Professors ASHLEY, BLASENHEIM, HYDE, MONROY (Chair), NEEL, RAGAN, ROMMEL-RUIZ (Associate Chair), SHOWALTER; Associate Professors MURPHY, WILLIAMS; Assistant Professor MEHTA; Visiting Assistant Professors FLEWELLING
History as a discipline views the past from today’s vantage, asking how experience guides us. The diverse material of history — documents, artifacts, natural contexts — calls for rigorous analysis expressed in cogent written and oral argument. Its study prepares students for employment and further study in a wide variety of professions, among them law, business, government, nonprofit management, library and museum leadership, and teaching.
Skills important for contemporary life are important products of the history major, but the curriculum of this department is more ambitious. It grounds students’ lives as well as their careers. Majors are educated to appreciate their own traditions and understand others. Their attention to politics, ideologies, social structures, and economic systems informs their public contributions and their private choices. Just as we encourage Colorado College students to understand how their predecessors in this country and around the world invested their lives with meaning and beauty, we empower them to frame their own futures with flexible imaginations, forceful intellects, and a lively sense of the expanse of human possibility.
A student majoring in history must take a minimum of 11 units, including an introductory course; at least 6 units at the 200- or 300-levels; HY399: Junior Seminar; and a two-block senior sequence. Among the 6 elective units, students must satisfy the departmental Time Distribution requirement (2 units) and the departmental Geographic Distribution requirement (3 units). The department strongly recommends foreign language competence beyond the intermediate level.
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Course of Study:• Introductory Course: 1 two-block course at the 100-level. • Minimum of 6 elective units at the 200- or 300-levels. Within these 6 units, students must satisfy the following departmental requirements: — Time Distribution (two courses): At least one course addressing a period up through the 18th century and one course addressing a period from the 18th century forward. (Note: may also count toward geographic distribution.) — Geographic Distribution (three courses): At least one course in each of the three regions: Europe, United States, and World (Africa, East and South Asia, Latin America, Middle East). (Note: may also count toward period distribution.) • Junior Seminar: Studying History (HY399). • Senior Sequence: (HY410) Advanced Seminar and (HY420) Senior Essay (two courses taken in consecutive blocks during the senior year). Students have the opportunity to write a senior thesis in lieu of the senior essay. This option requires departmental approval and a 3-unit Senior Sequence (HY410,HY430, and HY431). Students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.6 within the major may submit their senior essays or senior theses to be considered for distinction.
Students take five or six units in the department, including:
- Either HY104: Culture, Society, and History (2 units); HY105: Civilization in the West (2 units); HY120: The American Past (2 units); HY110: Historical Studies (1 unit).
- Three additional units at the 200 or 300 level, including one each from three regions: Europe, the United States, and World (Africa, East and South Asia, Latin America, Middle East).
- HY399: Junior Seminar: Studying History
- HY104 Culture, Society & History:
An introductory survey of human culture and society through the comparison of Europe and one other major area of the world from ancient to the modern period, focusing on fundamental topics in the development of world civilizations, including material culture, political organization, and aesthetics. The course will emphasize critical moments in historical development, thematic connections, and primary textual and visual sources.
2 units — Kohout, Monroy, Murphy
- HY105 Civilization in the West
Western civilization from ancient to modern times. Cultural, social, and political developments that shaped the modern world. The department offers this course in sections designated Europe or Atlantic World. Atlantic World includes the study of the heritage of Western civilization in the Western hemisphere. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.
