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  • HIST 3213 - War, Violence, Modernity

    Explores the correlation of war, violence organized and controlled by the state or unbounded and uncontrolled, and modernity. It considers the relationship of state and society with regard to war and domestic order from the end of the Middle Ages (roughly the mid-15th- century) to the present. Geographic emphasis is on Europe and North America, but other parts of the world will be discussed where appropriate.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3281 - Jewish History Since 1492

    History of the Jewish people since 1492, covering developments in religion, culture and society in Europe, America and the Middle East, especially the themes of diaspora, Emancipation, secularization, Reform and Conservative movements, Zionism, the impact of immigration, the World Wars, the Holocaust and the foundation of the State of Israel.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3291 - Ancient Greece

    Begins with the emergence of the ancient Greeks of the Mycenaean Age and Homer's epics, moving on to the emergence of city-states with a focus on Athens and Sparta. Will also cover political and military history from the Persian wars to the conquests of Alexander the Great. Students will also learn about the society and culture of ancient Greece, including topics such as slavery, women's lives, religion and philosophy. Assigned reading includes histories, poems, philosophy, and dramatic works, as well as visual arts and archaeological evidence.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3292 - Ancient Rome

    Begins with the Etruscans and the origins of Rome, continuing through the Roman Republic and Empire. Topics include Rome's military success, civil wars and political transformations, as well as religion, culture and daily life. Assignments are based on primary sources, including historical, literary and documentary texts as well as archaeological discoveries.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3520 - Roman Law & Society

    Historical introduction to Roman law, interpretation of legal sources, and especially the role of law in Roman society and culture. Chronological focus is on the Empire through the age of Justinian. After a survey of the origins of Roman law, lectures and readings use legal sources to look in two directions: downwards to the way law affected social life; upwards to how politics and governance affected law. Attention will be given throughout to how the nature of different types of legal evidence affect our interpretation of the purpose and effectiveness of law. Specific topics of focus will include the bearing of law on marriage and family life, slavery and freedom, surveillance, and religion.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2CP

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3531 - The Barbarian West: Europe 400-1000

    Foundation of Medieval synthesis, 300-1100; collapse of Roman world, establishment of successor states, spread of Christianity, formation and development of European culture.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3532 - History of the Crusades

    Surveys the major European crusades to the Middle East, with comparison to the Albigrensian, Iberian, and Baltic crusades. Focuses on the interaction and perspective of the different Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities, and the impact of crusading ideology on western history.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3533 - Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1350

    Survey of Europe in the High Middle Ages (1000-1350), covering the cultures of chivalry and Scholasticism, the growth of cities, agricultural revolution, religious reform and persecution, holy wars, and the origins of the modern state.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3540 - History of Early Christianity

    Investigates historical development and spread of Christianity from its origins to about A.D. 600. Content includes Greek and Hebraic backgrounds, early church fathers of East and West, ecumenical councils, early heresies, and development of church doctrine.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3541 - Medieval Christianity: Church and Society

    Historical developments within Christian society between 5th- and 14th- centuries, with special focus on western Europe and the church of Rome. Includes the inner financial and legal workings of the church; monks as reformers and representatives of the papacy; heresy, mysticism, and the problem of uncovering popular devotion; the importance of gender in shaping religious theory and practice; cooperation and conflict between religious leaders and worldly rulers. Along with a textbook, students read, analyze, and discuss original source material in translation.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3542 - The European Reformation

    Protestant, Catholic, and Counter-Reformations in Europe, showing their relationships to social, political, economic, and religious movements of 15th- and 16th- centuries. Roles of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Erasmus, Loyola, etc.; Protestant and Catholic churches and sects in western and eastern Europe.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3555 - Women in Medieval Europe

    Selected topics in the history of European women between 500 and 1500, including sexuality, motherhood, family, work, Christianity (beliefs and practices), Islam and Judaism, rulership and power, sanctity, literacy, and love. Students will explore primary sources and current scholarship.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3560 - The Italian Renaissance

    Explores Italian urban life and culture, the courtly world of political elites, education reform and Humanism, religious expression and the Papal court, scientific and medical discovery, art and expressions of power in Italy, 1350-1550. It also examines the darker side of Renaissance culture - violence, sexual deviance, and social repression.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3562 - Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the History of Medieval Spain

    Covers the history of the Iberian peninsula from late antiquity to the Renaissance, focusing especially on the political cultural interactions of the Christians, Jews, and eventually Muslims under Visigothic Kings, the rise of the Cordoban Caliphate, and the process of Christian Reconquest. Particular attention is given to the internal state of "convivencia" - Living together of Christians, Jews and Muslims - as well as the relationship of Iberia to the wider European World.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3580 - Power and Revolution in Early Modern Europe, 1450-1650

    Explores major political, economic, social and religious developments in Europe from the Age of Discovery (the Americas) to the Thirty Years' War. Will explore this period as one of ideological change through emphasis on "revoltuions" in world-view, religion, social structure, politics and science/medicine in Europe.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3581 - Politics, Power and People in Europe, 1650-1775

