History (HIST)

Major Courses

HIST A200 U.S. History to 1865  3 crs.

This course covers the exploration, the colonial experience, independence, the new republic, the spread of both democracy and slavery, expansion, abolitionism, and the Civil War. The emphasis of the course is not only political but on the economic, social, and intellectual and cultural aspects of U.S. history as well.

HIST A201 U.S. History from 1865 3 crs.

This course discusses the Reconstruction era, the Gilded Age, imperialism, progressivism, WWI, the ’20s, the New Deal, WWII, the Cold War, the new frontiers, the Great Society, and contemporary America. The emphasis of the course is not only political but on the economic, social, intellectual, and cultural aspects of U.S. history as well.

HIST A202 Historical Methods Lab 1 cr.

This course is a one-hour laboratory taken either freshman or sophomore year, with exceptions for transfer students. Linked with HIST A200, the lab director teaches historical methods while the instructor of the HIST A200 survey grades the research paper.

HIST A220 Latin America I  3 crs.

This course is a survey of pre-Columbian civilizations; European discovery and conquest; structure and problems of empire in Spanish and Portuguese America; the influence of the church; and the struggle for independence.

HIST A221 Modern Latin America 3 crs.

This course is a socio-economic, cultural, and political analysis of Latin American Republics since 1820. Emphasis is on the development of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Topics include problems and prospects, clash between the traditional and the modern, conflicts between church and state, and inter-American relations.

HIST A230 Law in Early America  3 crs.

This survey course examines the major developments in American legal history from the Colonial period to the Civil War.

HIST A231 Law in Modern America 3 crs.

This course, a continuation of HIST A230, examines the major developments in American legal history from 1865 through the 20th century.

HIST A232 American Trials 3 crs.

This course focuses on famous American trials and uses them as a means to examine the broader historical context in which they took place. Particular attention is given to why these trials captured the public’s attention at the time they occurred and why they still have a hold on the popular imagination today.

HIST A235 Seminar in Global Issues 1.5 crs.

This course is open to all students by invitation who want the challenge of engaging macro questions of the human experience within the context of different moral and political values. The course is limited to 20 students and then only to second-semester freshmen through first-semester seniors. The seminar is intended to prepare Loyola’s most able students for success in scholarship and fellowship competitions.

HIST A240 History of New Orleans 3 crs.

This course not only explores the historical forces that have transformed New Orleans into one of the world's most distinctive cities, but also the ways in which the Crescent City has played an important role in shaping the broader historical events of both region and nation. Students emerge from this course with a firm understanding of how diverse factors such as geography, economics, culture, ethnicity, and politics have produced New Orleans as we know it today.

HIST A245 Louisiana History 3 crs.

This course examines the political, economic, and social development of Louisiana from the colonial period to the present.

HIST A248 U.S. Military History 3 crs.

This course examines U.S. military policy from the American Revolution to the Cold War; the causes, events, and effects of major American conflicts; and the role of the military in American society and thought during the past two centuries.

HIST A276 African American History to 1865 3 crs.

This course is a survey of the African-American experience from the African background to the end of the Civil War. It focuses on African-Americans’ quest for the American dream and how they attempted to deal with the problems and challenges posed by enslavement and racism.

HIST A277 African American History since 1865 3 crs.

This course is a study of the African-American experience since the Civil War. Students examine the nature and effects of the changes wrought by the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course addresses the themes of change and continuity in the black experience, the struggles against Jim Crow, the civil rights struggles, and post-civil rights developments.

HIST A287   East Asian History  3 crs.

This course is an introductory survey of the history of China, Japan, Korea. Students study the cultural traditions of Asia as well as the historical conflicts that arose among the various Asian civilizations. The course prepares students to study in depth the cultures of China and Japan and provide foundation for an understanding modern Asia.  Cross-listed with JPNS A287

HIST A288 Middle East & Islam, 600-1650   3 crs.

RAC: Premodern; Premodern

This course traces the major developments in the Middle East from the 7th to the 16th centuries. This period witnessed the transition to Islam in the Arabian Peninsula and its spread throughout the wider Middle East. Accordingly, students study how Muslims shaped a unified civilization and interacted with non-Muslim communities and polities.

HIST A289 Middle East 1600 to Present  3 crs.

This course is a continuation of Middle East I. It explores the main patterns and events that shaped the modern Middle East from the 16th century to the present, paying particular attention to the expansion of empire, the transformation of economies and institutions, changing gender relations, and conflicts over territory.

