Spring 2020 Course Descriptions

History 101 Critical Thinking: Dystopias: (FULL)

For thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated by dystopias or catastrophic and calamitous imaginings of the future.  We have used these dystopic visions to promote religious revelations, criticize and make sense of current conditions, and to create narratives that warn us off a certain historical path.  In every case, dystopias are firmly grounded in the historical moment in which they are created so they serve as revelatory documents as to that society found troublesome, unfair, or problematic. In this course, we are going to be examining multiple dystopias and using them as sources that allow us to think critically about specific historical periods and events. Our readings, assignments, and discussions will use dystopias to interrogate and analyze historical categories of analysis such as gender, race,
class, and institutions.

Fulfills GE A3- Critical Thinking Requirement

SF Studies SJ (Social Justice)

Rodriguez M/W 2:00-3:15


History 103 History of Me (ALL SECTIONS FULL)

All of history is someone’s life story, and everyone is a historian because they make and remake the story of themselves throughout their lives. One of the most important elements of the college experience is its role as a time where people can think through who they are, where they came from, and who they want to be. In this course, we will look at historical models and use techniques of historical research and writing to think through the questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I now? Where do I want to go? We will read autobiographies, oral histories, and histories of San Francisco State, and we will produce digital portfolios that collect our individual answers to our questions about identity in a variety of rhetorical genres.

Fullfills GE: E: Lifelong Learning Develop, Social Justice

Horowitz T/R 12:30-1:45

Lisy-Wagner M/W 9:30-10:45

Kudlick M/W 11:00-12:15

History 110 Western Civilization to 1500CE 
It all starts here. The basis for what defines western culture, including politics, religion, science, and cuisine, begins to coalesce before 1500CE. From Mesopotamia to the Italian City-States of the Renaissance, we will be looking at how the western world defined itself and understood others, sometimes through appropriation, and sometimes through cooperation.
Fulfills the following GE requirements:  C2-Lower Division, SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

Rodriguez M/W 12:30-1:45

History 114 World History to 1500CE

This class will examine humanity's first agricultural endeavors to the first great world empires of the Classical period, to the introduction of Islam on the world stage. Developments in every aspect of the human experience are contextualized and explored using a global perspective to explore the foundations of science, politics, law, and artistic expression. 

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  D1-Lower Division,

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

History 110 and 111 or History 114 and 115 are required to complete the History Major


Arrieta, M/W 2:00-3:15

Arrieta, W 4:00-6:45


History 115 World History since 1500CE

The study of World History allows us to see how globalization took shape, how something as simple as a trade route also brought advances in technology, cultural exchange and understanding, the machines of war, and new religious and spiritual belief systems. Looking at our world beyond the “New World” and “Old World” paradigm allows us to see the depth and richness of the human experience, and to connect with cultures and our own past.

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  D1-Lower Division,

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

History 110 and 111 or History 114 and 115 are required to complete the History Major


Hill T/R 11:00- 12:15

Hill T/R 2:00-3:15


History 120 US History to Reconstruction

The struggle is real! Learn how Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans vied for power in the "New World" and how gender, race, and wealth affected the social, cultural, and political development of America from the colonial period to the American Revolution, the Civil War, Native settlement and conquest, and Reconstruction.

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  D2-Lower Division, AI American Institutions, US History

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

Requirement for the History Major


Arrieta M 4:00-6:45 (FULL)

Arrita M/W 9:30-10:45

Leikin T/R 2:00-3:15

Wolf M/W 11:00-12:15


History 121 US History since Reconstruction

The struggle continues! From picking up the pieces after the Civil War and expanding rights to a greater segment of the population, to entering the economic, political, and often embattled world stage, this class explores how America has become the country we know today.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: D2-Lower Division, AI American Institutions, US History

SF Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)

Requirement for the History Major


Englander T/R 2:00-3:15

Beltran M/W 11:00-12:15

Beltran M/W 2:00-3:15

Leikin T/R 9:30-10:45

Leikin T/R 12:30-1:45


History 130 US History for FOREIGN STUDENTS

PREREQUISITE: Studied US History at a non-US high school.

