History

  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 873.
  • GRS HI 706: Intellectual History of the United States, 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 874.
  • GRS HI 721: The American Revolution, 1750-1800
    The political, economic, and ideological causes of the American War for Independence; the construction of a new political system amid the passions of a revolutionary upheaval; and the gradual emergence of a new economic and cultural order in the United States. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 856.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 885.
  • GRS HI 751: Environmental History of Africa
    Focus on the African environment and ecological systems over the past 150 years. Topics include climatic change, hydrography, agriculture, deforestation, soil erosion, disease, conservation, famine, and the role of colonialism and government policy in environmental change. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 894.
  • GRS HI 761: Black Radical Thought
    Black radical thought in America, Europe, and Africa since the eighteenth century through writings of abolitionists, leaders of revolutions and liberation movements, Black nationalists, and Black socialists. Emphasizes the global nature of the "Black World" and its role in world history. Also offered as GRS AA 888. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 888.
  • GRS HI 800: European Historiography
    Examines historical writing about Europe through changing trends in method and approach. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 700.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 701.
  • GRS HI 843: Problems in Twentieth-Century History
    An international and comparative approach to major problems of the twentieth century. Readings on such topics as modernization, urbanization, revolution, and war and its consequences. Topics change annually. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 743.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 749.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 750.
  • GRS HI 852: Readings in American History
    Introduces graduate students to new and recent work in United States history. Readings are tailored to students' particular needs and special emphasis is placed on strategies to prepare for oral exams. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Readings in American Political History" that was previously numbered GRS HI 752.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 757.
  • GRS HI 859: The United States as a World Power
    Meets with CAS PO 578. The course material is organized along a debate format. Although the course is primarily concerned with twentieth-century U.S. foreign policy, attention is also given to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century issues. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 759.
  • GRS HI 870: African Historiography
    Examines historical writing about the African continent through key trends in the study of themes and regional historiographies. Also highlights recent works in the field. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 770.
  • GRS HI 877: Problems in African History
    A research seminar in comparative urban history which focuses on, but will not be limited to, cities in Africa. Each student is our resident expert on the history of a city of his or her choice. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 777.
  • GRS HI 900: Dissertation Writing
    Graduate Prerequisites: dissertation level in History.
    A workshop designed for students writing a dissertation that provides them with critical responses to their work and addresses important issues associated with becoming a professional historian.
  • GRS HI 901: Directed Study: American History
    Directed Study on a topic in American History.