History

HIST 105 Introductory Seminars in History

History 105 courses are open to all students.  Each section focuses on a specific historical topic and fulfills one of the written communication requirements (F2i) under the Foundations Curriculum as well as the historical forces (F3) requirement.  Students may repeat these courses for credit toward the History major and minor if the topic is different; students may count 2 courses at the 100 level toward the major or minor.  Possible topics include: "Disease and Epidemics," "British Empire through Film," "History of Human Reproduction," "Terrorism, Torture, and Anti-Colonialism," "The Supr

HIST 165 Topics in History: Summer Study

Introduction to selected periods in history taken during a Maymester or other summer study, either at Rhodes, the Summer Study in London program, or another course outside the traditional academic calendar taught by a Rhodes faculty member.  Topics vary with instructor.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Foundation credits vary according to topic.

HIST 207 Global Environmental History

This course is an introduction to the field of environmental history. What can our environment tell us about our past? How have natural resources shaped patterns of human life in different regions of the world? What meanings have people attached to nature and how have those attitudes shaped their cultural and political lives? We will analyze the ecological context of human existence, with the understanding that the environment is an agent and a presence in human history.

HIST 209 Natural Disasters

By studying the evolution of people’s responses to “natural disasters,” this course helps students understand the politics of environmental change. The course begins by developing a conceptual vocabulary drawn from the interdisciplinary field of “disaster studies.” We then explore the governmental, economic, and social contexts and institutional responses to several catastrophic events -- such as volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires -- to discover how they reshaped laws, public policy, and urban development.

HIST 212 Medieval World, 500-1500

Major Requirement: History of Europe, Period prior to 1500

From the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the rise of Islam in the east, the Middle Ages began with a series of fundamental transformations that would change the world. This course traces the foundational political, religious, social, and cultural developments of the period between 300 and 1500, in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Particular attention will be paid to how factors such as class, gender, religious identity, and ethnicity shaped individuals’ experiences of the medieval world.