2 units — Neel
- HY109 Civilization in East Asia
East Asian civilization from ancient to modern times. Cultural, social and political developments that shaped East Asian nations and their place in the modern world. Introduces basics of historical method: contextualization, analysis, and critical evaluation of primary sources and their significance. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
1 to 2 units
- HY110 Encountering the Past
An introduction to history through the study of a special subject in depth. Emphasis on the ways in which historians find and interpret the materials of the past. For students who do not complete the West in Time requirement in the History Department, a gateway to the History major. Topics designated according to the specialties of the faculty. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Monroy, Showalter, Williams
- HY115 Survey in Latin American
Latin American history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Emphasis on colonial Mexico and Peru, the centers of Spanish power in the New World, and the political and social development of post-independence Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Introduces historiography and the basics of historical method: contextualization, analysis and critical evaluation of primary sources and their significance. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY116 Greek History and Philosophy
Aegean and Greek archeological, historical, literary, and philosophical texts, with emphasis on those ideas formative in shaping Western culture. The development and transformations of these ideas as reflected in selected texts from the early Christian era, the Enlightenment or the Modern Age. The rise of individualism and its conflicts with community, ritual relationships to nature vs. separation and exploitation, the relation of theology to the ordering of experience, and how psyche both forms and is formed by its relationships to community, nature, and god(s). Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.
2 units — Dobson, Riker
- HY120 The American Past
Two block course that introduces the full sweep of American History from its pre-contact, 'New World' beginnings to the recent past. Students will experience how history is made, understood, revised, and debated. Themes include cultural encounters and adaptation complexities of ethnicity and immigration; movement; the success and failures of republican ideology, capitalism, individualism and community; and the formation of American cultures. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY131 Civilization in the Middle East
Examines large-scale social structures and the question of 'ordinary' men and women from the seventh century C.E. to the present. Through a range of historical approaches-cultural, intellectual, political and social-and an emphasis on close reading of primary materials, students explore in what ways the histories of Islamic Civilization, Western Civilization, African Civilization, and Central Asian Civilization were connected histories and how people in the Middle East have critiqued their own societies and those of their contemporaries. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
1 to 2 units
- HY150 Representations and Realities: Art and History in Europe: Ancient to Modern Art & Culture
This course examines art and cultural history in Europe from Antiquity through to the twentieth century. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, one which seeks to bring art history and history in critical dialogue with one another, the students and professors will interrogate the meta-narrative of “progress” across time. In many ways, succeeding periods engaged in conversations with their pasts to make claims of domination through pictorial and cultural production. But it is important, too, to examine counter-narratives made by subaltern groups of the various eras, along the critical axes of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, race and other markers of identity. Students will be called upon to think systematically about “who” they themselves are in order to engage with the past and explore human similarities, as well as differences, across a long period of time. Thinking systematically about the notion of “critical bias” and the need to analyze the past in its own terms, as well as in ours, will open up avenues to thinking about the present in new ways. We will examine the most important eras of European history, in particular, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the early modern period, and the more recent past. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.
2 units — Murray, Ragan
- HY200 Topics in History:
Selected topics in the study of history. Specific content and emphasis to be determined by the instructor. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.
1 unit — Arroyo-Rodriguez, Ashley, Blasenheim, Johnson
- HY205 US History to 1860
Broad approach to the history of American traditions and institutions from Anglo-American settlement to the outbreak of the Civil War, addressing Native American-Anglo American encounters; colonization and development of Anglo-American culture and society; African Slave Trade and the Plantation Economy; American Revolution; Jeffersonian Ideology and Westward Expansion; Jacksonian Democracy and the Industrial Revolution; the Politics of Slavery and Secession. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Rommel-Ruiz
- HY206 US History since 1860
Broad approach to the history of the United States since the Civil War, focusing on multiple meanings of American freedom and the rise of the modern United States as a global power, including attention to Emancipation and Reconstruction; Industrialization, Migration, and Immigration; Civil Rights Movements and Protest Politics; the Great Depression, New Deal and WWII; American Foreign Policy and the Cold War; the Great Society, Vietnam, and the Challenge to the New Deal Order. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Kohout
- HY209 Topics in Ancient History:
Detailed study of a period (such as the end of the Roman Republic or Periclean Athens) or a theme (such as slavery or the rise and fall of the middle class) in Greek and/or Roman history. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY210 History of Native America
Introduces students to the history of native peoples primarily in North America. The course includes histories of individual native groups as well as the relationship between American Indians and a variety of Europeans from before contact until the present. Examines a variety of primary and secondary materials to see patterns in the ways that Native Americans have been affected by the process of conquest, the ways in which Anglo-Europeans have responded to Native Americans, and in the ways in which American Indians have become a part of and remained apart from 'mainstream' American culture. As a broader goal, we also look at the way 'history' is made, understood, and used by very different cultural traditions. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY211 Crime & Punishment
This course explores the ways the state, church, and the people dealt with crime and viewed justice in Renaissance, early modern, and modern Europe. Attention to topics such as heresy, the witch craze, and treason and to what ordinary and great trials reveal about changing attitudes toward criminal justice.
