History Courses (HI)
HI 111. World History I. (3)
This course is a global history from 3500 B.C.E. to 1450 C.E. focusing on four categories of human experience: 1) humanity and its interaction with the environment, 2) culture and its relation to belief systems and politics, 3) gender as cultural construction critical in understanding power relations, and 4) the nexus of labor and leisure in society. Using these categories of analysis, students will investigate the early civilization (3500 to 1000 B.C.E.), the classical (1000 B.C.E. to 450 C.E.) and the postclassical (450 to 1450 C.E.) periods of world history. CORE-II.
HI 112. World History II. (3)
This course is a global history since 1450 C.E. focusing on four categories of human experience: 1) humanity and its interaction with the environment, 2) culture and its relation to belief systems and politics, 3) gender as cultural construction central in understanding power relations, and 4) the nexus of labor and leisure in society. Using these categories of analysis, students will investigate the early modern (1450-1750), the modern (1750-1914) and “postmodern” (since 1914) periods of world history. CORE-II.
HI 121. The American Experience I. (3)
This course is a survey of American social, political, and economic development to 1865, with emphasis on the experiences of European, Native, Hispanic, and African American populations. CORE-II.
HI 122. The American Experience II. (3)
This course is a survey of United States history from 1865 to the present, with emphasis on the development of industrial society, the expanding U.S. role in world affairs, and the ways in which ordinary Americans responded to social, political, economic changes in that period. CORE-II.
HI 280. Topics in History. (1-3)
This course is a survey of specific historical problems, debates, or periods in United States or World history using current methodologies, selected on the basis of student/faculty interest.
HI 304. History Study Tour. (1-3)
This course involves directed study of a particular historical period, event, theme, or topic conducted on-site in the United States or foreign country. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
HI/WS 311. American Women in the Twentieth Century. (3)
An investigation of women’s experiences as workers, family members, and citizens in twentieth-century America, this course explores changing cultural images of women, examines the role of gender in structuring American society, and compares the experiences of American women from a variety of class, race and ethnic groups. This course also considers ways in which women’s status and concerns in the United States differ from those of women in the non-Western world.
HI 312. African-American Frontiers. (3)
A survey of the African-American experience in America, the course examines the evolution of slavery and racism, the methods and movements of resistance, and the creation of African-American communities and cultures from the colonial period to the present. The course stresses the actions African-Americans took to shape both their own lives and the history of the United States.
HI 321. Revolutionary America, to 1815. (3)
From the emergence of English colonial communities to riots, rebellions, and the War for Independence, the course examines the causes and consequences of revolution and the perils of nation-building.
HI 322. Life in the New Republic, 1815-1850. (3)
The course focuses on the experiences of ordinary Americans during an era of emerging nationhood, early industrialization, westward expansion, immigration, and religious and social reform, including the role of class, race, ethnicity, and gender in shaping those experiences.
HI 323. The Civil War Era, 1850 to 1877. (3)
Beginning with the impact of slavery upon black and white and slavery’s role in bringing about disunion, the course examines the nature of the Civil War, the wartime experiences of the American people, and the war’s consequences during Reconstruction.
HI 324. The Machine Age, 1877-1914. (3)
Exploring industrialization and urbanization, immigration, imperialism, and reform in the U.S., the course emphasizes how Americans adjusted to the opportunities and traumas of life in the modern age.
HI 325. The United States in War and Peace, 1914-1945. (3)
Covering the U.S. role in two world wars and its experience of prosperity and depression between the wars, the course emphasizes the dramatic social, economic, and political changes those crises helped to bring about.
HI 326. The United States since 1945. (3)
With the emergence of the U.S. as a world power, the course examines the development of a Cold War at home and abroad, growth of the consumer society, conflicts over civil rights, feminism, and Vietnam, the rise of the New Right, and the challenges of a global economy.
HI/WS 365. Kaiser and Kultur: Nineteenth-Century Germany. (3)
Using gender as the central category of historical analysis, this course explores the transformation of the German-speaking lands from an ambiguous cultural patchwork of feudal lands to a unified, industrial, and culturally-advanced empire in the period from 1780 to 1914.
HI/WS 366. The Spectre of Nazism: Twentieth-Century Germany. (3)
Using gender as the central category of historical analysis, this course explores the history of Germany from 1914 to the present, a troubled odyssey of defeat in World War I, revolution, Nazism and the Holocaust, Cold War division, and reunification.
HI 367. Tsars and Magic: Imperial Russia. (3)
Using culture (especially popular culture) as the central category of historical analysis, this course explores the transformation of Tsarist Russia (1800-1917) in its struggle to balance tradition and modernity with an emphasis on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
HI 368. Red Utopia: Soviet Russia. (3)
Using culture (especially popular culture) as the central category of historical analysis, this course explores the transformation of Russian society during the Soviet Union (1917-1991) in its effort to create a “New Soviet Human Being” and, thus, a revolutionary, communist utopia.
HI 380. Topics in History. (3)
This course involves study of specific historical problems, debates, or periods in United States or World history using current methodologies, selected on the basis of student/faculty interest.
HI 490. Directed Study in History. (1-3)
This course involves directed study of a particular historical period, event, theme, or topic. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
HI 496. Internship in History. (1-3)
The course involves participation in the activities of a historical agency or in a public history research project, under supervision of a faculty member or supervisor designated by the faculty. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Restricted to history majors.
HI 499. Senior Thesis. (3)
Building on the foundation of “knowledge” and “theory” gained from upper-level history courses, this capstone seminar in the history major challenges advanced students to pose a historical question based on primary sources, provide a historical context for this research using current secondary literature, and then produce a well-written work and verbal presentation of historical scholarship. The seminar also provides career planning (i.e., job-seeking skills and advice concerning graduate study.) Meets the capstone course requirement in the major.