American national identity and purpose are renegotiated.
HIST:4231 United States in World Affairs to 19003 s.h.
Origins of modern diplomatic practices; security, territorial and commercial expansion; legal, constitutional problems.
HIST:4232 United States in World Affairs3-4 s.h.
America's emergence as leader in world affairs; imperialism, international collaboration, participation in world wars, the Cold War.
HIST:4234 Transnational America 1880-1939arr.
The United States as a society increasingly embedded in global history during the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries; approaches for thinking about history in transnational ways; intensification of European, Asian, and Latin American immigration; cross-national dimensions of American reform; emergence of diasporic social movements; international scale of the corporate state; politics of colonialism and world war.
HIST:4236 Major Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy3 s.h.
Continuation of HIST:4232; select themes in the history of U.S. foreign policy studied in greater detail; examination of major conflicts (i.e., World War Two, the Cold War or the Vietnam War, and recent engagements in the Middle East), drawing from a wide range of primary sources, film material, and secondary material.
HIST:4241 Varieties of American Religion3 s.h.
Examination of varied 20th- and 21st-century American religious individuals and groups; understand and analyze unique communities. Same as RELS:4741.
HIST:4245 The Social History of American Baseball3 s.h.
History of baseball in the United States from its beginnings as a working-class recreation through the present; history of the game and the people who have played it, how the history of American society is viewed through the lens of baseball, how the game has contributed to social change; social class, race, urbanization, crime and political corruption, public health, big business and professionalism, spectatorship, entertainment and mass culture, national mythology, the exercise of legitimate authority (umpires!).
HIST:4249 History of Iowa and the Midwest3 s.h.
People of Iowa and surrounding Midwestern states—a land where people work hard, are practical, down to earth, and honest; the idea of a place in the heartland as real or simply a myth; history of Midwestern states from Native American occupation to present; how reality, ideas, and images are portrayed.
HIST:4250 Work and Society in Industrializing America3 s.h.
Industrialization, formation of an American working class; changing patterns of labor organization, strike activity, politics; impact of ethnic, racial, gender divisions on working class communities, culture.
HIST:4252 American Labor in the Twentieth Century3-4 s.h.
Competing philosophies and organizational strategies of workers in a maturing industrial economy; impact of world wars and Great Depression on American workers and their unions; rise of service sector, deindustrialization.
HIST:4254 Immigrant America 1845-19253 s.h.
Era of mass immigration in world context; formation, organization of immigrant communities; diverse processes of adaptation, assimilation; rural, urban contrasts; coercive Americanization, immigration restriction.
HIST:4255 The Gilded Age in America3 s.h.
Emergence of industrial, urban America, from Civil War through 1890s; emphasis on social, political developments.
HIST:4256 The Progressive Era in America3 s.h.
Protest and reform, imperialism, World War I, from 1890s to 1920.
HIST:4260 The Sixties in America3 s.h.
The 1960s as a moment in American politics and culture, pivotal and romanticized; major events and conflicts, including the election and assassination of President Kennedy, LBJ and the Great Society, civil rights movement and Black Power, counterculture and the urban crisis, sexual revolution and second wave feminism, anti-war protest and silent majority; changing conceptions of the sixties and development of a fresh interpretation.
HIST:4264 U.S.A. in a World at War 1931-19453 s.h.
Significance of World War II to the United States.
HIST:4266 The New Deal: Political Response to Economic Crisis in the United States, 1920-19403 s.h.
United States between the wars; emphasis on New Era system, impact of the Great Depression and response by the Hoover administration, the New Deal.
HIST:4268 The Contemporary U.S. 1940-Present3 s.h.
United States as a global power; emphasis on World War II and Cold War, recent patterns of social and economic change, politics of 1950s, 1960s.
HIST:4270 Colonial North America, ca. 1600-17753 s.h.
Introduction to major themes in colonial American history prior to the American Revolution. Same as AINS:4270.
HIST:4271 American Revolutionary Period 1740-17893 s.h.
