Curriculum Overview

A major in History provides students with a broad understanding of long-term historical trends in 100-level survey courses; more in-depth knowledge of regions, countries, and issues in 200-level topics courses; an appreciation for historiography and the practices of history in the methodology course (HIS 260); intensive study and discussion in 300-level readings courses; and, finally, guidance in integrating all these components of the major with research, presentation, and writing skills in 400-level seminars. The History Department is committed to ensuring that its students emerge from Franklin & Marshall with a well-rounded history education that incorporates strong emphasis on regional distribution. It is also committed to the goals of internationalizing the curriculum and to this end encourages its majors and minors to study foreign languages and pursue academic work abroad.

A major in History consists of 10 courses. These courses must include HIS 260 (History Workshop: Methods and Practice), which should be taken during the sophomore or junior year unless permission is given by the Chair to take it at some other time; two seminars or one seminar and one Independent Study Course (HIS 490); and at least three additional courses at the 300- or 400-levels, only one of which may be a Directed Readings Course (HIS 390). A student may count toward the major one course taken at F&M but outside of the department with prior approval by his/her adviser. This course must be at the 300- or 400-level in its home department and complement the student’s course of study. The course will be counted as a 300-level course; it cannot fulfill a distribution requirement. History majors must fulfill a distribution requirement by taking two courses in each of the following areas: United States (designated U), European (designated E), and World (Latin American, African, Islamic, and Asian) history (designated WH), two of which must be pre-modern (designated PM). In most cases, majors must take at least five history courses at Franklin & Marshall.

A minor in History consists of at least six courses. These courses must include HIS 260 (History Workshop: Methods and Practice), which should be taken during the sophomore or junior year unless permission is given by the Chair to take it at some other time; one seminar; and two additional courses at the 300-level. History minors must fulfill a distribution requirement by taking one course in two of the following areas—United States (U), European (E), and World (Latin American, African, Islamic, and Asian) history (WH)—one of which must be designated pre-modern (PM). In most cases, minors must take at least four history courses at Franklin & Marshall.

A Joint Major in History consists of at least eight courses. These courses must include HIS 260 (History Workshop: Methods and Practice), which should be taken during the sophomore or junior year unless permission is given by the Chair to take it at some other time; two seminars or one seminar and one Independent Study Course (HIS 490); and at least two additional courses at the 300- or 400-levels, only one of which may be a Directed Readings Course (HIS 390). Joint Majors must fulfill a distribution requirement by taking one course in each of the following areas: United States (designated U), European (designated E), and World (Latin American, African, Islamic, and Asian) history (designated WH), one of which must be pre-modern (designated PM).

Students should consult with their academic adviser or the History Department Chair for questions concerning requirements for the major/minor.

The writing requirement in the History Major is met by completion of the normal courses required for the major.

History majors are advised that command of at least one foreign language is important for those who plan to do graduate work in history.

Majors in the Department of History are strongly encouraged to study abroad because personal familiarity with foreign cultures is increasingly useful in an ever more interconnected world. Students interested in off-campus study should meet with their academic adviser or the History Department chairperson as early as possible. Typically, students will receive History credit at the 200- or 300-level for courses that they take abroad; these courses will often fulfill other distributional requirements. Those students considering study abroad during their entire junior year must take the History Workshop (HIS 260) by the second semester of their sophomore year at the College.

Majors and minors in the History Department have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: F&M in Tuscany; IFSA-Butler National University of Ireland, Galway; IFSA-Butler Summer Language and Culture Program at Universidad de Buenos Aires; SIT Study Abroad Peru; SU Abroad Florence, Italy; IES Abroad Vienna; and Advanced Studies in England. See the International and Off-Campus Study section of the Catalog for further information.

To be eligible for consideration for honors in History, students must have a grade point average of no less than 3.3 in the major and must complete a significant research project that is deemed outstanding by the review board constituted by the student and his or her adviser. Students interested in standing for honors in History are encouraged to consult with the department chairperson as early as possible.

Courses Offered 

A list of regularly offered courses follows. Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement; (PM) departmental Pre-Modern History requirement; (U) departmental United States History requirement; (W) Writing requirement; (WH) departmental World History requirement.


Survey Courses 


Courses in this group are open to all students.

113. The History of Ancient Greece. (S) (E) (PM)
Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern context. Students are also introduced to the problems and methods of historical inquiry. Same as CLS 113.     

