History

  • MET HI 101: The History of Western Civilization I
    Surveys the development of Western society and culture from a.d. 1000 to the French Revolution of 1789. Topics include the development of medieval European society and culture, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the scientific revolution, absolutism, enlightened despotism, and eighteenth-century rationalism.
  • MET HI 102: The History of Western Civilization II
    A survey of Western society from the French Revolution through World War II, including the Industrial Revolution, nineteenth-century nationalism and imperialism, the rise of working-class movements, international rivalries, and ideological conflict in the twentieth century.
  • MET HI 286: Science and Medicine Go to War
    Science and medicine played key roles in helping warfare shape the social and political fabric of the modern world. While war played a critical role in advancing science and medicine, they in turn serviced the demands of societies at war. This course situates science and medicine within broader themes in the social, cultural, and political history of warfare. It takes a flexible case study approach including a range of topics from the development of gun powder, the treatments for PTSD, the discovery of penicillin and the atomic bomb.
  • MET HI 300: The American Immigrant Experience
    Immigration has made and is remaking America. All Americans, or their ancestors, were at one time immigrants. This course provides a historical survey of this immigration. The first half of the course explores eighteenth- and nineteenth-century immigration movements; the second half focuses on the twentieth century.
  • MET HI 312: The History of the U.S. Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the ultimate legal interpreter of the United States Constitution. It is one of the most visible and also most controversial organs of the Federal Government. This course examines the political, legal, and cultural history of the United States through the lens of some of the Court's major rulings. Students will be introduced to the Court's institutional history, several of its major Justices, as well as many landmark decisions on issues such as abortion, free speech, slavery, segregation, immigration and citizenship, and the right to privacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • MET HI 342: History of America at War
    This course surveys the history of America at war from pre-conquest Native American warfare to modern times. It covers colonial-era traditions, the Revolutionary War, 19th century wars with Britain, Mexico, and Spain, the Civil War, the two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and modern wars in the Greater Middle East. Attention is paid to varying military traditions, military culture and capabilities, from backwoods skirmishing to set-piece battles, to total war on a global scale, to today's fighting against irregular enemies employing evolving combat doctrines and assets. Documentary and other films will enhance class discussion of the evolution of American warfare and of Americans at war.
  • MET HI 373: History of Boston
    The foundations, development, and "fate" of Boston since the colonial period. Explores the architecture, geography, social structure, and economic development of the city, as well as political changes.
  • MET HI 395: Film and History
    This course deals with international films about revolution and war, their origins, social consequences, and legacies. It considers films from and about Japan, Africa, India, the Americas and Europe. It explores "the angle of vision" problem in history: who should we trust more, eye-witness accounts, great film recreations, novelists, or traditional historians? Who gets us closest to the "truth" of the human experience and condition?
  • MET HI 476: Special Topics: The American Presidency
    This course will focus on the changing institution of the American Presidency from 1901 to the present. As it examines the policies and personalities of modern U.S. presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama, this course will pay special attention to the evolving concept of the "imperial presidency" over the past century. We will also consider how changes in our political culture, driven by the rapid evolution of new communication technologies, have transformed the office of the presidency.