This course covers the breadth of US History, starting with its European roots circa 1400-1600 CE and culminating with Roosevelt’s New Deal.  

Fulfills the following GE requirements: D-2 Lower Division, AI American Institutions US History

This course will NOT count towards the history major, nor will it count towards GE requirements for students who do not meet the prerequisites.


Englander M/W 12:30-1:45



Examination of the social-cultural, economic, and political foundations of Latino History from the Spanish colonial period to the present including racialization and mestizaje.
(This course is offered as LTNS 278 and HIST 278. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:


  • U.S. History
  • D2: Social Sciences: US Hist.
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

AI AI: United States History, GELD GE D2: Social Sciences: U.S. History, XLST LTNS 278/HIST 278, Lower Division, SFSU SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SFSU SF State Studies: Social Justice

Beltran M/W 9:30-10:45




History 300 GWAR

PREREQUISITE: Successful Completion of ENGLISH 214.

Are you interested in how historians uncover historical documents and figure out what they mean?  Do you want to know how and why historical interpretations change over time?  Then join History 300 to learn the nuts and bolts of history research, analysis and writing.  This is where you'll learn all the secrets about being a real historian.

This course is required for all History Majors, who must pass with a C or better.  It cannot be taken CR/NC.

This course is the prerequisite for history Proseminars


Katz T/R 11:00-12:15

Katz T/R 2:00-3:15

ViatorM/W 12:30-1:45


History 308: Engaging Democracy (FULL)

Democracy is a messy business. Noble and expedient, eternal and ephemeral, legal and political: creating and keeping a political society involved great minds, great principles, and great compromises. The premise of this course is that the best way to understand what happened is to try to get inside the heads of those who wrestled with these questions is by acting in their place.

Most of the course will thus be devoted to a student-driven reenactments of the Civil War crisis in Kentucky in 1861 and the post-apartheid challenge in South Africa in 1993, using the historical role-playing games model of the “Reacting to the Past” program. Each student will take on specific roles informed by real historical events and the ideas of important thinkers and political leaders. Each student will critically analyze those ideas and circumstances and present oral and written arguments in debates and negotiations on such issues as government, society, race, money, justice, and war and peace.

Fulfills the Following GE Requirements: U.S. Govt, CA State Local Govt, UD-D: Social Sciences, Global Perspectives, Social Justice


Harris M/W 11:00-12:15


History 313 Comparative History of Love and Sexuality (FULL)

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it… Is it that simple? Do we all approach love and sex in the same way? This course will look at documents about love and sex in a variety of contexts – from different times, in different places, by a variety of people. We will be looking at a diversity of sources in order to examine what might be shared about this experience and what might be different in different contexts. Topics will include love and courtship, unions, sexual identity, prostitution, and pornography.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Arts and Humanities

SF Studies Global Perspectives (GP), Social Justice (SJ)

Course Attributes: Elective Only


Englander T/R 11:00-12:15


History 315 History of Science from the Scientific Revolution to the Present

Europeans’ discovery of the Americas (which had, of course, long been known to indigenous Americans!), provided an epistemological shock to intellectuals throughout Europe. The Greek and Roman thinkers which provided the basis for Renaissance knowledge had not known about the Americas, had not even guessed at them. Over the course of the early modern period, experience became the most important source of knowledge, rather than ancient texts. The foundations of modern science were laid on this new and growing emphasis on experience and experiments as the sites of knowledge production. As industrialization began to take hold, the development of science and technology escalated. People began to understand their universe in ways incomprehensible to the natural philosophers of the early modern period, and with modern technologies began to exploit their world’s natural resources on an unprecedented scale. This course will start with what historians have (perhaps problematically) called the Scientific Revolution and follow the story through to the present day. The narrative will largely focus on scientific developments in Europe and the United States, but will strive to incorporate connections with Africa, Asia, and Latin America and to respect the scientific traditions in those regions. The course will also look at the symbiotic relationship between people and the environment, focusing both on the ways that humans impact their environment and the ways that the natural world impacts human events.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Arts and Humanities