    Explores major political, economic, intellectual and social developments in Europe (particular attention given to France, Spain, Germany), 1650 to eve of French Revolution. Emphasis on absolutism & despotism, diplomatic revolution, competition for empire, Enlightenment and emergence of a 'public' as agent of change.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3600 - Women in Early Modern European History, 1400-1800

    Explores the social, cultural,political, and economic roles of women in Europe from the 15th- through the 18th- centuries. Students will examine women as monarchs, nobles and peasants; as actresses, musicians, and playwrights; as mothers, wives, and daughters; as Christians, Jews, and Muslims; as scientists and scholars; and as witches, prostitutes,and criminals. Key issues will include women's political power and participation in politics; sexuality and the body; women's spiritual and religious roles; and women's interactions with men. The Early Modern period sets the stage for a changing history of women in Europe, and the class will thus underline the ways in which women's roles evolved and changed over the course of early modern Europe.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3640 - Europe Between World Wars, 1919-1939

    Fascism, Communism, World Depression, and 20-Year Armistice between 1919 and 1939. Economic and cultural approach.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3641 - Contemporary Europe

    Will consider key themes in the history of postwar Europe. We will explore Europe's division and ethnic cleansing in 1945, efforts of pan-European State Socialist and Atlanticist integration, Europe's imperial/colonial struggles and cultural-religious transformations. We will also consider the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Empire in Europe and the emergence of newly independent states in former Soviet spaces as well as the wars of Yugoslav disintegration and European integration. We will conclude with a survey of current issues in European political, cultural, and social life.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3680 - Germany in the 19th- Century

    Cosmopolitanism and movement to create national German state; rise of capitalism and decline of handicraft; liberation of German peasantry; revolution of 1848 and reaction; blood-and-iron chancellor; Germany's rise to European predominance; rise of worker movement; German society at turn of century.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3681 - Germany in the 20th Century

    Germany on eve of WWI; military fiasco and creation of Weimar Republic; Weimar, Berlin, Munich, and Dresden; attempt to forge democracy; Third Reich and transformation of German society; WWII and Final Solution; Communist Germany and Federal Germany; two societies and two states since 1945; unified Germany since 1990.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3682 - Nazi Germany

    Rise of Hitler to 1933; Hitler takeover; totalitarianization of Germany; Nazi foreign policy; WWII: Hitler's war on Jews; Hitler's fall; meaning of fascism.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3710 - Magic, Heresy and Witchcraft in Europe

    History of dangerous beliefs and practices in Europe from antiquity through the 18th- century; historical origins; legal treatment and punishment; roles of gender, the law, church and state; Inquisition and witch hunts and trials.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3683 - Germany between East and West since 1945

    This course situates Germany in European history, and focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of Germany since 1945. After a brief overview of the Nazi regime, World War II, and the Holocaust, the course explores the Allied occupation of Germany, denazification, the Cold War division into West and East Germany, and each state's political, social, and diplomatic development. Themes explored include ideological developments, gender relations, generational change, labor migration, and the public memory of the Nazi past. West and East Germany are also explored within the context of the Western and Soviet Blocs in the Cold War. The course concludes with the revolutions of 1989, German reunification, and political and social developments from 1990 to the present

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3715 - Sex, Crime and Deviance in Europe, 1200-1800

    Explores sexuality, deviance and crime in early modern Europe, contrasting imaginary crimes, e.g. witchcraft, with "real" crimes such as highway robbery and infanticide. Examines impact of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and class in process of criminalization in European history, 1200-1800. Traces long-term changes in the definition, incidence and prosecution of particular crimes to changes in economy, social structure, government, religion and culture.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3731 - Balkan dreams and nightmares: Southeastern Europe from 1908 to the Present

    Focuses on the Balkans from the beginnings of the Ottoman Empire's collapse to the present. We will examine the political, military, social and cultural history of the Balkans paying special attention to how the region's people and states responded to the challenges of both World Wars, their brief interwar independence, their post-Second World War absorption into the United States and Soviet blocs. We will conclude by examining the collapse of Communism, the region's post- 1989 transformation, and the sources and impact of Yugoslavia's collapse and division as well as the efforts of other countries in the Balkans to take part in European integration.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3741 - Origins of World War II, 1914-1941

    International problems of peace and war, international organization and alliances.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3750 - World War I

    Covers the course of the "Great War" including its origins, conduct and aftermath. We will consider the military, diplomatic, and cultural factors that led to the outbreak of the war as well as how and why European governments and peoples were willing and able to sustain and expand their war. In addition to an intensive focus on the fighting itself the war's great battles as well as the experience of combat of ordinary soldiers special topics will include (among others) the Armenian genocide, the deployment of WMDs (including both poison gas and blockades), wartime technological and military developments, the war at sea, the break-up of multi-national empires and the changing understanding and representation of the war.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3770 - The Holocaust

    The origins of anti-Semitism in the West, the development of Nazi genocide, the reactions, including resistance, of European Jews, and the actions and inactions of bystander groups, Nazi persecution of other groups (Roma, Slavs, homosexuals, etc.) in the same period.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3820 - History of Russia

