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  • HIST 2460 - The Rise of Modern Asia

    Introductory survey of the history of Asia from the early modern era to the present day. Emphasis on the rise of modern nationalism, economic development, and social and cultural achievements.

    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 3000 - Atlantic History

    Using a comparative global perspective, explores the interactions between Europe, Africa, and the Americas during the age of European oceanic expansion. Covers Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English empires and societies, Native American societies and interactions with Europeans, African societies, the rise of the slave trade and growth of African-American identity. Other topics include migration, the Columbian exchange, war, trade, religion, piracy, gender, and metropolitan authority. Encourages comparison between empires, cultures, and geographical regions even as it appreciates how intertwined and entangled these histories sometimes could be.

    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 3230 - Latin American History: The Colonial Era

    Examines historical origins of Latin American society. Themes include internal nature of Iberian and pre-Columbian Indian societies, circa 1492; conquest and subordination of Amerindian civilizations by Spain and Portugal; distribution of power, land, and labor in post-conquest Latin America; order and instability in colonial society; and region's position in international economy.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    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 3231 - Latin American History: From Independence to the Present

    Examines Latin American history in the 19th- and 20th- centuries, focusing on causes and consequences of Independence; the political, social and economic challenges of nation-state formation; competing political/ideological responses to structural crisis in the 20th- century (social revolution, authoritarianism, democratic change); and ongoing search for viable formulas of economic development.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    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 3232 - History of Brazil

    Examines the history of Brazil from the colonial period to the late 20th- century, focusing on the role colonization; slavery; race and racism played in the social, political, and cultural formation; and development of the modern Brazilian nation.

    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 3233 - The History of Modern Mexico

    Examination of social, political, economic and political development in Mexico during the 19th- and 20th- centuries. Special attention given to indigenous peoples, nation-state formation, modernization, revolution, consolidation of a one-party state, and democratization.

    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 3250 - History of U.S.- Latin American Relations

    Survey of inter-American relations from the 19th- century. Focuses on evolving, and often conflicting, definitions of national interest that have shaped the United States and Latin American policy orientations toward each other.

    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 3270 - Slavery in the Americas

    Examines the lives and experiences of slaves of African origin and descent as revealed by themselves in slave accounts and other documents. Explores, in a comparative perspective, African and Afro-American agency and identity in various New World societies.

    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 3290 - Ancient Near East: Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Levant

    Begins with the Neolithic Revolution and the origins of civilization in the Ancient Near East and Egypt, including the Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Philistines, Phoenicians and Persians. Assignments and lectures are based on both archaeological and literary sources.

    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 3301 - African History Through Film

    Explores transformations in the nature of African societies, cultures and economies in the 20th- century, particularly in the post-1960 period. Film is used as a medium for studying issues as they are understood by Africans themselves. African filmmakers seen as social historians, historians concerned with the everyday nature of the lives of common people.

    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 3320 - Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Middle East History

    Middle East history from the rise of Islam to the contemporary period, with particular attention to changing practices and discourses regarding women, gender, and sexuality. A key topic of concern is the changing Islamic legal interpretations on seclusion, veiling, marriage, divorce, inheritance, and abortion. Also important will be the experience of free and enslaved women of ruling families and elite households. The course will conclude with the changing nature of gender identities, practices, and roles in the 19th-century transformations, colonial rule, nationalist and labor movements, literary genres, authoritarian state formation, various modes of economic development, political Islam, occupation, and 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 3330 - Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power

    Examines the international politics of oil from a historical perspective, emphasizing the importance of the Persian Gulf. Topics include the roots and guiding principles behind oil policy; oil in the two world wars; postwar changes in global oil production, culminating in the oil crisis of the 1970s; the pattern and end of the British dominance in the Gulf; the subsequent expansion of the United States commitments in the region since the 1970s; the role of local nation-states, in particular Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia; oil today, and prospects for the future.