Political, military history of colonies 1754-1776; imperial upheaval; building a new nation; creation of federal system.
HIST:4272 Native Americans in the Age of Empires, ca. 1500-18153 s.h.
Overview of major issues in Native American history during the period of European Imperialism in North America. Recommendations: junior or senior standing. Same as AINS:4272.
HIST:4273 War and Violence in Early American Societies and Culture3 s.h.
Introduction to role of warfare and violence in shaping early American society.
HIST:4283 U.S. Women's History as the History of Human Rights3-4 s.h.
History of human rights in the United States traced through the perspective of women; aspects of women's experience (social, political, intellectual) related to fundamental human rights—right to a nationality, right to life, liberty and personal security, right to freedom of movement, right to take part in the government of their country, right to own property; these and other rights specified by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948; different history of men and women enjoying these rights; how human rights have been constructed and experienced in the United States from the era of colonial settlement to present. Same as AMST:4283, GWSS:4283, HRTS:4283.
HIST:4286 U.S. Legal History3 s.h.
History of the law in the United States, as it developed from era of the Revolution to present; interaction of courts and legislatures with social movements; readings on court decisions, social histories, fiction (film and prose).
HIST:4287 The American Legal Experience3-4 s.h.
Historical role of law in American society and its engagement with politics, social and biological science, economics. Same as LAW:8167.
HIST:4289 The Atlantic World c. 1450-18503 s.h.
Interactions between peoples of Europe, Africa, and the Americas between the 15th and mid-19th centuries, interconnected system of exchange that defied national and imperial boundaries; encounters between Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans in different parts of the Americas; forced and voluntary resettlement of Africans and Europeans overseas; development of plantation slave societies; biological consequences of transatlantic contact; circulation of people, goods, and ideas; development of creole societies; era of revolutions; abolition of slavery. Same as AINS:4289.
HIST:4295 African American History 1619-18653 s.h.
Race and African American history, from the rise of racial slavery to the Civil War; advanced course. Same as AFAM:4195.
HIST:4296 African American History 1865-Present3 s.h.
African American history since Reconstruction; survey of African American politics and society from Reconstruction to present. Same as AFAM:4298.
HIST:4334 Topics in American Borderlands History3 s.h.
Broad historical overview of the American Borderlands, a region that has been the site of conflict, cultural exchange, and economic interdependence.
HIST:4400 The Roman Empire3 s.h.
History of Roman empire from assassination of Julius Caesar through 5th century A.D.; political, economic, cultural, and social developments from the transition to imperial power to the shift of power from west to east. Same as CLSA:4400.
HIST:4403 Alexander the Great3 s.h.
History of Alexander the Great and the generals who succeeded him in ruling the lands he conquered; military, political, and social history. Same as CLSA:4403.
HIST:4404 The World of Ancient Greece3 s.h.
HIST:4407 The Hellenistic World and Rome3 s.h.
Social, economic, political, intellectual history of Graeco-Roman world, from fourth century B.C.E. to Justinian's reign.
HIST:4408 The Twelfth-Century Renaissance3 s.h.
Social, economic, intellectual, and cultural rebirth of Europe in the 12th century; Latin learning and education; developments in vernacular literature, art, architecture, new religious orders and institutions, pilgrimage and Crusade. Same as MDVL:4408.
HIST:4411 Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe3 s.h.
Changes in western Europe from 300 to 1500 A.D.; feudalism, manorialism, revival of towns, heresy, women, monasticism, agricultural and commercial revolutions, Black Death. Same as MDVL:4411.
HIST:4412 History of the Medieval Church3 s.h.
Development of Christianity to end of great schism; rise of Roman primacy, development of monasticism, orthodox and heterodox groups. Same as MDVL:4412.
HIST:4414 Christianity and Empire (35-450 AD)2-3 s.h.
Introduction to major topics in history of Europe and the church; relationship between Christian message and political power as evidenced in Christian writings from Paul to St. Augustine; examination of key historical moments.
