History Classes - Spring 2019


  • HY 300-01 Craft of History
  • MW 9:40-11:00
  • Dr. Gandila

    This course surveys how we understand and study the past.  It introduces students to a broad array of historical methods and approaches, including the tools the historian uses to analyze and interpret a given event, trend or theme.  Required of all history majors and meant to prepare them for upper-division coursework.


  • HY 367-01 Women in U.S. History

  • TR 2:40-4:00

  • Dr. Sears
  • Well behaved women rarely make history, says Laurel Ulrich. Come to HY367 to learn about women--famous, little know, and infamous--and their role in American history. In this discussion seminar, we will explore women's experiences in America from the 17th century into the modern period. We'll explore how women's lives differed depending on race and class while investigating how women contributed to and were affected by major historical events like suffrage, war, Civil Rights, slavery, and sexual revolutions.

HY 382-01  Modern Latin America

MW 1:00-2:20

Dr. Pacino

After gaining political independence in the early 19th century, Latin American political leaders forged new modern nations out of a colonial society. This class will examine nation building in 19th and 20th century Latin America with specific attention to racial, class, and gender hierarchies, revolutions and social movements, political repression, and ordinary people's experiences. We will also examine current events in Latin America in order to better understand how the region's past has shaped the present.


  • HY 399-01  ST: Comparative Environmental History

  • TR 1:00-2:20

  • Dr. Ding

  • Have you wondered about the stories behind climate change, natural disasters, landscapes, transportations, atomic energy, pesticide, and the garbage that we produce everyday? These are subjects of not only scientific and engineering studies, but also historical inquiry. From a comparative perspective, this course will examine these subjects in the historical context of the United States and China, the two largest countries in the world today.


    HY 414/514 The New South

    TR 4:20-5:40

  • Dr. Mohr

    This class focuses on the history of the American South after Reconstruction, with an emphasis on the region's global interconnections. The political, economic, and social histories of the twentieth-century South are addressed and debated in this class. 


  •  HY 474/574   Renaissance & Reformation

  • MW 4:20-5:40

  • Dr. Smith

    Astrology, Alchemy, Witchcraft, Science, and Religion! We’ll learn how figures like Martin Luther, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and everyday, regular people understood and shaped the world. Explore how the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution transformed European life.


  • HY 498/598  ST:  Ancient Rome on Film 

  • M  5:45-8:35

    Dr. Gandila

  • Did Cleopatra really look like Liz Taylor? In this course students learn about Roman civilization by viewing popular films about the period and reading the historical documents on which those films are based. With their accuracies and inaccuracies, the films offer an opportunity to reflect on how modern values have been shaped by ancient Rome.


    HY 490/590 - History Senior Seminar

  • TR 11:20-12:40
  • Dr. Waring
  • Research primary sources and write a scholarly essay! For history majors, this is the required capstone research seminar. For graduate students, it is an opportunity to enhance research skills in a structured class.

  • HY 687  Studies in Modern Middle East History 

  • Thursday  5:45-8:35
  • Dr. Baun
  • Research, writing, and critical examination of modern Middle East history (late 1800s-present).   We will start by reading Edward Said's groundbreaking Orientalism (1978)which changed the field of Middle East History, and then continue in selected topics. Particular focus on popular culture, from cutting hair in Ottoman Damascus to watching cop dramas in contemporary Morocco.


  • HY 695 Studies on World History:  Comparative Revolutions 

  • WEDNESDAY   5:45-8:35

  • Dr. Pacino

    Revolutions were a defining feature of the modern world, and they came in all shapes and sizes. In this class, we will learn about major twentieth-century revolutions and social movements from all world regions. In doing so, we will consider the following questions: what is a revolution anyway? What determines whether or not a revolution is "successful"?