Spring 2016 Offerings


HI 114: East Asia Before 1800 (HM)
Dr. Elisheva Perelman, MWF, 11:50, CSB
A survey of East Asia-including China, Korea, And Japan-from ancient times to the dawn of the modern era. Explores the origin and building blocks of East Asian civilization and analyzes the changes prior to 1600.

HI 317: Talking About a Revolution: Intellectuals in Modern China
Dr. Elisheva Perelman, MWF, 2:10, CSB
This course looks at China in the 20th century and the intellectuals who attempted consciously to direct or deflect its agonizing transformation and incorporation into the "modern" world then dominated by Euro-America and the Soviet Union


HI 141:  Black Death to the French Revolution (HM)
Dr. Elisabeth Wengler, T/TH, 8:20, CSB
Students will investigate the tension between traditionalism and revolution from the Black Death through the French Revolution.  Highlights include examination of the religious revolution of theologians, political leaders and ordinary people that rocked the western Christian church in the 16th century, investigation of scientific discoveries and Galileo's challenge to the geocentric model of the universe that challenged Europeans' understanding of the world and their place in it, and analysis of new ideas about the political and social world put into action in one of the defining events of the modern age, the French Revolution. 

HI 333  Gender and Society in Western Europe (HM, Gender)
Dr. Elisabeth Wengler, T/TH, 1:05, CSB
Students will investigate the forces that shaped the social and cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity and examine how they informed the identities, experiences, and imaginations of late medieval and early modern Europeans (1300-1800). Students will analyze the impact of gender on sexuality, family life, work, crime, religion, and intellectual life of early modern Europeans and how these intersected with socio-economic status, age, martial status, and religious identity. Students will uncover and analyze the gaps between gendered expectations and the lived experience of early modern men and women. Historical perspective allows us to uncover the origins, evolution, and persistence of gendered expectations and understand how they influence human experience. 

HI 344 Modern Germany (HM, Gender, Intercultural)
Dr. Gregory Schroeder, MWF, 10:40, CSB
This course examines the history of Germany in the modern era by asking the fundamental questions: "Who is German?" and "What is Germany?"  These questions, and the changing answers over time, will help us understand not only "Germany" but also more broadly common experiences of modernization.  Our study begins in the nineteenth century with "Germany" before the unification of 1871 and then proceeds to a fascinating succession of political and cultural states: Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, and Third Reich, and the post- 1945 Germanies. The course materials and our discussions will illuminate the diversity of experiences in German history by examining issues of political allegiance, ideology, social class, gender, religious confession, and regional identities. The course emphasizes intensive reading and discussion of historical literature

Latin America

HIST 122 Revolution and Repression in Modern Latin America (HM)
Dr. Brian Larkin, MWF, 9:30, CSB
¡Viva la Revolución!  Latin Americans from many countries shouted their loyalty to revolutionary movements over the twentieth century.  The revolutionaries sought to overthrow unresponsive and oftentimes corrupt, brutal governments.  They also desired a new, more egalitarian society, one that more evenly distributed the wealth generated from the region's rich resources.  Most of these movements, however, failed.  What caused Latin Americans to rise in revolution in the twentieth century?  What were the revolutionaries' goals?  Why did most of these movements fail?  This course seeks to answer those questions.

HIST 323 Religion in Latin America (HM, IC,cross-listed with THEO 317)
Dr. Brian Larkin, MWF, 11:50, CSB
This course examines the changing nature of religious cultures in Latin America from the pre-Columbian period to the present day.  It includes the study of indigenous religious practices, the European "spiritual conquest" of the New World, the creation of syncretic forms of Catholicism, 19th century conflicts between religion and secularism, the spread of Protestantism in the 20th century, and the advent and course of liberation theology in Latin America.  Within a historical context, the course examines the role of religion in shaping sense of self, forms of community, and human interaction with the physical world.

American History

HIST 152 American Experience (HM)
Dr. Jonathan Nash, MWF, 1:00, CSB
What is the American Experience?  This question drives our exploration of the North American past from the early-seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century.  The historical themes of violence, empire, liberty and faith guide our study.  To help us understand these themes and the experiences of Americans, we will read and discuss historical monographs and primary documents.  During the semester, students will have opportunities to strengthen their analytical reading, critical thinking, argumentative writing, and public speaking.