HIST:4417 Medieval Intellectual History 300-11503 s.h.
Philosophy, art, literature, religious culture of Europe from waning of classical intellectual modes of culture in late antiquity, to their recovery in 12th century. Same as MDVL:4417.
HIST:4418 Medieval Intellectual History 1150-15003 s.h.
European philosophy, religion, literature, art from 12th-century rise of scholasticism; their transformation in period of Copernicus, Luther. Same as MDVL:4418.
HIST:4419 Ancient and Medieval Science3 s.h.
Greeks' initiation of scientific inquiry; developments in astronomy, cosmology, optics, mathematics, physics, medicine, psychology in ancient and medieval societies of Middle East, Europe. Same as MDVL:4419.
HIST:4421 The Middle Ages in Film3 s.h.
How films that represent medieval events and literature may be analyzed to reveal the culture and times in which the films were made; Middle Ages and European nationalistic mythmaking as represented in film. Same as MDVL:4421.
HIST:4423 Ireland in the Early Middle Ages3 s.h.
Ireland and the northern British islands 400-1000 C.E., a region of small kingdoms and thin population, lacking natural resources, far from Rome and ancient centers of Mediterranean culture; development of civilization, including monastic, legal, theological, and scholarly traditions that had a major impact on continental Europe; early medieval Irish history; introduction to the world of historical scholarship. Same as MDVL:4423.
HIST:4427 Society and Gender in Europe 1200-17893 s.h.
Social and gender ideologies as inscribed in patterns of authority (household, church, state); ranges of human endeavor (intellectual, psychological, biological); community organization (social, economic, legal, sexual); their influence on concept of community. Same as GWSS:4427.
HIST:4428 Nineteenth-Century Europe3 s.h.
Political, social, economic, and cultural factors.
HIST:4430 Topics in Material Analysis3 s.h.
Analysis and description of physical book artifacts and their component parts (parchment, paper, bookbinding) and allied specialties (the lettering arts, printing and illustration techniques); reading, writing, presentations. Same as UICB:4930.
HIST:4431 Early Modern England3 s.h.
History of England from the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century to the beginning of the 18th century; religious changes of the 16th and 17th centuries, evolution of the monarchy and other political institutions during the Tudor and Stuart dynasties and the English civil war, and the transformation of England into one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations in the world.
HIST:4433 France Under Nazi Occupation, 1940-19443-4 s.h.
Political, economic, social, and cultural conditions that prevailed following the Nazi conquest of France in 1940; examination of this period of upheaval through work of prominent historians of France; representations of occupied France in literary works, documentary, and fictional films produced during the war and in the politically fraught culture of collective memorialization that formed in aftermath of this national trauma. Taught in English. Same as FREN:4433.
HIST:4435 War and Society in Modern Europe3 s.h.
Impact of war on European societies since the French Revolution.
HIST:4438 Modern European Imperialism3 s.h.
Introduction to the history of European imperialism since the 18th century; major shifts in the nature of European empire examined through the Haitian Revolution, India, Australia, Congo, Algeria.
HIST:4440 Artists, Intellectuals, and Politics in 20th-Century Europe3 s.h.
Political engagement of European artists and intellectuals from 1870 to present; cultural and intellectual history, rise of social science, artistic avant-gardes, fascist and socialist aesthetics, world war, Cold War, existentialism, feminism, anti-colonialism.
HIST:4441 Special Topics in European Historyarr.
European history topics of current interest (i.e., food, environment, climate, water use). Recommendations: advanced history major or beginning graduate student.
HIST:4455 Religious Conflict: Early-Modern Period3 s.h.
Religious conflict among European Christians (Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists, and Radicals), as well as between Christians and non-Christians from the Late Middle Ages through the Reformation of the 16th century and beyond. Same as RELS:4155.
HIST:4460 Twentieth-Century Europe: The Nazi Era3 s.h.
HIST:4461 Twentieth-Century Europe: The Cold War and After3 s.h.
