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Fall 2019 Courses

Updated April 23, 2019
If you see any discrepancies between times listed below and the YES schedule please notify Mrs. Heidi Welch. The YES schedule has the correct time for the class to meet.

Dear History Majors,

This history page is created in order to give you details about HIST 3000W, promote new courses and list your capstone options for Fall 2019. Go to YES schedule of courses to see the complete selection of course titles, dates, and times.
You need to meet with you adviser IN PERSON before your appointment window. Your adviser must release an electronic academic hold on your account before you can register. Please email your adviser for an appointment. You adviser is listed on your YES landing page.

Note: HIST 3000W is a prerequisite for your capstone course. Please enroll in HIST 3000W at your earliest convenience. If you are a newly declared sophomore history major and are having trouble enrolling in a section of HIST 3000W please email Mrs. Welch for help.
Click here for a mostly firm listing of the HIST courses offered 2019-20 (to be uploaded near March 11).


HIST 3000W 01, The History Workshop: Historiography and Methods, TR 9:35 – 10:50 am, Professor Wasserstein.
HIST 3000W 02, The History Workshop: Health, Disease, and Healing, TR 11:00 - 12:15 pm, Professor Arleen Tuchman.
HIST 3000W 03, The History Workshop: Citizenship and Memory, TR 9:35 – 10:50 am, Professor Celso Castilho.
HIST 3000W 04, The History Workshop: Social Movements across Borders, TR 11:00 - 12:15 pm, Professor Paul Kramer.


Please check the "Eligible for History Majors" drop down menu on YES to see what courses in other programs count toward the history major.


(link and page numbers will be inserted in August when the 2019-20 online catalog is available). Link here for the 2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog. The major requirements begin on page xx. The course listings begin on page xx.


The core courses offered in 2019-20 for this major are:

F2019: HIST 1600; 1640; 2111; 2138; 2700 ECON 3150
S2020: HIST  1640; 2150; 2255; 2660; 3200; ECON 3150 (two sections)
Link here for get to the Economic-History major page.


HIST 1379W The Inquisition in the New World: Law, Deviance, and Heresy in Colonial Mexico. Professor Edward Wright-Rios
Offered: TR 1:10-2:25 pm
Areas of concentration for history majors: Latin America, G&T and Law, History, and Society major. 

HIST 2111 China and the United States. Professor Ruth Rogaski
Offered: MWF, 10:10 – 11:00 am
Areas of concentration for history majors: Asia, U.S., and a core course for Econ-History majors.


You must have completed HIST 3000W in order for a capstone course, HIST 4960, to count as a capstone.


Note: In order to enroll in a HIST 4960 course you must be a junior or senior history major who has completed HIST 3000W. You will be bumped from the course if you have not already completed HIST 3000W.
You do not need to take a capstone in your area of concentration.

HIST 4960.01 Enemies Working Together: Polarization and compromise in world history. Professor Michael Bess.  Offered: Tuesday 2:35 – 4:35 pm
Areas of concentration for history majors: Global and Transnational . If a major needs an alternative area of concentration coded for this course in order to graduate please contact the DUS for an individual variance.
Description: In this course we will explore historical instances from around the world in which groups of people who regarded each other as enemies proved able to get beyond their differences and work effectively together toward a common set of goals. We will not be focusing on cases like the "shotgun wedding" of WWII, in which the Anglo-Americans and Russians worked together to defeat Hitler, for this relied on an immediate threat as the unifying factor impelling cooperation. Instead, we will focus on cases in which there was no clear or explicit common enemy or immediate unifying threat, but rather a recognition on both sides that the long-term benefits of overcoming mutual differences and fashioning workable compromises would outweigh the interests of continued rivalry and conflict. Concrete examples will include international cooperative efforts as well as domestic ones.[3] (no AXLE credit)

HIST 4960.02 Indigenous Peoples in the Cultural Imagination. Professor Daniel Usner. Offered: Wednesday 2:10 – 4:10 pm
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S. If a major needs an alternative area of concentration coded for this course in order to graduate please contact the DUS for an individual variance.
Description: This seminar examines the representation of American Indians and other indigenous peoples from early modern times to the present as an integral dimension of intercultural relations and national identities. Literature, theater, art, exhibition, science, education, film, sports—wherever images and ideas regarding indigenous societies appear—will be explored. In addition to explaining why and how non-Indians portrayed Indian people the way they did, this inquiry features the changing influence that American Indians themselves have had upon the cultural imagination, from seventeenth-century emissaries to twenty-first-century entrepreneurs. [3] (no AXLE credit)

HIST 4960.03 Environmental History. Professor Catherine Molineux. Offered: Wednesday 2:10 – 4:10 pm
Areas of concentration for history majors: If a major needs a certain area of concentration coded for this course in order to graduate please contact the DUS for an individual variance.
Description: This course explores exemplary scholarship in the field of environmental history, focusing on its methods and approaches. Through the study of such topics as built environments, resource management, human-animal relations, knowledge production, labor, art and aesthetics, the principal goal of environmental history is to deepen our understanding of the relationship between human life and its surroundings. Students may conduct research in any era or region that they have previously studied through their degree in history.

If you see a discrepancy between this page and YES for the day/time a course is taught please email Mrs. Welch at Always follow the schedule on YES.

Any questions about the undergraduate major may be directed to the History Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies.