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
A survey of contemporary international politics. Major topics covered in this course include international political geography, the
evolution of the international system, the nation-state, modern diplomacy, international political economy, international law and
organization, the East-West conflict, and North-South issues.
This course traces the origins of blues from pre-colonial Africa to the present. Through repeated, active listening of blues recordings (1912-present), reading a wide selection of works from the foremost scholars of blues, and engaging with in-class discussion, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the blues—i.e., sounds, styles, people, places, compositional processes, traditions, recording and marketing practices, mythology, scholarship, and legacy. All aspects of the blues will be examined and analyze through the proper historical and socio-cultural context.
A survey of Western art from prehistory to the twentieth century. In the first half of the semester emphasis is placed on examining art within the producing cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, classical Greece and Rome, the Byzantine world, and medieval Europe. The second half of the semester emphasizes the development and expansion of Renaissance ideals of art, and the reassessment of these ideals in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.
A comprehensive introduction to European and American art and art criticism since 1940. Movements and sensibilities to be studied include Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimal, Feminist, and Neoexpressionism. Themes examined will include modernism and postmodernism, mass culture, art and politics, gender, race, and other markers of identity. Artists include Pollock, Warhol, Spero, Chicago, and Ringgold.
Survey of significant events and trends in the international system since 1945. Topics include the origins, evolution, and end of the cold
war. The emergence of the post-cold war era, decolonization and East-West competition, the rise of nationalism, the role of nuclear
weapons in world politics, changes in the global economy, and challenges facing the United States today are also examined.
Introduction to selected periods in history. Varies with instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
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.
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.
Major Requirement: History of Europe, Period prior to 1500