HIST:4464 Modern France 1789-18713 s.h.
HIST:4465 Modern France 1870-Present3 s.h.
HIST:4466 France and Algeria from Pirates to Terrorism3 s.h.
Long, complex history of relationship between France and Algeria since 18th century; early modern conflicts over Barbary piracy, French invasion, and colonization of Algeria in 19th century; brutal Algerian War of Independence, postcolonial migration, and ongoing war of memory over shared Franco-Algerian history of colonization and decolonization. Taught in English. Same as FREN:4466.
HIST:4470 France from 1815-Present3 s.h.
HIST:4473 German History 1648-19143 s.h.
History of German speaking lands 1648-1918.
HIST:4475 Germany Since 1914: Weimar, Hitler, and After3-4 s.h.
Continuity, change in 20th-century German politics, society, culture; creation, collapse of Weimar Republic; Nazism and Third Reich; East and West Germany since 1945; unification and its discontents.
HIST:4477 Napoleon and His Afterlives3 s.h.
Life and influence of Napoleon Bonaparte in France; Napoleon's personal background, his career during French Revolution, rise and fall of his European and global empire; examination of Emperor's global legacy, from post-Napoleonic diplomatic settlement to spread of Napoleonic administrative and legal codes; Napoleonic legend that arose after his final defeat in 1815; weekly readings and discussions, individual research project, and participation in events being planned across campus to mark the bicentennial of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
HIST:4478 Holocaust in History and Memory3 s.h.
Origins and implementation of Holocaust; perpetrators, victims, and bystanders; impact of Holocaust on post-World War II world.
HIST:4484 Modern Britain: The Eighteenth Century3 s.h.
Great Britain from Glorious Revolution of 1688 to end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815; post-revolution political settlement, political conflict, growth of British empire, religious dissent, evangelical revival, Industrial Revolution, American Revolution, British response to the French Revolution.
HIST:4485 Modern Britain: The Victorian Age3-4 s.h.
Great Britain 1780-1914; evangelical revival, Industrial Revolution, growth of modern political parties, progress of political reform, scientific developments, influence of Darwin and Mill, growth of secularism, British Empire, Boer War, advent of World War I.
HIST:4486 Modern Britain: The Twentieth Century3 s.h.
Great Britain from Boer War to Tony Blair's political triumph; liberal revival, World War I, rise of the Labour Party, the Depression, appeasement, World War II, Labour's triumph after the war, rise of consensus politics, 1960s cultural changes, Margaret Thatcher's political ascendancy, transformation of the Labour Party under Blair.
HIST:4493 Soviet Union 1917-19453-4 s.h.
Revolution, foundation of Soviet Union; Leninism; major political, social, ideological developments during Stalinist period—collectivization, industrialization, terror; nationalities, foreign policy; World War II; Cold War; socialist state system.
HIST:4499 First World War3-4 s.h.
Social, economic, political, technological, military aspects of causes, conduct, consequences of war of 1914-1918; fiction, contemporary documents, historical works, films.
HIST:4501 Society and Revolution in Cuba3 s.h.
Cuban society and revolutionary movements since the late colonial period, including the years since 1959. Same as LAS:4501.
HIST:4502 History of Mexico3 s.h.
Mexican history since the eve of the Spanish invasion, with focus on the national period; may include ethnic groups, conquest and demographic disaster, native survival, labor and migration, social protest and rebellions, nationhood, regional differences, religions, popular culture, economic growth and distribution, state building, international relations; survey. Same as AINS:4502, LAS:4502.
HIST:4504 Latin American Studies Seminar3 s.h.
HIST:4505 Topics in Latin American History3 s.h.
HIST:4508 Medicine and Public Health in Latin America, 1820-20003 s.h.
HIST:4510 Colonial Latin America3 s.h.
Cultural, institutional continuity from 16th century to independence.
HIST:4515 Introduction to Modern Latin America3 s.h.
Cultural, institutional continuity from independence to present. Same as LAS:4515.