HIST A300 Ancient History 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

This course discusses the political, social, religious, economic, and cultural development of western culture from the Sumerians to the Romans.

HIST A304 Early Christianity 3 crs.

RAC: Catholic Traditions; Premodern

This course examines the apostolic age; geographical expansion; persecutions; organizational developments; early heresies; councils of Nicaea, Ephesus, and Chalcedon; popular piety; church-state relations; rise of Monasticism.

HIST A305 Medieval Crime and Community 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

This course explores the interaction between the development of criminal law and social change in the late medieval period.  Classes are organized thematically and focus on a broad range of subjects, from trial by ordeal to sanctuary. Emphasis is placed on the creative ways litigants and jurors manipulated the law courts to their best advantage.

HIST A306 Middle Ages 3 crs.

RAC: Catholic Traditions; Premodern

This course examines European social, political, and cultural institutions from the fall of Rome to the 15th century.  Themes include: the evolving Church (monasticism, papal monarchy, medicant orders); medieval institutions (feudalism, monarchy); intellectual change (Scholasticism, vernacular literature); and crisis (Crusades, the Black Death).

HIST A307 Saints & Demons in Medieval Europe 3 crs.

RAC: Catholic Traditions; Premodern

The medieval church played a central role influencing the lives of Western Christians. This course examines the depth of that influence. Particular emphasis is placed on forms of religious expression, the development of ecclesiastical organization and hierarchy, the role of the church in everyday life, canon law, and lay involvement in the church.

HIST A308 Age of Renaissance 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

This course is a study of the social, political, economic, and intellectual developments of the Renaissance. Shifting attitudes mark a transition from the medieval to the early modern world and prepare the way for the upheavals of the Age of Reformation.

HIST A310 Age of Reformation 3 crs.

RAC: Catholic Traditions; Premodern

This course examines the shift in religious sensibilities in light of new economic, intellectual, and political developments, and explores the unique responses of Protestant and Catholic reformations.

HIST A315 Western Intellectual History 3 crs.

This course traces the history of western ideas, dealing with the major intellectual developments from the pre-Socratic Greeks to the crisis of European thought in the 19th century.

HIST A317 History of Genocide 3 crs.

This course examines the nature of genocide concentrating on episodes of genocide in the twentieth and twenty-first century, and investigating distant and proximate roots of specific episodes in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  The consequences of specific acts of genocide, responses to genocide and strategies for combating genocide are also considered.

HIST A321 Modern Europe 1815 — 1914 3 crs.

This course covers European History from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I. Some of the topics covered include Revolution and Reaction; the Industrial Revolution; German and Italian Unification; the quest for colonies and empire; and the roots of World War I and the Russian Revolution.

HIST A322 Modern Europe 1914 — 1945 3 crs.

This course surveys European history from the First World War to the end of the Second World War. In addition to the causes and results of the two wars, some of the topics covered will be the Treaty of Versailles; the Russian Revolution and Stalinism; Fascism and Nazism; and the Holocaust.

HIST A323 Modern Europe 1945 — Present 3 crs.

This course examines Europe from the end of World War II until the present. Some of the topics covered include the Origins and Course of the Cold War; the Transformation of Britain and France; the Resurgence of Germany; The European Common Market and the European Union; the collapse of Communism and of the Soviet Union; and the wars of Yugoslavian Secession.

HIST A327 Hitler and Nazi Germany 3 crs.

This course traces the development of Hitler through his rise to power to his subordination of Germany to his dictatorship.  It examines the character of the Nazi state, its monopolization of power through terror, its racial agenda, its aggressive ethnic imperialism, and its ultimate defeat as a result of hubristic over-extension.

HIST A328 The Holocaust 3 crs.

This course examines history of the anti-Semitism of the Nazi regime in Germany, its anti-Semitic measures, and finally its genocidal assault on the Jews of Europe. The origins of German and Nazi anti-Semitism, the course of Nazi anti-Semitic policy, and the consequences of the Holocaust are discussed in detail.

HIST A330 American Beginnings 3 crs.

This course explores the establishment of colonies in North America. Economic, political, social, and intellectual developments from prehistory to the end of the Seven Years’ War (1763) are discussed.

HIST A332 Revolutionary America 3 crs.

This course considers the impact of revolutionary change in North America from the time of the Revolution to the end of the War of 1812. The course explores the economic, political, social, and intellectual questions facing Americans from the beginnings of the drive to Independence through the formative years of nationhood.

