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Upper Division Courses – Fall 2021

Fall On Campus Courses

* indicates honors seats available

HIST 3001 Selling Sound: A Cultural History of American Music* - Dr. Cookie Woolner
MW 2:20pm - 3:45pm
Popular American music offers historians a new archive of primary sources to examine in order to understand the past. This course will introduce students to the historical narrative of popular American music and its industries, highlighting emerging musical genres chronologically over the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will analyze the social and cultural aspects of popular music to understand how American society has changed over time. Music itself became an industry in modern America: how did the economic side affect the art and artists? Can music and other cultural forms create societal change? How have issues of race, class, gender, region, and technology affected performers and popular music and its industry? These are some of the questions students will learn to answer through this class.

HIST 3009 Gunpowder Empires - Dr. Tyler Kynn
TR 9:40am - 11:05am 
This course introduces students to major themes and concepts central to the study of the early modern Islamic world (1400-1800). In this course students will engage with a variety of topics including gender, trade, law, pilgrimage, imperial administration, travel, sovereignty, art and architecture, conceptions of time, conversion, warfare, and religion. The goal is that students will be able to better understand the history and culture of the early modern Islamic world and the ways in which these topics influence our world and the region today. This course focuses on the so-called ?Gunpower Empires;? the Safavid, Mughal, and Ottoman Empires. These early modern empires stretched from Southern India, to the Middle East, Central Europe, and the North African coast.

HIST 3281 Africa to 1500 - Dr. Dennis Laumann
MWF 11:30am - 12:25pm
Human origins to the beginnings of African-European Atlantic trade in the 15th century; gatheringhunting societies; agriculture and technology; early African civilizations; classical age kingdoms and empires; Christianity, Islam, African religions; Indian Ocean world; Trans-Saharan trade network. NOTE: students who have earned credit for HIST 3280 may not receive credit for HIST 3281.

HIST 3321 Ancient Near East - Dr. Suzanne Onstine
MW 2:20pm - 3:45pm
From the beginnings of Mesopotamia down through the great empires of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia.

HIST 3881 African American History - Dr. Aram Goudsouzian
TR 11:20am - 12:45pm
History and culture of African Americans in light of their experiences; aspects of African American life and attitudes of dominant society within which African Americans lived; ways African American men and women shaped and nurtured their own lives, culture and history in U.S.

HIST 3884 Civil Rights Movement* - Dr. Aram Goudsouzian
TR 1:00pm - 2:25pm
This course examines the movement to overturn racial segregation and promote racial equality in the era of modern African American history.  After considering the movement’s roots in the New Deal, World War II, and traditions of black protest, the course analyzes legal challenges to Jim Crow, the rise of nonviolent direct action, the impact of the civil rights movement upon American culture, and the emergence of Black Power. The course further considers the political triumphs won and barriers faced by African Americans in the wake of the civil rights movement

HIST 4022 Oral History – Dr. Charles Crawford
W 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Applied history, covering oral history theory, research, and interviewing procedures.

HIST 4074 Topics in US History: Political History* – Dr. Scott Marler
TR 11:20am - 12:45pm
Topical and episodic studies in US political history from the early republic through the late twentieth century, including party systems, critical elections, and suffrage rights; conservatism, populism, and nativism; reformism, socialism, and pluralism; economic and cultural influences; and race and gender—all framed by shifting understandings of ideology, legitimacy, and even politics itself.   

HIST 4160 Russia to 1917 – Dr. Andrei Znamenski
TR 2:40pm - 4:05pm
Detailed study of Russia from earliest times to 1917. Major themes include the multiethnic nature of Russia as a Eurasian country, the rise of serfdom and autocracy, expansion into Eastern Europe, Siberia and Central Asia, Russian Orthodoxy, 19th-century modernization challenges, the evolution of a revolutionary movement, and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty in 1917. 

HIST 4861 Parks/People/Public Policy - Dr. James Fickle
TR 9:40am - 11:05am 
Comparative study of history and administration of public land areas in the United States, and of American conservation.

HIST 4881 Black Memphis - Dr. Beverly Bond
MW 12:40pm - 2:05pm
This course will focus on the social and cultural, political, and economic roles of African Americans in Memphis, Tennessee, from the early nineteenth century through the early twenty-first century, and place Memphis in the context of state, regional and national events.  We will explore intersections of race, class, and gender both within African American communities and between African Americans and other populations in the city.  

