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  • CAS HI 301: A History of Women in the United States
    Examines the ideas and experiences of women in the United States from the 1600s through the late twentieth century. Considers the common factors that shaped women's lives as well as women's diverse class, ethnic, and regional experiences. Also offered as CAS AM 375.
  • 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 303: Sex, Love, Family: Relationships in Recent American History and Pop Culture
    Explores modern American romance and family dynamics, especially since the 1970s. Follows the life cycle from birth to death, surveying common milestones and rituals such as coming of age, coming out, getting married, or having a midlife crisis, and more.
  • 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 308: Religious Thought in America
    Surveys many of the strategies that American religious thinkers have adopted for interpreting the cosmos, the social order and human experience, and the interaction of those strategies with broader currents of American culture.
  • 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 317: Nineteenth-Century European Thought and Culture
    This is the century of "system-builders" who aspired to encompass politics, society, and history in their creations. Discuss the ideas of Marx, Mill, and Nietzsche; study the music of Berlioz, the art of Delacroix, and the fiction of Goethe. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Intellectual History of Europe in the Nineteenth Century" that was previously numbered CAS HI 315 or the course entitled "Nineteenth-Century European Thought and Culture" previously numbered CAS HI 223.
  • 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 322: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire
    Examines early modern Britain's global expansion, with a focus on the British isles and the American colonies. Explains how economic growth and imperial warfare shaped Britain and her colonies, and probes the causes of the empire's collapse in 1776. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course titled "Colonial British America from Settlement to Revolution" that was previously numbered CAS HI 322.
  • CAS HI 329: The Gilded Age, 1877-1914
    Examines the economic, social, cultural and political transformation from the end of the Reconstruction until 1914. Specific focus on the industrial revolution, foreign policy, the nation state, the metropolis, and conflicts that emerged in American society during the Gilded Age.
  • 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.