History

  • CAS HI 590: The World and the West
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores relations between the West and the Third World from 1850, focusing on national and cultural movements in the Third World, and places the African American struggle for freedom in the United States in global and comparative perspective. Also offered as CAS AA 590.
  • CAS HI 595: Morocco: History on the Cusp of Three Continents
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores the range and limits of social mixture - cultural, political, economic - as three civilizations met at the northwest corner of Africa and influenced one another from the eighth to the twenty-first centuries.
  • CAS HI 596: Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia. Also offered as CAS AH 539, AN 548, IR 515, and RN 563.
  • GRS HI 649: The Making of Modern Britain
    Political, social, and intellectual developments; emphasis on evolution of cabinet government and the party system; the industrial revolution and social problems; political reform and the emergence of democracy.
  • GRS HI 698: African American History
    Surveys the history of African Americans from their African origins to the present, investigating their critical role in shaping the meaning of race, rights, freedom, and democracy during slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. Also offered as GRS AA 871.
  • GRS HI 699: Teaching College History
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in history. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS HI 704: Science and Christianity
    Examines the relationship between science and the Christian tradition in Europe and North America since 1500. Considers the epistemological and metaphysical foundations of both science and Christian thought as they have evolved over time. Also offered as GRS RN 669.
  • GRS HI 705: American Thought and Culture, 1776 to 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.
  • GRS HI 706: 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 post-structuralists' uncertain leap beyond modernist science, religion, and humanities. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Intellectual History of the United States, 1900 to the Present" that was previously numbered GRS HI 706.
  • GRS HI 746: History of International Human Rights
    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.
  • GRS HI 749: History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa
    Study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis both on indigenous religions and on the African roots and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as GRS AA 882 and GRS RN 682.
  • GRS HI 750: History of the Atlantic World
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as GRS AA 885.
  • GRS HI 751: Environmental History of Africa
    Focus on the African environment and ecological systems over the past 150 years. Topics include climate change, hydrography, agriculture, deforestation, soil erosion, disease, conservation, famine, and the role of colonialism and government policy in environmental change.
  • GRS HI 780: The Armenian Genocide
    Examines the emergence of the Armenian Question in the Ottoman Empire as a national and international issue. Analysis of Armenian-Turkish relations after the Young Turk revolution in 1908. Focuses on the processes of genocide, survivor memory, and international responses.
  • GRS HI 800: European Historiography
    Examines historical writing about Europe through changing trends in method and approach.
  • GRS HI 801: The Historian's Craft
    Intensive training in the best practices of historical research, writing, publication, and oral presentation. Culminates in the production of a publishable journal article.
  • GRS HI 849: United States History 1830 to 1900
    Historiographic investigation of various central themes in nineteenth century US history, covering the years 1830-1900. Introduces students to scholarship on such issues as plantation slavery; abolition; Civil War; Reconstruction; and race relations after the Civil War.
  • GRS HI 850: American Historiography
    Examines the methodological and professional development of American historians since the 1880s, changes in the field since the founding period, and new directions in U.S. history.
  • GRS HI 851: Recent American History
    Advanced graduate seminar that investigates significant problems in the history of the United States since 1900. The specific focus of the seminar changes from year-to-year. Topics have included "Politics and Popular Culture in Twentieth Century America" and "State and Society."
  • GRS HI 857: Topics in American Cultural History
    Readings seminar focusing on American culture, broadly defined, in various periods of American history. Readings consist of both primary documents and secondary sources relevant to the specific topic.