HIST A334 Age of Jackson 1815 — 1845 3 crs.

This course is a study of the emerging conflict of nationalism and sectionalism in American democracy, including the conflicting theories of Jacksonian democracy.

HIST A336 History of the Old South 3 crs.

This course discusses the origins and evolution of the Old South as a distinctive region and section from its colonization through the collapse of the Confederacy.

HIST A337 The New South 3 crs.

This course is an investigation of the history of the New South. The course ponders the definition of "New South," the New South Creed, and development of the South as a distinctive region from the collapse of the Confederacy to the Information Age.

HIST A338 Civil War and Reconstruction 3 crs.

This course covers 1845 — 1877 through examination of the forces leading to sectional conflict and to reestablishment of the Union.

HIST A340 U.S.: Gilded and Progressive Eras 3 crs.

This course is a study of America’s industrial age and emergence as a world power in the period 1877 — 1914. Emphasis, too, is on the reaction and reform which these changes brought about, e.g., the decline of laissez faire thought and the genteel tradition, and the rise of the Populist and Progressive movements.

HIST A342 U.S.: The ’20s and ’30s 3 crs.

This course is a study of America from 1914 to 1941; from the peak of optimism and the Progressive Movement to disillusionment and the brink of a second world war; from incredible prosperity to more incredible depression. Emphasis is on the social, political, and intellectual responses to the period’s tremendous economic, cultural, and technological changes.

HIST A343 U.S.: WWII to Present 3 crs.

This course is a study of America from 1941 to the present, including WWII, the Cold War, the hot wars of Korea and Vietnam, and the increasingly active foreign policy of the period. At home, it includes the problems of adjustment to the postwar world and to unprecedented affluence–in general to the vast changes of the past five decades.

HIST A349 Africa to 1880 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

This course is a survey of the history of Africa from the earliest times. It examines the evolution of African societies and states and interactions between Africans and the outside world.

HIST A350 Africa 1880 to Present 3 crs.

This course covers the interaction of Africa with the West. It also examines the processes and structures of colonialism, African reactions to colonialism, nationalist movements, and the economic and political structures of independent African states.

HIST A352 Women in African History 3 crs.

This course examines women in African history from ancient times to the present, focusing on how religious practices, colonialism, and social class have impacted their lives.  Students examine the construction of gender, social systems, reproduction, women’s exercise of power, and the attempt to control of the bodies of women and girls.

HIST A357 Modern Iran  3crs.       

This course examines the making of modern Iran from the inception of the Qajar dynasty (1796) to the present, tracing the development of the state structure from an ethno-tribal monarchy to a modern theocratic state through internal and international wars, civil wars, coups, revolutions, and reforms. The Islamization of the Iranian political and cultural sphere during and in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution is explored as a puzzle rather than the expected logical development of Iranian political processes. Critical questions are posed about Iranian history.

HIST A360 Punishment and Power in Modern Japan 3 crs.

This course covers the penal practices used in Japan from the 17th century to modern times. It explores how changes in the law related to the country’s desire to conform to Western legal standards in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Japanese prison system, “thought control” and the legal implications of the Allied Occupation are studied.  Cross-listed with JPNS A360

HIST A370  History of India 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern        

The history of India from the pre-Vedic period to the present is examined, emphasizing social and cultural developments, including the caste system, family structure, and the role of women. Art, architecture, literature, and music will be analyzed as reflections of Indian values. Attention is also on the British Raj, the national independence movement led by Mahatma Gandhi, and contemporary India.

HIST A381 English History to 1688 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

This course is a study of political, social, cultural, and religious developments from the Roman Conquest to the Revolution of 1688.  Themes include: England’s mixed cultural heritage, emergence of Parliament, development of law, interaction with England’s neighbors and invaders, religious transformation, and proto-nationalism.

HIST A382 English History, 1688 to Present 3 crs.

This course is an analysis of the transformation of English society from 18th-century aristocratic dominance and the rise of the middle classes in the 19th century to the emergence of working-class power and the establishment of the welfare state in the 20th century. The changing role of England as a world power is also examined.

HIST A390 China to 1644 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

This course examines how the Chinese have viewed themselves, historically, politically, social-economically, religiously, and aesthetically from the Hsiao Dynasty c. 2200 B.C. to the Ming Dynasty 1640.

HIST A391 Modern China 3 crs.

