HI 300A---SEE HI-308A, (Making Modern America is now part of the permanent catalog), 11:00-12:15 Tue./Thur., Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor.
HI 300B, Traditional Japan (to 1868), 1:00-2:15 Mon./Wed., Dr. Anthony Silvestri, Instructor.
This course explores the political, military, economic, religious and cultural history of Japanese civilization from prehistoric times through 1868. Students will read primary and secondary literature from and about Japan in order to understand major topics and themes, such as the earliest development of civilization in Japan; Shinto, Buddhism and religious life in Japan, the integration of Chinese influences; the development and culture of the imperial court, the rise of the warrior aristocracy; samurai culture; the development of the Shogunal system of government, the influence of Europeans on the development of early modern Japan; the Warring States Period and the rise of Tokugawa; high Tokugawa culture; and finally, the opening of Japan to American and European trade in the 19th c. In addition, students will explore the nuances of Japanese history by developing and playing a complex strategy game based in the Sengoku (Warring States) period. Students should expect both brief and longer essay assignments, brief presentations, and midterm and final essay exams.
HI 300C/EN 399G/LS 501GA/LS 502GA, Shakespeare As Historian , 5:30-8:00 pm Tuesday, Dr. Thomas Prasch & Dr. Mo Godman, Instructors.
The aim of this course will be to undertake an interdisciplinary exploration of Shakespeare's English history plays (along with selected other Elizabethan staged histories and selections from the chronicle histories upon which they drew) in order to understand the works not only as theatre and literature, but also for the insight they provide into Elizabethan attitudes toward history, ideas of kingship and proper monarchic rule, and perceptions of social and gender relations in historic context. By closely examining the chosen texts, students will explore the way Elizabethans saw the English past, the relationship of contemporary politics to that past, how Shakespeare understood his own audiences and aims, and such issues as the level of historical awareness among the full range of people that constituted Shakespeare's audience. By considering as well the uses to which Shakespeare's histories have been put since Elizabethan times, the role of Shakespeare's history cycle in shaping English national identity will also be illuminated.
HI 300D, Hitler, WWII and the Holocaust, 11:00-12:15 Tues. and Thurs., Sam Newland, Instructor.
HI 303A,Colonial America to 1763 , 11:00-12:15 Tue./Thur, Dr. Alan Bearman, Instructor.
Study of the age of exploration and establishment of the original thirteen North American colonies. Emphasis will be given to the British colonies of the western hemisphere, but the course will also include those colonies of other nations as they affect American growth and development. It will include a broad treatment of social, political, economic, religious and intellectual forces to 1763. Class will be both lecture and discussion in nature, and evaluation will be by two written assignments and one comprehensive final exam.
HI 308A, Making Modern America, 11:00-12:15 Tue./Thur., Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor.
From the conquest of the American West to the patriotic fervor of World War I, the period between 1880 and 1920 transformed the United States. As Americans battled to reshape their country in response to industrialization, immigration, and urbanization, they recreated the U.S. as a modern nation. We will discuss topics such as westward expansion, populism, segregation, imperialism, political machines, and labor conflict. The course combines discussion and lecture. Requirements include two exams as well as a combination of brief writing assignments and a longer research project.
HI 312A/HI 512 GA, War's Impact on America, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor.
Students will read a wide range of historical literature dealing with the World War I era through the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The class will reflect on the legacies of war on political, economic, social and cultural areas of America's life and thought. The course will include reading and writing assignments, lectures, discussion, guest presentations, films and students' research presentations. Graduate component: Research paper incorporating primary sources.
HI 315A/HI 515 GA, Women in U. S. History, Kelly Erby, Instructor.
This course will examine critical developments in the history of American women and the construction of gender from the colonial period to the present. We will consider the variations and changes in the experiences of American women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural groups. In particular, we will reflect on how women were both subjects of change as well as agents of change regarding economic, cultural, social, and political conditions in the United States. Specific topics to be covered include the various forms of women's labor; women's role as citizens; the gendered dynamics of the household; sexuality; reproduction; reform activism; constructions of feminine ideals; and feminism(s). The course will emphasize the development of analytical reading and writing skills. Graduate component: Research paper incorporating primary sources.
HI-329A, Civil Rights Movement, 2:30-3:45 Tues/Thur., Dr. Bruce Mactavish, Instructor.
This course will analyze the struggles of African-Americans to overcome segregation, disenfranchisement, and discrimination and gain the full rights of citizenship. Course materials will include autobiographies, biographies, historical narratives and video documentaries. Assignments will include book essays and essay examinations.
HI 354VA, History Of The Middle East, Dr. Sara Tucker, Instructor
ONLINE course-Background coverage of Islam and Islamic Civilization to the 18th C. then more focused study of the Middle East in the 19th C. era of Western Intrusion and Industrialization, struggles for independence, and independence in the Cold War era and after. Course is divided into 3 sections, each with open-book, unlimited time map and text chapter reading exercises plus section essay. Also, one short research paper. Prerequisite: 3 hrs. HI or consent.
HI 361A/HI 561GA, Colonial Latin America 1:00-2:15 Tues/Thur, Dr. Kim Morse, Instructor.
This course surveys Latin American history from the pre-Columbian era to 1820. Through the exploration of the fundamental events of colonial Latin American history using primary documents we identify key political, economic, religious, and social institutions of Spanish colonial rule, evaluate the role of the Church and religion in society, examine intersections of race, class, and gender in colonial Latin America, and discuss the causes of the wars for independence and the manifestations of colonial social, political, and economic realities in the wars and their resolutions. Grade based on two exams, a 10-page research paper, and class participation. Graduate component: Lengthy and substantial research paper incorporating primary sources.
HI 398A/HI 598 GA, Directed Readings, Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor.
Students select a topic and work with the professor in whose area of expertise the topic falls. Evaluation is generally through written reports on books read or oral discussions.
HI 399A, Historical Methods and Research, 11:00-11:50 Mon., Wed., Fri., Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor.
A seminar designed to draw together the techniques of historical research in a capstone course where students will develop a topic in consultation with a faculty member and write a research paper based upon primary sources.