Upper Division Courses

Fall 2022 - On Campus Course Descriptions

HIST 2030-002
Tennessee History - Dr. Charles Crawford
R – 2:30pm-5:30pm           MI 209

This course is an introduction to Tennessee history from the pre-colonial period to the late twentieth century.  Throughout the semester, we will be analyzing the state's dynamic and varied populations, examining the economic, social, cultural, and political forces that impacted the development of the state.  To accomplish this, we will be reading and discussing essays from a variety of historians, and students will sharpen their academic writing skills in weekly scholarly discussions. - Back.


HIST 3070-001
Conspiracy Theories in America - Dr. Scott Marler
MW – 2:20pm-3:45pm          MI 203

Conspiracy theories have become increasingly mainstream in the United States over the last half-century or so, especially on the political Right. This course will situate such folklore about power in historical contexts, demonstrating how exaggerated fears of conspiracy and subversion have been a persistent theme in American political culture since the Revolutionary era. We will examine a variety of conspiracy scares throughout U.S. history, but we will also aim to develop a better understanding of the social psychologies, latent functions, and authoritarian proclivities of what one historian famously termed “the paranoid style in American politics.” A good background in U.S. history (esp. HIST 2010 and HIST 2020) and current affairs is recommended for this upper-division course. - Back.


HIST 3324-001
Ancient Roman World - Dr. Benjamin Graham
MW – 12:40pm-2:05pm          MI 209

A sweeping history of the city of Rome and its empire from foundation to the conversion of Constantine to Christianity in 312 CE. This course focuses on the development of empire and the forces that held this huge polity together. It also looks closely at the implications of empire for both colonizer and colonized, with particular attention on notions of class, family, religion, citizenship, and slavery. - Back.


HIST 3881-001
African American History – Dr. Brian Kwoba
MWF – 11:30am-12:25pm          MI 200

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. - Back.


HIST 3881-002
African American History – Dr. Caroline Peyton
TR – 11:20am-12:45pm          MI 323

This course examines African-American history from early American history to the present. From artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, to skaters like Ray Barbee, and Memphis hip hop pioneers like Gangsta Boo, this class approaches African American history from many different perspectives. We’ll consider the essential dimensions of African American history, from the origins of the domestic slave trade to the Civil Rights Movement. Among our themes, we’ll explore the lived experience of African Americans in the past, including forms of cultural and artistic expression, consumer culture, recreation, and religion. - Back.


HIST 3905-001
History of Memphis – Dr. Charles Crawford
T – 2:30pm-5:30pm          MI 209

A history of the area from earliest times to the present including consideration of economic, geographical, political, social, and intellectual topics.   Field trips to the historical sites in Memphis maybe given credit.  There may be occasional guest speakers and special programs. - Back.


HIST 4162 / 6162-001
Russia Since 1917 - Dr. Andrei Znamenski
TR - 2:40pm-4:05pm          MI 203

This course will explore the history of Russia from the 1917 revolution to the present day, including the formation of the Soviet Union, its development, dissolution in 1991, and the current state of Russia.  The major themes of the course include World War I and the ascent of Soviet communism in the 1920s, Stalin's rule (1930s-1950s), Cold War, Putin's regime policies, culture and everyday life in the Soviet Union and present-day Russia. Since the Soviet Union/Russia is a multiethnic society, we will also approach its history as the interaction of vastly different Eurasian nationalities and cultures. - Back.


HIST 4222 / 6222-001
Race and Class in Latin America – Dr. Guiomar Duenas-Vargas
TR – 11:20am-12:45pm          MI 319

This course examines the construction of racial, ethnic and class identities in Latin America from the colonial times to the present. This course explores the Native Americans’ struggle for survival and assimilation; forced migration of Africans; their racially mixed descendants; African Americans’ central economic and political role during the colonial, early republic and contemporary Latin America; Race and Racism; state-race relations; social movements and demands for territorial autonomy by the native communities. - Back.