This course examines how the Chinese continued to view themselves in relation to their earlier history and how the coming of the West influenced the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) and the subsequent experience of the Chinese in the 20th century.

HIST A392 Japanese History I 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

Pre-Buddhistic Japan of the Jomon and Yayoi Eras, Nara, the "Golden Age" of Heian, the emergence of the Samurai in the Kamakura Era, Ashikaga Shogunate, and the arrival of the West are discussed in the course. Emphasis is given to the religious, political, and cultural life of Japan between c. 500 B.C. and 1600 A.D.  Cross-listed with JPNS A392

HIST A393 Japanese History II 3 crs.

This course examines the Tokugawa Era (1600 — 1868), the impact of the West and the subsequent emergence of Japan as a modern nation in the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa Eras. Emphasis is placed on Japanese arts and culture.  Cross-listed with JPNS A393

HIST A400 Historiography 3 crs.

This course is a study of the meaning of history through the eyes of philosophers, theologians, and historians; it studies both philosophies of history and the various approaches to historical investigation. Required of all students majoring in history.

HIST A404 New Orleans’ Oral Histories 3 crs.

This class uses the methodology of oral history to explore an aspect of the history of New Orleans through interviews. Students use A/V equipment to preserve their interviews and they will use the information they gather to write term papers and produce documentaries.  The focus of this course will vary each semester.

HIST A405 Early American Indians 3 crs.

RAC: Premodern

This course surveys the history of North American Indians from the earliest periods of prehistory to the "closing" of the American frontier in 1890. Using the methodology of ethnohistory, the course explores the history and culture of the diverse Indian peoples of early America as well as their interaction with other ethnic groups.

HIST A410 History of Mexico 3 crs.

This course covers the history of Mexico from Aztec times to the present. Emphasis on dominant social, economic, and cultural trends.

HIST A414 Northern South America 3 crs.

This course covers the history of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador including pre-Columbian past, Spanish Conquest, Colonial Period, 19th and 20th century. Emphasis is on dominant political, social, economic, and cultural trends. The course surveys the impact of the gold, cacao, oil, coffee, and drug economies. Studies will include liberalism, conservatism, and radical challenges to the established order.

HIST A440 Africa and Black Diaspora 3 crs.

This course is a study of the history of blacks in Diaspora.  It focuses on a comparative examination of the black experience in different locations including the U.S., Latin America, Africa, and the Carribean.

HIST A442 History of Southern Africa 3 crs.

This course offers an historical survey of developments in Southern Africa. Particular emphasis is placed on the evolution and growth of societies and states, economic, social, and political developments, external interventions, and impacts on race relations.

HIST A493 Directed Reading Course 3 crs.

The course content varies but is keyed to student and faculty interests in relevant professional topics.

HIST A496 Seminar/Workshop credits vary

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised group of students participating in a common effort.

HIST A497 Internship/ Practicum credits vary

An internship is supervised practical experience. A practicum is supervised practical application of previously studied theory. Specific intern programs provide practical experience in archival and museum work.

HIST A498 Research Project credits vary

This project focuses on empirical or historical investigation, culminating in a written report.

HIST A499 Independent Study credits vary

Independent work done under professorial supervision. 

Introductory Common Curriculum

 

HIST T121 First-Year Seminar 3 crs.

Introductory Common Curriculum: First-Year Seminar

The gateway course to the Common Curriculum is the First-Year Seminar (FYS). This issues-based, interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to college-level thinking and learning as well as Jesuit values at the core of a Loyola education. The History department offers a number of FYS courses every year in the fall and spring semesters. A full list of currently offered FYS courses can be found on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system.

HIST T122 Global History I 3 crs.

Introductory Common Curriculum: History I

The course chronicles the story of humanity from its origins to 1700. Classes explore the histories, cultures, and folkways of the peoples of the world through assignments focused on the fundamental critical thinking skills required of a novice student in an entry-level college history course: reading and summarizing historical texts (both primary and secondary), gathering and assessing evidence, and the preliminary aspects of writing and discussing history.

HIST T124 Global History II 3 crs.

Introductory Common Curriculum: History I

The course chronicles the story of humanity from 1500 to the near present. Classes explore the histories, cultures, and folkways of the peoples of the world through assignments focused on the fundamental critical thinking skills required of a novice student in an entry-level college history course: reading and summarizing historical texts (both primary and secondary), gathering and assessing evidence, and the preliminary aspects of writing and discussing history.