SF Studies Environmental Sustainability (ES) and Global Perspectives (GP)

Course Attributes: Elective Only

Hill T 4:00-6:45


History 322 The Roman Republic

This course covers the rise of the Romans from prehistory to the fall of the Republic with the assassination of Julius Caesar.  We will see the fascinating development of Rome, from a small city on the edge of Latium to a major empire that controlled virtually the entire Mediterranean region. We will also explore how the Roman identity developed and how it shaped the history of the Roman Republic. We will also use primary sources to examine both Roman culture (the poems of Catullus) and their understanding of history (the historical works of Sallust). 

Course Attributes: Chronological Breadth, Area Studies Europe

Campbell T/R 8:00-9:15


History 328 Pagans and Christians in a Changing Roman World

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.

Christian Church from its beginnings to the conversion of Constantine. Quest for the historical Jesus; Orthodoxy and Gnosticism; development of worship; the Apologists; the phenomenon of martyrdom.

Course Attributes: Chronological Breadth, Area Studies Europe

Campbell T/R 11:00-12:15


History 334 The Renaissance

What do you get when you cross unending warfare, catastrophic plagues, decaying institutions, and great art? Why, the Renaissance, of course. If that's not enough to interest you, we also have witches,religious upheaval, conflicted humanists, lost explorers, and nobles who accidentally set themselves on fire.

Course Attributes: Chronological Breadth, Area Studies Europe

Rodriguez M 4:00-6:45


History 347 Women in Modern Europe

“I read it [history] a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me.  The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all, it is very tiresome” (Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey).   This course is not tiresome at all: learn about extraordinary and ordinary European women from the eighteenth century to the present through fiction, memoirs, and manifestos as well as individual research projects.  In addition to restoring women's voices to history, we will examine well-known historical events from the perspective of women's history, look at ideas about women, and examine the historical roots of issues and debates still informing the lives of European women.  Until we reach the twentieth century, we will be looking exclusively at Britain and France; after 1914, we will also consider women’s experiences in Russia, Germany, and (to a lesser extent) Italy and Spain

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Art and Humanities, Global Perspectives, Social Justice,

Course Attributes: Area Studies Europe

Curtis T/R 9:30-10:45


HIST 350 Greece and the Balkans

This course will explore the history of Greece and the Balkan Peninsula from the Fall of Constantinople through the early twentieth century. While the course will follow a general chronological narrative, it will concentrate on specific themes such as the position of the Orthodox Church after the implementation of Ottoman rule, the influence of Enlightenment ideas on the movement for Greek independence, and the first century of Greek statehood, with particular attention to the impact of the Balkan Wars and the First World War.  Assignments and lecture will focus on contextualization and interpretation of primary sources as well as discussion of trends in secondary scholarship.

Anagnostopoulos T/R 11:00-12:15


History 353 History of Mexico (FULL)

This course surveys the history of Mexico from the Pre-Columbian period to the present.  We begin by discussing the early civilizations of Mesoamerica including the Olmec and Maya, and examine Aztec society on the eve of the Spanish “discovery.” The course focuses initially on the blending of Spanish and Indian civilizations, and the emergence of a Mexican identity from Mexico’s colonial period. Students then explore the process of nation-building after independence in the 19th century, and assess agrarian conflict and revolution in the 20th century. The state’s ascent as the dominant force in Mexican society, the peculiar nature of Mexico's "one-party democracy," and the exhaustion of such a system after the year 2000, are the main themes of the course’s second half.

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Arrieta M/W 12:30-1:45

History 355 History of Women in Latin America

Latin American gender relations defy simple explanations. While the U.S. has yet to elect a female president, Latin Americans have elected several. At the same time machismo is often invoked to explain the absence of women from important sites of social power. In the course, we will explore the lives of women in several social categories, from the famous to the everyday. We will also analyze how the region’s various notions of femininity and female power have changed over time.