114. The History of Ancient Rome. (S) (E) (PM)
The transformation from the Republic to Principate and the collapse of the empire are explored. Students are also introduced to the problems and methods of historical inquiry. Same as CLS 114.   

115. The Middle Ages. (S) (E) (PM)
The history of western Europe from the decline of the Roman Empire to the beginning of the 16th century. Emphasizes traditional themes such as monasticism, the development of feudal relations, and the conflict between church and state as well as other topics, including popular religion, the impact of disease, and the life of the peasantry.   

117. Early Modern Europe. (S) (E) (PM)
First traces the development of Renaissance ideas and political institutions, followed by a consideration of the religious and social changes in western Europe down to 1648. Topics explored include Renaissance humanism, the growth of monarchical power, and the Protestant Reformation.

121. Race, Revolution, and Reform: Europe in a Globalized 19th Century. (S) (E) 
Frames the Enlightenment, industrial revolutions, the French Revolution, 1848 revolutions, the Crimean War, wars of national unification, the Dreyfus Affair, and colonial conquest within a global context with emphasis on themes of nationalism, Liberalism, Marxism, gendered spheres, modern racism, sexuality, and empire.

122. Revolution, Dictatorship, and Death: Europe in the 20th-Century World (S) (E)
Frames the First World War, Russian Revolution, National Socialism, Second World War, Holocaust, Cold War, decolonization, immigration, European unity, 1968 movements, 1989 revolutions, and Yugoslav wars within a global context with emphasis on themes of democracy, socialism/communism, fascism, nationalism, racism, gender and sexual identity, and postwar reconciliation.

125. Imperial Russian History. (S) (WP) (E) (PM)
Examines Russian history from Muscovite period through early 20th century, emphasizing interaction of state and society and how social, political, economic, and cultural events influenced tsarist policies, imperial expansion, and efforts to reform and revolutionize Russian life.

126. Russia in Revolution from Lenin to Putin. (S) (E)
Covers major historical developments in Russia and the Soviet Union from revolutionary era of 1905 to the present. Traces evolution of new political, social, and cultural identities and re-formulation and dismantling of old ones during the Soviet era and beyond.            

127. History of the Islamic World  to the 18th Century. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH) (PM)
Examines the history of the Islamic world from the rise of Islam through the early modern period (circa 1800 CE), with a focus on the emergence and evolution of Muslim institutions, the material culture of Muslim societies, and the major political and social changes that have shaped the Islamic world. 

128. The Making of the Modern Middle East. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH)
Introduction to the history of the Middle East (including Iran and Turkey) from the late 18th century to the present. Focuses on colonialism, the rise of nationalism, and the major ideologies that have mobilized communities across the region.    

131. History of Colonial Latin America:  From Contact to Revolution (NW) (S) (WH) (PM)
Survey of Latin America from pre-Conquest times to the present. Begins with historical backgrounds of indigenous societies as well as Spain, Portugal, and Africa before 1492, followed by an examination of the conquest and colonial period through independence. The course focuses on the contributions of these major cultural groups in the formation of colonial Latin American society and culture.    

132. Latin America and Its People:  Revolution and Modernity (NW) (S) (WH)
Focuses on comparative history and political economy, U.S.-Latin American relations, and cultural forces. The course introduces students to the major trends, problems, and forces that have shaped current-day Latin American societies since the late colonial period. A focus on case studies is complemented by an examination of broad patterns of change in Latin America as a whole.    

136. U.S. Empire. (S) (U)
From the Mexican War through World War II (1845–1945) the U.S. developed the intellectual and diplomatic arguments of empire while acquiring the territory necessary for achieving global predominance. This course examines this rise to world power, including territorial expansion, European diplomacy, world wars and the exertion of influence into Mexico from a historical perspective that includes both critics and supporters of U.S. world involvement. Same as AMS 136.  

137. American History, 1491–1865. (S) (U)
Traces development of North America from the European encounter with the continent in 1490s to end of American Civil War. Examines colonization and its impact on the region’s indigenous peoples; the evolution of free and unfree labor systems; the causes, events, and consequences of the American Revolution; and the continental expansion of the New Republic. Concludes by examining political and cultural tensions between north and south, the rise of the Abolition movement, the Civil War, the revolution of Emancipation, and the first years of Reconstruction.  

138. The United States and the Modern World. (S) (U)
Traces the evolution of the United States since the Civil War, as an urban, industrial society marked by deep racial and ethnic cleavages. Besides studying movements and legal struggles for equality, it examines America’s role in the world, from intervention in Latin America through two world wars, the Cold War, and Vietnam. Students can expect to use primary documents and engage in debates.  

