SAGES Departmental Seminars 


                           CURRENT HISTORY COURSES FOR FALL 2018

HSTY 100

Introduction to History

Tu 7:00-7:50 Ledford & Shulman

By Invitation Only – Introduces students to the various theories and methods that underlie historical scholarship, and to the value of historical analysis to disciplines, careers, and professions that American popular culture depicts, wrongly, as being distant from historical understanding.

HSTY 103

Introduction to Medieval History, 500-1500

 T/R 10:00-11:15 Todd

Medieval history and civilization from the fall of the Roman Empire to the age of the Renaissance. Interactions between medieval Europe and other Mediterranean and Eurasian cultures.

HSTY 107

Introduction to the Ancient Near East

M/W 12:45-2:00


This is an introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, a land that, spanning from modern Iraq to Egypt, was home to the earliest known societies in written history. In this course we will learn about the relatively recent discoveries of these ancient civilizations, the first deciphering of their scripts, about the political, social, and cultural history of the peoples who gave rise to the Babylonian, Assyrian, and Egyptian empires.

HSTY 108

Introduction to the Early American History

T/R 11:30-12:45 Cohen

This course offers an introduction to American history through a thematic survey of colonial British North America and the early United States, from the first permanent English settlements of the early seventeenth century to the onset of the American Civil War.

HSTY 113

Introduction to Modern World History

M/W 9:30-10:20


The history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in global context. Emphasis on the forces that have created or shaped the modern world: industrialization and technological change; political ideas and movements such as nationalism; European imperialism and decolonization; and the interplay of cultural values.

HSTY 136

Introduction to Latin American History

M/W/F 12:45-2:00 McGinniss

This course provides an introduction to the historical and cultural development of Latin America, in an attempt to identify the forces, both internal and external, which shape the social, economic and political realities in present day Latin America.

HSTY 137

Introduction to Modern South Asia

M/W 12:45-2:00 Dasgupta

This course will introduce students to the history of the region that today includes India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The course will deal with 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; changing modalities of colonial rule after the transfer of governing power from the East India Company to the British Crown-in-Parliament; the emergence and trajectories of elite and popular anti-colonial nationalisms; the struggles of women, low status groups, and other minorities in the region; decolonization; and the partition of the subcontinent.

HSTY 163

Modern Britain and Its Empire

Tu 5:30-8:00 Broich

This lecture and discussion course covers the history of Britain at the height of its political and industrial power and the history of the expanding and contracting British Empire.  Britain was a nation of great technological, economic, and military power, but it also experienced extraordinary stresses. This course will explore the many paradoxes of the history of the British at their most dominant.

HSTY 203

Revolutions in Science

T/R 10:00-11:15


Historical and philosophical interpretation of some epochal events in development of science. Copernican revolution, Newtonian mechanics, Einstein’s relativity physics, quantum mechanics, and evolutionary theory; patterns of scientific growth; structure of scientific “revolutions;” science and “pseudo-science.” First half of a year-long sequence.

HSTY 204/404

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

T/R 2:30-3:45 Hagesfeld

The United States has by far the largest and most important “nonprofit sector” in the world, a sector consisting of voluntary non-governmental organizations that provide health care, education and social services as well as arts, religious, and advocacy activities.  Using mostly primary sources, this course considers the significance of the nonprofit sector in the U.S., its advantages and disadvantages, its uses for different groups of Americans, and current trends

HSTY 231

Athens to Alexandria: The World of Ancient Greece

T/R 1:00-2:15 Iverson

This course constitutes the first half of a year-long sequence on classical civilization. It examines the enduring significance of the Greeks studied through their history, literature, art, and philosophy.

HSTY 236

World War I: Crucible of the 20th Century

T/R 11:30-12:45 Ledford

World War I changed everything about Europe and ushered in a changed century of tumult, war, and division.  The European experience of the regimentation of the economy and daily life, the impact of new technology on warfare, and the very personal suffering of separation and loss changed how those on that continent viewed their countries and their world.  The war affected everything from gender relations to class relations to religious and ethnic relations and laid the foundation for even more disruption ahead.

HSTY 240

Shopping for Change: Consumer Culture and Social Movements in America

M/W 3:20-4:35 Rabinovitch-Fox

Consumption has been central to American political, economic, and social life. Americans have engaged in individual and collective action as consumers to fight corporate malfeasance, to influence legislators, and to assert consumers’ rights. Yet being a consumer is also a political practice, and forms of consumer activism have been central to some of the most important struggles for social justice, political rights, and freedom in America.

HSTY 248

Digital History Internship

TBD Grabowski

This internship provides students with experience in maintaining and adding new content to the on-line Encyclopedia of Cleveland History ( Interns will create new entries, use Social Media to promote the site and assist staff in updating data and enhancing the utility of the website.

HSTY 250

Issues and Methods in History

W 3:20-5:50 Broich

A methodological introduction to historical research. Students use a variety of approaches to interpret and study historical problems.


Introduction to African-American Studies

Tu 4:00-6:30 Bostic

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of Black History, cultures, economics, and politics.  Students will learn about the development of the field by exploring theoretical questions, methodological approaches, and major themes that have shaped the study of black people, primarily in the U.S. context.  This is a seminar-style, discussion-based course that emphasizes critical analysis and expository writing.

HSTY 272

Sports in America: From Play to Profit

T/R 2:30-3:45 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.

HSTY 310

The French Revolutionary Era

T/R 10:00-11:15 Cano

Causes, progress, and results of the internal transformation of France from 1789 to 1815; impact of revolutionary ideas on other European and non-European societies.

HSTY 353/453

Women in American History I

T/R 1:00-2:15 Sentilles

The images and realities of women’s social, political, and economic lives in early America. Uses primary documents and biographers to observe individuals and groups of women in relation to legal, religious, and social restrictions

HSTY 356

Industrial America 1880-1940

M/W 12:45-2:00 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 389

History of Zionism

M/W 12:45-2:00 Geller

This course seeks to elucidate the major strands of Zionism, their origins, how they have interacted, and their impact on contemporary Israeli society.  These may include political Zionism, cultural Zionism, socialist (labor) Zionism, Revisionist Zionism, and religious Zionism.  This course will also examine the differences in the appeal of Zionism to Jews in different places, such as Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States.

 HSTY 393/493

Advanced Readings in the History of Race

 Th 4:00-6:30 Flores 

This course examines the concept of race as a social construction that carries political and economic implications.  We begin by examining the histories of the early racial taxonomists and the contexts that informed their writings.  We then assess how the concept of race changed from the nineteenth to the twentieth century in the United States.  We conclude by evaluating how the ideology of race has influenced U.S. domestic life and foreign policy at specific historical moments.

 HSTY 395/495 History of Medicine  Tu 1:00-3:30 Sadowsky

This course examines the concept of race as a social construction that carries political and economic implications.  We begin by examining the histories of the early racial taxonomists and the contexts that informed their writings.  We then assess how the concept of race changed from the nineteenth to the twentieth century in the United States.  We conclude by evaluating how the ideology of race has influenced U.S. domestic life and foreign policy at specific historical moments.

 HSTY 410

Seminar: Early American Historiography

W 2:15-4:45 Cohen

This seminar examines the historiography of early America. It is designed to acquaint history doctoral students with the major themes, methods, and scholars of American history from the seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. Students will be expected to read and report on major works in the field.

 HSTY 470

Historiography, Method, and Theory

Tu 7:00-9:30 Dasgupta

A graduate level survey of fundamental themes in historiography, method, and theory, as well as interdisciplinary methods and theories.