Morrison M/W  2:00-3:15

History 358: Latin America a National Period

Pending Description

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Morrison M/W 9:30-10:45

History 366 Approaches to the African Past

Working with language, physical evidence, images, oral testimony, and texts, we explore themes including the peopling of the continent, the construction of enduring societies, the experiences of colonialism and apartheid, the struggle for independence, and the quest for reconciliation and healing. 

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-D Social Sciences

SF Studies Global Perspectives (GP),

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Morrison M/W 11:00-12:15


History 369 Gender in African History

Prerequisite: Successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 or consent of the instructor.

Development of competencies around the theme of gender in the African past by working with a variety of texts and sources and the scholarship of leading researchers in this field.


  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Global Perspectives

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Hill T/R 9:30-10:45


History 372 India and the British Empire

This course is an introduction to important themes in the encounter between India and the British Empire. Britain ruled India for nearly 200 years and influences of that history continue to be felt in both places to this day. In the course of the semester, we will examine how the encounter defined England and India as well as the regions of the Indian Ocean from the Middle East and Africa to Southeast Asia and Australia. We will look at how India came to be reordered under British rule and our main focus will be on the period from 1800 onwards. The readings will provide you a sampling of important cultural and political writings. While the study of the British Empire is a much larger discipline, this course will be limited to the period of British rule in India primarily. This course will also introduce you to some exciting themes, concepts and debates in the study of Indian history. The course is based on a combination of lectures, discussions, and student presentations. I expect students to take an active part in engaging the course readings as well as in class discussions.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Social Sciences

SF Studies Global Perspectives (GP), Social Justice (SJ)

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Chekuri T/R 11:00-12:15


History 373 India since Gandhi

India/South Asia is home to more than one-fourth of the world’s population and to the some of the most diverse ethnicities, languages, religions, and political philosophies. It is home to the largest and most diverse Muslim and Hindu populations in the world.  It is home to more languages than Europe. It is simultaneously home to the largest democracy in the world (US is second!), and the largest military with nuclear arms-and has a history of intense conflicts.

This course will examine the everyday lives of ordinary people in India through memoir, biography, and journalism. In the course of the semester, you will gain an understanding of subaltern lives—of gender, caste, and class—in Indian society. Through a closer examination of these individuals living at the outermost edges of society, we will gain an understanding of an India that is struggling to keep up with the impact of economic globalization and social hierarchy.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Social Sciences

SF Studies Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ)

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Chekuri T/R 2:00-3:15


History 374 Bollywood and Beyond: Indian History Through Film 

Examination of Indian history since 1947 through Indian film. Introduction to modern Indian culture and society. Examination of films produced in each of the decades since 1947 to explore the changing political and social dynamics of India. The stories that are told through film capture everything from the dreams, desires, and fantasies of Indians to their complex political and social locations in an ever-changing society.

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Chekuri ONLINE


History 376 History of Southeast Asia

Join us for a voyage to Southeast Asia, one of the most diverse and interesting regions in the world.  We’ll explore the cultural, political, and social histories of societies from Burma to Vietnam to the Philippines.  And you’ll learn about how this area became a global crossroads where local practices have mixed with Chinese, Indian, European, and American influences.

GE Requirements Fulfilled: UD-D Social Sciences, SF Studies Global Perspectives 

Course Attributes: Area Studies 

Elkind T/R 12:30-1:45

History 385 The Russian Revolution

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or equivalent.

Crisis and collapse of Imperial Russia, traditions of the Russian revolutionaries, and rise of the Soviet Union of Stalin

Course Attributes: Area Studies Europe

D’Agostino T/R 12:30-1:45

History 418 Society and Politics in US History

Rebels, Resisters and Reformers. This course will examine several instances of rebellion, resistance and reform in American History. Subjects include Shay’s Rebellion, Slave resistance and rebellion, William Lloyd Garrison and the immediate abolitionists, the Knights of Labor, the formation of the CIO, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Feminist Movement. Each subject will be explored as a historiographical problem with in-depth reading of a variety of historians.