141. History of North and West Africa. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH)
Introduction to major themes in the history of North and West Africa from ancient Egypt through the present crisis in Sudan. Emphasis falls on West African political and social formations, domestic and trans-Atlantic slave systems, notions of identity, the role of Islam, and the rise and fall of colonialism. Students use primary sources to explore historical problems. Same as AFS 141.    

142. History of East and Southern Africa. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH)
Introduction to major themes in the history of East, Central, and Southern Africa from the Bantu migration through the Rwandan genocide. Emphasis falls on social, political, and religious change in pre-colonial Africa and resistance to slavery and colonialism. Students use primary sources to explore historical problems. Final unit explores the legacy of colonialism in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Same as AFS 142.    

149. Africa and the Black World: Concepts and Context. (NW) (S)
Explores the emergence of continental (“African”) and racial (“Black”) identities with particular emphasis on the roles of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the rise of racial thought in Europe and the Americas, and the impact of European imperialism. Same as AFS 149.   

151. Premodern East Asian History. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH) (PM)
Historical introduction to various cultures of East Asia, from ancient archeological records to early 17th century with geographical focus on the region encompassing present-day China, Korea, and Japan. Provides students with basic literacy in key developments in East Asian history and encourages students to critically assess this history through the themes of culture and progress. No prior background on East Asia is required.     

152. Modern East Asian History. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH)
Provides an introduction to the cultures of East Asia (China, Japan, and to a lesser extent, Korea) from the 17th century to the present through themes of identity, change, and conflict. Throughout, we will focus our attention not only on diplomatic events and on the thought and actions of elite or dominant groups, but also on those marginalized on the basis of race, class, religion, gender, and so forth.     

153. Premodern Jewish History: 
Jews of East and West through the Middle Ages. (NW) (S) (PM) (WH)

Introduction to Jewish history, beginning with first centuries of the Common Era and continuing to end of 17th century. Examines central themes and patterns in Jewish history with focus on the development of major Jewish communities in Christian Europe and the Arab/Muslim world. Course looks at relationships between Jewish and non-Jewish cultures and communities during this time. Same as JST/RST 153.     

154. Jews in the Modern World. (S) (E)
Introduction to the modern era from late 18th century Emancipation and Enlightenment through the mid-20th century, tracing the transformations of Jewish life. Broad historical sketches are combined with close readings of particular texts, movements, and thinkers to flesh out the contours and dynamics of the Jewish experience in the modern world. Major events of Jewish history of 20th century (the Holocaust, foundation of the State of Israel, and mass migration of European Jews to the Americas) are examined through secondary and primary sources. Same as JST/RST 154.  


Topics Courses

233. African American History. (S) (U)
An advanced course tracing the progress of African Americans from slavery to freedom, beginning in the larger Atlantic world of the 17th and 18th centuries, and continuing through the American Revolution, the battle against slavery culminating in the Civil War, and the struggle for black citizenship between the Reconstruction of 1865–1877 and the “long civil rights movement” of the 20th century. Same as AFS 233.    
Gosse, Pearson

235. U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. (NW) (S) (WH)
This course introduces students to the history of the present-day U.S.-Mexico border region. Although much of the course focuses on the past 150 years, we will also explore how early indigenous peoples lived in the region and interacted with the environment, and examine the legacy of colonialism in the region prior to the U.S.-Mexico War. Same as AMS 235.    

250. Imperialism and Revolution in Modern China. (S) (NW) (WH)
Provides an introduction to the modern history of China from the final years of Qianlong’s reign at the close of the 18th century to the People’s Republic today. Through themes of control and dissent, we address China’s struggle against imperialist aggression during the 19th century; revolution and domestic change within China; the emergence of nationalist control under the Guomindang; the victory of communist forces in 1949; and the many domestic and international pressures facing the People’s Republic today. 

255. Dictatorship, Division, and Democracy in Modern German History. (S) (E)
Focuses on continuities and ruptures in German society during the Second Empire, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, the competing Republics, and the (unified) Federal Republic of Germany. Major questions include German industrial and state formation; gender, class, and religious identities; the impact of total war; economic and political crisis; the roots of dictatorship and democracy; the organization of genocide; and European unity. Same as GST 255.  