1 unit — Ashley
- HY212 American Environmental History
A survey of American history from the perspective of the environment, beginning with the biological and cultural invasion of the New World in 1492 and ending with current environmental problems and their historical roots. Topics include Native American vs. Euro-American views of nature, the impact of changing economic systems on the environment, and the impact of the landscape on various American cultures.
1 unit — Kohout
- HY213 Foundations of Classical Culture
Athenian Democracy. The Greeks with Near Eastern and Indo-European background. Panhellenic epic and religion, the polis, philosophy, history, tragedy and comedy. Attention throughout to Greek and Latin literary forms, but no knowledge of ancient languages required.
Prerequisite: Completion of CP:W required.
1 unit — Buxton
- HY216 Roman History I: The Ancient Roman Republic
Focus on the development of Rome, from a small city ruled by kings, to a regional power ruled under a Republic. The course will trace Rome's expansion through Italy, its conflict with Carthage and will closely examine the end of the Republic. Individuals discussed will include the Gracchi, generals Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Caesar, and Rome's greatest politician (and author) Cicero. (Also listed as Classics 216.) (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY217 American Frontiers
The process of conquering the American continent from 1492 to the present. An examination of the variety of forms that Euro-American conquest took (exploration, religion, economic development, settlement, and military encounter), the impact of conquest on native peoples, the social and economic development of the frontiers, and the lives that people led and lead in places considered frontiers.
1 unit — Kohout
- HY218 Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia
This two-block course will survey the history of the Eurasian region from Eastern Europe to the Central Asian and Pacific areas of Eurasia, with an important theme being the rise and fall of the Russian Empire, and the rise and fall of the Soviet bloc. The focus throughout will be on the ways in which religious, cultural, and ethnic identities were shaped by, accommodated to, and resisted the construction of national boundaries and identities. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
1 to 2 units
- HY219 Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Soviet successor states in the 20th century. Topics including the collapse of the Empire during the First World War, the attempted ‘building of socialism’ in the Soviet period, the crisis of the Soviet system, and how Soviet conceptions of the relation between ethnicity and nationality shaped political and cultural identities before and after 1991. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Showalter
- HY221 Africa & Europe to 1919
Traditional African states, Portugal and Africa, the slave trade, European conquest, occupation and administration. The African response to the European presence in terms of social change, the origins of a 'Europeanized' African elite and the beginnings of modern African politics. - Blasenheim,. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.
1 unit — Blasenheim
- HY222 The Emergence of Modern Africa, 1885 to the Present
Africa and the Berlin Conference, primary and secondary resistance to European colonialism, political independence, conflicts between traditional and modern cultural patterns and ideologies, one-party rule and economic dependence. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY223 China in the Age of Confucius
Examines the origins of Chinese civilization, from the divination rituals of the theocratic Bronze Age Shang Dynasty to the mighty Han. Considers the great religious and philosophical traditions of China's axial age: Confucianism, Daoism, and others vying for influence in China's bloody 'Warring States' period. Students will understand the political, economic, cultural and spiritual patterns that gave shape to classical Chinese civilization. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
1 to 2 units
- HY225 20th Century China
This course will follow the turbulent history and politics of China from the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 through the post-Mao reforms. Using primary documents, personal accounts, and scholarly studies, students will assess China's political and cultural changes and continuities in historical context. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY226 20th Century Japan
This course will trace the social, political, and cultural developments in Japan from the first Parliamentary elections in 1890 to the current fiscal crisis in the 1990s. Using a wide range of sources, students will explore major themes in Japan's empire, World War, economic miracle, and troubled role as Asian leader. Major themes will include cross-cultural contact, world systems, and women's history. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Williams
- HY227 Roman History II: The Rise of the Ancient Roman Empire
Following a brief survey of prior Roman history, the course will examine the development of the Roman state in the late first century under the emperor Augustus. The course will proceed to consider the Empire's evolution and management under subsequent Julio-Claudian, Flavian, and Antonine dynasties. The city, its monuments, its art, its literature, bureaucracy and territorial expansion, the role of women, various social and minority groups, and the growth of Christianity will all be discussed. (Also listed as Classics 226.)
