First World War
An exploration of World War I -- the war itself as well as its impact on society and culture in Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.
This seminar uses autobiography as a conduit to help students explore key developments in history and their own evolving sense of self. By reading a diverse group of autobiographical authors-male/female, white, African-American, Native-American, Hispanic, prominent/obscure, rich/poor-students will use the self-referential content of life writing to explore the dynamics of American history and its narrative nature while constructing their own life story over the course of the semester.
The era saw significant social changes alongside political & religious revolutions. Because the rise of print culture enabled a pulp press, popular polemics, regular news reporting, and a famous Renaissance" in literary and dramatic works that recorded these changes
European social, intellectual, political, cultural, and religious developments from the break up of the Roman Empire (c.500) to the Renaissance (c.1450).
Early Modern Europe
The European social, intellectual, political, cultural, and religious developments from the era of Renaissance and Reformation through the Age of Absolutism. Key themes include: the Italian Renaissance, voyages of exploration, colonialism, printing press, Protestant and Catholic reformations, Scientific Revolution, religious wars, absolutism and constitutionalism, and the witch craze.
The history of Europe from the time of the Enlightenment to the present. Major themes include: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, nationalism, socialism, liberalism, imperialism, the World Wars, fascism and communism, the Holocaust, post-WWII reconstruction and the Cold War, decolonization, citizenship, immigration, the end of communism, market integration, a common currency, and the evolution of the European Union, and globalization.
European history in an age of evolving religious ideologies and increased interaction with the non-European world. Major themes include: matters of religious content, political, cultural, intellectual, and social history.
Germany and the 30 Years' War
A study of the Thirty Years' War, which devastated early modern Germany, emerged out of particular religious/political constellations of the Holy Roman Empire but was shaped by complex European foreign policy and had long-term impact on European diplomacy.
Analysis of the period that witnessed England's emergence as a major European power. Emphasis on political, religious, constitutional, foreign policy, and socio-economic transformations of this transitional period.
Episodes in British History
Sustained historical analysis of a particular event or theme relating to the British Isles. Possible topics include Anglo-Saxon Riddles, Trial of Charles I, Scottish wars, Elizabeth I vs. Philip II, Irish conquests, Bridewell and Bedlam - Prisons and the Mad, Whigs & Tories, Habeas Corpus, London's Apocalypticism, Cornwallis in India and America, the Street and the Sewer in Victorian England, Cultural History of Jack the Ripper, Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists, the Blitz, Brit Rock and Postwar Social Rebellion, Thatcher's Multicultural Britain.
Wars, Rebellions & Revolutions
An in-depth exploration and historical analysis of the political, social, economic, cultural, and military background of a particular period of warfare, rebellion, or revolution in world history. Topics will vary.
In-depth historical analysis of cultural, economic, political, religious, technological, medical, & spatial factors intersecting at particular periods of urban development. Topics will vary.
500 Years Martin Luther
of the political, social, economic, cultural, and military background of a particular period of warfare, rebellion, or revolution in world history. Topics will vary.
Social Hst of Erly Mdrn Europe
Major topics in this social history of early modern Europe will include women and the family, poverty and social welfare, disease and health care, criminality and punishment. Special attention will be given to experiences on the margins" of society."
Interpreting the Past
The historian's craft and how history scholars think about and interpret the past. Exploration of topics, questions and methodologies used to write about history through reading historical works from a variety of times and places.
Senior Seminar in History
A required course for all majors. Discussion-based meetings will explore a specific historical topic and the related historiography. Students will conceive, design, and execute their own research project connected to the main topic of the seminar. All seminars include an assignment encouraging students to integrate and to reflect upon their varied classroom, travel study, and internship experiences over the course of the major.
History of Ideas in Context II
Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres (including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy) in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.
Humanities Capstone Symposium
Second semester of year-long capstone experience for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor, meeting weekly. Having completed HUM-450, students will prepare and present their own research, and organize a concluding academic conference.