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  • CAS HI 302: Science and American Culture
    Examines the rise of the natural and human sciences as influential forces in American society. Considers why they gained considerable authority in realms of medicine and technology but have proven far more limited in their impact on morality and religion.
  • CAS HI 304: Science and Religion: Dialogue and Debate
    Challenges conventional wisdom that science and religion have always been at war in Europe and North America. Explores their interactions, mutual existence, and conflict from Copernicus' claim that the earth revolved around the sun to contemporary debates about evolution. Also offered as CAS RN 369.
  • CAS HI 305: American Thought and Culture, 1776-1900
    Examines how intellectuals constructed an "exceptional" American identity by adjusting provincial Protestant and Enlightenment traditions to the challenges of transnational democratic, Romantic, and secular thought. Topics include Transcendentalism, pro- and anti-slavery movements, philosophical idealism, literary realism, and Darwinian theories.
  • CAS HI 306: American Thought and Culture, 1900 to the Present
    Investigates how American thinkers brought about an intellectual revolution in three challenging moments: the naturalist revolt in pragmatic philosophy and modern art; progressive liberals' confrontations with radicalism and new conservatisms; and poststructuralists' uncertain leap beyond modernist science, religion, and humanities.
  • CAS HI 310: Becoming American: The Immigrant Experience
    The history of the diverse ethnic groups that comprise the United States with a focus on the immigrant experience; explores questions of inclusion and exclusion and the role immigrants have played in the making of American identity.
  • CAS HI 313: Internships in Public History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Students undertake supervised work in Boston-area institutions dedicated to the public presentation of America's past. Students meet with the instructor to discuss themes in public history theory and practice that, together with the internship experience and related readings, inform a final research project and class presentation. Also offered as CAS AM 313.
  • CAS HI 315: The American West
    Examines the American West-- the mythical landscape of adventure, freedom, and individual opportunity- - as a region of unusual violence, cultural conflict, environmental challenge, and political ferment. Also considers its history in relationship to the nation as a whole.
  • CAS HI 316: American Urban History
    Examines cities in America, from colonial era forward, focusing on Boston, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, and San Francisco in national and transnational context. Focus on social, political, and environmental change to understand present and past urban landscapes.
  • CAS HI 321: The American Revolution, 1750-1800
    Examines America's dramatic war for independence, situating the colonies' struggles within a series of broader challenges in the Atlantic world. Also shows how Americans struggled, often violently, to create a stable republic in the aftermath of these truly revolutionary upheavals.
  • CAS HI 328: The Civil War Era
    Social, economic, and political consequences of slavery; Southern secession and the Civil War; political reconstruction; the New South; and the betrayal of black rights.
  • CAS HI 331: Drugs and Security in the Americas
    (Meets with CAS IR 290.) Drug trafficking is one of the greatest threats to security and stability in the Americas. In this class, we study how drug trafficking became such an immense problem and why it has been so difficult to solve.
  • CAS HI 332: History of International Relations, 1900-45
    The causes and consequences of the First World War; the search for postwar reconstruction and stability during the twenties; economic collapse, revolutionary nationalism, and fascism during the 1930s; the Second World War and the advent of the bipolar world. Also offered as CAS IR 349. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 349 and CAS HI 289.
  • CAS HI 334: History of International Relations since 1945
    The causes and consequences of the Soviet-American Cold War from its origins in Europe to its extension to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The rise of the multipolar international system, the emergence of the nonaligned blocs, and inter- and intra-alliance conflicts. Also offered as CAS IR 350. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 350 or CAS HI 290.
  • CAS HI 336: History of World Wars, 1914-1945
    Covers the two world wars, viewed as a single contest for economic, military, and geopolitical dominance. Topics include nationalism, imperial ideologies, propaganda, mass mobilization, genocide, grand strategy, operational history, and convergent construction of "war states" capable of waging total war.
  • CAS HI 337: America in Depression and War, 1890 to 1945
    Examines how the modern United States was forged in the economic depressions of the 1890s and 1930s, and shaped by imperial and global ambitions beginning with the Spanish-American War and culminating with World War I and World War II.
  • CAS HI 339: A History of the Present: The United States since 1968
    Surveys American society since the upheavals of the 1960s. Topics include war, politics, religion, and popular culture as well as changing notions about race, gender, and selfhood.
  • CAS HI 341: Political and Cultural Revolution
    Comparative historical analysis of modern and contemporary revolutionary upheavals and cultural change in Europe, the Americas, East Asia, Africa, Middle East, and the former Soviet republics. Examines the challenges posed by modernization, crisis of legitimacy, nationalism, imperial decline, and globalization. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 215.
  • CAS HI 342: Imperialism and Independence
    Examines nineteenth-century European imperialism and twentieth-century independence movements across the globe through novels, advertising campaigns, and political manifestoes. Analyzes the European arguments supporting imperial expansion and the ideologies mobilizing independence movements against it.
  • CAS HI 343: Taste, Culture, and Power: The Global History of Food
    An exploration of the global history of food from prehistory to the present, considering the birth of agriculture, food in nations and empires, hunger and nutrition, and the future of eating, including examples from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
  • CAS HI 344: Greece in the Modern World System: From Independence to Eurozone Membership
    An approach to Greece's current position in the Eurozone and the current economic crisis through analysis of Greece's economic history since independence and of the institutions and structures controlling or influencing current relations between Greece and the Eurozone. Also offered as CAS CG 344, EC 344, and CAS IR 301.