1 unit — Buxton
- HY228 The American Colonies, 1492-1763
The English colonies in America, their founding and development within the British Empire. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Rommel-Ruiz
- HY229 The American Revolution and the Constitution, 1763-1789
The movement for independence and the corollary movement to restructure politics internally, from the end of the Seven Years’ War through the Revolution and Confederation to the adoption of the U. S. Constitution. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY230 The Early Republic, 1789-1848
Initial development of the United States under the Constitution through the Virginia dynasty and Jacksonian democracy. Party formation; conflicts in political economy; diplomacy; expansion; social and cultural growth. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY231 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1845-1877
The causes, strategies, and impact of the Civil War on the United Sates. Slavery, sectional controversy, political crises; civilian and military life during the war; the successes and failures of Reconstruction; the problems of race. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Kohout
- HY232 The Emergence of Modern America 1919-1942
Cultural expression, and race relations in the aftermath of WWI; changing sexual and racial relations and the anti-modernist response in the 1920s; the Harlem Renaissance; the causes and consequences of the Great Depression and FDR and the New Deal; the coming of WWII. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY233 Recent U.S. History, 1943-1973
Domestic politics and political realignments from Truman to Nixon; McCarthyism and the beginnings of the Cold War; covert action and direct intervention in U.S. foreign policy; Civil Rights; Black Power; feminism; and controversies regarding the American family. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY234 Contemporary U.S. History
American foreign policy from the 'Vietnam Syndrome' to the end of the Cold War to the invasion of Iraq; Americans and the Islamic world; transformations of the Republican and Democratic Parties and the Office of the President; negotiating race in the post-Civil Rights era; the 'New World Order' and the new immigration; religion, families, and gender and their roles in partisan politics. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY236 Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay since Independence
Political independence in the 1810s in La Plata and Chile. The impact of immigration, urbanization, modernization, populism, nationalism, militarism and redemocratization. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.
1 unit — Blasenheim
- HY237 History of Brazil, 1500-present
Portuguese colonization, political independence in a neo-colonial economy, the Brazilian Empire, the Republic. The emergence of modern Brazil: populism, corporation and militarism. The institution of slavery and its legacy. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY238 Colonial Hispano-America
Spanish conquest and administration in New Spain and Peru, the Catholic Church, internal and external colonial economies, the Bourbon reforms and political independence in the 1820s; class, caste and gender during the colonial period. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.
1 unit — Blasenheim
- HY239 History of Mexico
The Aztec and other Indian peoples’ influence in Mexican history and thought; Spanish colonial legacy; Enlightenment, Liberal, and Conservative political philosophies; Mexico’s relationship to the United States; roles of the Church and of violence from European encounter through Revolution (1910-1921) and into Mexico’s current precarious social and political situation. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY240 Foundations of American Constitutionalism and Diplomacy to 1865
Emphasizes the intellectual precursors and historical development of the federal union of 1787 and of early American foreign policy. Considers America before the Civil War as a system of states and explores through debates over the American union and early foreign policy a range of theoretical issues in international relations. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY241 The Emergence of Modern America, 1919-1942
Political liberty, cultural expression, and race relations in the aftermath of WWI; changing sexual and racial relations and the anti-modernist response in the 1920s; the Harlem Renaissance; the causes and consequences of the Great Depression and FDR and the New Deal; the coming of World War II. (Not offered 2016-17).
Prerequisite: No prerequisite for History majors.