HIST 152 American Experience (HM)
Dr. Shannon Smith, T/TH, 11:30, CSB
This course surveys the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present day.   We will explore the social experience of living in the U.S., the cultural ideas Americans used to understand their world, and the political and economic structures that shaped individual lives.  We will specifically address the meanings of equality and citizenship.  Who has been included or excluded from being an "American," and how has this changed over time?  We will use primary sources and scholarly articles to explore why the past matters to us in the present and to practice skills of critical thinking and analytical reading and writing.

HIST 351 American Revolution (HM)
Dr. Jonathan Nash, T/TH, 9:55, CSB
This course analyzes the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution within the context of the Atlantic World between approximately 1750 and 1820.

HIST 360 US Environmental History (HM)
Dr. Derek Larson, T/TH, 12:45, SJU
Environmental history is the study of the relationship between humans and nature over time.  This course examines the changing American understanding of nature in the 19th and 20th centuries with particular attention to the development of public policies toward natural resources and wildlife, the emergence of a new set of ideas recognizing non-utilitarian values in nature, and to the evolution of the conservation and environmental movements.  Intellectual, political, economic, scientific, and social evidence will all be examined in the process of placing nature back into the human history of North America.

HIST 369 Gender in US History (HM, GEND)
Dr. Shannon Smith, MWF, 9:30, CSB
This course will use gender as a tool of analysis to explore how gender and sexuality have influenced Americans' personal identities and interactions with others, and how these seemingly separate "private" and "public" concerns often overlapped.  Historically, in what ways have Americans defined what it means to be a "man" or a "woman," and how have those definitions influenced one's status within the nation?  In this course we will explore the varied meanings of "masculinity" and "femininity" from European colonization to the present day, and how those meanings have changed based on the needs or anxieties of the time-even for events and issues which seem to have little to do with gender or sexuality.  This course will help you think critically about documents and other sources that you encounter in daily life: who produced it, what assumptions about gender or public/private life the author makes, and how those assumptions influence one's understanding of cultural identities.

History Courses for Majors'

HIST 200C: History Colloquium
Dr. Jonathan Nash, MWF, 10:40, CSB

"A Struggle for Freedom": Resisting Enslavement in North America?

What was a slave revolt? Historian Eugene Genovese suggests it was "a struggle for freedom." In this class, we will focus on enslaved peoples' struggles for freedom in North America during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. We will analyze their historical experiences within the larger contexts of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in the Americas. We will use primary and secondary sources to investigate what we can and cannot know about the histories of enslaved people, and to understand the historian's craft. During the semester, you will have opportunities to hone your analytical reading, discussion, and historical thinking skills.

HI 395:  Historiography and Methods 
Dr. Gregory Schroeder, T/TH, 9:55, CSB

History, Memory and the Politics of Remembering
In HIST 395, students are expected to develop the research skills and historiographical awareness required for their independent projects in HIST 399 Senior Thesis, the History major capstone course.  These goals are best achieved through the study of a specific subject matter, and for this particular course, our subjects are the concepts of "history" and "memory," i.e., the ways in which societies and people interpret the past, what they remember, and why they remember.  Sometimes, what is forgotten is as significant as what is remembered.  These topics are centrally important to the work of the historian, and so our work will not only develop research skills but also provide an opportunity to consider and discuss history and why it matters to us as individuals and societies.  Common course readings will cover theoretical works on the nature of history and memory - they are not the same thing -- as well as case studies on topics such as national identity, memorials, museums, historic sites, and debates over interpreting the past.  Many of the common readings pertain to European countries, but the course will explore other countries as well.  For their final projects, students will select their own history/memory topic and employ their skills to design and write a historiographical essay.

HIST 399  Senior Thesis  (Experiential)
Dr. Shannon Smith, T/TH, 2:40, CSB
This course is the capstone for the major.  Students develop independent projects in collaboration with History faculty and write substantial research papers based upon primary and secondary sources.  Students give formal oral presentations of their research.  This course draws upon and synthesizes the skills developed in HIST 200 and 395.  Those majors seeking to graduate with "Distinction in History" must take HONR 396 the spring of their junior year, History 399 fall of their senior year, and complete their Honors research and writing the spring they graduate. Prerequisite: 395. Offered for A-F grading only.