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List of History Courses by Field of Concentration

Please check the online shcedule of classes for updates on course cancellations/openings/and scheduling changes.

To enroll in a history class, students must pick up add forms from either Enrollment Services (Brotman Hall) or from the History Department (FO2-106), and adding classes will be at the discretion of the instructor.

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HIST 499 Sections – Spring 2017

HIST 499-01 – Frontiers and Nature in US History – Dr. P. Cleary – US – MW 12:30-1:45PM 
We will examine two major concepts as we consider treatments of US history: “frontiers” and “nature.” We will explore the evolution of these ideas; the meaning of and debates over terms such as frontier, border, and borderlands; the rise of environmental history; and the ways in which these terms and approaches can be used to organize our understanding of important interactions and processes in U.S. History prior to 1900, especially the history of the “West” and American Indian history in the nineteenth century. Although you are not expected to have in-depth knowledge of this specific subject, you are expected to have a solid foundation in U.S. history. This seminar rests upon student discussion of readings, in-class oral presentations relating to the research project and short papers, the research paper, and the completion of the portfolio.
HIST 499-02 America’s Wars in Asia – Dr. A. Kaminsky – Asia, World or US– T/Th 5:00-6:15 pm.
This course looks back over the troubled relationship between Asia and the USA in the context of wider historical developments at the dawn of a new millennium. The twentieth century has often been described as the American Century, one in which the process of westward expansion spread beyond the confines of that continent to embrace all parts of Asia—East, South, Southeast and West. Beginning with the Philippine-American War 1899-1902 and continuing through to the recent wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, these enterprises have nominally been guided by the deliverance of ‘freedom’ and the defense of ‘liberty’. Yet at the same time they unleashed violence of unsurpassed magnitude that subverted the first revolution in Asia, heralded the dawn of the nuclear age, led to the division of an ancient state and to the wholesale destruction of the environment as well as the death and mutilation of millions.

HIST 499-03 – Ambition: deconstruction of a myth a new history of social mobility and social identity – Dr. R. Flamein – Europe, US – W 6:30-9:15PM 
“The plunge of ambition, like that of life itself, as the animal soul takes it, is always a plunge in the dark, into the infinite, into the all-engulfing yet fertile bosom of chaos”, Georges Santayana, Philosophic sanction of Ambition.

A Sin or a virtue? America and Western Europe have historically been driven by ambition. At the heart of American exceptionalism, ambition finds its origin in a strange revolution in Western civilization during the eighteenth century. Described as “a canker of the soul, a hidden plague,” ambition is also the result of optimism, self-confidence and entrepreneurialism.

This course will help students gain a better understanding of the social process of mobility; complex aspects of Western Civilization and American culture; and of recent European researches into social identities. Topics explore include wealth, fame, power, but also exclusion, social control, the formation of individual and collective notions of self, and forms of social violence.

HIST 499-04 – Riots, Strikes & Conspiracies – Dr. J. Dabel – US – TuTh 11AM-12:15PM   
This course will help students gain a better understanding of American politics, culture and social organization. Topics covered include the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Anti-Slave Riot, the Homestead Strike and the student uprising at Columbia University. Students will learn how these events, many thought radical in their times, had great influence on events and generations to come. Without these unique occurrences, America would not be the nation it is today.

HIST 499-05 – The Crusades – Dr. M. Kelleher – Medieval – TuTh 2:00-3:15PM  
This course examines the culture surrounding the wars waged between the Christian powers of the medieval West and their non-Catholic neighbors from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. Topics include: holy war and the idea of crusading; crusading in the Holy Land; Christian/Muslim/Jewish relations in the Crusader states; gender and crusading; the military orders; and “crusades” against Jews, heretics, and Byzantine Christians.

HIST 499-07 – The Construction of National Identities – Dr. A. Igmen – World – MW 3:30-4:45PM  
This course will examine the construction and contestation of national identities in the twentieth century through popular culture and popular sport. The seminar will explore the ways in which states and societies imagined and configured modern statehood and nationality by relying on arts, cultural products and sport competitions, and of equal significance, the ways in which populations reacted to these attempts. 

HIST 499-08 – Latin American Revolutions – Dr. Romina Robles Ruvalcaba – – Latin America – M 6:30-9:15PM
The first social revolution of the twentieth-century took place in Latin America. In this course, we will examine twentieth-century social revolutions in Latin America, focusing on the prominent cases of Mexico (1910), Cuba (1959), and Nicaragua (1979). We will explore theories and historical interpretations of causes, consequences, changes, and continuities, in comparative perspective, through the concepts of violence, resistance, state-formation, dictatorship, imperialism, ideology, memory, race, gender, emigration, and dislocation. In order to help us move through the complex interpretations of social revolution, we will also draw from analyses of guerilla movements and rebellions in Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Colombia, which offer compelling regional perspectives on the politics, processes, and possibilities of social change.