HIST 4326 / 6326-001
Imperial Egypt – Dr. Peter Brand
TR - 9:40am-11:05am          MI 209

The New Kingdom era (1550-1100 BCE) transformed pharaonic Egypt and its relations with the outside world. During this imperial age, warrior pharaohs forged an empire stretching from Sudan in Africa to Syria and the borders of Turkey. Intensive military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural interactions with other civilizations transformed Egyptian society and culture. With new military technologies like the horse drawn chariot and composite bow, Egypt became a military superpower. An influx of foreign peoples brought religious, cultural, and economic change to the land along the Nile. We will explore the major historical issues and problems of this age, and the methodologies used by Egyptologists to reconstruct the history of this civilization.  - Back.


HIST 4620 / 6620-001
Lost Empires of Early North America - Dr. Bradley Dixon 
TR – 9:40am-11:05am          MI 323

Early North America: Home to millions of Indigenous people, large cities, far-flung empires, vast trade networks, and thousands of earthen and stone pyramids. Into this world came European invaders from overseas, bent on forging empires of their own. For centuries, they all vied for control of the continent. Some waged war with weapons of stone and steel. Others were diplomats who wielded words as skillfully as an assassin handles a blade. None lasted forever but four great early North American empires stood out above the rest—Aztec, Spanish, English, Iroquois—and their societies and cultures will be the focus of this course. While their names have resounded through the ages, other nations who played the imperial game were utterly forgotten. We’ll explore, too, the lost American empires that barely left a trace—Vikings in Vinland, Swedes and Finns on the Delaware River—and the empires of the imagination, flights of fancy like Francis Bacon’s mysterious Island of Bensalem and the utopian Margravate of Azilia. And we’ll visit the places like Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, a town of free Black soldiers and their families in Florida, that arose on the edges of empires. Experience a truly “New World” this fall. Uncover the secrets of early North America’s empires and find out:
-          The location of Memphis’s hidden ancient pyramids.
-          Why hunter-gatherers built a city in Louisiana three thousand years ago that was bigger than the first cities in Mesopotamia.
-          Why the raw materials of chocolate became a currency in one North American empire.
-          Why some early modern writers believed the Caribbean islands were the ruins of the lost kingdom of Atlantis.
-          How the origins of the science-fiction concept of “terraforming” may date back to the colonization of the Americas.
-          Why some scholars credit a sixteenth-century wizard with “inventing” the British Empire.
-          How the first Thanksgiving in 1621 actually started with beer-drinking and target shooting.
-          How an off-hand remark by an Onondaga diplomat may have led to the creation of the United States.


HIST 4702 / 6702-001
U.S. History Since 1945 - Dr. Aram Goudsouzian
TR – 1:00pm-2:25pm          MI 209

This course surveys American political, economic, social, and cultural life from 1945 to the present. It explores such topics as the impact of the Cold War upon the United States at home and abroad, movements to promote racial and gender equality, major economic and demographic developments, and profound transformations in American politics. - Back.


HIST 4863 / 6863-001
History of Childhood in America - Dr. Sarah Potter
TR – 1:00pm-2:25pm          MI 309

This course examines the history of children and youth from the colonial period to the present. In this course, we will outline changing ideas about children and childhood: who is a child? What role do children play in society? We will also consider this history from children’s point of view: how have children’s lives, experiences, games, and expectations changed? Finally, we will explore the changing politics of childhood: who speaks for children and has authority over them? What is the relationship between children/childhood and citizenship? - Back.


Fall 2022 - Online Course Descriptions

HIST 2030 - M50, M52
Tennessee History - Dr. Michele Coffey
WEB – Online

This course is an introduction to Tennessee history from the pre-colonial period to the late twentieth century.  Throughout the semester, we will be analyzing the state's dynamic and varied populations, examining the economic, social, cultural, and political forces that impacted the development of the state.  To accomplish this, we will be reading and discussing essays from a variety of historians, and students will sharpen their academic writing skills in weekly scholarly discussions. - Back.


HIST 3035 - M50 
Technology and Culture in American History - Dr. Caroline Peyton
WEB – Online

This course examines the intersections between the history of technology and American culture. From the war of currents, the history of gaming consoles, to even domestic technologies like the stand mixer, we will explore the history of technology from many different angles. At its core, this class examines two key themes: what factors have influenced the development of specific technologies, and how have those technologies shaped American culture? - Back.


