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Department of History

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Fall 2021 Courses

In this course, students will work with the Career Advisor for AddRan College of Liberal Arts, to learn to market themselves effectively to perspective employers. Students will learn to articulate the skills and abilities that they possess, the skills and abilities that employers look for. Upon completion of this course students will have a polished resume and cover letter, a working professional portfolio, and will have practiced their interview skills.

This is a lower-division, lecture course covering global development from around 10,000 BCE to 1500 CE. It covers the main political, social, and cultural trends in a variety of societies while at the same time stressing the global perspective.  Thus, the first goal is learning the specific histories and cultures within a comparative global context. The rise and fall of civilizations will be studied within the conceptual frameworks including pre-modernity, social complexity, domestication of animals and plants, modes of production, sedentary versus the nomadic ways of life, and the rise and fall of pre-modern states. A second goal of the course is to develop the critical and analytical skills of students. In addition to learning historical content, students will also be engaged in the analysis of writing history through discussing a wide range of primary sources including museum objects and archival documents.

This course will explore the path of European history from the origins of civilization to 1348. Its principal elements include the early societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel, the political and cultural contribution of Greece and Rome, the rise of Christianity and Islam, the characteristics of the medieval world, and the Black Death.


This course will explore the history of Europe in the early modern period, bracketed by the Black Death and the French Revolution. Principal themes include the artistic achievements of the Renaissance, the expansion of education and literacy, the invention of the printing press, the religious conflicts of the Reformation, the growth of centralized nation-states, the dramatic discoveries of the Scientific Revolution, and the creation of a global framework for the European experience.

Review of the evolution of the American nation from the discovery of the New World to the end of the Civil War era, with emphasis on major forces shaping its development. Readings, course requirements and course design vary with the individual instructor.

Review of the emergence of the American nation through the transitional crises of the past hundred years, with emphasis on the roots of movements persisting into the modern period. Readings, course requirements and course design vary with the individual instructor.

This course examines the history of African-descended people in the United States from the colonial era to the present. We will explore major themes such as slavery, abolition, freedom dreams, Black internationalism, Jim Crow segregation, state violence, and Black political visions.

A thematic survey of the making of the United States from a multicultural perspective. Spanning the precolonial era to the present, the course includes units on Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, European immigrants, and Latinos/as--analyzing the different groups comparatively and in relationship to one another. In addition to history, the course includes elements of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and explores the intersections between race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality.

Comprehensive survey of African Americans in the United States from 1619 to 1968 with special emphasis on the internal changes (such as citizenship, work, family, culture, religion, and community) and external challenges (such as slavery, racial segregation, urbanization, industrialization, major wars, and mass migrations) faced by African Americans from the start of the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the culmination of the Civil Rights Movement. 

This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the end of the sixteenth century. Students will be introduced to basic aspects of the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Islamic civilization from Spain to Iran as they changed overtime. In the midst of mapping this broad view, we will focus our attention on how specific historical figures and events contributed to definitions of Islamic identity, community, and authority. Central themes include the emergence of Sunni and Shi`i identities, the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims, and the unique material and intellectual contributions of Islamic civilization to world history and other societies.

This course explores the history of Latin America from Columbus to independence.  We will consider the implications of Spanish and Portuguese expansion in the Americas including the fall of the Aztec and Inca empires, the Colombian exchange, the spread of Catholicism, the African diaspora, rituals of rule and popular resistance, race and society, piracy and imperial rivalries, networks of trade, and revolutionary movements of the early nineteenth century.  Students will study first-hand accounts to assess the strategies used by institutions and individuals to negotiate aspects of governance and everyday life.  Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and written assignments you will gain important analytical and research skills to evaluate multiple and often conflicting sources of information. View a teaser for this course:

This course focuses on the region’s development from the 1820s to the present.  Students will study the aftermath of independence, Latin America’s insertion into the global economy, the impact of modernization on society, and the region’s experimentation with various political models, including conservatism, liberalism, populism, neo-liberalism, and revolution.  Special emphasis will be placed on culture, with analysis of music, film, art, literature, and dance.  Students should expect to be active participants in class and to examine and debate materials with their colleagues.

This course is an introduction to the history of modern East Asia from approximately 1700 to 1989.  It will focus on the major political, economic, cultural, religious, and intellectual trends in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.  Students in this course will pursue a greater knowledge and understanding of modern East Asian history and civilization through a combination of readings, lectures, videos, discussion, and writing assignments.  Readings include Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story, Richard Kim, Lost Names, and Le Ly Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

This course will introduce students to the culture and civilization of Ancient Greece.  The course will cover the political and military history, art, literature, philosophy, and science of Greece from the Archaic period to the incorporation of Greece into the Roman Empire.  In addition, special emphasis will be placed on the enduring democratic and cultural legacy of Ancient Greece.


