This course explores the transformation of the Americas under Spanish and Portuguese colonial rule (1492-1820s). Its purpose is to examine in-depth the convergence of indigenous, European, and African peoples that laid the early foundations of today’s Latin American society. Lectures and course readings highlight the complexities of this process as well as its modern continuities: the blending of races, cultures, and religious practices, but also the creation of social inequality, oppression, and economic underdevelopment. It places special emphasis on understanding first-hand experiences of such historical developments—from the conquest to independence—through discussions and essays based on primary source documents. Readings include: Spanish and indigenous narratives of the conquest of Mexico; experiences of slavery in Brazil; writings from colonial women and Catholic missionaries; and political texts from the leaders of Latin America’s independence wars.
Study of the major themes in the history of the southern U. S., including slavery, the rise of sectionalism, secession and Civil War, the development of Jim Crow laws and customs, the Lost Cause, and the Civil Rights Movement. This course will examine the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the South and its impact on the nation as a whole.
A survey of the continent’s history from earliest pre-colonial times to the eve of European colonial conquest, focusing on diversity and change in African societies. Themes include the development of pre-colonial technology and trade, gender and identity, state formation and Africa’s incorporation in the growing world economy.
Historical Perspectives: This is the required capstone course for graduating history majors and minors to bring together many of the ideas and skills which they have learned during their coursework in history. The class will focus on an overview of historiography, the scholarship of historical writing. The course will emphasize the broader themes of world history and their impact on different eras and groups of people. Professional applied skills of historians such as research, presentation, and writing in multiple formats will be part of the course. May not be substituted for any other course without written permission from the department chair. Prerequisite: HIST 3303 and senior standing.
Developments between the years 1618 and 1789 transformed Europe from a chaotic backwater into one of the world’s most influential geopolitical regions. Throughout the period, secular authorities attempted innovative approaches to government—some successful, others not—while the majority of society struggled to cope with the new burdens of taxation, epidemics, war, and religious strife. This course examines these cultural, political, and economic changes through the prisms of the following “revolutions”: the Military Revolution resulting from new international wars; the Commercial and Price Revolutions triggered by transatlantic trade; the Printing and Scientific Revolutions, which led to the Enlightenment; England’s early Industrial Revolution, which accelerated the rise of capitalism; and the French Revolution, which set the stage for modern European politics. Course materials take a transnational approach to European history, examining experiences from across the continent as well as the broader Atlantic World.
Aren’t the only things that one needs to know about the Civil Rights Movement Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the March on Washington? Since the movement did not get rid of racism then it must have failed therefore why waste our time with it? These are the types of questions posed in American today with regards to the most famous social movement of the 20th century and they show a lack of understanding of the importance of this movement. Additionally, African Americans were not the only ones interested in redefining their role and rights in American Society. “Latinos” are now the largest minority in the United States. During this time period many Latinos sought to use inroads that the Black Civil Rights Movement had created and exploit them for their own benefit and development. These two movements while occurring at pretty much the same time developed under different dynamics and did not always see eye to eye. In this class, students will engage the subject matter to find the successes and failures of these movements. Using documentaries, lecture, in-class group activities, and especially research and writing, students will express the motivations and outcomes of the movement. In doing so students will better understand the social upheaval of the 1960s and hopefully apply that knowledge and skill to the social upheaval going on today.
Hemingway in Love and War examines the tumultuous life and times of one of America’s most famous authors. The class will carefully discuss and examine three wars and Hemingway’s role in these conflicts. These will include the Italian Front during World War I, the Spanish Civil War, as well as China and the Western front during World War II. Four of Hemingway’s novels will be read and discussed. These include A Farewell to Arms, A Moveable Feat, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Sun Also Rises.
By exploring the history of the Indian subcontinent, this course explores the shaping of nationalist ideologies and the unfolding of national movements throughout the subcontinent. How have both the colonial past and anti-colonial struggles impacted the processes of nation-building and identity formation, as well as present-day social and economic structures? Themes that will be explored include education, gender, religion, culture, identity, nationalism, immigration, and popular culture.