Fall Online Courses

Online courses are fully online and completely asynchronous.

HIST 3815 World War II - Dr. Stephen Stein
WEB-Online Asynchronous
Broad overview of origins, principal campaigns, and effects of World War II with some attention to domestic considerations; legacy of Great War, blitzkrieg, invasion of Europe, Pearl Harbor, Battle of Midway, defeat of Germany and Japan, and domestic impact of the war.

HIST 3881 African American History – Dr. Beverly Bond
WEB-Online Asynchronous
This course examines African American history from the 17th century (early 1600s) through the first two decades of the 21st century. We will focus on the complex nature of race relations, on the development of African American culture, and on themes, issues, events, and personalities that have contributed to shaping the experiences of African Americans over the past 400 years.

HIST 3881 African American History – Dr. Michele Coffey
WEB-Online Asynchronous
History and culture of African Americans in light of their experiences; aspects of African American life and attitudes of dominant society within which African Americans lived; ways African American men and women shaped and nurtured their own lives, culture and history in U.S.

HIST 4020 Internship in History – Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian
WEB-Online Asynchronous
Check website for information on how to arrange credit-bearing internships; students must be approved and permitted into this course prior to registration.
History Internships

HIST 4260 World Since 1945 - Dr. Beverly Tsacoyianis
WEB-Online Asynchronous
This course examines the recent history of the world through lectures and discussions of topics including the end of WWII, the Cold War, decolonization, and globalization. In addition to historical research and historical fiction, the class has interdisciplinary components including analysis of film and social science research. For Fall 2021 this course is M50, entirely asynchronous and online, but there are weekly deadlines with required discussion board posts by students, and instructor-posted audio, video, and pdf files in eCourseware.

HIST 4294 Modern Japan - Dr. Catherine Phipps
WEB-Online Asynchronous
This course is designed to help you learn about the history of modern Japan and its position in the world. We'll cover everything from Japan’s early modern era to current events. Rather than treat the past and the present as two static end points, however, we’ll explore their connections and consider how history informs the present and how the present shapes what questions we ask of the past. 

Using primary documents, novels, film, and websites, we’ll explore such themes as economic & technological development, foreign relations & imperialism, race & gender, the environment, and intercultural exchange. We’ll also work on key skills, including critical thinking, writing, and source analysis.

HIST 4330 Topics in Ancient History: Myth and Magic in Ancient Egypt - Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian
WEB-Online Asynchronous
In ancient Egypt, magic was an integral part of religious thought and practice. Kings, priests, and commoners alike relied on magical objects and rituals to harness the power and favor of the gods. In this class we will survey the myths that informed magical texts and rituals and explore how magical practices were used to help, harm, cure, and coerce from the Old Kingdom through the Greco-Roman period.

HIST 4386 Intro to Museums - TBA
WEB-Online Asynchronous
Overview of museums and the museum field, including history, development, philosophy, function and current and future trends in museums. Repeatable May not be repeated for credit. Cross listing: (Same as ARTH 4386).

HIST 4440 French Revolution - Dr. Andrew Daily
WEB-Online Asynchronous
In-depth study of the origins, course, and outcome of the French Revolution (1789-1815). Topics include the Enlightenment and the decline of the Old Regime; the causes of the Revolution; democratization and radicalization; counter-revolution and dictatorship; the Napoleonic Wars; and the Revolution’s place in the historiography and history of the modern world.

HIST 4640 New Nations - Dr. Christine Eisel
WEB-Online Asynchronous
This course covers 1815 through 1850 and introduces students to the political, economic, and social processes involved in state formation in North America. Students will examine the relationship between nation-states and citizenship, with an emphasis on often-competing American identities. This course will cover important historical themes that include revolutions in market, transportation, and technology; the growth of the institution of slavery; shifting political factions and popular dissent; and contests for power and resources. 

HIST 4701 US 1914-1945 - Dr. Stephen Stein
WEB-Online Asynchronous
United States from outbreak of World War I to World War II.

HIST 4863 History of Childhood in the US – Dr. Sarah Potter
WEB-Online Asynchronous
Historical consideration of children and childhood in American society from early 17th century to present.