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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated July 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
HIST 115-01  Africa Since 1800
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 009 Christopher Tounsel
HIST 121-01  The Greek World
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 001 Brian Lush
*Cross-listed with CLAS 121-01*

HIST 140-01  Introduction to East Asian Civilization
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 227 Yue-him Tam
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with ASIA 140-01* This course introduces the cultures and societies of East Asia from the earliest times to the present day from an historical perspective. Primarily an introductory course for beginners, this course considers a variety of significant themes in religious, political, economic, social and cultural changes in the region with emphasis on China and Japan. To a lesser degree, significant changes in Korea and Vietnam will also be examined.


• Map Exercise: 5%

• Attendance & Discussion Participation: 20%

• 1 oral report (20 minutes) on assigned topic: 20%

• Mid-Term reflection on readings & lectures (8-10 pages): 25%

• 1 research paper (10-12 pages) on topic of your own choice: 30%

• [No final exam]


• Required readings are mostly assigned from the following books: John K. Fairbank, Edwin 0. Reischauer, Albert M. Craig.

• East Asia: Tradition and Transformation.(Houghton Mifflin). Conrad Schirokauer, A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations. (Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich).

• Also, the following books are recommended: Frederick W. Mote. Intellectual Foundations of China. (Alfred A. Knopf). John Naisbitt. Megatrends Asia: Eight Asian Megatrends That Are Reshaping our World. (Touchstone).

Other readings will be assigned from other publications and journals from time to time.

HIST 154-01  African Life Histories
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm ARTCOM 202 Christopher Tounsel
HIST 181-01  Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm THEATR 204 Ernesto Capello
*Cross-listed with LATI 181-01*

HIST 190-01  Topics in US History: Childhood and Youth
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm THEATR 205 Amy Sullivan
This course examines the history of childhood and youth, primarily in the United States, but will integrate global childhoods as well. The historical voices and perspectives of childhood that we study will pay close attention to the significance of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, time periods, and social settings. Some questions we will consider relevant to the study of history: Do children have agency? What is the role of children a subjects in history? How has childhood been socially and historically constructed? Why are children such galvanizing social and political symbols?

HIST 194-01  Introduction to Middle Ages
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 111 Cameron Bradley
This course will introduce students to the European Middle Ages, in all its vigor, vibrancy, and violence, from the decline of the Western Roman Empire in the 4th century until Martin Luther and the beginning of the Reformation in the 16th. Our purpose will be to question received notions about the Middle Ages: Was the period before 1000 really the Dark Ages? Does the central period of 1000-1300 deserve to be called the High Middle Ages? Was the later period primarily a time of decadence and calamity? We will trace the themes of politics and governance, religion, work and trade, and the experiences of everyday life (including social status and gender) as we learn about the events that shaped the period. This class will make use of the full range of sources available to medievalists, including art, architecture, imaginative literature, archaeology, philosophy, law, histories, and more.

HIST 225-01  Native American History
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 010 Katrina Phillips
*Cross-listed with AMST 225-01*

HIST 225-02  Native American History
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 002 Katrina Phillips
*Cross-listed with AMST 225-02*

HIST 234-01  American Environmental History
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 205 Chris Wells
*Cross-listed with ENVI 234-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

HIST 244-01  US Since 1945
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 204 Amy Sullivan
This course will have security as its unifying theme for the era. We will study Post WWII Cold War politics, culture and society; FBI & CIA in the US and abroad during the Civil Rights era, in post-colonial governments and revolutions; border security & immigration, U.S. Prison industrial complex; security as a free-market business; race, religion & class in surveillance and policing; and our Post-9/11 security paradigm shift.

HIST 250-01  Science, Magic and Belief
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 010 Karin Velez
HIST 256-01  Transatlantic Slave Trade
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 002 Linda Sturtz
*Cross-listed with AMST 256-01*

HIST 257-01  Empires
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 009 Julia Fein
HIST 258-01  Europe Since 1945
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 009 Julia Fein
HIST 274-01  The Great Tradition in China before 1840
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm CARN 208 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with ASIA 274-01*

HIST 277-01  The Rise of Modern Japan
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 112 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with ASIA 277-01*

HIST 282-01  Latin America: Art and Nation
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm THEATR 204 Ernesto Capello
*Cross-listed with LATI 282-01*