- HY243 Slavery and Antislavery Movements to 1860
African cultural backgrounds, African slavery in colonial British America and the U. S. to 1860; free Black people from 1790 to 1860 and antislavery movements. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Ratchford
- HY244 Black People in the US since the Civil War
S. since the Civil War. Black Reconstruction; Black urban settlement; literary and artistic movements in the 1920s; civil rights struggles; recent social and political expressions. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Ratchford
- HY248 History of Korea
A thematic survey of Korean history from the earliest times to the present covering social, cultural and political developments from the Three Kingdoms period through the Silla unification, Koryo and Choson dynasties to the modern era. Special emphasis on the twentieth century. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Williams
- HY249 Women, Children & Men: Families in Historical Perspective
This course treats gender roles and family life throughout the European past, with comparative attention to families of other historical cultures and to relationships within non-human primate communities. It emphasizes the historical agency of women and children generally elided from traditional master narratives of Western Civilization, demonstrating how feminist and ethnohistorical approaches can reveal their experience. Course materials will include historiographical and anthropological literature as well as primary documents, literary works and visual sources. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Neel
- HY252 Magic, Science, and Religion in the Mediterranean
How have science and religion come to be seen as such different enterprises? What role has the charge of 'magic' played in setting boundaries between communities as they sought to understand both the workings of the natural world and spiritual revelation? This course examines the intertwined histories of what we now call magic, science, and religion, through Babylonian, Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, and Latin sources, from the ancient through the early modern periods. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY255 Nature & Society
The course examines the interaction between Europeans and the natural world from the Renaissance to the present. It looks at how nature shaped the ways Europeans lived and worked and how, in turn, they thought about and behaved toward nature. In particular, it explores the impact of the Scientific Revolution, industrialization, and mass culture on the changing interplay between nature, society, and culture. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY256 Education in the West
Educational institutions and their relationship to society from the Renaissance to the present. The rise of mass education and its impact on the structure and purpose of the educational system. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY261 Formation of Islamic Societies
Development of an Islamic world through formation of key institutions of Islamic urban life, the changing relationships of tribal and agrarian societies to urban society, and the differentiation of public and private space. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Murphy
- HY262 The Modern Middle East: Freedoms and Authorities
Analysis of the variety of lived experiences and questions of freedom and authority in everyday life in the Middle East. Attention to the impact of modernity on gender roles and social order in the Middle East. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.
1 unit — Murphy
- HY267 The Southwest under Spain and Mexico
The pre-contact history of Anasazi and Athabascan peoples from anthropological and mythological perspectives; the causes and consequences of the Spanish entrada and attempts at missionization of the Indian peoples of New Mexico and the California coast; development of mestizo society; the arrival of the Anglo-Americans and the Mexican-American War. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY268 The Southwest since the Mexican War
The adaptation of Native American and Hispanic peoples to Anglo-American culture and politics; the causes and consequences of the loss of Hispanic lands; the evolution of family life and religious practices; indigenous views of modernity. Films, artistic expression, and works of fiction as well as historical sources. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY269 The Old South: Settlement, Slavery, Secession
Explores key themes in Southern history from colonial settlement through the American Civil War. Examines the distinctiveness of the American South, and how Southern life was shaped by slavery, particularly in the ways the plantation economy informed Southern political culture, gender and race relations. Other important issues include: Anglo-American encounters with Native Americans, the Great Awakening, the American Revolution, Jeffersonian republicanism, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the rise of Southern nationalism.
1 unit — Rommel-Ruiz
- HY270 The New South: Modernity,
(Not offered 2016-17).
- HY274 Making Europe: Medieval Culture and the Framing of European Identity
Social structures, ritual communities, and political developments from the close of Mediterranean antiquity to the Black Death of the fourteenth century, with special attention to how Europeans began in this period to understand and characterize their experience as shared. Readings centering in contemporary historical, literary, and religious texts, discussed in light of differing interpretations of the relationship between medieval and modern Europes.
1 unit — Neel
- HY275 The Renaissance and the Reformation: Crisis and Dissent
Scientific, religious and artistic achievements of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.
