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Featured Courses

Below are the upper division courses on offer by the Department of History for the Fall 2017 semester. You can find more detailed information (such as location and course syllabi) on the current Department of History class schedule. To register for History courses, login to CIS.

(HIST 4990) Senior Seminar: Community Engaged History

This course asks: what matters to you and how has history shaped those things?  How can the process of researching and writing history enrich the communities that matter to you?  Where and who is your community, or communities?  You may define your community by geography, religious affinity, ethnic group, sexual identity, work place, school, political community, or other criteria. At the culmination of the course you will have produced reflections on these questions and a history in service of the present.  The history may be in written, aural, or visual form and delivered in a manner that contributes to engaging community. Taught by Professor Susie Porter.


(HIST 3140) Victorian Britain

This course investigates some of the major social and cultural developments in Britain between the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of immigration legislation in 1905. Using the analytical categories of gender, race, and class, this course explores the themes of home and family, industrialization and urbanization, the rise of the Victorian state, the relationship between the nation and the empire, the tensions between science and religion, and the anxieties around sexuality and the body. Taught by Professor Nadja Durbach.



(HIST 3580) Premodern Southeast Asia

This class considers early Southeast Asia through the lens of trade and travel, talking about the region as a crossroads joining China and the eastern Spice Islands to India and even Europe. Topics covered include Indian and Chinese influences on the region; the enduring mythology of the Spice Islands; the interplay between Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity; and the rise of colonial powers across Southeast Asia. Some time is also set aside to talk about art and interesting social customs in the region. Finally, we will read a number of first-person accounts from traders and travelers in premodern Southeast Asia. Taught by Professor ShawnaKim Lowey-Ball.


global islam(HIST 4230) Global Islam

China has more Muslims than Saudi Arabia. India has more Muslims than Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan combined. And Indonesia has the largest Muslim population on earth. We think of Islam as a religion of the Middle East and North Africa, but the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are not Arab and do not live in those regions. This course explores Islam as it exists everywhere else. We discuss the military, political, intellectual, and economic reasons for Islam’s expansion into Africa, Asia, and Europe. We look at historical relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and ask what “counts” as orthodox Islam. We also discuss current news stories and try to understand them in historical context. Taught by Professor ShawnaKim Lowey-Ball.




Last Updated: 7/19/17