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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 104

Introduction to Early Modern European History, 1500-1800

T/R 11:30-12:45 Weiss

Europe has not always existed. To find out who created it and when, this course will ask two fundamental questions: First, how did the geographic, linguistic, religious and ethnic characteristics of European identity develop over the course of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries? Second, how did Europeans in this period influence other parts of the world?

HSTY 107

Introduction to the History of the Ancient Near East

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

This course 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. From about 10.000 BCE to the invasion of Alexander the Great in 334 BCE, this region witnessed important developments in human history, including the organization of the first cities, the development of the earliest codes of laws, and the invention of the oldest known writing.

HSTY 108

Introduction to Early American History

T/R 11:30-12:45 Sentilles

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 110

Introduction to U.S. History for International Students

M/W 3:20-4:35


This course offers an introduction to U.S. history for international and other students who have not studied U.S. history in secondary school. The course will emphasize topics relevant to understanding how change over the past 250 years has shaped the diversity of the people, the development of the economy, and the government and politics, and the international position of the U.S. as they exist today.

HSTY 113  Introduction to Modern World History M/W/F 2:15-3:05 Broich

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 126

Fashion and Power: The Politics of Dress in American History

T/R 10:00-11:15 Rabinovitch-Fox

Clothing is one of the most visible and accessible means through which we express our identities. Hence, it is hardly surprising that political and social tensions are embedded and embodied in dress. As an expressive medium, clothing and appearance became crucial in the construction of political identities and in serving as a means of control, oppression, as well as protest and resistance.

HSTY 157

Women’s Histories in South Asia

M/W 12:45-2:00 Dasgupta

This course traces the history of women in South Asia from pre-colonial times to the present. Themes explored in the course will include (but not be limited to): the historical transformations of institutions shaping women’s lives such as state, family, religious and legal traditions; the impact of colonialism, nationalism, and decolonization on women, as well as the history of women’s movements in various parts of South Asia. 

HSTY 204/404

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

TBA Hagesfeld

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 243

The Age of Prozac: Social and Cultural Aspects of Depression

W 12:45-3:14 Sadowsky

Although often experienced as an intensely individual, private, and painfully isolated affliction, depression has profound social and cultural dimensions. This course will neglect neither biological (neurochemical or genetic) perspectives, nor personal or psychological aspects, but will emphasize perspectives derived from history, anthropology, and sociology.

HSTY 250

Issues and Methods in History

T/R 4:00-5:15 Weiss

A methodological introduction to historical research. Students use a variety of approaches to interpret and study historical problems. Specific topics and instructors normally vary from year to year. 

HSTY 257

Immigrants in America

M/W 4:50-6:05 Flores

Immigration to America has constantly reshaped the way the nation views itself. This course examines the overall history of immigration to the United States, but places that movement within a global context. It also pays particular attention to the roles that policy and technology have played in controlling or defining immigration to America.

HSTY 280

History of Modern Mexico

M/W 3:20-4:35 Flores

This course explores the major issues that have influenced the formation of modern Mexico. This class is organized around three major themes. First, we will examine Mexican identity formation and its political implications. Second, we will assess Mexican life in relation to the development of the Mexican economy. Finally, we will survey how elite and popular forms of violence have affected Mexican society.

HSTY 289 Reform, Revolution, Republics: China 1895 to Present T/R 10:00- 11:15 Bonk

Completes a two-term sequence of the Chinese history survey, although HSTY 288 is not a prerequisite for this course. Beginning with the First Sino-Japanese War (1895), we review the historical development of intellectual discourse, public reaction, and political protest in later Imperial China through the creation of the People’s Republic in 1949 forward to contemporary times.

HSTY 318

History of Black Women in the U.S.

W 2:15-4:45 TBA

Chronologically arranged around specific issues in black women’s history organizations, participation in community and political movements, labor experiences, and expressive culture. The course will use a variety of materials, including autobiography, literature, music, and film.

HSTY 319

The Crusades

T/R 1:00-2:15 Todd

This course is a survey of the history of the idea of “crusade,” the expeditions of Western Europeans to the East known as crusades, the Muslim and Eastern Christian cultures against which these movements were directed, as well as the culture of the Latin East and other consequences of these crusades.

HSTY 328/428

Comparative Perspectives on Museum and Archive History and Practice

T/R 10:00-11:15 Grabowski

Comparative Perspectives on Archives and Museum History and Practice is a distance learning based course shared with students at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. The course focuses on a comparison of the history and development of archives and museums in the United States and in late Ottoman and Republican Turkey. 

HSTY 333/433

Reading Capital: Political Economy in the Age of Modern Industry

M/W 3:20-4:45 Ledford

Since its first publication in German in 1867, and its appearance in English in 1886, Karl Marx’s Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Volume I, has occupied a seminal position in European thought. Beginning with the presumptions of classical liberal political economy, Marx employed his technique of the materialist dialectic to unmask, in his view, the contradictions and structural limitations that the capitalist mode of production imposed upon capitalists and proletarians alike.

HSTY 437/437 Ancient Medicine M/W 3:20-4:45 Rumor

This course offers a general survey of the history of medicine from its origins in pre-historical times to Galen (2nd c. CE) with a view to gaining a better understanding of the path that eventually lead to modern medical practice. The various medical systems considered, including the ancient Babylonian, Egyptian, Jewish, Chinese, Ayurvedic, Greek and Roman traditions.

HSTY 338

History of the American West

W 2:15-4:45 Sentilles

The U.S. West has meant many things throughout American history–early explorers called it the Great American Desert, railroad boosters lured settlers to it by promising to make the arid land bloom into an agricultural Eden, urban immigrants looked to its limitless stretches of land as an escape from industrial labor, children read dime novels that glorified its heroes, and millions of tourists celebrate its raw beauty by visiting Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.

HSTY 339

The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1900-1948

T 5:30-8:00 Broich

The British Empire took control of Palestine after driving the Germans and Turks from the region near the end of World War I. From that moment on, the British had an increasingly difficult time administering the region. Jewish colonists had already been settling in the land for decades, and with their takeover, the British gave them and other Zionists reason to believe that the Empire would facilitate Jewish efforts.

HSTY 498

Senior Research Seminar

T 1:00-3:30 Shulman

Training in the nature and methods of historical writing and research.

HSTY 437/437 Ancient Medicine M/W 3:20-4:45 Rumor

This course offers a general survey of the history of medicine from its origins in pre-historical times to Galen (2nd c. CE) with a view to gaining a better understanding of the path that eventually lead to modern medical practice. The various medical systems considered, including the ancient Babylonian, Egyptian, Jewish, Chinese, Ayurvedic, Greek and Roman traditions.

HSTY 411

Seminar: Modern American Historiography

R 2:30-5:00 Rabinovitch-Fox

This seminar examines the approaches that professional historians of the United States have taken to the writing of American history in the past fifty years, with emphasis on changes in historical concerns, master debates among historians, and contemporary interests.

HSTY 470

Historiography, Method, and Theory

T 7:00-9:00 Steinberg

A graduate level survey of fundamental themes in historiography, method, and theory, as well as interdisciplinary methods and theories. Prereq: Graduate standing or instructor permission.


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