1 unit — Ashley
- HY277 Europe in an Age of Absolutism
The birth of the modern state and the creation of modern society. From the end of the sixteenth-century Reformation and the religious wars through the crisis of the seventeenth century, as well as the making of the constitutional order in England and the absolutist state in France. Political, social, and cultural perspectives.
1 unit — Ragan
- HY278 Europe in the Age of Revolution: 1789-1870
Causes and the social and political effects of the French Revolution, the Revolutions of 1848, and the Industrial Revolution. Particular attention to the process of revolutionary change and to political movements including liberalism, Marxism, and nationalism. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY283 The Jews in the Modern Europe
The Jews of Poland, Western Europe, and the Islamic world during the 17th century. The Impact of Enlightenment and Assimilation. Hassidism and reform. Anti-Semitism, Zionism, and the American experience. World War I and its consequences: the changing Middle Eastern framework, Communism, Nazism. Israel, and its neighbors, and the world. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY286 War and Society since the Middle Ages
The experience of war in Western contexts compared to other major military cultures. Administrative, technical, and ideological contexts of war's evolution as the ultimate test of the cohesion of societies and the viability of nations. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.
2 units — Showalter
- HY287 Enlightenment Culture
The course analyzes the origins of 'modernity' in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Beginning with the Scientific Revolution, it then looks at the social and political environment that made the 'Republic of Letters' possible. A wide variety of primary-source texts, including social and political criticism, novels and poetry, painting and sculpture, will be examined. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY288 European Intellectual History
Changes in European thought from the early modern to the modern periods examined through the works of representative writers, philosophers, political theorists, scientists and artists (including Locke, Galileo, Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, Sartre, Foucault, and others). The relationships between these changes and social developments. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.
2 units — Ashley
- HY289 The Age of Ideology, 1870-1939
The “revolt against reason.” The effects of World War I and the Great Depression on society and politics. Analysis of the appeal of Bolshevism and Fascism. Particular attention to Mussolini and Hitler’s successful challenge to liberal governments and to the Spanish Civil War. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY290 World War II and Its Aftermath in Europe, 1939-2000
World War II and Its Aftermath in Europe, 1939-2000. The outbreak, course, and the effects of the War, including the advent of Communism in eastern Europe, European integration, and the 'economic miracle' in western Europe. The emergence of consumer society, the spread of popular culture, and the development of mass education. Attention to the challenges of decolonization and immigration Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY302 The Invention of History
Herodotus, sometimes called the 'father of lies,' and Thucydides, sometimes called the first political scientist, treated as the first historians. Study of the ways of conceiving history and its relation to the peoples and periods explored. No Greek or Latin required.
1 unit — Cramer
- HY303 The Uses of the Past: Studies in Philosophy and History
Critical issues in the philosophy of history and historical methodology as seen from the standpoint of the historian and the philosopher. (Offered by individual arrangement.) (Not offered 2016-17).
.5 to 1 unit
- HY304 Advanced Topics in History:
Selected topics in the history of one or more world regions. Thematic concentration determined by the instructor. (Not offered 2016-17).
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
- HY307 History of Sex: Traditions
Analysis of sexual roles and sexual practices in the world before the concept of ‘sexual identity’ emerged in the late nineteenth century. Examination of how different religious traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism have viewed sex, and exploration of a wide variety of topics including pornography, prostitution, and same-sex sexual behavior throughout the pre-modern world. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY308 History of Sex: Modernity
After examination of the birth of ‘sexuality’ in late nineteenth-century Europe, exploration of the acceptance of and resistance to this new conceptual model throughout the world. Attention to heterosexuality and homosexuality, intersexuality, and ‘perversion,’ concluding with analysis of the contemporary cultural wars over sexuality in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.
- HY312 Crusade and Reform in Europe's Long Twelfth Century
Social, intellectual, and spiritual ferment between the Investiture Contest of the 1170s and the death of Francis of Assisi in 1226, with special attention to ideology of expansionism in the eastern Mediterranean and diversity of belief within Latin Christendom. Readings in primary sources for military action in the Middle East, pogroms in the Rhineland, saints’ lives, and persecution of heretical groups, as well as major recent works of historical criticism. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY315 Film and History
Examines the representation of history in film. It compares a series of films to major themes and issues in the historiographical literature and raises questions about the ways films should adhere to the academic standards of the historical discipline. Students will read significant debates among cinematic and academic historians and explore the possibilities and limitations of cinematic presentations of history.