Fulfills the following GE requirement: American Institutions, US History,

SF Studies: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) and Social Justice (SJ)

Course Attributes: US History

Leikin R 4:00-6:45

History 420 American Colonial History

This course argues that colonial America is a myth – a politically useful but historically inaccurate portrait of early North America.  We discuss how this myth was created and why it has persisted, while also exploring the real people, places, and events that characterize the American colonies.  The class is divided loosely into thirds: the first section re-examines the relationships between American Indians and Europeans in borderland regions, the second narrates the emergence of a slave society in the English colonies, and the third asks how the thirteen colonies thought of themselves as part of and, eventually, separate from the British Empire.

Fulfills the Ge Requirements : US History

Course Attributes: US History

Crabtree T/R 11:00-12:15


History 424: The Era of the American Civil War

What were the causes, experiences, and consequences of the Civil War? The first part of the course will look at developments that led to the crisis of the union, including the expansion of the southern slave empire, northern anti-slavery and abolitionism, the Mexican War, and sectional conflict over the West. The second part will focus on the Civil War years, including military, political and social developments, the destruction of slave society, and the role of African Americans in their own emancipation. And the third part will examine Reconstruction, the meanings of freedom for African Americans, the post-war experiment in multi-racial democracy, and the historical legacy of the Civil War and its aftermath.

Course Attributes: US History

Postel M/W 9:30-10:45


History 427: The Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, and Global War

Why did the United States enter the First World War and how did that change the country? Why did the “Roaring” 1920s give rise to the Harlem Renaissance and the 2nd Ku Klux Klan? What caused the Great Depression and how did Americans respond to economic collapse? How did the U.S. answer the rise of Nazism in Europe? Why did Japanese internment happen? What lay behind the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? And to what extent do we still live under the shadows of these events? This course explores these and other questions about some of the most tumultuous years in the history of the U.S. and the world.

Course Attributes: US History

Postel M/W 2:00-3:15


History 450 The History of California

Time magazine once noted, “If America is the land where the world goes in search of miracles and redemption, California is the land where Americans go.” This survey course will explore the history of California, from its native past to its present, as both a geographical place and as an idea as laden with expectation as the American Promised Land itself. Topics will include indigenous cultures and pre-contact California; exploration and conquest; frontier labor, economies, and societies; water and agriculture; urban growth and decline; migration and immigration; gender, race, ethnicity, and citizenship; political cultures and trends; Hollywood and the popular culture industry; and the perpetual myth of California as the Promised Land, or “America’s America.” 

Fulfills the following GE requirements:  American Institutions, California State and Local Government, UD-D: Social Sciences

Course Attributes: US History

Sigmon M/W 9:30-10:45 (FULL)

Sigmon M 4:00-6:45



History 451 Bay Area History and Society (FULL)

Exploration of the Bay Area, specifically San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose, from a sociohistorical and global perspective. Exploration of various dimensions of the bay area's human and environmental composition and history, paying special attention to the built environment, immigration, globalization, race, and class.

Fulfills the following GE requirement: UD-D Social Science

SF Studies: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)

Course Attributes: US History



History 461 US Foreign Relations 1913 – Present

In 1941, the publisher Henry Luce famously declared the 20th century to be “the first great American century.” Come learn how and why the United States became a superpower that has exerted its economic, cultural, military, and political influence all over the world

Course Attributes: US History

Elkind T/R 9:30-10:45


History 465 American Ethnicity and Race Relations from 1890

Prerequisites: Successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4; ENG 214 or equivalent; or consent of the instructor.

Effects of ethnic and race relations on American life from the closing of the frontier to the present: Russian Jews, American Irish, Mexican Americans, Japanese and African-Americans.


