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  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 354.
  • CAS HI 309: Americans in the World: The United States in Transnational Perspective
    Examines how artists, activists, migrants, tourists, and other travelers have connected United States society with people and cultures around the world. Considers how foreign criticism, popular wartime experiences, global integration, and more have shaped American culture and the modern nation-state. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Americans in the World: United States History in Transnational Perspective" that was previously numbered CAS HI 367.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "The Peopling of America" that was previously numbered CAS HI 261.
  • CAS HI 312: Modernism and Modernity: History and Literature of the United States between the World Wars
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, or two history courses.
    Modernism and modernity in America from the 1920s to the 1940s: two world wars, Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression. Team-taught with both professors leading discussions on literature and history of the times, Historical readings alongside Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hurston, others. Also offered as CAS EN 546.
  • 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 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 356.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 361.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 362.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course by the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 359.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "The United States, 1900-1945" that was previously numbered CAS HI 363.
  • CAS HI 338: Cold War America, 1945-68
    Investigates how the ideological and strategic Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union shaped American society. Emphasis on the consensus in domestic opinion, the civil rights movement, political and cultural dissent, and the road to Vietnam. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "The United States, 1945-68" that was previously numbered CAS HI 364.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "The United States since 1968" that was previously numbered CAS HI 365.
  • 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 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 346: History of International Human Rights
    Meets with CAS IR 348. History of international human rights since the eighteenth century. Examines political, social, economic rights, the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and related international conventions, enforcement, regionalism, globalization, and NGOs. Analyzes tensions between national sovereignty and human rights.
  • CAS HI 348: Colonialism in Africa: Impact and Aftermath
    Uses case studies of particular African societies or nations to examine patterns of European conquest and African resistance; forms of colonial administration and socioeconomic consequences of colonial rule; decolonization and contemporary African liberation movements; economic and political developments since independence; and contemporary social and cultural change. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 292.
  • CAS HI 349: History of Religion in Precolonial Africa
    The study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis on both indigenous religions and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as CAS AA 382 and CAS RN 382. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 382.