1 unit — Rommel-Ruiz
- HY316 History & Literature
An examination of the relationships, both similarities and differences, of history and literature. Using selected theoretical texts from Aristotle to the present, traditional narrative historical texts, experimental histories, fictions based on imagined thoughts and actions of historical figures, and comparisons of historical/biographical texts and historical novels, the course explores the different and/or similar purposes and functions of historical writing and literary writing, and the truth claims of each as forms of narrative and knowledge. In addition, we will read history literally and literature historically in order to interrogate the uses and limitations of both forms of writing. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY330 Colloquium in History and Political Science
A junior seminar organized around comparative analysis of a common theme or topic, employing both historical and political science approaches to analysis and research. Designed principally for History/Political Science majors, but others may be admitted with consent of instructors.
Prerequisite: HY/PS Major or consent of instructor.
1 unit — Blasenheim, Lindau
- HY344 Modern France and Italy: Fascism, War and Resistance
An examination of the effect of total war, extremism, and economic crisis on politics and society, with special attention to fascism, the resistance, post World War II revival, and to cultural movements such as the avant-garde, futurism, and existentialism. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY362 The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1845-1877
The causes, strategies, and impact of the Civil War on the United States. Slavery; sectional controversy; political crises; civilian and military life during the war; the successes and failures of Reconstruction; the problems of race. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY384 Cultural and Social History of China
Chinese ways of life and thought and the interaction of local social patterns with government and elite ideals. Focuses on the last great dynasty, the Qing. With Emphasis on Writing. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY393 Germany, 1914-1945: The Crisis Years
Formation of the new nation that Hitler said in 1933 the world would not recognize. Germany’s catalysis of European and world transformations, as well as its institution of dictatorship and genocide at home. Political, economic, social/cultural, intellectual, and military aspects of German experience. (Not offered 2016-17).
- HY399 Junior Seminar: Studying History
An examination of traditional and new methods of studying the past and an exploration of the debate over the nature and the meaning of history. Designed primarily for history majors, but others may be admitted with the consent of the department.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Junior standing.
1 unit — Mehta, Neel
- HY406 Research Workshop
Students learn how to develop a research topic, advanced library and primary document research, and historical research design and organization. Students meet regularly to discuss their work in progress. Usually, a central text is also discussed throughout the semester. (Semester-long extended format course.) (Not offered 2016-17).
Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Declared Major.
- HY409 Directed Readings in History:
Prerequisite: consent of instructor & 3 units of History.
.5 to 2 units
- HY410 Senior Seminar
An advanced seminar on selected topics and themes in historical study.
Prerequisite: History 399, consent of instructor and senior standing.
1 unit — Monroy, Rommel-Ruiz
- HY420 Senior Essay
Independent, primary source research. Particular content and emphasis of the paper to be determined in consultation with supervising professor. To be taken in the block immediately following HY 410.
Prerequisite: History 399 and 410 consent of instructor, senior standing.
1 unit — Monroy, Rommel-Ruiz
- HY424 History-Political Science Thesis
An interdisciplinary, primary source-based thesis on a subject of interest to the student. Independent study format with regular consultation between the student and the faculty supervisors.
Prerequisite: Consent of both departments.
- HY425 History-Philosophy Thesis
An interdisciplinary, primary-source based thesis on a subject of interest to the student and approved by two faculty supervisors, one in Philosophy and one in History. Independent study format with regular consultation between the student and the faculty supervisors.
Prerequisite: Consent of both faculty supervisors and registration in Philosophy 425 in the same academic year. Both courses must be completed at some point during blocks 1-6 or the senior year.
- HY430 Senior Thesis
Prerequisite: 399, 410, consent of instructor, senior standing.
- HY431 Senior Thesis
Directed reading and preparation of a thesis.
Prerequisite: 399, consent of instructor, senior standing.