Fall 2019 Course Offerings
HIST 317 China: Global Domination (HM, IC)
Dr. Elisheva Perelman, MWF, 11:50, CSB
How did China become the economic and political success story of the 21st century? This class analyzes China’s rise from the collapse of the imperial system, the failed republic, and the chaos of multiple wars as the nation revises, redefines, and resuscitates communism throughout the last 100 years. This course is suitable for those without a background in history or Asian studies.
HIST 130 The Ancient World (HM)
Dr. Jason Schlude, MWF, 10:20, SJU
In this introduction to the ancient Mediterranean world (c. 3000 BCE-500 CE), we will cover key moments in the history of Greece and Rome. Possible topics include: the Trojan war, the golden age of Sparta and Athens, the career and campaigns of Alexander the Great of Macedon, the rise of Rome and its Mediterranean power, and the ultimate fall of the Roman Republic and Empire. A central theme for the course will be how to practice ancient history through comparative analysis of both literary and archaeological evidence. In this way, students will develop an understanding of important events in and diverse approaches to the study of Classical antiquity.
HIST 142B Europe Since 1750 (HM)
Dr. Brittany Merritt, TR, 1:05, CSB
This course examines European history since 1750, prior to the French Revolution, and concludes with transformation of the continent after the Cold War. Students will examine various themes that shaped this period of transformation in European society, such as the nature and effects of revolutions, imperial expansion and collapse, global war and genocide, and life under totalitarian regimes. Through our discussions of primary sources, combined with interactive activities like mock trials and debates, students will be able to develop their reading, critical thinking, and argumentative writing skills.
HIST 329 Guns, Gold, and Slaves: Africa and the British Empire (HM, GE, IC)
Dr. Brittany Merritt, MW, 2:10, CSB
This course focuses on encounters between Great Britain and the African continent from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. Topics include slavery and imperial conquest; the role of African men and women in reshaping British colonial power; cultural exchanges between Africa and Britain; settler violence and warfare; and the aftermath of independence. Students will develop their reading, critical thinking, and argumentative writing skills as we read primary sources, discuss memoirs, engage in role-playing activities, design online exhibits, and stage debates about how the past has shaped our world. This course is suitable for students of any major, including those who have not taken a previous history course.
HIST 337 The Age of Reformation (HM, TU)
Dr. Elisabeth Wengler, TR, 9:55, CSB
The western Christian church was splintered by a religious revolution in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. But this was not simply a revolution made by theologians—ordinary men and women, from elites to ordinary people participated. The implications of revolutionary religious ideas about salvation, scripture, and faith were felt far beyond the pews, in everything from political life to family life. Students will investigate the far-reaching impact of the Reformation by analyzing the circumstances that led to it, the revolutionary ideas that characterized it, the agency of theologians, political leaders and ordinary people in its creation and establishment, and the changes it created in social life, marriage, gender, and the family, in Europe and in the “New World.” This course is suitable for students of any major, including those who have not taken a previous history course.
HIST 349 Modern Russia (HM, GE)
Dr. Gregory Schroeder, TR, 11:30, CSB
This course examines the political, social, and cultural transformation of Russia from a preindustrial autocracy in the 19th century to an atomic superpower in the 20th century. Topics include the Romanov Empire, the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalinism, World War II, Soviet culture, the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia. This course is suitable for students of any major, including those who have not taken a previous history course.
HIST 121 Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas: From Indigenous Empires to Conquered Peoples (HM)
Dr. Brian Larkin, TR, 9:55, CSB
Examines the development of indigenous civilizations in Mesoamerica and the Andes from 1200, paying particular attention to the rise of the Aztec and Inca Empires. Investigates the Spanish conquest of the Americas in the 1500s and its consequences, focusing on how indigenous peoples and European settlers through conflict and cooperation created new, hybrid societies and cultures in the colonial New World.
HIST 322 Mexico from Independence to Today (HM, IC)
Dr. Brian Larkin, TR, 1:05, CSB
This course traces the history of Mexico from Independence in 1821 to the present. Although we will examine Mexico’s political development since 1821, this course focuses mostly on the social and cultural history of Mexico. We will explore Mexico’s ethnic diversity, national identity, religious traditions, and gender patterns and how all these elements changed over time—from a chaotic nineteenth attempt to forge an independent nation, through the throws of the Mexican Revolution, to the present-day struggles between the state and drug cartels. This course is suitable for students of any major, including those who have not taken a previous history course.
HIST 152B US Liberty, Empire, and Faith (HM)
Dr. Jonathan Nash, MWF, 2:10, 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 152C The American Dream: Reality or Illusion (HM)
Dr. Ken Jones, TR, 11:30, CSB
When Americans talk about what makes our nation special or “great,” we often point to the idea of individual opportunity, or what historians call the American Dream. More specifically, the American Dream argument is that everyone has a chance to be successful, and that an individual’s talent and drive, rather than external factors, shape the outcome. In this class, we are going to ask how true the Dream is. Do all people have access? Are there groups who are simply excluded because of their race, gender, or other factors outside individual control? What have people done when the distance between the Dream and reality became intolerable? How has change occurred? We will start examining this question in the era when large monopolies began to dominate the economy, and end with contemporary arguments from Black Lives Matter to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
HIST 300C Sport and Society in 20th Century America (HM, GE)