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Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses

Updated July 24, 2019

Dear History Majors,

This history page is created in order to give you details about the HIST 3000W, promote new courses and list your capstone options for Spring 2020. 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.


HIST 3000W 01, The History Workshop: Politics, War and Art, TR 2:35 – 3:50 pm, Professor Applegate
HIST 3000W 02, The History Workshop: Nature, Culture, Power, MW 1:10-2:25, Professor Rijke-Epstein
HIST 3000W 03, The History Workshop: The Practice and Politics of History, TR 1:10-2:25 pm, Professor Cohen


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 2255. Inventing the Modern Economy: Economic Transformation and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Europe . Professor Clay. 
Offered TR 11:00-12:15 pm
Areas of concentration for history majors: EHST

HIST 2294. Eastern Europe: Critical Encounters. Professor Greble. 
Offered TR 2:35 – 3:50
Areas of concentration for history majors: Europe, G&T


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. Premodern Capitalism. Instructor: Professor Caferro. Offered Thursday, 2:35 - 4:35 pm. 
Areas of concentration: European, Open to all areas of concentration depending on the topic of your paper.
Description: The course examines the meaning of capitalism and its application to pre-modern societies. It explores competing theories of its “evolution” in a European context, most notably with regard to the so-called “transition” from medieval feudal society. The class considers how scholars have attempted to understand capitalism in terms of business and accounting methods, commercial relations and religious thought. It asks whether indeed capitalism-- and economic development more generally—may understood as evolutionary. The class covers approximately five hundred years of history, and treats western views in a global perspective. (no AXLE credit)

HIST 4960.02. Space, Power, and History. Instructor: Professor Kramer. Tuesday, 2:35 – 4:35 pm. 
Areas of concentration: G&T, Open to all areas of concentration depending on the topic of your paper.
Description: This course explores recent and emerging efforts to thematize and analyze spatial dynamics in the writing of history. Topics include spatiality and capitalism, space and imperial boundary-making, the politics of territoriality, urban space, regimes of segregation and the spatial politics of social justice. Alongside historical works, students will read key works in geography and urban studies. (no AXLE credit)

HIST 4960.03. The U.S. and the Cold War. Instructor: Professor Schwartz. Offered Wednesday 2:10 – 4:10 pm. 
Areas of concentration: U.S., Open to all areas of concentration depending on the topic of your paper.
Description: This course is a research seminar on the Cold War, an era of history which begins with the end of World War II and the collapse of the Grand Alliance, the intense crises of the 1950s through the Cuban confrontation and Vietnam, and extends through the detente of the 1970s and the second Cold War of the early 1980s, concluding with the final collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  We will discuss and read materials dealing with some of the central issues of the Cold War, as well as the key crises, as well as exploring the Cold War from the different perspectives of the major participants.  We will also consider the impact of the Cold War on American identity and culture, as well as the impact of American domestic politics on the Cold War.  The major emphasis of this course will be placed on developing a research topic and writing a research paper based upon the many primary sources available.(no AXLE credit)


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