HIST:4520 Latin America and the United States: The Historical Perspective3 s.h.
HIST:4525 Latin American Revolution3 s.h.
HIST:4526 Dictatorships of Latin America3 s.h.
Dictatorships, truth commissions, politics of memory in modern Latin America; the political and socio-economic origins of authoritarian regimes as well as their forms of rule, sources of support, uses of violence, and eventual downfall; the experience of specific sectors of society under authoritarian regimes, forms of resistance to authoritarianism, memories of terror, efforts to forge peace and justice in the aftermath of horror; includes personal testimony, film, human rights, reports, historical studies.
HIST:4605 Disease, Politics, and Health in South Asia2-4 s.h.
South Asia's long-term success lengthening lives and stopping disease, weighed against its continuing burden of infection, violence, pollution, and class-based suffering. Same as GHS:4605.
HIST:4610 Japan - Age of the Samurai3 s.h.
Society, culture, and politics of feudal Japan; social class, gender, norms, and political and economic developments explored through cinema and literature. Same as JPNS:4610.
HIST:4615 Modern Japan3 s.h.
Political, social, and cultural developments of Japanese feudalism; feature films, fiction. Same as JPNS:4615.
HIST:4616 Japanese History and Society: World War II to the Twenty-First Century3 s.h.
Transformation of Japan from devastation and unconditional surrender in 1945 to peace and prosperity in late 20th century; defeat and occupation, 1945-1952; peace and high economic growth, mid-1950s to early 1990s; economic, social, and political challenges of 21st century; combination of historical analysis with discussion of contemporary political, cultural, social, economic, ecological, and geopolitical developments through reading of English-language media.
HIST:4617 History, Memory, and Pacific War3 s.h.
Contemporary meanings of the Pacific War in collective memory of Americans and Japanese.
HIST:4620 Japan-U.S. Relations3 s.h.
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Japan mid-19th to late-20th century. Same as JPNS:4620.
HIST:4640 Imperialism and Modern India3 s.h.
Introduction to the political, economic, social, and cultural history of India from 1700 to present; historically India included the territories of present-day Pakistan and Bangladesh; at present India extends through diasporic Indian communities to East Africa, North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.
HIST:4650 Chinese History from 1600 to 19273 s.h.
Chinese history from the 17th to early 20th century, history of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911); Qing's role in shaping aspects of today's politics in China and the mentality of Chinese people; foundation of Manchu state in early 17th century, Ming-Qing transition in 1644, politics and society during the high Qing era, decline of the empire under foreign invasion and inner rebellions in the 19th century, collapse of the dynasty in 1911. Same as ASIA:4657.
HIST:4653 Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China3 s.h.
Survey of legal system of China and Chinese society from 1400 to 1980s. Same as IS:4653.
HIST:4655 China Since 19273 s.h.
Communist revolution from 1920s to founding of People's Republic of China in 1949; Mao Zedong's radical policies, Cultural Revolution; Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms; China today. Same as ASIA:4655.
HIST:4685 Modern Korean History3 s.h.
Transformation of Choson Korea to North and South Koreas; local, regional, and global transformations in Korea from the late 19th century to present, including the severing of its historic ties with China; encounters with the West and Japan; new ideas of civilization and political community; the erasure of Choson as a country in 1910; the colonial experience; civil war; industrialization; creation of North Korea; democratic movement in South Korea and spread of diasporic communities abroad; Korean peninsula as a laboratory for analyzing compressed communist and capitalist modernities of the 20th century.
HIST:4710 Pre-Colonial African History3 s.h.
Africa to 1880; oral tradition, other sources; political development, ecological change, slavery and slave trade. Same as AFAM:4310.
HIST:4715 African History Since 18803 s.h.
Africa in colonial, post-colonial period; economics, political structures of colonialism; social change, political life in the 20th century. Same as AFAM:4715.
HIST:4725 Women and Gender in African History3 s.h.