  • U.S. History
  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

Course Attributes: US History

Beltran M 4:00-6:45


History 469 American Childhoods: Past and Present

This course is an introduction to the history of childhood and adolescence in America from the earliest colonial settlements to the present. Our cultural and intellectual framework will trace the life of children and adolescents as they experienced it, as well as the concepts and rhetoric which sustained the ever changing idealized child throughout American history. We will explore the world of young people from a variety of perspectives, including: Ethnic/ racial elements, gender and class, as well as psychology, sociology , anthropology and cognitive development. Depictions of youth in the popular and high culture of various historical periods in fiction, art, music, film and media, will also be considered, and we will address topical subjects, such as sexuality, juvenile justice and the emergence of an adolescent identity throughout the various historical periods. The objective of the course is for an understanding, of youth in history, and perhaps, of how your own early past shaped who you are, or who you may become.

Fullfills the GE: UD-D Social Sciances

Course Attributes: US History

Corea T/R 12:30-1:45


History 470 US Constitution to 1877 (FULL)

Inventing our country was a messy and convoluted business. Noble and expedient, eternal and ephemeral, legal and political: writing and implementing our Constitution involved great minds, great principles, and great compromises. The premise of this course is that the best way to understand what happened is to try to get inside the heads of those who wrestled with the issues of government, society, race, money, and war and peace.

In order to do that, the largest portion of the course will be devoted to a student-driven reenactments of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the debate on the abolition of Slavery during the Civil War, using the historical role-playing games model of the “Reacting to the Past” program1 In each game, each student will be assigned a specific role—such as James Madison, William Seward, or Charles Pinckney—informed by real historical events and the ideas of important thinkers and political leaders. Each student will critically analyze those ideas and circumstances and present oral and written arguments in debates on such issues as slavery, commerce, and how to allocate the powers of government

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Arts and Humanities, American Institutions US History, US Government and California State and Local Government

SF Studies: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) and Social Justice (SJ)

Course Attributes: US History

M/W 2:00-3:15


History 471 US Constitution since 1896 (FULL)

This class will look at the constitutional and legal history in the United States from the Civil War to the present.  Students will analyze primary source documents, including landmark Supreme Court opinions as well as the writings of leading historians. There will be two primary source research assignments as well as weekly readings.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: UD-C Arts and Humanities, American Institutions US History, US Government and California State and Local Government

SF Studies American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) and Social Justice (SJ)

Course Attributes: US History

Stein T/R 11:00-12:15


History 473 Unfree Labor in the Early US

What was American slavery like? How did it compare to other forms of bound labor such as servitude and apprenticeship? How did notions of race and gender shape the development of slavery, servitude, and apprenticeship? And how and why did "free labor"--meaning wage-based labor, or what some historians have referred to as capitalist labor relations--replace bound, "unfree" labor in the United States? We will work to answer these questions in this lecture-discussion course that covers the period from the 1600s to the Civil War.

Course Attributes: US History

Wolf M/W 2:00-3:15


History 475 Sexuality in the US Before 1900

Examination of the history of sexuality in colonial America and the United States before 1900, with emphasis on the sexual dimensions of capitalism, colonialism, conquest, immigration, imperialism, industrialization, racism, slavery, segregation, and urbanization. Same-sex, cross-sex, monoracial, and interracial relationships will be explored, as will courtship, marriage, and family life; abortion, birth control, fertility, and reproduction; sex work and commercialized sex; free love, monogamy, and polygamy; obscenity, pornography, and sexual representation; sexual health, disease, ability, and disability; sex education and sexual knowledge; sexual consent and violence; and the regulation and production of sexuality in society, culture, economy, politics, and law.

Fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Justice and American Institutions: US History

Course Attributes: US History

Stein T/R 2:00-3:15


History 478 HIST 478 American Popular Culture History: Barnum to Reality TV (FULL)

In this course, students will examine two centuries of American popular culture, from P.T. Barnum to reality TV. By exploring mass communication, consumer trends, technological innovation, and various forms of entertainment, students will uncover the role pop culture has played in American history, and how pop culture has helped shape small-'r' republicanism, individualism, identity, and community. Assignments will include a primary source-based essay, a midterm, and a final exam.

