SAGES Departmental Seminars 


                           CURRENT HISTORY COURSES FOR FALL 2019

HSTY 100

Introduction to History

Tu 7:00-7:50 Broich

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

TR 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

MW 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

TR 10:00-11:15 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 113

Introduction to the Modern World History

MWF 10:35-11:25


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 Modern African History

MWF 10:35-11:25 Sadowsky

A general introduction to major themes in modern African History, with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include oral tradition and narrative, economic structure and dynamics, religious movements, colonialism, nationalism, and the dilemmas of independent African states. Also offered as ETHS 253A.

HSTY 228

Introduction to Latin American History

MWF 11:40-12:30 Mcginness

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

MW 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


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 201

Science in Western Thought I

MWF 11:40-12:30 Rothman

The development of Western thinking about the natural world and our relation to it, as part of culture, from pre-classical civilizations to the age of Newton.

HSTY 203 Revolutions in Science TR 10:00-11:15 Haufe
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 208 Social History of Crime TR 11:30-12:45 Steinberg

This course explores the relationship between law and history in American society. It uses social history methodology to suggest new ways of understanding how the law works as a system of power to advance certain interests at the expense of less powerful groups. Emphasis is on issues of pressing concern to America’s poor and working class, including the death penalty, abortion, rape, the war on drugs, and the prison industry.

HSTY 231

Athens to Alexandria: The World of Ancient Greece

MW 3:20-4:35 Sternberg

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. Also offered as CLSC 231.

HSTY 244

Modern Latin America

W 7:00-9:30 Mcginness

This course explores change, continuity, and conflict, but also the flourishing of culture and the arts, from the late colonial period up to the 21st century in Latin America. We will think about how we construct history from the various perspectives of the diverse peoples of Latin America and the marginalized. We survey the political, economic, social, and cultural factors that make Modern Latin American what it is today. We focus both on the history of specific countries, as well as on broad themes that span many countries. We wrestle with writing of history, with all its discrepancies, biases, and unanswered questions. We look especially at primary sources that highlight the role that women, indigenous peoples, and Africans played in society – voices that have traditionally been silenced. How can we resurrect those voices?


HSTY 250

Issues and Methods in History

MW 12:45-2:00 Weiss

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

HSTY 270

Introduction to Gender Studies

TR 1:00-2:15 Howe

This course introduces women and men students to the methods and concepts of gender studies, women’s studies, and feminist theory. An interdisciplinary course, it covers approaches used in literary criticism, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, film studies, cultural studies, art history, and religion. Also offered as ENGL 270, PHIL 270, RLGN 270, SOCI 201, WGST 201.

HSTY 280

History of Modern Mexico

MW 12:45-2:00 Flores

This course explores the major issues that have influenced the formation of modern Mexico. This class is organized around three major themes. We will examine Mexican identity formation and its political implications, assess Mexican life in relation to the development of the Mexican economy, and survey how elite and popular forms of violence have affected Mexican society. We will discuss the significance of the colonial heritage, regional distinctions, racial and gender stratification, and the creation and reconfiguration of various types of borders. Also offered as ETHS 280.

HSTY 332

European International Relations 1789-1945

MWF 9:30-10:20 Ledford

Presents a broad interpretation of the development of the international system in Europe between the French Revolution of 1789 and the end of the European era in 1945. It explains why and how the closed European state system at the beginning of the nineteenth century evolved into an international transcontinental system by the early twentieth century.

HSTY 363/463

Gender and Sexuality in America

TR 1:00-2:15 Sentilles

 This multicultural seminar uses a mixture of historical text, gender theory, personal biography, and artistic expression to explore changing notions of gender and sexuality over the past two centuries in the United States. Also offered as WGST 363.

HSTY 371

Jews under Islam and Christianity

TR 10:00-11:15 Geller

This course examines the social and political status of Jews under Muslim and Christian rule since the Middle Ages. Themes include interfaith relations, Islamic and Christian beliefs regarding the Jews, Muslim, and Christian regulation of Jewry, and the Jewish response. Also offered as JDST 371 and RLGN 371.

HSTY 398 Senior Research Seminar TR 1:00-3:30 Shulman

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.

 HSTY 477

Modern Policy History of the United States

Tu 4:00-6:30 Rabinovitch-Fox

This course offers a historical perspective on policy and policy making in the United States since the late nineteenth century. It emphasizes the increasing role of the federal government, the persisting importance of the states, the significance of the courts, the revolutionary impact of the women’s and civil rights movements, and the consequences of the growth and transformation of the American economy. Each students selects a policy area for detailed exploration; students often choose topics related to civil rights, women’s rights, health care, environmental reform, non-proft and non-governmental organizations, the arts, and education, but other topics are also appropriate.