History 221. Colonial
and Post-Colonial Africa: African Perspectives on Colonialism Four
Credits M'Bayo Fall Semester, Odd Years
By emphasizing how Africans
shaped colonial encounters with Europeans, the course gives voice/s to the colonized
in a variety of contexts across Africa. The course provides students with a window
through which to reevaluate the active roles Africans played during the colonial
period and have continued to play in shaping events in post-independence African
societies. The course is flagged for cultural diversity.
||This course explores the colonial experiences of Africans as well as the legacies
of European colonial rule in Africa. It highlights the different ways Africans responded
to European military conquest and political domination from the mid-1850s to the 1960s. The course also examines how Africans struggled for independence,
using specific case studies to show the different paths toward independence. Postcolonial
developments in Africa are covered to assess the long-term effects of
European activities during the colonial interlude.
History 225. West African Economy and Society, 18th-20th Centuries: Commerce,
Colonialism and Christianity
Four Credits M'Bayo Fall Semester, Even Years
revolutions and states,
spread of Christianity, West African Colonial intermediaries, the colonial economy,
and women and economic development in post-colonial Africa. The course is flagged
for cultural diversity.
||The course explores the major
economic and social transformations in West Africa from the 18th
to the 20th century. In so doing,
it will locate West Africa within the wider Atlantic World and examine
the interplay of internal and external forces that shaped the region's
history from the immediate pre-colonial period to the post-colonial
era. The course will cover, among other
topics, the slave trade and slavery, West African "slave states,"
the founding of Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Abolitionist movement, Islamic
History 242. Twentieth Century Europe
Four Credits Tseng Spring Semester, Even Years
||This course examines the changing political,
economic, social and intellectual climate from the turn of the century through the
1980s. Special emphasis is placed on the inter-relationships between the world of the
intellect (literature and philosophy) and the world of politics. The changing social
structure of Europe is also considered.
History 260. History of Latin America Since 1810
Four Credits Hagood Fall Semester, Even Years
||This course surveys Latin
American history from independence to the present. It examines the social, cultural,
economic, and political processes that shaped Latin America. The course pays
particular attention to the roots of independence in the colonial order, the legacy of
colonialism, the struggle for national identities, U.S.-Latin American relations, and the
effects of industrialization, urbanization, and population growth in the 20th century.
History 263. Colonial Latin American History
Four Credits Hagood Fall Semester, Odd Years
on the themes of
medicine and disease, conquest, religiousconversion, and the place of Latin America
within the Spanish World Empire. This course is flagged for cultural diversity.
||This survey course introduces students
to the history of the exploration and colonization of the Spanish and Portuguese
dominions in South and Central America from the initial phase of conquest through
the consolidation of a colonial regime. The lectures, readings, and discussions offer a
broad overview of the European conquests of the region that began in the late 15th
century through the 18th-century roots of later independence movements. In addition
to a thorough examination of colonial society, the course focuses
History 270. Modern China
Four Credits Tseng Spring Semester, Odd Years
the making of "modern" China, a process that was often
violent and tumultuous.
||This course offers a narrative
history of China from its last imperial dynasty to its modern communist
regime. The first three weeks of the course
are devoted to the Qing dynasty, or the society, institutions and ways
of thought of "traditional" China. The remaining
12 weeks are devoted to 20th century China, which spans the republican
and communist eras. Building upon the knowledge
acquired in the first third of the course, we will seek to comprehend
This course is flagged for cultural diversity and fulfills the Global
Learning International requirement.
History 280. Colonizers and Colonized: Perspectives on Modern Imperialism
Four Credits Baer Fall Semester, Even Years
the experience of Africa and India. This
course is flagged for cultural diversity.
rise and fall of the British Empire provides the focus of this course. British colonial
experience is set in a larger context, which traces European, and to a lesser degree,
world imperialism from origins to the contemporary era. The purpose of the course is
to examine modern imperialism simultaneously from the perspective of the colonizer
and colonized, and to evaluate the impact of imperialism on European and Third
World societies. Primary focus will be on
History 312. Myth and Culture in Pre-Colonial Africa
Four Credits M'Bayo Spring Semester, Odd Years
||This course is designed to
introduce students to the pre-colonial African past, principally through the study of
primary and orally transmitted sources. The use of these sources and their interpretation
will be given special emphasis as will the use of biography. Case studies of
political change in the 19th century provide a focus for looking at issues such as state
formation, the role of technology, the spread of Islam, slavery and European intrusion.
This course is flagged for
History 321. The Making of Modern Africa
Four Credits M'Bayo Spring Semester, Even Years
women, in shaping the political and cultural developments of their
continent despite the obvious impact of European colonialism. The course is flagged
for cultural diversity.
||The course will focus on state formation
and cultural developments in Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries. It will use the
overarching framework of continuity and change to trace significant political and
cultural trends that have had a deep impact on contemporary African nation-states.
Although the course will focus mainly on Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa will not
be completely ignored. Special emphasis will be placed on the active role of Africans,
both men and
History 344. Genocide in the Modern World
Four Credits Gibbs Spring Semester, Odd Years
The 20th century has been
Century of Genocide." This course will examine case studies
of 20th-century genocide, selected from the Holocaust, Armenia, Cambodia,
Bosnia and Rwanda, and other
less-famous examples. We will analyze different definitions of genocide,
examine the international legal structures dealing with genocide and
crimes against humanity, and
investigate the historical context of the varied genocides in the modern
This course fulfills the GLobal Learning International requirement.
History 355. United States
Foreign Policy, 1898 - Present: Power, Promise, and Peril
Four Credits Johnson Spring Semester, Odd Years
||This course traces the development
of United States foreign policy from the Spanish-American War to
the present. In this period the United States emerged as a
great world power, assumed center stage during World War II, offset the
threat of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and currently claims
title to being the world's
lone superpower. Post Cold War conditions have challenged the nation
to formulate policies responsive to recent manifestations of threats
clearly defined, including
the problems of non-state actors and terrorism.
This course fulfills the Global Learning Domestic requirement.
History 365. Gender and Power in Latin American History
Four Credits Hagood Spring Semester, Even Years
||This course explores the
relationship between gender and the power necessary to maintain structures of
difference in Latin American history. The course examines how people and institutions
constructed, assumed, and contested representations of both femininity and
masculinity in a variety of sites. Using case studies, the course details how people
and institutions invoked and inscribed popular understandings of gender alongside
constructions of race and class. This course is flagged for cultural diversity.
History 370. Modern Middle East
Four Credits Gibbs Fall Semester, Odd Years
||A course focusing on historical explanations for the
tensions that periodically erupt into war and violence in the Middle East. Concentrations
on Islam and the Arabs, Zionism and the Israelis, and the deep American
involvement in the disputes. This course is flagged for cultural diversity.