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Yearly Schedule: 2015-2016

For a tentative list of courses for the 2015-2016 academic year click here.

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Expanded Course Descriptions

Below is a listing of the courses offered by the History Department to undergraduates for Summer Sessions 2016. This list is subject to change, please check back often. To find the day, time and course registration number (CRN) for the courses below click here.



4C. History of Western Civilization

Annie Perez

This survey course covers the development of “Western Civilization” from the late 18th century to the present.  We will focus on themes of revolution, colonialism and imperialism, economics, and culture (art, literature, pop culture, religion, etc).  Students will use two required books (a textbook and a collection of primary sources) along with additional articles, chapters and excerpts the instructor will provide online. 

7C. History of Latin America, 1900-present 

Griselda Jarquin

Why is Brazil undergoing a political crisis today?  What does President Obama's recent visit to Cuba mean for the island's future? Why is Bernie Sanders attacked for supporting revolutionary governments in Cuba and Nicaragua? Why did 23 students disappear in Ayotzinapa, Mexico last year? Why were Central American children flooding the U.S. border recently? How have drug traffickers and gangs taken over Mexico and Central America? This course examines the historical roots of these questions by focusing on the history of Latin America from the Spanish-Cuban-American War to the present. In addition to providing a general sense of the major events and trends that marked this period, important themes to be covered include: revolution and counterrevolution; neo-colonialism; populism; 1968 student movements; dictatorships and state terror; immigration to the Untied States; neoliberalism; culture and art; the politics of memory; and the multi-faceted nature of U.S.-Latin American relations. Finally, we will apply our knowledge of historical processes to understand current political and social conflicts and aspirations in Latin American. This is the third course in a three-part survey devoted to the history of Latin America. Each course can be taken independently and no prior knowledge of Latin America is required. 

9A. History of East Asian Civilization

Elad Alyagon

Surveys traditional Chinese civilization and its modern transformation. Emphasis is on thought and religion, political and social life, art and literature. Perspectives on contemporary China are provided. 

17A. History of the United States

Mike Mortimer


111B. Ancient History - Greece

Professor Spyridakis

Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World, Political, Cultural and Intellectual Developments Emphasized


Rostovtzeff, Greece

J. Boardman, Griffin and Murray, The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World

Spyridakis and Nystrom, Ancient Greece: Documentary Perspectives


Grading: Midterm 25%; paper 25%; final 50% of course grade

164. History of Chile

Professor Schlotterbeck

 In 2011, Chilean students occupied the streets and their schools en masse. Like the nearly simultaneous Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements, the “Chilean Winter” struck a deep chord of discontent over growing inequality. What began as protests over education quickly morphed into a challenge of the dictatorship’s market-driven policies – and by extension – the legitimacy of a political system that still maintained them twenty years after General Augusto Pinochet left office. Born after the 1990 democratic transition, this so-called “generation without fear” has returned not just to the streets but also to politics in new and exciting ways.


This course situates contemporary student protests within the long sweep of Chilean history. Three central questions will guide our thinking: how did everyday people experience key moments of social and political transformation? What role have young people played historically as agents of change? And finally, how does taking the historical agency of children seriously challenge our larger assumptions about history?


Beginning with the construction of the Chilean nation in the 19th century, we will examine how states are formed from colonial territories and how national communities are defined and consolidated along exclusionary lines of race, class, and gender. Turning to the 20th century, we will assess competing strategies for economic development and demands by different sectors for political, social, and economic inclusion. The final unit on historical memory in the post-dictatorship era considers how the past continues to act on the present and asks what elements of this history might be of value in imagining alternatives in the present and future.


Required Textbooks:

Carmen Aguirre, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (2012)

  • Alejandro Zambra, Ways of Going Home: A Novel (2014)
  • Additional required readings are available on Smart Site

174C. The United States Since World War II, 1945 to the Present 

Diana Johnson

This course will chart social, political, and foreign policy shifts following WWII and ending with the present-day. Topics will include: The Cold War at home and abroad, the Civil Rights Movement, counterculture, feminism, the New Left, Vietnam, the rise of President Reagan and the New Right, the historical roots of current immigration crises, and mass incarceration during the late twentieth century. Students will have the opportunity to critically and deeply analyze these themes and events.