Importance of female agency in African history; African women's history in historiographical framework of women's history, challenges historians face in exploring African women's past; varied sources (e.g., novels, films, court records) from sub-Saharan Africa, urban and rural settings; current literature on African women, African women's experiences in a comparative context. Same as GWSS:4725.
HIST:4810 History of the Modern Middle East3 s.h.
HIST:4815 Topics in the Modern Middle East3 s.h.
HIST:4910 The Book in the Middle Ages3 s.h.
HIST:4920 The Transition from Manuscript to Print3 s.h.
HIST:6001 First-Year Graduate Colloquium3 s.h.
Introduction to history graduate program.
HIST:6002 History Research Methods3 s.h.
Introduction to historical research methods. Prerequisites: HIST:6001. Requirements: first-year history graduate standing.
HIST:6003 History Theory and Interpretation3 s.h.
Introduction to basic theoretical approaches to historical research.
HIST:6110 Introduction to New Media in the Humanities and Social Sciencesarr.
Use of New Media software in research, presentation, and instruction; includes HTML editors (Dreamweaver), wikis (Confluence), blogs (WordPress), collaborative mark-up programs (CommentPress), graphics editors (Illustrator), map editors (MapPoint, ArcView), photographic editors (Photoshop), audio editors (Garage Band, Soundbooth, Audio Hijack Pro), video editors (iMovie, Premiere Pro, Photo-To-Movie), and animation editors (Flash); projects.
HIST:6120 Teaching Seminar: Graduate Instructors2-3 s.h.
Issues and methods for effective history teaching at the college level.
HIST:6135 Crossing Borders Seminar2-3 s.h.
HIST:6140 Engaged Scholarship in the Humanities0,3 s.h.
Survey of literature on community-engaged scholarship (CES) in the humanities; exploration of the pioneering work of engaged scholars in Native American, Latino, and African American studies; students write a research prospectus that is consistent with CES methodologies. Same as AMST:6140.
HIST:6158 Approaches to Teaching Global Historyarr.
Approaching history from a global or international perspective; introduction to issues; preparation for teaching courses at college level; historiographies and methodologies, problems of periodization and area divisions, syllabi on world and global history.
HIST:6203 History and Theories of Planning3 s.h.
History of urban planning in America as a reflection of social and economic forces; alternative planning philosophies, roles, and ethical choices open to planners. Same as URP:6203.
HIST:6410 Teaching Proseminar2-4 s.h.
Preparation for leading undergraduate discussion sections for HIST:1401, HIST:1402, and HIST:1403; specific subject matter preparation similar to that offered in graduate readings courses; for first-time graduate teaching assistants.
HIST:6475 Seminar: Reformation Culturearr.
Culture and thought of 16th-century Europe. Same as RELS:6475.
HIST:6610 Proseminar - Asian Civilization1-2 s.h.
Preparation for leading undergraduate discussion sections for civilizations of Asia courses (Japan, China, Korea, South Asia, and India); specific subject matter preparation similar to that offered in graduate readings courses; for first-time and early-in-program graduate teaching assistants.
HIST:7101 Research Seminararr.
Research for students in all areas of history.
HIST:7120 Feminist Research Seminararr.
Feminist research methodologies; how to conduct original research, write a research proposal and research paper, and read and criticize others' work. Same as GWSS:7020.
HIST:7126 Readings on the History of Human Rightsarr.
Survey of recent literature on history of human rights; development of bibliographies; readings from individual areas of interest (e.g., transitional justice, migration, gender and sexuality, labor).
HIST:7130 Readings on Twentieth-Century Black Internationalismarr.
Complex dynamics of black internationalism during 20th century, focusing on the global visions, transnational activities, and transracial political alliances of people of African descent worldwide; readings will reflect geographical breadth of the African Diaspora including Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Same as AFAM:7130.
HIST:7150 Readings: Comparative Labor Historyarr.
HIST:7155 Theories of Diaspora, Immigration, and Migrationarr.