Advanced Common Curriculum

 

HIST W238 Christian Late Antiquity 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Catholic Traditions; Premodern

Christianity in Europe and the Levant as it emerged in Late Antiquity was forged in a period where, from the encounter and clash of vastly disparate cultures and beliefs, new artistic and intellectual forms emerged from the old and new modes of thinking and living took hold in a world that managed to successfully synthesize innovation and tradition at all levels of existence.  The study of Christianity in Late Antiquity, then, is the study of a social revolution in the making. 

HIST W239 Catholics: Their History 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Premodern
RAC: Catholic Traditions

This course is a study of the behavior of Catholics worldwide during the past 2,000 years–their religious, social, and cultural values and resulting actions. The course tries to elucidate the concrete results of the teachings of Christ and His followers on these Catholics. 

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013. 

HIST W240 Women in The Middle Ages 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Diversity; Premodern   

This class explores changes in women’s rights and roles in medieval society. Special emphasis is placed on the gap between prescription and reality, women’s contributions to medieval society, ideas and attitudes about women, and developments at the end of the medieval period to create a society tolerant of witchcraft persecutions.

HIST W252 Social History of Greece and Rome 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Premodern

This course inquires into daily life, religious beliefs and practices, public and private morals, institutions (e.g., slavery), condition of women, amusements, and similar categories which will emerge during the course of study. Inquiry will center on Greece and Rome but may include other ancient western cultures.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST W253 Law: Ancient World 3 crs.  

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Premodern

This course examines the place of law in ancient society, emphasizing Semitic codes of ancient Near East (Bible and Greco-Roman laws) and its relationship to morality. Meeting of Semitic-Judaic and Greco-Roman in the first Christian centuries produced natural law and canon law of later times. Relevant social issues are examined.  Cross-listed with RELS U396

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST W255 Medieval Sex and Gender 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Premodern

Sex and gender are linked together throughout history as cultural constructs that evolve from a power relationship. In studying these aspects of a society, we are much better informed about its social mores, hierarchical relationships, even political strategies.  Because many ideas about sex and gender developed in the Middle Ages, a study of these aspects help students better appreciate modern values.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST W256 The Crusades 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Catholic Tradition, Premodern

Muslim fundamentalists today see attacks on Westerners as a continuation of the Wars of the Cross; Westerners know little about them and feel no sense of continuity.  These attitudes are a legacy of the medieval period.  For Europe, the Crusades were a positive experience, encouraging scholarship, economic expansion, and Christian solidarity.  For Muslims, it hastened the fragmentation of an empire. A better understanding of the Crusades will illuminate current relations with the Middle East.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST W258 Medicine in the Medieval West

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Premodern

This course explores the history of medical theory and practice, focusing most closely on the medieval era (i.e. 400-1500), but taking into good account also the Greek and Roman foundations of medical theory that prevail in Western and Middle Eastern society until the Enlightenment.  The history will be explored through a variety of lenses:  clinical, ethical, religious and social.  

HIST W266 The Quest for Empire 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Premodern

Should early European explorers and colonists be remembered primarily as folk heroes or as slave-trading exploiters of other cultures? In this course, we will let the early explorers and colonists speak for themselves through the vivid writings they have left. Group discussion of primary sources are an important part of the course.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST W270 Latin West, Orthodox East

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Catholic Traditions; Premodern

The greatest split of all has been that between East and West, a split exemplified by the emergence of two distinct Christian traditions: Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox.  Beginning with the roots of the divergence in apostolic times and taking the story right up to the Council of Florence in the fifteenth century, this course explores the factors--theological, personal, geo-political and cultural--that caused the development of progressively severe and irreversible fractures with the Church.  The result was the creation of two distinct "mother churches," which themselves have in turn generated the entire panoply of sects East and West, of which the modern spectrum of Christianity is comprised.  Lastly, this course seeks to examine the quest for world-wide ecumenical dialogue, despite divisions of the past, which continues up to the present day.

HIST W271 Money as Meaning 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Premodern

This course proceeds from the proposition that money is a kind of meaning, and focuses on the relationship between money and other forms of communication, such as writing and printing. It examines the changing roles of various kinds of money across time, from the earliest stone-age exchange systems through the birth of capitalism in the early modern period, and explores the various conceptions of money across cultures. Through the survey of the history of monies, students also gain familiarity with the broad outlines of global history to 1650. The course is designed to be of use to students in all majors and degree programs, and to contribute to the goals of a liberal arts education.

