Graduate Courses - Summer and Fall 2020

It should be noted that while 6000 courses also include undergraduate students (4000 level), a distinct set of reading, writing, and grading expectations is maintained for graduate students.

Summer Online Courses

HIST 6277 Ottoman Empire - Dr. Beverly Tsacoyianis 

This online course examines the history of the Ottoman Empire through power point slides, discussion board posts, and brief video lectures of such topics as the origin of the geography, people, cultures, politics, administration, economy, and societies of the Ottoman Empire from its rise in the 13th century until its demise in 1922. We will consider conceptual problems of dealing with "empire" as a unit of analysis, as well as historical debates about narrative, perspective, and access to sources. In addition to two main historical studies, primary sources in translation, and academic articles in the field of history, there are interdisciplinary components on the analysis of film, historical fiction, and social science research. We will study the juxtaposition of several historical narratives: the political, the economic, the social, and the cultural, to provide a broad conceptualization of the medieval, early modern, and modern history of the Ottoman Empire. Specific themes include political structures, literary and artistic creations, war, travel, trade, imperialism, and modernization.

HIST 6851 US Women's History - Dr. Cookie Woolner

This course deals with women's experiences in and contributions to society in early and modern American history. We will examine women's lives in the past from various viewpoints: social, economic, political, and cultural, focusing on both exceptional and everyday women. Students will be expected to complete a 15-20 page research paper using primary and secondary historical sources.

HIST 7011 Philosophy and Theory of History - Dr. Andrew Daily

The Philosophy and Theory of History will be a unique course in your historical education. Rather than focusing on distinct historical periods or historiographies, this course is instead a critical introduction to and reflection on what it means to write about the past and how historians and philosophers have approached this task. This course asks you to critically reflect on how historical discourse is possible, what are its assumptions, what it can accomplish in mediating the relationship between the past and the present, and what it is that we do, exactly, when we research and write history. Through a combination of short theoretical statements and historians' attempts to put these theories and methods into practice, this course asks you to be self-reflective and self-critical about your own historical practice. This course is designed, in part, to make you think about things that you don't usually contemplate in your day-to-day work. It renders historical practice uncanny and is designed to to discomfort you. Assignments include weekly think papers and a longer essay on historiography.

Fall On campus

HIST 6161 History of Socialism - Dr. Andrei Znamenski
TR 2:40pm-4:05pm

Historical overview of Socialism as modernity' s secular creed from its emergence in the early 19th century to the present. Taking a global history approach, the course explores the diversity of socialist movements: Marxism, Anarchism, and Fabians to Social Democracy, Soviet Communism, Maoism, the Israeli kibbuzim movement, Tanzanian ujamma, Bolivarian socialism in Venezuela, and the Western New Left.

HIST 6272 Modern Middle East - Dr. Beverly Tsacoyianis
TR 1:00pm-2:25pm

This upper-division combined undergraduate and graduate course examines the major political, social, and religious developments in the Middle East from the late 18th century to the present through lectures, small-group work, and class discussion. We will focus on the development of the region as its leaders, subjects, and citizens coped with the end of the Ottoman Empire, competing British and French imperial interests, the rise of nationalism and other political movements, and globalization. The course emphasizes the ways in which particular historical forces have led to the present crises in the region and will include topics such as: Orientalism, the Ottoman struggle to resist nationalist movements and Western imperial advances, the rise of Arab nationalism and Zionism, the formation and political mobilization of new social classes, changing gender relations, the rise of secularist, socialist, and Islamist movements, debates about modernity, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Students will read a general history of the region as well as historical accounts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese Civil War, and the Iranian Revolution, and watch a film related to themes in the course.

HIST 6294 Modern Japan 1800 to Present - Dr. Catherine Phipps
MW 12:40pm-2:05pm

This course is designed to help you learn about the history of modern Japan as well as Japan's position in the world today. Using primary documents, novels, film, and websites, we'll explore such themes as economic and technological development, foreign relations, imperialism, gender, intercultural exchange. We'll also develop skills in such areas as critical thinking, writing, and source analysis, which are essential to success in your college career and beyond. Graduate students will do extra reading and writing in consultation with the professor.

HIST 7320/8320 Studies in Ancient History - Dr. Suzanne Onstine

Ancient Egyptian Religion For Egyptology majors. The goal of the class is to explore various ideas about ancient Egyptian religion through weekly readings and short research assignments.

HIST 7440/8440 Nations and Nationalism - Dr. Daniel Unowsky

At least since the Third Estate declared itself the Nation of France, nationalism has proven a powerful force for social, cultural, and political change in Europe. Post-Cold War "ethnic cleansing" in the Balkans and the disturbing electoral success of populist right-wing parties in many European countries remind us that nationalism in its most exclusionary forms has not been consigned to the dustbin of history.We will open the semester with discussions of theoretical approaches to the study of nationalism. In subsequent weeks, we will consider important monographs and articles treating various aspects of specific nationalisms. Most of our readings focus on Great Britain, France, and East Central Europe from the French Revolution through the first half of the twentieth century.

HIST 7680/8680 Studies in US History after 1877: The US Post-1945 - Dr. Sarah Potter
Wednesday, 2:30-5:30

This course will cover US history after 1945, including topics such as suburbanization and consumption, a variety of social movements, the Cold War, the rise of the service economy, and postmodernity. We will read a mix of both newer and older texts, discussing both the major events and trends in the post-World War II US and the debates in the historical literature surrounding those events.

Fall Online Courses

HIST 6321 Egypt of the Pharaohs - Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian

In this course we will explore ancient Egyptian history and society from the origins of the Egyptian state up through the end of the New Kingdom. Through close study of both primary and secondary source material, we will work to build an understanding of Egyptian political, religious, and social structures through both chronological and thematic historical study. Not just the study of the pharaohs and their exploits, special attention will be paid to the realm of daily life including discussion of identity, class, labor, and leisure activities.

HIST 6630 North American Revolutions, 1754 - 1815 - Dr. Christine Eisel
Alternate title in Banner: New Nation, 1783 – 1815

What was so revolutionary about early North America? Find out in this course while exploring the political, economic, and social causes and outcomes of conflicts in North America from 1754-1815. You will consider the lives of the indigenous peoples of North America as well as those of European and African descent as you study the origins and experiences of the American Revolution and what it meant to be both an American and a British subject.

HIST 7101 Global Studies: The Sea in World History – Dr. Stephen K. Stein

The sea was a significant path for exploration and trade, as well as the setting for battles and wars that transformed the world. It fostered the creation of colonies and empires and figured prominently in literature, art, legends, and other imaginative endeavors. This seminar will introduce graduate students to maritime history and discuss the sea in world history from antiquity to the modern era. Over the course of the semester students will read and review ten books. We will also devote several sessions to the discussion of primary sources (text and graphic). In addition to the book reviews, students will write two short papers on particular maritime topics and a 2000-word essay on the maritime history of a particular region.

HIST 7601 US Historiography to 1877 - Dr. Christine Eisel

This seminar will introduce you to important lines of historical inquiry and debate of early North American life from the time of Native - European contact to the era known as "Reconstruction." You will encounter people across the spectrum of free and unfree —including enslaved and indentured people, farmers and craftsman, the rich and the poor, women and men, natives and newcomers, sinners and saints — while exploring the many forces that shaped their lives, and through them, a new nation. This is a course about what happened in the past and the historian's craft of investigating and interpreting what happened in the past.