Vexed notion of diaspora(s); challenge of understanding and writing histories of immigration and migration during modern era; exploration of central questions including difficulty of tracking things in motion—individuals, families, groups, and ever-elusive cultural traits as they flow through local, national, and international contexts that are themselves in flux.
HIST:7160 Global Medical History: Colonial South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbeanarr.
How relations of power between countries affect responses to disease, delivery of public health, and development of medical understanding; focus on South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean; global perspectives; medical colonial interactions, environmental issues and tropical medicine, indigenous systems of health; translation, co-optation, and appropriation of medical knowledge; biomedicine and nationalism.
HIST:7175 Theories of World Historyarr.
Macrohistorical theories of world history; can a prominent theory or combination of theories explain the social evolution of humankind over hundreds of thousands of years; how to periodize world history; does history have a direction, and if so, what direction; the future of humankind.
HIST:7190 Individual Study: Graduatearr.
HIST:7192 Predissertation Seminararr.
Preparing for dissertation work for students in all areas of history; thesis topic, relevant literature in the topic field, potential sources, primary research strategy, sources of research funding, research proposal; preparation for submitting applications for dissertation research fellowships and beginning of completing the thesis prospectus.
HIST:7197 The Art and Craft of Historical Writingarr.
Focus on improving students' skills in historical writing; readings from exemplary texts, ancient to contemporary; all aspects of historical writing, from sentence composition and paragraph structure to evidence and narrative voice.
HIST:7208 The American Civil War in History and Memoryarr.
HIST:7212 Seminar: Research in Race and Ethnicityarr.
HIST:7215 Seminar: History of Disabilityarr.
HIST:7219 Seminar: Gender in Nineteenth-Century United Statesarr.
HIST:7220 Readings: History of Sexualityarr.
History of sexuality within the family, its move into the marketplace; social customs and taboos, methods of birth control and abortion, religion, medical and psychological writings, state policies. Same as GWSS:7220.
HIST:7227 Readings in American Environmental Historyarr.
Introduction to historiography—classic texts and recent work—in American environmental history; topics from colonial period to recent past.
HIST:7236 Readings in Borderlands Historyarr.
Comparative borderlands; articles on diverse topics from borderland regions worldwide (main focus on U.S.-Mexico borderlands, with inclusion of European, Asian, African, and Latin American borderlands); analysis of each article for its thesis, research questions, methodology, primary sources, and weaknesses; seminar.
HIST:7241 Readings in U.S. Social Policyarr.
History and historiography of social welfare policy, chiefly in the United States; proceeds chronologically with analysis of private and public efforts to address problems including poverty, unemployment, sickness, homelessness, and family violence.
HIST:7246 United States in the Worldarr.
Historiographies that situate modern U.S. history in a global context; how historians study the American past beyond traditional, nation-centered frames; transnational histories of migration, nativism and exclusion; social movements; colonial empire-building; commercial and cultural Americanization; transfer of policy ideas; military occupations; decolonization; Cold War’s impact on social reform; post-9/11 moment.
HIST:7253 Seminar: American Social Historyarr.
HIST:7254 Readings in American Social Historyarr.
HIST:7256 Topics in 19th-Century American Legal Historyarr.
Exploration of selected focus topics, may include developments in the law of the home and the law of the workplace (free labor, worker immigration, apprenticeship, indentured labor, slavery); women's legal history; land issues and various Homestead Acts; Blackstone in America; Reconstruction of the Constitution after the Civil War; The National Archives—which houses American legal historical documents—displays the phrase, "What is past is prologue;" legal history that explains how we got to the legal present and to understand what is the law, you have to know how something got to be the law. Same as LAW:9656.
HIST:7260 Seminar: American Colonial Historyarr.
HIST:7261 Readings: Early American Historyarr.
HIST:7263 Readings: Contemporary United Statesarr.
New work in American social, political, and economic history; readings tailored for students seeking background for research or preparing for comprehensive exams.
HIST:7265 Seminar: Contemporary United Statesarr.