HIST W276: WAL: Culture in Pre-Modern Japan 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures or Writing About Literature
RAC: Premodern

This course introduces the history, literature, religion, and philosophy that formed Japanese culture from the 10th to the 15th century.  English translations of contemporary texts by writers of the imperial court are studied from a broad historical perspective.  Students attain an appreciation of Japanese cultures as it has evolved from this classical period to the present.  Cross-listed with JPNS U250.

HIST W286 Discovering Africa 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Premodern

This course focuses on the history of pre-colonial Africa from the Bantu migration to the beginnings of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. By exploring the wealth, diversity and complexity of early African societies, students are not only better informed and educated, they are better intellectually prepared to challenge some of the sweeping generalizations and assumptions about contemporary Africa.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X225 Ideologies and Economics 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II

This course examines how the modern world has been shaped by ideologies and economics.  From Classical Liberalism to the Arab Spring, we will look at the ideas and economic realities that have forged our world.

HIST X230 Oppression and Resistance 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Diversity

This interdisciplinary survey challenges students to critically evaluate the roles that racism, sexism, and prejudice have played in shaping the modern world. Students compare and contrast case studies of slavery, persecution, subjugation, and genocide and explore the violent and nonviolent resistance of marginalized peoples. To achieve a deeper understanding of the broad impact of bigotry and the efficacy of social justice movements, they connect specific struggles to the global narrative.

HIST X232 Africa and Its Diasporas 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum:  History II
RAC: Diversity

This course explores the history of African Diasporas around the globe from the time of the Atlantic trade to the present. The course is global in scope, focusing not only African diaspora communities in the Americas, but also in the Indian Ocean world, in Europe and within the continent of Africa itself.  Themes include community building and resistance under slavery, diasporic religious expression, black nationalism and socialism, anti-colonialism, and modern diasporas.

HIST X234 Technology, Nature, and the West 3 crs.

Advance Common Curriculum: History II

This course will explore various scholarly explanations for why and how industrialization  first appeared in the West, with particular emphasis placed on role of technology in the utilization of natural resources and its attendant ecological effects.

HIST X241 Drugs, Terrorism, and Democracy 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

The U.S. has a complex relationship with Latin America. This course seeks to explain the three most important issues in that relationship today–drugs, democracy, and terrorism–from the widely divergent perspectives of the two cultures.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X243 Social Revolutions in Latin America 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course analyzes social revolutions in Latin America including the 1910 Mexican Revolution, the 1959 Cuban Revolution, and the frustrated 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s revolutions in Central America. Works used are outstanding histories on the revolutions as well as recognized artistic works, including films, novels, and short stories. The course consider sthe causes of revolutions, their leaders and ideology, their successes and failures, and the lessons to be learned.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X246 American Revolution 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

Historians legitimately concern themselves with the nature of revolution, attending in large measure to the influence of impersonal factors. Using the American Revolution, the course examines the reciprocal effect which certain people and revolution have had on each other. Motives, techniques, freedom of action, and alternatives available are assessed.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X254 Palestinians and Israelis 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

The course researches the cultural, religious, political, economic, and social values of and the relationships between the Palestinians and Israelis. The tensions resulting from the conflict are studied in their origins and evolution. The hopes of both peoples are evaluated, and the future is extrapolated.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X256 American Heroes 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

The purpose of this course is to examine what constitutes a hero for Americans. The course examines why people need heroes not only to survive but to progress and why in recent times people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with modern heroes.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X260 WWI in History and Literature 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

After viewing the experiences of soldiers through novels and memoirs written by participants, students consider what this war did to those who fought; how they viewed their experiences; how it altered their visions of themselves, society, and their governments; how they related to their own civilian compatriots and the enemy.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X261 Autobiography as History 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

A study of important historical autobiographies, the course treats the literary genre of autobiography, the historical context of major autobiographical works, the use of autobiography as a historical document, and the practice of autobiography as a tool for understanding the self.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X262 Comparative Social Movements 3 crs.        

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Diversity

This course explores the theories, actors, events and global social movements through the interrogation of specific case studies. Interdisciplinary in approach, the class utilizes monographs, primary sources, art, and film to explore how the masses affected change in the world they live in. Major themes include include community and institution building, artistic expression, and resource mobilization.