Contact Dr. Hidalgo for details.

Contact Dr. Hidalgo for details.

The conventional view of nineteenth-century Britons is a caricature of a prim, proper, prudish people fond of taking tea, reading Charles Dickens novels, and enjoying the fruits of the “Pax Britannica.” This course lifts the lid on what the Victorians were really like. The era was not one of stable peace, but rather of revolutionary change: industrialization revolutionized the economy, the landscape, and the social structure; at home, the claims of working-class subjects and women forced the pace of democratic change; abroad, colonial subjects from Ireland to India asserted their own rights and began Britain’s imperial dismemberment; and a revolution in print culture exposed Britons to a wealth of information about science, sex, imperial power, and more. We will thus trace the connections of economy, culture, and politics in explaining how a small island nation became the world’s foremost industrial and imperial power, and we will do so from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: literature, art history, women’s and gender studies, political philosophy, and history. The course will feature a blend of lectures and group discussions.

In this course, students will explore the experiences of women in the history of Europe from 1789 to the present. Many of the topics and events will be familiar, industrialization, the French Revolution, the women's movement, the Russian Revolution, the World Wars, and the Cold War. Students will examine these events to investigate women's experiences and to discover women's contributions to the history of modern Europe.

People who identify as queer have been integral to the history of the United States. We will examine the history of the US with attention to the experience of queer people. Queer people have always existed, more openly at some times than at others. We will trace the shifts in the ways that queer people have interacted with the public sphere and how American attitudes toward queerness have changed over centuries. We will examine primary sources--the actual words of the time. From those sources, the student makes an unfiltered connection to the people of the past.


This course will treat the history of the region from 1820s to the present, focusing on its political, economic, social, and cultural development.  This semester we will pay particular attention to the Maya, Central America’s largest indigenous group.  In addition to their textbook assignments, students will read essays and books about the Maya and their transition through the modern period, with special emphasis on the Guatemalan Civil War and its aftermath.  History of Central America will be a discussion-based class with active student participation and minimal lectures.  Students should come prepared to discuss reading materials.  They will take essay-based exams and conduct an independent research project. 

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The Civil War was the central, pivotal event of United States history. More costly in lives than all the American wars that had gone before, and more than any that followed, the Civil War decided not only whether the United States would remain a nation but also whether it would remain a nation that tolerated slavery or take a large step toward living up to the promise of its founding document that “all men are created equal.” The war impacted every area of American society, North and South, from the home front to the war fronts. In this course we’ll cover the years immediately leading up to the war, the war itself, and its aftermath in the period called Reconstruction. Since this is a course about a war, you can expect to encounter a fair bit of military history, but we’ll also cover the political and social aspects of the conflict.

Explores the relationship between culture and foreign relations by examining the ways race, gender, and culture have framed American interactions with the world in the twentieth century, both in peacetime and in war.

This course explores the trans-Mississippi West's role in North American history using human communities to investigate social, cultural, political, and economic issues.  The course begins by considering the West as represented in popular culture and the American imagination, including rock music lyrics, art, and Hollywood films.  Then the course steps back to the early 1800s to consider 19th-century human migrations to the West and how American Indians dealt with this invasion.  The course considers the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Rocky Mountain fur trade and mountain men, the Mormon migration, the California gold rush, the cattle industry, and the U.S. government’s role in conquering the West via legislation, including subsidies to railroad construction, and military policy.  The course will take students off campus for field trips, including one to the Amon Carter Museum.  The class format includes lectures and discussions.

The “eternal war” between Christendom and Islamic world had a chapter of three centuries, from the 16th to the early 19th century, in which corsairs and pirates attacked each other’s ships in the Mediterranean. Part-time adventurers and full-time professional pirates and corsairs were organized around the old ideological lines that divided jihadists and crusaders. Knights Hospitallers of Malta, the Order of St. Stephen of Livorno, the Uskoks of Senj, and the Barbary pirates based in the North African ports were the active combatants of this “holy war.” Yet, the history of piracy in the early modern Mediterranean cannot be studied without the engagement of apparent and hidden actors that included the patrons of the knightly orders and barbary corsairs such as the Ottoman and Habsburg dynasties, the papacy, the Italian states of Tuscany and Venice, as well as England, France, and North European states. In this HMS, students will examine the available secondary and primary sources in order to write a scholarly paper on one particular theme, including individual actors, groups of pirates and corsairs, and states directly or indirectly involved in the “eternal war.”