HIST:7271 Seminar: Research in Transnational U.S. Historyarr.
Experience framing, organizing, and carrying out an original investigation on a theme in U.S. transnational history, followed by review and discussion of drafts; opportunity to explore transnational methodologies while developing professional skills of literature review, source interpretation, and collegial critique.
HIST:7287 Seminar: History of Women and Genderarr.
Opportunity to pursue research for a single paper, M.A. thesis, or doctoral dissertation in the history of women and gender in the United States; interdisciplinary and internationally comparative projects; meetings and evaluations with attention to the craft of writing.
HIST:7293 Graduate Readings in Public Historyarr.
Overview of public history with attention to ways in which historians have engaged various publics; major theoretical constructs (memory, heritage, commemoration); public history methodologies (oral history, material culture, archival documentation); legal ethics; how history is communicated to the public; how public history sites contribute to public memory; how and why controversies emerge in public history settings; relationship between academic history and public history.
HIST:7410 Seminar: Medieval Social and Economic Historyarr.
HIST:7411 Readings: Medieval Womenarr.
HIST:7412 Source Criticism for Medieval Studiesarr.
HIST:7415 Graduate Readings: Monastic Historyarr.
History of Christian monasticism in the medieval west; the developing monastic and religious orders, nuns of those groups; tertiaries, beguines, other orthodox penitent movements from the development of Christianity to the Reformation.
HIST:7418 Seminar: Medieval Intellectual Historyarr.
HIST:7419 Readings: Medieval Intellectual Historyarr.
HIST:7420 Seminar: History of Sciencearr.
HIST:7421 Readings: Medieval and Early Modern Universitiesarr.
HIST:7422 Medieval Latin Paleographyarr.
HIST:7428 Seminar: Medieval Philosophyarr.
Investigation of theories of knowledge developed by medieval philosophers including Augustine, Boethius, Duns Scotus, Ockham, and Auriol.
HIST:7440 Readings in Modern German Historyarr.
Major problems in modern German history; historiographic debates organized thematically and proceeds chronologically from the French Revolution to the present; oral presentations and comparative essays.
HIST:7445 Readings: Colonialism and Empire in European History3-4 s.h.
Engagement of Europeans in an immense outward expansion of people, goods, and ideas, as well as more than a few germs since 1492; exploration of some of the implications of this expansion by focusing on a selection of different colonial encounters and some legacies of European empires.
HIST:7455 Seminar: Modern Europearr.
HIST:7456 Readings: Modern European Historyarr.
HIST:7458 Readings: War and Society in Modern Europearr.
Preparation, conduct, and aftermath of war; social-historical examination; conflicts on European territory, colonial wars, and wars of decolonization, from French Revolution through late 20th century.
HIST:7460 Readings in the History of Modern Francearr.
HIST:7535 Readings in Latina/o Historyarr.
Introduction to major works and recent scholarship in Latina/Latino history.
HIST:7551 Readings: Globalizing Latin American Science and Medicinearr.
Recent trends in Latin American history of science and medicine.
HIST:7622 Readings in Modern Korean Historyarr.
Introduction to English-language scholarly works on modern Korean history; focus on nationalist discourse, social and cultural history, and complex interactions among Koreans and Japanese within space of empire; major historiographical issues in Korean and East Asian history.
HIST:7660 Readings in Modern Indiaarr.
HIST:7691 Topics in East Asian Historyarr.
Introduction to major works and recent scholarship on border-crossing topics in East Asian history, including transnational/regional exchange, empire, frontiers/borderlands, migration, ethnicity, and historiography.
HIST:7705 Seminar: African Historyarr.
Themes in African precolonial and modern history.
HIST:7706 Readings in African Historyarr.
HIST:7710 Seminar: Interpreting Oral Historiesarr.
Interpretations and methods applied by historians in various world regions to different forms of oral history, from old oral traditions to contemporary autobiographical testimony. Same as AFAM:7710.
HIST:7805 Readings in Middle East Historyarr.