History Classes - Fall 2018


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

    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 310   Public History

  • FRIDAY 9:00-11:40
  • Want to work in history but not teach in the classroom? Interested in archival management, museum studies, historic archaeology, historic preservation, or oral history? If yes, then take this class!    

HY 381-01   Colonial Latin America   

TR 2:40-4:00

Dr. Pacino

This course surveys the history of colonial Latin America from the Pre-Hispanic period to the wars of independence in the nineteenth century. Particular attention will be given to issues of race, gender, and cultural change. Topics include Pre-Columbian civilizations, Spanish conquest and colonial rule, indigenous rebellions and resistance, and a comparison between Portuguese Brazil and Spanish America.


  • HY 399-01  ST: Race in American History

  • MW 2:40-4:00

  • Dr. Reidy

  • Race in U.S. History is designed to be both stimulating and surprising. This class explores the history of race in America from the time of slavery until today. We give attention to topics such as Harpers Ferry, Reconstruction, the NAACP, the Scottsboro Boys, Brown v Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act (1964), and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Prepare yourself to be challenged and enlightened as we confront the difficult questions of race in America.  


    HY 401/501-01 Daily Life in Ancient Rome  

    MW 4:20-5:40

  • Dr. Gandila

    Did you know that the Romans invented the Shopping Mall? This course will re-create the daily lives of the ancient Romans using secondary readings, ancient literature, and archaeology. We will focus on the lives of ordinary people, with an eye to their struggles, everyday practices, beliefs, values, and mentalities.


  •  HY 439/539   Recent America

  • TR 4:20-5:40

  • Dr. Waring

    In this discussion seminar, we will explore the changing relationships of politics, culture, and society in the United States since the end of the Second World War.  Key topics include the Cold War, consumption and work, immigration and race, cities and sub-urbanization, countercultures and rights movements, liberalism and conservatism, globalization and its discontents.


  • HY 475/575  Sectarianism in the Islamic World

  • MW  1:00-2:20

    Dr. Baun

  • This course focuses on “sectarianism,” or the politics and culture of identity in the Islamic world. It explores the historical foundations of sectarianism from the early 7th century to the present, both within the Islamic world and across the globe. Topics of exploration include Muslim-Christian and Sunni-Shi‘a relations, from the age of the early Islamic caliphates to the 17th century Ottoman and Safavid Empires, and the connections between sectarianism, nationalism, secularism and modernity in the Middle East since the late 19th century.


    HY 490/590 - History Senior Seminar

  • MW 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 605  Recent Interpretations of Modern History

  • WEDNESDAY  5:45-8:40
  • Dr. Johnson
  • This class is an intensive reading and discussion seminar designed for beginning graduate students.  The course introduces students to recent trends in historiography and historical theory and prepares students for the history MA program at UAH. Required for Graduate Students.  Fall only. 


  • HY 618-01 Studies in Early American History  

  • MONDAY   5:45-8:35

  • Dr. Sears

    Delve into the New World colonies and how the diverse peoples interacted during the colonial period. We will consider social, religious, political, and economic developments in the colonies, including issues of gender, the frontier, Native American actions, Native and Anglo relations, and connections to British imperial state.  We'll visit Salem in Karlsen's Devil in the Shape of a Woman, Virginia in Brown's Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs, colonial military service in Anderson's A People's Army, and  Indian lives in Piker's The Four Deaths of Acorn Whistler.