4B. History of Western Civilization

John Zandler

10A. World History to 1350 

Professor Anooshahr

Historical examination of the changing relationship of human societies to one another and to their natural settings through the year 1350, with particular attention to long-term trends and to periodic crises that reshaped the links of culture and nature on a global scale.

17B. History of the United States

Tom O'Donnell

The experience of the American people from the Civil War to the end of the Cold War.

110. Themes in World History

Professor Sen


What is the Anthropocene? Is there actual scientific proof behind the term to suggest that we are actually living in a new geological age?

Recent attempts label the a new human epoch have erupted into a major debate between geologists and environmentalists around the major question:  have homo sapiens permanently changed the destiny of our planet?  The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) declares that we still in the Holocene that began after the last great Ice Age 11,700 years ago. Proponents of the Anthropocene however, say that the rise of human beings as the dominant species on earth is responsible for mass extinctions of plants and animals, polluted oceans and global warming. This transformation of the planet, they say, demands its own epoch.

In this introductory world history course we take up the simple, urgent and fundamental question: exactly when did human beings start to leave a permanent mark on the future of the planet? Is it as recent as the time of the advent of nuclear fusion that began to leave traces of radioactive material in soils around the globe? Does it go back to the industrial revolution of the early 1800s? Or can it be traced back to something that started a very long time ago and left an imprint much deeper down in the rock strata: the beginning of sustained agriculture?

This course looks at the history and the arguments that have been advanced for and against a human epoch that fuses geological time to world history. It also introduces students to the promise and problems of the idea of one Big History for our planet. 


168. History of Inter-American Relations

William San Martin

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The world's biggest single deposit of lithium. Lithium -ion batteries are critical to computers, smartphones, and to the growing industry of electric cars. (Source: Jo VH/ Flickr


This past March, President Obama made a historic trip to Cuba as the first US president to visit the island since the 1959 revolution. Just a few days later, Obama arrived in Buenos Aires where he met the recently elected Argentinian President, the center-right's Mauricio Macri (the first visit of a US president in Argentina in two decades.) With the administration of President Macri making swift market-oriented reforms and the “opening” of Cuba –the icon of the revolutionary left in Latin America– to US investment, March 2016 seems to mark a turning point in the history of inter-American relations.


How is this new stage in US-Latin American relations reshaping traditional power dynamics established since the second half of the 19th century? How are Latin America and US foreign policy in the region different now from the agitated years of military intervention and human rights violations during the Cold War? How will this new stage symbolized by the “Cuban opening” shape a new (or not that new) set of relations between these two regions in the 21st century?


Asia's growing investments in Latin America, the expansion of the Panama Canal, and the enlargement of middle classes will be key factors increasing the political and commercial interests of the United States in the region. On the other hand, extraction of natural resources, high demand for foreign investments, and greater social demands for democratization and environmental justice will continue to be fundamental components in Latin American countries in the next decades. Old and new challenges seem to converge in this new moment in the history of inter-American relations.


Combining political, cultural, and environmental history, this course will study military intervention, export economies, and environmental change as part of an entangled process of transnational transformation in the Americas initiated in the second half of the 19th century. This approach aims to problematize the role of international and local actors, and critically think about the current models of development in the region from a political, cultural, economic and environmental perspective. Through the analysis of primary historical sources and secondary writings by historians and other scholars, students will develop historical thinking skills to reflect critically on the present and future challenges of the Americas as an interconnected region in the 21st century.


Required Textbooks:


  •       Greg Grandin, Empire’s Workshop. Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (2007)
  •       Additional required readings will be available on Smart Site

176B. Cultural and Social History of the United States

Rebecca Egli

This class will cover social and cultural forces in the United States over the course of the twentieth century with an emphasis on social structure, work and leisure, socialization and the family, changes in cultural values, and social reform movements.

FALL 2016 

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