    Russian origins, Greek and Mongol influences, expansion of Muscovy, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Russia as great power, and shapes of its 19th-century society.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3821 - Russia: Road to Revolution 1825-1917

    From czarist Russia to the communist revolution. Background for revolution: origins of Russian socialism, rapid social and economic change, 1905 Revolution, war and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty in 1917.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3822 - Soviet Union

    Soviet Union since the 1917 Revolution. Stalinism, WWII and expansion, Krushchev, Brezhnev. Emphasis on internal affairs.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3823 - The USSR in World War II

    History of the Soviet Union during WWII. Topics include wartime diplomacy, espionage, social and political history of the USSR during the war, the creation of the communist states in Eastern Europe after the war, and the origins of the cold war.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3831 - Modern Poland: War, Revolution and Peace from 1905 to the Present

    Explores developments in Poland from partition to independence; Polish struggles for sovereignty and imperial expansion in Eastern Europe; politics and culture in a multinational Poland, the tragedies of World War II, the Holocaust and subordination to the Soviet Union; the popular struggle to build a new, ethnically cleansed Poland and win autonomy with the eastern bloc; the vitality of religious life and nationalism; Poles' successful struggle to free their country from Soviet control and Poland's renewed independence after 1989. We will conclude by studying Poland's contemporary society and politics.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3840 - Ethnic Cleansing in Modern European History

    Studies ethnic cleansing as a central issue in European history - including Europe's colonies. Ethnic cleansing (for much of the 20th century termed "population transfer" or "expulsion") was a policy initiated by numerous great and minor powers from the beginning to the end of the 20th century and provides important perspective on the development of human rights law and state and nation building (and empire breaking) throughout this time. Also considers how the legacy of ethnic cleansing lives on in international relations, politics, the arts, and the popular attitudes and culture of the victims and perpetrators of ethnic cleansing, and their relations toward one another and in the broader international community.

    Requisites: (Soph or Jr or Sr) and Warning: not credit if taken after HIST 369N

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3860 - Shakespeare's England, 1450-1603

    Surveys English history from the Wars of the Roses until the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. During this period, England went from a country ravaged by internal war and depression to one characterized at home by peace, law and order, a rising prosperity, artistic and intellectual excellence, and abroad by war as its people and power spread beyond the shores of the British Isles. Major themes to be considered include the establishment of legal and social order in the wake of the Wars of the Roses; the Tudor ¿revolution in government; the Henrician and Protestant Reformations and their effects on English political, social, and cultural life; the economic disaster of the mid sixteenth century; overseas exploration; the flowering of English culture and the arts; war with Spain; relations with Scotland and Ireland; and the ways in which England was governed.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3862 - English History to 1688

    Surveys the social, political, religious, and constitutional history of England from its first settlement until the end of James II's reign. Major topics to be considered include the impact of the Roman, Christian, Viking, and Norman conquests of England; the demographic, social, and political crises of the late medieval period; religious reformation during the 16th- century; and England's relationship to Britain, Europe, and the world.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3864 - Making Modern Britain, 1702-1815

    Surveys Britain's history between the War of the Spanish Succession and the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Major themes to be considered include the development of a fiscal-military state; the birth of modern party politics; economic growth and its consequences; the expansion of Britain's world power and the loss of its North American colonies; the place of religious beliefs and institutions in an increasingly polite and commercial society; the pressures for social and political reforms; and the "Second Hundred Years War" with France.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3865 - Churchill's Britain

    Britain in the 20th- century, focusing on the country's decline from world power: Britain's modern constitution; the onset of trouble before 1914; the experience of two world wars; society and policy between the wars, especially appeasement and its background; postwar developments, including the welfare state, the "special relationship" with the United States, and European integration.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3867 - British Empire in the 19th Century

    Examines sources, strategies, ideologies, and impact of the British Empire in the 19th- century. Evaluation of British imperialism from regional as well as metropolitan perspectives, giving particular emphasis to the imperial roots of globalization; how the use of technology and information interlocked the British Empire as a worldwide network of trade, investment, migration, and military power.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 3868 - British Empire in the 20th Century

    Evaluation of the fate of the British Empire in the 20th- century, focusing on the global impact as well as the process of decolonization. Topics include the question of imperial overstretch; development of the Commonwealth; India's independence; and Britain's withdrawal from its smaller dependencies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East through the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 4536 - Eternal Rome: Power and Piety

    An interdisciplinary course on the political, religious, and topographical history of the city and its environs over a long time span. The focus is on periods of dramatic change, both political and physical, including the time around the reigns of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, and the first Christian emperor, Constantine; medieval and Renaissance Rome under papal Rome; and the Fascist excavation and recasting of the ancient city. This course may be offered as an education abroad opportunity.

    Requisites: (AH 2110 or CLAR 2120 or HIST 1210) and (CLAS 2540 or 2550 or HIST 3292 or 3531) and Sr only

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • HIST 4903 - Colloquium in European History

    Literature and source materials in European History from ancient times to the present. Readings and writing.

    Requisites: 18 Hours in HIST

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 9.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

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