260. History Workshop: Methods and Practice.
Trains students in the methodology and practice of history, in preparation for seminar research and reading and the scholarly practice of history. The two principal objectives of the History Workshop are “historiographical literacy” (a reasonably comprehensive grasp of historical approaches, methodologies, and schools of analysis) and learning the “mechanics of doing history” (how to research and write history, including ethical and practical issues of archival work, library and web use, the mechanics of citation, and more). Classes center on critical analysis of readings, textual interpretation of primary documents, and library activities. Open to all students, but priority is granted to majors and minors. Should be taken during the sophomore or junior year. 
Pearson, Reitan, Schrader, Shelton

282. Vietnam and the Cold War. (S) (WP) (U)
This course examines the longest armed conflict in our history, the Vietnamese-American War that began in 1946, when the United States began aiding the French effort to take back control of their colony in Indochina, and ended with U.S. defeat in 1975. It places that conflict in the larger context of national liberation in the Third World (the formerly colonial regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America). Same as AMS282.

Reading Courses

310. American Masculinities. (S) (U)
Explores the importance of masculinity and its various constructions in American history and the contemporary period. We begin by examining the theoretical and historical foundations of American masculinities. We will focus on key ways in which men (and women) sustain and recreate masculinities. Topics include manhood and the workplace, politics, sports, courtship, fatherhood, military, immigration and ethnicity, crime and prisons, and religion. Same as AMS/WGS 310.    

311. History of Medicine. (S) (U) (NSP)
The history of medicine with particular attention to American medicine. The relationship between medicine and society is studied in its historical context. We look in detail at some trends in modern medicine and the current debate over national health care policy in light of the history of medicine. Same as STS 311.  

312. Environmental History. (S)
Examination of various approaches to environmental and ecological history. Focuses on ways in which the physical and biological world have affected human history and on ways in which human social and political organization, economic activities, cultural values and scientific theories have shaped our alteration and conservation of nature. Selected case studies from environmental and ecological history, with emphasis on the 17th through the 20th centuries. Same as ENE/STS 312. Strick

314. Reproductive Health and Justice in Latin American History. (S) (WP) (WH)
This course examines the history of reproductive health and the emergence of reproductive rights and justice movements in Latin America from the colonial period to the present.  It explores how the practices of reproductive health, the intersections between sexuality and reproduction, and the professions of midwifery and obstetrics changed over time.  The central themes of the course include birth control, maternal and infant mortality, sexually-transmitted diseases, family planning, and reproductive health policy, but with particular attention to Latin American gender systems and the region's cultural and ethnic diversity.  Same as PBH 314.

315. The End of the Middle Ages. (S) (E) (PM)
During the 14th and 15th centuries western Europeans experienced a series of calamities: overpopulation and food shortages, protracted military struggles, and, most notably, the Black Death. Europeans also witnessed new challenges to papal authority, religious orthodoxy, and established patterns of intellectual discourse. In this course we will examine those developments, the ways in which people of the time responded to them, and the impact they had on European society, economy, politics, and culture.     

316. Tudor-Stuart England. (S) (E) (PM)
English history from the coming of the Tudors in 1485 to the “Glorious Revolution” 1688–89. Particular attention will be devoted to the religious reformations of the 16th century, the civil war and political upheavals of the 17th century, and the effects that both developments had on the lives of English men and women.   

318. Environmental History of Latin America. (NW) (S) (WH)
This course will examine the intersections of human history and culture with environmental change in Latin America from the early colonial period to the present. The major themes include the consequences and significance of the Colombian Exchange, the roles of religion and culture in shaping human relationships with nature, the development of export-led agriculture, urbanization, and the emergence of diverse environmental movements within Latin America. We will explore the origins of major environmental problems and the ways people have responded to these challenges. The course will also address how historian have approached the study of the environment. Same as ENE 318.    

319. Making Sense of Putin’s Russia: 
From Perestroika to Presidential Election Tampering. (S) (E)

This course will explore these issues by examining the factors leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union; Gorbachev’s attempts to reinvigorate the system economically and politically through his policies of perestroika and glasnost’ that ended with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and breakup of the Soviet Union; the creation of the present-day Russian regime under Yeltsin, whose close ties to the oligarchs helped usher in an era of unprecedented corruption and the emergence of the Russian mafiya; and the change in leadership from Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin, whose crackdown on democratic institutions like the free press and civil liberties and whose Cold-War-era style posturing alarms the West and has stoked the beginnings of grass-roots opposition movements (and ruthless crackdown against them) at home. In addition to lecture and discussion of common readings, students will do presentations of focused topics that they will then turn into final papers for the course. Same as IST/RUS 319.    