Course Fulfills the GE Requirements: U.S. History, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities

Course Attributes: US History

Viator M/W 9:30-10:45


History 479 History and Literature of Baseball (FULL)

Come see how US History is reflected in our favorite pastime, and how changes in capitalism, race relations, technology, and gender expectations have been reflected on the field of play.

Fullsfills the GE: UD-C Social Sciences

Course Attributes: US History

Sigmon W 4:00-6:45


History 481 Thought and Culture in America 1880 to the Present


What is intellectual and cultural history? Whose history is it? And why does it matter? This course explores these questions. It is organized around the reading of fiction, philosophy, and social commentary representing a wide range of schools of thought. It will cover the positivist and pragmatist thinkers of the turn of the century; the inter-war Lost Generation and Harlem Renaissance; the post-war Beats, feminists, and New Left; and the post-colonial and modern conservative intellectual movements. There will also be a film interlude, looking at New Deal culture through the lens of 1930s Hollywood.

Course Attributes: US History

Postel M/W 12:30-1:45

History 482 Religion in America

Examines the history of religious thought and practice in the United States from founding to the present, engaging questions such as:  How has the relationship between church and state changed over time?  How has religion influenced and been influenced by ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality?  How has religion served as a tool for those resisting and those perpetuating discrimination and oppression?  How has the increasing diversity of faith and practice in the United States impacted conversations about public policy? 

Fulfills the Ge Requirements: US History

Course Attributes: US History

Crabtree T/R 200-3:25



History 696 North vs South (FULL)

How united was the United States in the period from the American Revolution to the eve of the Civil War? How did the division into slave and free states affect national politics, culture, and identity? Did being American mean something different in the North versus in the South? In this proseminar we will read books and articles that address these questions, and students will pick a locality to study, using primary-source research, in order to understand the relationship between sectional and national identity in the United States from 1788-1860.

All history majors must complete a Proseminar with a grade of “C” or better. This course may not be taken CR/NC.

Course Attributes: Required Course

Wolf M 4:00-6:45


History 696: Colonialism in Southeast Asia

From the 16th century through the middle of the 20th century, Western powers sought to dominate Southeast Asia by taking colonies throughout the region. European and American colonialism fundamentally transformed Southeast Asian societies and economies and led to the creation of powerful nationalist movements throughout the region. This course explores the various facets of colonialism in Southeast Asia, including how foreign powers attempted to establish and maintain control over their subjects as well as alter those societies. Students will consider how people in Southeast Asia adopted, adapted, and resisted Western influence and colonial rule. They will also learn about the emergence of nationalist movements and revolutions, which influenced and inspired anti-colonial leaders elsewhere and contributed significantly to global trends. Finally, students will conduct historical research and write a paper on a topic related to colonialism and/or nationalism in Southeast Asia.

Course Attributes: Required Course

Elkind R 4:00-6:45


History 696 Sexuality in the Ancient World: From Egypt to Rome

The Roman Empire was a vast power that lasted for hundreds of years. This pro-seminar will focus on the period of the “twelve Caesars” from 31 BC to AD 96, with the primary focus being on the Julian-Claudian Dynasty (the first five emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero). The seminar is devoted to the examination of identity and is divided into two sections. For the first half of the course we will explore how Roman historians depicted these emperors. We will read historical and biographical pieces, especially Suetonius and Tacitus, in order to develop and understanding of who these rulers were, and why the authors treated them as they did. We will devote extra focus on Caligula and Nero, two of the “bad” emperors. The second half of the course will explore the issue of Roman morality, especially sexual morality. We will read through the works of Juvenal, Petronius (the Satyricon), and the poetry of Ovid, to develop an idea of what Roman sexuality morality was. We will look at how Roman concept of gender, especially masculinity is in flux during this period, and how this affected the depictions of various individuals, especially the emperors, in the ancient histories and biographies.

Course Attributes: Required Course

Campbell T 4:00-6:45