HIST 3290 - M50
Traditional East Asia – Dr. Molly Giblin
WEB – Online

This course is a survey of East Asian history from antiquity to around 1800. The primary focus of the course is on the history and cultures of China, Japan and Korea, as well as the interactions 
among them. It examines important themes such as state formation, language and writing systems, religious and philosophical traditions, social structures, gender and family, economy and trade, and cultural change. The goal of the course is to gain a basic historical, social, and cultural understanding of China, Japan, and Korea. - Back.


HIST 3881 - M52 
African American History - Dr. Beverly Bond
WEB – Online

This course examines African American history from the 17th century through the beginning 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. We are living through some of the most confusing, turbulent times in African American History. I hope you'll be able to use what you learn from our textbook, the primary source documents, the videos, and some additional resources in the modules/units to better understand these events. - Back.


HIST 3884 - M50
Civil Rights Movement - Dr. Michele Coffey
WEB – Online

Tens of thousands of African Americans led a struggle for liberation, legal equality, and respect over the course of the twentieth century.  This Black freedom struggle took on a range of economic, political, and social issues and ultimately affected everyone living in the US.  This course will explore this complex movement from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives focusing on the evolution of activism from the Progressive Era through the emergence of the Black Power Movement.  In addition to analyzing readings assigned by the professor, each week, students will also engage their own intellectual curiosity, locating and discussing relevant sources using the library’s online databases. - Back.


HIST 4299 / 6299 - M50
Topics in Global History: Global History of Medicine - Dr. Beverly Tsacoyianis
WEB – Online

This combined upper division undergraduate and graduate History course has no prerequisites, and consists of discussions in the history of modern medicine and health through chronological and comparative analysis of themes, events, individuals, and movements of world historical significance from the ancient world to the present with a focus on cross-cultural exchange and key periods of rupture with the past including the rise of early modern empires, imperialism and colonialism, the Cold War, decolonization, and globalization. We will briefly cover major historical turning points before the 15th century, and then focus on cultural, political, and economic aspects of communities in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas since the 18th century. We will address conceptual problems in dealing with the past as well as historiographic debates about perspectives and sources. The class uses a global history of medicine textbook and excerpts of more in-depth historical research as well as interdisciplinary components through film, literature, and social science research. While the course is mainly focused on the world outside of the United States, there is some material on US medical history including case studies in scientific racism, various epidemics, the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Graduate students will have additional assignments including presentations on course readings and more in-depth research papers. - Back.


HIST 4330 - M50
Women and Power in Ancient Egypt - Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian 
WEB – Online

Goddesses, female pharaohs, queens, daughters, wives, and mothers - this course examines the roles and lived experiences of women in ancient Egypt in the pharaonic period. The course will explore constructions of gender and gendered experiences with a particular focus on the relationship between power and gender at every level of Egyptian society. We will cover ancient Egyptian women’s roles, rights, reproductive lives, labor, religious practices, violence and trauma, and female experiences in death and the afterlife. - Back.


HIST 4386 - M50
Intro to Museums - Dr. Rita Hall
WEB – Online

This course is designed as an introductory undergraduate seminar that may serve as preparation for the University’s Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program. The course will cover the general history of museums, the transformation of the purpose of museums during the twentieth century, and the opportunities facing the future of museums. Students will engage in practical applications that will prepare them for future academic work in museums studies and/or future employment or volunteer work in museums. - Back.


HIST 4851 / 6851 - M50
History of Women in America - Dr. Christine Eisel
WEB – Online

In this course, we consider women’s experiences throughout American history, from the colonial period to modern times, with an emphasis on changes in women’s working, family, personal, and political lives. We will re-imagine US history by centering women’s stories, not as merely contributors to big events, but as historical agents whose fears, concerns, and desires shaped the past and how we understand it as scholars. Using a variety of selected primary and secondary sources, including monographs, essays, literature, and film, you will explore the ways in which women’s public and private lives intersected with, and were often defined by, changing ideals of gender, race, and class. - Back.