HIST 294-03  Mass Culture Under Communism
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 304 James von Geldern
*Cross-listed with RUSS 256-01*

HIST 294-04  History of Russia to 1855
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 002 Julia Fein
This course introduces students to topics in the history of Russian civilization from the Christianization of the Kievan Rus’ polity (10th century) to the death of Tsar Nicholas I at the end of the Crimean War (1855). In addition to learning about exciting, famous reigns like those of the Mongols, Ivan the Terrible, and Peter the Great, we will also pay attention to Russia’s many Muslim subjects; the East European borderlands between the Russian, Ottoman, and Habsburg empires; and the place of Siberia in the history of transnational European scientific exploration. Other topics and approaches include: Russia’s military, trade, and cultural relations with Eurasian nomads and with Europeans; strategies for managing a multiethnic and religiously diverse empire; dynamics of elite cultural consumption, particularly vis-à-vis “the West"; serfdom and the experience of the Russian peasantry; Russian Orthodoxy; elite and non-elite women’s lives; and the environmental history of Russia’s expansions. Class will be evenly split between lecture and discussion, and over seventy-five percent of reading materials will be primary sources. We will also circle frequently around to the question, “What is Russia?” Note that this class - as does the second part of the sequence to be offered in the spring - actually begins and ends in Ukraine!

HIST 294-05  Knights in Shining Armor: Chivalry, Violence, and Courtly Culture
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 002 Cameron Bradley
The figure of the medieval knight in shining armor remains one of the enduring images of the Middle Ages. Aboard his noble steed, he dashes fearlessly into battle, clutching shield and sword, his coat of arms brilliant in the sunlight, a turreted castle in the background. Or perhaps he is rescuing a fair maiden from danger, or riding through the forest in search of adventure, or reciting poetry for his beloved. This romantic picture only tells part of the story, of course. Knights were violent men who engaged in violent pursuits. Indeed, they celebrated that violence, enshrining it in their code of chivalry under the name “prowess,” even as they also cultivated the genteel manners of courtliness and professed their Christian faith. In this course, we will explore chivalry and courtliness, the lives and attitudes of knights, reforming efforts from within and outside knighthood, the role of religion, and the effects of gender as we seek to understand the interrelationship of chivalry, violence, and courtly culture.

HIST 343-01  Imperial Nature: The United States and the Global Environment
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 300 Chris Wells
*Cross-listed with ENVI 343-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

HIST 353-01  Oceans in World History
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 010 Karin Velez
HIST 490-01  Senior Seminar: Narrative/Myth
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 011 Karin Velez

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated July 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
HIST 114-01  History of Africa to 1800
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 111 STAFF
HIST 136-01  American Violence 1800 to 1865: The Early Republic to the Civil War
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 401 STAFF
HIST 180-01  Going Global: The Experiment of World History
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 002 Karin Velez
HIST 194-01  Topics in US History
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 002 STAFF
HIST 194-02  The World of Romans, Christians, and Jews
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 226 Andrew Overman
*Cross-listed with CLAS 194-01 and RELI 194-02*

HIST 237-01  Environmental Justice
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 170 Erik Kojola
*Cross-listed with AMST 237-01 and ENVI 237-01*

HIST 251-01  Pirates, Translators, Missionaries: Between Atlantic Empires
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 002 Karin Velez
HIST 275-01  The Rise of Modern China
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 003 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with ASIA 275-01*

HIST 294-01  Cold War Latin America
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 002 Ernesto Capello
HIST 294-02  Topics in US History
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 Linda Sturtz
HIST 294-03  Topics in European History
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 009 Julia Fein
HIST 294-04  Topics in Medieval History
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 STAFF
HIST 294-05  Topics in US History
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 009 STAFF
HIST 294-06  Topics in Medieval History
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 100 STAFF
HIST 294-07  Topics in European History
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 009 Julia Fein
HIST 294-08  Topics in US History
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 111 STAFF
HIST 294-09  Native American History since 1900
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 111 Katrina Phillips
HIST 294-10  Imagining the Modern City
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 002 Ernesto Capello
HIST 378-01  War Crimes and Memory in East Asia
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 003 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with ASIA 378-01*

HIST 379-01  The Study of History
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 002 STAFF
HIST 394-01  Violence and Reconciliation
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 STAFF

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