320. American Women and Social Movements Since 1900. (S) (U)
An interdisciplinary study of the various ways women have participated in American society and politics. Topics include the suffrage movement, modern modes of political participation, and the New Deal and World War II. Critical analysis of the meaning of feminism and special attention to the post-1945 period. Same as AMS/WGS 320.     

323. Cuba and the United States: The Closest of Strangers. (S)
This course examines the long history of relations between North Americans and Cubans, two peoples separated by only 90 miles. Our topics will range from baseball to guerrilla warfare, from the Mambo to the Missile Crisis. This history includes a shared commitment to anticolonial liberation; annexationist schemes among Southern slaveholders; repeated military interventions by the United States; solidarity from the U.S. with various Cuban Revolutions, including but not limited to Fidel Castro’s; and two hundred years of cultural contact between African Americans and Afro-Cubans that has profoundly influenced U.S. culture, music, and sports. Same as AFS/AMS 323.     

334. The American South:  Slavery, Secession and War, 1800–1865. (S) (U)
Traces the antebellum south and the emergence of a distinct southern identity and consciousness by examining the following topics: slavery (from the perspective of both masters and slaves), the dispossession of the Native Americans, westward expansion and territorial ambitions in Central America and the Caribbean, politics at the national and state level, and the growth of the region’s intellectual life. Same as AFS 334.  

339. Civil War and Reconstruction. (S) (U)
Interdisciplinary course asks students to investigate the causes, events, and results of the American Civil War and its enduring impact on American life. The class usually takes one all-day trip to battlefields. No prerequisite, although some background in 19th-century history is helpful. Same as AMS 339.    

349. Modern South Africa. (NW) (S) (WH)
With an emphasis on the 20th century, this course explores the emergence of South Africa’s multi-racial society. Major themes include African state systems, European immigration and conquest, Africans’ individual and collective responses to white supremacy, and changing gender roles. Students use historical documents, film, and fiction in addition to secondary readings. Participation is an important component of course grade. Same as AFS 349.    

351. China and the Global Environmental Crisis. (NW) (S) (WH)
This course links the local to the global, moving from ecological issues within China to related social issues, to global ecological-economic conditions. The course examines specific cases of environmental harm within China; provides a basic environmental-scientific knowledge of these problems; studies the relationship between these cases studies and poverty, government corruption, migration, ethnic conflict, etc.; and analyzes how the above conditions in China are intertwined with global capitalism, global poverty, and other conditions on the global level. Same as ENE/STS 351. 

352. From the Margins of Japanese History. (S) (WH)
The purpose of this course is to re-think Japanese history by engaging with the writings, images, and actions of those on the intellectual fringes of society: eccentrics, rebels, prostitutes, heretics, fools, outcasts, fanatics, women, and others. We will ask: Where are the “margins” of a society? How do members of “mainstream” society represent those on the margins? How do those on the margins resist, re-direct, or internalize these representations? Finally, what significance do these questions have for us in the present?    

353. China in the Western Imagination. (S) (WH) (NW)
This course deals with how “Western” travelers, philosophers, and others from the 13th century to the present have imagined China. Why study an “imagined” China? Why not study the “real thing”? Is it possible to present an objective account of the “real” China or are all narratives of China colored by the author’s own cultural context? We will address these questions through the works of Marco Polo, Voltaire, Hegel, Calvino, Kafka, and others. Familiarity with Chinese history is recommended but not required.    

356. European Sexualities. (S) (E)
Explores the transnational history of European sexualities from the 18th century through the present with special focus on the intersection of sexuality with politics and Foucauldian, performance, queer, and disability theories. Important themes, including gendered citizenship, dictatorship, democracy, dechristianization, and racialized sexualities, provide a framework within which specific topics such as female political activity, prostitution, homosexuality, bisexuality, pornography, the new woman, pronatalism, sexual revolution, and fertility are examined. Same as WGS 356.    

383. Sex, Lies and Book Burning:  Life and Work of Wilhelm Reich. (S)
Upper level seminar: A survey of the life and work of famous psychoanalyst, controversial laboratory scientist Wilhelm Reich. The course reviews a wide range of Reich’s writings from psychology, political science, to biology and physics (95% primary source readings). We also survey the historical context of Austria and Germany 1918-1939 and the U.S. 1939-1957. Finally we look in depth at Reich’s clash with the U.S. government over whether scientific work can be judged in a court of law and the government-ordered burning of his books in 1956 and 1960. Same as STS/WGS 383.    