HIST X263 People at War 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course examines war in the twentieth century. It considers the reasons why wars were fought, the nature of the wars and their human, moral, and material costs. Particular attention is paid to the impact upon participants, civilian victims of war, civilians on the home front, and the consequence of war. Students learn the key developments of World Wars I and II, Vietnam, the 2003 Iraq War. They gain an understanding of the nature of war in the twentieth century and will be able to assess the need for and utility of war.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X264 American Left in the 20th Century 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course investigates the effects of the success of liberalism on values, views, and aspirations of Americans during this century–a time of affluence, the rise of mass culture, and the post industrial society. This course examines leftist criticism of liberalism during the 20th century.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X265 Nation & Nationalism 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Diversity 

In examining the histories of nation and nationalism across time and space, this course challenges students to question attributes of immutability, naturalness, and eternity assigned to culture, religion, gender, state, and law. Using nationalism as an the analytical lens, students interrogate modernity, westernization, and globalization since 1700. The course explores looks layered and contested nature of our collective human pasts to unpack the roots of many contemporary global conflicts through a broad inter-disciplinary framework.

HIST X268 Gender and Nation 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Diversity

Since its birth in the late eighteenth century, nation has been imagined and projected in highly gendered language and imagery. This course takes students on a global journey to map this gendering of nation from different world regions in order to understand why and how this gendering of nation happened the way it did, and explore the consequences of it on the lived experiences of people: men, women, and queer group. 

HIST X270 The American Character 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course is a study of those characteristics of American culture that seem to define America as unique among nations. It concentrates on contemporary American values and politics, but will begin with the observations of Franklin and Crevecoeur and include the writings of contemporary journalists, historians, social scientists, novelists, travel writers, and foreign observers.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X272  Black Leadership in USA 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Science Modern

This course investigates the ideological foundations, development, and activism of black American leaders.  Stretching from the colonial era to the present, this course privileges the voice of grassroots, marginalized, and unexpected black leaders.  Particular emphasis is placed on the influence of biography and political economy on personal activism; challenging conventional definitions of leadership; and dismantling notions of black homogeneity.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X277 Culture in Early Modern Japan 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Science Modern

This course introduces the history, literature, religion and philosophy that formed Japanese culture from the 17th to the 19th century, when Japan witnessed the rise of the merchant class but government was still controlled by the samurai.  English translations of historical and literary writings of the period are used to give students a clearer insight into how Japanese cultural perspectives have evolved from early modern times to the present day.  Cross-listed with JPNS V251

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X278 Modern Japanese Culture 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum:  Behavioral/Social Science Modern

This course explores the modern Japanese conflict between the desire to assimilate Western culture and the need to preserve traditional values.  The Japanese and Western understanding of the individual and of the individual's place in society will also be explored. Readings of english translations of modern novels and essays give students a clearer understanding of Japan's people and evolving culture.  Cross-listed with JPNS V252.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X280 African-American Culture and History 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course studies the manner in which African-Americans have attempted to solve moral, religious, and pragmatic problems relating to the critical issue of survival in America from the colonial period to the present.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.

HIST X283 Rise of Global Capitalism 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum:  History II

This course is a survey of the growth and spread of world capitalism over the last 500 years, from the earliest global trading companies, through multiple industrial revolutions, to the rise of American multinational corportations and China's recent move towrd a market economy.  We study capitalism as a historical formation, changing through time and space, and intertwined with other areas of human endeavor as well as examining the history of economic throught from Adam Smith to the present day.

HIST X285 Genocide in the Modern World 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Diveristy

This course examines genocidal episodes and mass crimes against humanity from the beginning of the modern era to the present throughout the world. It will investigate distant and proximate roots of specific genocidal episodes in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas and the course and consequences of specific acts of genocide.  It considers responses to genocide and strategies for combating genocide.  This is an online course.

HIST X286 War in the Modern World 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: History II
RAC: Diversity

This course examines war in the modern world. It considers the reasons why wars were fought, the nature of the wars and their human, moral, and material costs. Students learn the key developments of major wars and gain an understanding of the changing nature of war and the varieties of war fought in the modern era. Particular attention is paid to causes and consequence of war. This is an online course.

HIST X290 Women in American History 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

An exploration of the diverse historical experience of women in America from the colonial period to the present, this course focuses on changes in women’s work, legal and political status, education, religious experience, family life, and gender roles.

This course satisfies an Advanced Common Curriculum Social Science requirement for students who began their program of study before fall semester 2013.