History Classes - Spring 2018


  • HY 290-01 Craft of History
  • TR 1:00-2:20
  • Dr. Baun

    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 325-01 History of Alabama

  • TR 9:40-11:00
  • Dr. Cook
  • This course surveys the history of Alabama from prehistoric times to the present.  It includes close attention to Native Americans in Alabama,      Alabama’s geology and geography, the state’s territorial period and early statehood, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Alabama’s constitution, and 20th Century events including the Civil Rights Era.  

HY 331-01 World of Middle Ages

MW 2:40-4:00

Dr. Gandila

This course studies Western civilization from Late Antiquity to the Age of Discovery.  It covers the central developments in medieval   Europe in relation with other contemporary cultures, such as Byzantium and the Islamic world.  The topics covered include: feudalism, church   and state, Vikings, Crusades, the Black Death, and the early Renaissance.


  • HY 368-01  American Environmental History

  • MW 11:20-12:40

  • Dr. Waring

  • The class explores the evolving relationships of people and the environment in American history from 1500 to the present.  Topics include:  hunter-gatherers, farmers, slaves, club women, corporate managers, scientists, and suburbanites; beaver, bison, salmon, and weevils; corn, oak trees, cotton, and crabgrass; guns, railroads, fish wheels, septic tanks, and internal combustion engines.  


     HY 399-01  Afghanistan:  Graveyard of Empires since 1800 

    MW 9:40-11:00

  • Dr. Isbell

    Using lectures, readings, and films, the course will provide a comparative analysis of British, Russian/Soviet, and U.S. political and military objectives in Afghanistan. The course will cover the period from the First Anglo-Afghan War to America’s Operation Enduring Freedom.


  • HY 482/582  Comparative Slavery & Abolition 

  • TR 1:00-2:20

  • Dr. Sears

    Slaves running countries? Slaves owning slaves? Slaves dictating terms of hire? Think these are far-fetched--sign up for comparative slavery and find out how diverse slaveries can be.  Compare US antebellum slavery to Roman and Ottoman slavery and Russian serfdom, considering slave resistance, labor, and community and family.


  • HY 483/583  Women & Gender in Latin America

  • MW  4:20-5:40

    Dr. Pacino

  • Cultural ideas about appropriate behaviors for men and women played a critical role in shaping Latin Americans’ social, political, and economic experiences. Come learn about changes and continuities in Latin American women’s and men’s lives over the last 500 years of history, from the pre-colonial period to the present.


    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 494/594 Developing Digital Archives

  • FRIDAY  9:00-11:40
  • Mr. Grimsley
  • Expand your history skill set by learning how to build a digital historical database! This course will examine the theory and practice of developing digital access tools in archives, the digital humanities, libraries, and museums. Students will gain hands on experience working with a current content management system. 


  • HY 614-01   Studies in Southern History

  • WEDNESDAY  5:45-8:35

  • Dr. Kvach

    This class explores how southern society has been shaped over time and space within the context of American history. Better understand what it means to be southern by looking at topics such as the Old South, New South, the Confederacy, Civil War, Lost Cause, Confederate memorials, slavery, music, and food. 


  • HY 690-01   Studies in Modern Europe

  • TUESDAY   5:45-8:35

  • Dr. Johnson

    This discussion-based graduate seminar focuses on key themes in twentieth-century European history, including the Great War, Nazism, Stalinism, WWII, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and Post-Communism. Readings include historical monographs representing a mix of political, social, and cultural historical approaches.