    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 3360 - History of North Africa

    Survey of the geographical setting, ethnic composition of the region; political, economic, and cultural developments from antiquity to the 19th- century; European colonization and African resistance; rise of nationalism; struggle for political independence; political, economic, and social problems in independent North Africa; North Africa in world 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 3370 - Middle East History 600 to 1500

    Middle East history from the rise of Islam up to the emergence of the Gunpowder Empires of the Ottomans and Safavids. Topics include the establishment of the first Muslim community, the development and expansion of the Muslim state under various caliphates, the Islamic Golden Age, the Crusades, Mongol and Turkic invasions, developments in Islamic theologies and movements, and the nature of relations between Arab, Armenian, Kurdish, Persian, and Turkic communities.

    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 3371 - Middle East History 1500 to the present

    Middle East history from the consolidation of the Gunpowder Empires of the Ottomans and Safavids through the Arab uprisings. Topics include the Turko-Mongolian tradition of state building, the shifting balance of power with Europe, the 19th-century transformation, World War I and the emergence of the contemporary Middle East, colonial rule, nationalist, communist, labor, and Islamist mobilizations, the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict, the Iranian Revolution, authoritarian rule, different modes of economic development, various wars, US policy, and the Arab uprisings.

    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 3390 - Women in African History

    Will examine the variety of women's experiences and contributions to African history. Using examples from across the continent and different chronological periods, topics to be addressed include women's social, economic, and political roles and opportunities and changes over time and place; women's labor, including slavery; and debates concerning economic production vs. biological reproduction, the gendered division of labor, the control of women, and women's exploitation of women.

    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 3451 - Southeast Asia, c. 1750 to 1945: Change and Conflict

    Indigenous change and widening effects of western penetration, with emphasis on social and cultural developments. Nature of western and Japanese colonialism in region, and response of the colonized seen in light of both traditional and modern influences.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    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 3452 - Southeast Asia, 1945 to the Present: The Search for Stability

    The great national revolutions of the 1940s. Social and cultural context of nationalism and revolt, search for new political forms, and struggle against disunity and poverty.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    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 3450 - Southeast Asia to c. 1750: The Creative Synthesis

    Highlights of prehistory and proto-history and development of classical states. Emphasis on cultural synthesis (Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and animist influences) and theme of change and continuity in both great and little traditions of region.

    Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr

    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 3480 - Traditional Japan

    Traces major elements of Japanese culture and thought from their origins, through major Chinese influence, results of medieval civil warfare (including development of Samurai values), and up to premodern workings of Japan's sophisticated commercial economy.

    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 3481 - Modern Japan

    Political weakness of Tokugawa system leading to opening of Japan to Western trade and restoration of emperor; favorable economic and political base that allowed Japan to enter successfully into competition with European nations; Japan's ultranationalist era, the Pacific War and postwar reconstruction. Contemporary Japan and its new role in 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 3742 - The Cold War, 1941-1989

    International problems of peace and war on worldwide scale since 1939, international organization and alliances. Topics will include global balance of power and ideologies.

    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 3790 - History of Sea Power

    Examination the role of navies and maritime strategy in war, diplomacy, and the world economy from ancient times to the present. The focus is on the development of the British and American sea power: doctrine and operations; the impact of politics, culture, geography, finance, and technology; and the future of sea 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 3866 - Afghan Wars

    Examines the history of strategic rivalry in Afghanistan and the borderlands of Central, South, and West Asia. Topics include the geopolitical setting and premodern precedents of contemporary policy; Britain's Afghan Wars and the Great Game of empire in Asia; the interests and influences of Pakistan, Iran, India, and China; the Soviet war of the 1980s and its consequences; and developments since 2001.

    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 4902 - Colloquium in Latin American History

    Literature and source materials of Latin American history. Readings and reports.

    Requisites: HIST 3230 or 3231 or 3232 or 3233 or 3250

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • HIST 4904 - Colloquium in the History of Southeast Asia

    Issues and topics in Southeast Asian history and culture generally, with particular emphasis on selected developments in 19th- and 20th-centuries. Readings and reports.

    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

  • HIST 4905 - Colloquium in Middle Eastern History

    Selected topics on Middle Eastern history. Readings and reports.

    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

  • HIST 4906 - Colloquium in African History

    Literature and source materials of African history. Readings and reports.

    Requisites: 18 Hours in (HIST or INST) or (9 hours in HIST and 9 hours in INST)

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • HIST 4907 - Colloquium in East Asian History

    Selected topics in the history of Japan, China or Korea. Readings and reports.

    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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