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Looking ahead Fall 2017 Course Listings and SAGES Departmental Seminars 



HSTY 109 Intro to Modern American History M/W/F 10:35-11:25 Shulman
This course provides and introductory survey of American history from the end of Reconstruction through the early century, focusing on politics, foreign relations, the economy, and culture and social life.
HSTY 113 Intro to Modern World History M/W/F 10:35-11:25 Sadowsky
The history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in global context. Emphasis on the forces that have created the modern world: industrialization and technological change; political ideas and movements such as nationalism, imperialism and decolonization; and the interplay of cultural values.
HSTY 137 Modern South Asia T/R 11:30-12:45 Dasgupta
This course will introduce students to the history of the region that today includes India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The course will deal with some of the following themes: global trade between the Indian subcontinent and the West in the 17th century; the rise of the East India Company’s dominance over the Indian subcontinent in the 18th century; the transformation of India into a colonial economy; social and religious reform movements of the 19th century.
HSTY 201 History of Ancient Science and Technology T/R 10:00-11:15 Rumor
Ever since prehistory, humans have endeavored to understand, and manipulate, the world around them. This course will survey, by means of an examination of selected topics, the history of western people’s efforts to make sense, organize and put to use the natural world and the workings of the universe, from its earliest historical times to the Middle Ages.
HSTY 215 Europe in the 20th century T/R 11:30-12:45 Jay Geller
The twentieth century has seen stupendous transformations in the internal structures of European politics, economics, society, and culture and in Europe’s place in the world. This course traces Europe’s transition from a continent of sovereign nation-states or empires ruled by monarchs with starkly hierarchical social structures, through wars, revolution, dictatorships, destruction, division, and destitution, to a conflicted present.
HSTY 242  History of the Body M/W 12:45-2:00 Rabinovitch-Fox
The human body has always had an important role in constructing social, political and cultural relations. Although it seems as though the body is a fixed, a-historical category, in recent years, historians found it to be a valuable source to understand questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, nationalism, citizenship, as well as political and social institutions.
HSTY 254 The Holocaust T/R 2:30-3:45 Geller
This class seeks to answer fundamental questions about the Holocaust: the German-led organized mass murder of nearly six million Jews and millions of other ethnic and religious minorities. It will investigate the origins and development of racism in modern European society, the manifestations of that racism, and responses to persecution. An additional focus of the course will be comparisons between different groups, different countries, and different phases during the Nazi era.
HSTY 259 Intro to Latina/o Studies T/R 2:30-3:45 Flores
Interdisciplinary introduction to the basis for a Latina/o ethnicity through an exploration of commonalities and differences in the peoples of Latin American and Caribbean origin within the continental United States. Topics include methodological and theoretical formulations central to the field (e.g., racial, gender,and sexual formations, modes and relations of production and class, nation and transnation), history and contemporary issues of identity, family, community, immigration, and the potential for a pan-ethnic identity.
HSTY 263 African-American Intellectual History: M/W 12:45-2:00 Varel
The African-American experience is in many ways the litmus test for what American principles of freedom and equality have actually meant in practice. There is no better guide into the Black experience than the voices of articulate African Americans themselves. This course will therefore introduce students to some of those voices as they responded to and helped to change conditions ranging from slavery to the War on Drugs.
HSTY 272 Sports in America T/R 1:00-2:15 Grabowski
This course reviews the history of sports in America from the colonial period to the present. It gives particular attention to the evolution of sports as a major business and to the roles of gender, ethnicity, and race in the history of America sport, as well as to the emergence of sport as a major defining characteristic of America life and society
HSTY288 Imperial China T/R 10:00-11:15 Bonk
This course is an introduction to the history of Imperial China, from the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644 to the creation of the Chinese republic in 1912. We will explore the major historical transformations (political, economic, social, and cultural) of the last imperial dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), and develop an understanding of the major social, political, economic, and intellectual cultural forces shaping the formation of modern China.
HSTY 303 History of the Early Church M/W/F 11:40-12:30 Todd
Explores the development of the diverse traditions of Christianity in the Roman Empire from the first through the fourth centuries C.E. A variety of New Testament and extra-Biblical sources are examined in translation. Emphasis is placed on the place of Christianity in the larger Roman society, and the variety of early Christian ideals of salvation, the Church, and Church leadership.
HSTY 315 Medieval Heresy and Dissidence M/W 12:45-2:00 Todd
Survey of heretical individuals and groups in Western Europe from 500 – 1500 A.D., focusing on popular rather than academic heresies. The development of intolerance in medieval society and the problems of doing history from hostile sources will also be explored.
HSTY 352 The Era of the American Revolution T/R 1:00-2:15 Cohen
This is an intensive survey of the Revolutionary period of American history, from the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789, focusing especially on the underlying causes of the American Revolution, the chain of events leading to the Declaration of Independence, the war with England, the Constitutional Convention, and the ratification struggle that followed, with some background on the earlier period (1607-1763).
HSTY 354/454 Women in American History T/R 10:00-11:15 Sentilles
With HSTY 353, forms a two-semester introduction to women’s studies. The politics of suffrage and the modern woman’s efforts to balance marriage, motherhood, and career.
HSTY 356 Industrial America: 1880-1940 M/W 3:20-4:35 Rabinovitch-Fox
This course will explore the history of the United States from 1880 to 1940 as the nation organized itself into a modern industrial society. We will examine the rise of a corporate and technological society, the development of cities and urban problems, the growth of government, and the way in which immigrants, women, and African-Americans negotiated a shifting social organization.
HSTY 395/495 History of Medicine W 12:45-3:15 Sadowsky
Advanced topics in history, changing from semester to semester. The course provides students an opportunity to explore special themes or theoretical issues in history that are too briefly covered in broader surveys. Students may take this course more than once for credit, when different topics are covered.
HSTY 399/499 Advanced Readings in Black History T 2:30-5:00 Williams
This is an advanced readings course that may change from semester to semester. This course will provide students with an opportunity to more deeply explore special themes and theoretical issues in the field of black history that are often quickly and briefly covered in broad survey courses.
HSTY 479 Historical Research and Writing W 4:00-6:30 Cohen
Research seminar for graduate students. Intensive focus on processes of historical research and writing. Students produce conference paper and research paper based on primary sources.


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