385. The Darwinian Revolution. (S) (E) (NSP)
This seminar course draws on historical and scientific work to analyze the roots of Darwinian thinking in economics, social policy toward the poor, religious thought, politics, and the sciences in which Darwin was trained. In individual research projects, students assess the ways in which “Darwinism” was applied for social, political, economic, and theological purposes, as well as scientific ones. This course provides the historical background necessary for understanding Darwinian biology and the present-day Creation/evolution conflict. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required for first-year students to enroll. Same as STS 385.  

391. Directed Readings.
Tutorial. Topics adapted to the knowledge and interests of the individual student. Admission by consent of the instructor.


History Seminars 

HIS 260 is a prerequisite or corequisite for seminar enrollment by History majors and minors. Some seminars have other prerequisites (see relevant department listings). History seminars are open to all students, although majors, minors, seniors, and juniors have priority when enrolling.

400. Selected Studies in Medieval History. (S) (E) (PM)
Readings and research on selected topics in medieval social and political history. Seminar topics include “Plague, Famine, War, and the End of the Middle Ages,” “Medieval Urban Life,” and “Heretics, Saints, and Sinners.”     

403. Selected Studies in Modern European History. (S) (E)
Readings and research in selected aspects of the political, social, and cultural history of Modern Europe. Seminar topics include “Race in Modern Europe,” “Social Discipline and Social Deviance: The Construction of Modern European Subjectivity,” “The French Revolution,” “The Politics of Memory,” “Human Rights and Civil Rights,” and “Urban History in Europe.”     
Schrader, Mitchell

405. Selected Studies in Jewish History. (S) (E)
Readings and research on various topics, periods, and problems of Jewish history.  Same as JST 405.

407. Selected Studies in Latin American History. (NW) (S) (WH)
Readings and research in problems in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Latin America. Seminar topics include “Sex and Sexuality in Latin America.” Same as WGS 407.  

408, 420. Selected Topics in the Cultural and Intellectual History of the United States. (S) (U)
Seminar topics include “Lincoln” and “During Wartime.” Same as AMS 420.    

409, 410, 411. Selected Studies in the Social and Political History of North America. (S) (U)
Readings and research in the social and political history of North America. Seminar topics include “The American South,” “Colonial America,” “The American Revolution,” “The Atlantic World,” “Colonies, Conquests and Empires in the New World,” “Irregular Wars: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in the Modern World,” “Vietnam, the Cold War, and After,” “Rights For All: The Democratic Revolution in America.”    
Gosse, Pearson

421. Selected Studies in Greek History. (S) (E)
A close examination of a particular period, place, or individual in ancient Greek history. Seminar topics include “Alexander the Great” and “Archaic Greece.” Prerequisite: CLS/HIS 113. Same as CLS 421.    

422. Selected Studies in Roman History. (S)
A close examination of a particular period, place, or individual in ancient Roman history. Seminar topics include “Imperial Women: Power Behind the Throne,” “The Rise of Rome,” and “The Roman Empire.” Prerequisite: CLS/HIS 114. Same as CLS 422.    

430. Selected Studies in African History. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH)
Readings and research in selected topics of the political, social, and cultural history of Africa. See relevant departmental offerings for prerequisites. Seminar topics include “Slavery in Africa.” Same as AFS 430.    

450. Selected Studies in East Asian History. (NW) (S) (WP) (WH)
Readings and research in selected topics of the social, political, and cultural history of East Asia. Seminar topics include “Ecology and Japanese History” and “Memories of Empire.”    

460. Selected Studies in the History of the Middle East. (NW) (S) (WH)
Readings and research in selected topics of the political, social and cultural history of the Islamic world. Seminar topics include “Women and Gender in the Middle East" and "Humanitarianism  in the Middle East.”    

490. Independent Study.
Independent study directed by members of the History staff. Permission of chairperson required.


Topics Courses Expected to be Offered in 2022-2023 

  • Socialism: History of an Idea.
  • Revolutionary America 1750-1800.
  • History of Reproductive Health in Mexico.
  • Irregular Wars: Guerillas, Partisans, Bandist, and Mujahideen.
  • American Popular Music, from Blues to Hip-Hop.
  • “Hamilton” and History.
  • WWI, F&M, U.S. and the World.