History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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History Fall 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 100: History of Western Civilization (3 Credits)

History of Western civilization from ancient Mediterranean origins through medieval and modern development of Europe to contemporary world. Notes: Students who take HIST 100 may not receive credit for HIST 101 or HIST 102. Equivalent to HIST 101, HIST 102.
Mason Core: Western Civilization
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation

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HIST 121: Formation of the American Republic (3 Credits)

Social, political, economic, and intellectual growth of American institutions from colonization through Reconstruction. Notes: Students may not receive credit for HIST 121 if they have taken HIST 120. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Ted McCord — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — David King Hall 2053
  • Section 003 — Ted McCord — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1007

HIST 122: Development of Modern America (3 Credits)

History of the United States since 1877. Notes: Students may not receive credit for HIST 122 if they have taken HIST 120. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Ted McCord — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — David King Hall 2053
  • Section 003 — Ted McCord — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM W — Krug Hall 210

HIST 125: Introduction to World History (3 Credits)

Analytical approach to world history overview that surveys major features of principal existing civilizations of world, as originally formed and as altered by key global processes including forces of modernity. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Western Civilization
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation

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200-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 202: Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History (3 Credits)

Focuses on skills, methods of learning, and subject matter to introduce discipline of history. Notes: Topics vary. Equivalent to SYST 202.
Recommended Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore standing.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 271: Survey of Latin American History (3 Credits)

Surveys colonial era to 1825. Emphasizes interactions of United States, Latin America. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 281: Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (3 Credits)

Survey of Middle Eastern history from rise of Islam to present, emphasizing processes that led to emergence of economic, cultural, social, and political institutions that characterize region today. Surveys period from rise of Islam in 570 to medieval period (ca. 1258) May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method (3 Credits)

Introduces research skills and methods, as well as historical interpretation, culminating in written and oral presentations. Notes: Topics vary according to instructor. History majors strongly urged to take HIST 300 as soon as possible after reaching 30 credits. Grade of C or better is required to graduate with BA in history. Students may repeat HIST 300 only with permission from the Department of History and Art History and repetitions are limited. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 30 credits or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 329: Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (3 Credits)

Russia and the Soviet Union from the early 20th century to the present. Focuses on the Russian Revolution and the political, social, cultural, and economic developments of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Steven Barnes — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005

HIST 335: The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885 (3 Credits)

History of African American experience in United States including African origins; trans-Atlantic slave trade; development of slavery in colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum periods; abolitionist movements; and African American participation in Civil War and during Reconstruction. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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HIST 339: History of Baseball (3 Credits)

Examines development of baseball in U.S. context of labor, intellectual, economic and political events including racial segregation. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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HIST 341: History of Sport in the United States (3 Credits)

Examines the roots of American sport in colonial play and recreation, the emergence of organized and national sports, issues of gender and race in the sporting world, and the intersection of U.S. sport with events such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christopher C Elzey — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson B203

HIST 354: Modern China (3 Credits)

China from 1644 to the People's Republic of China. Emphasizes coming of West and various stages of Chinese reaction. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Michael G. Chang — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson B208

HIST 357: Postwar Japan (3 Credits)

History of Japan from World War II to present. Examines Japanese experience of several key moments: Japan's defeat in Pacific War, reconstruction during U.S. occupation, rise to economic prominence during 1960s and 1970s, and cultural and international identity crisis during 1980s and 1990s. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 365: Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (3 Credits)

Examines forms of conquest and colonization practiced by Aztec, Inca, Spanish, and Portuguese in what is now Latin America. Includes role of ideology and religion in imperial rule, use of warfare to create empires and colonies, and implementation of political and economic systems to rule subject people. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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HIST 373: The Civil War and Reconstruction (3 Credits)

Analyzes the history of the American Civil War from its origins in the late 18th century to the withdrawal of federal troops from the south in 1877. Examines the political, social, and economic issues that led to war; the home fronts, war leadership, diplomacy, combat motivation, and grand strategy; problems associated with reconstituting the nation's political institutions; and the integration of millions of newly freed slaves. May not be repeated for credit.
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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christopher H. Hamner — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Krug Hall 242

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 389: Topics in US. History. (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 390: The Digital Past (3 Credits)

Teaches the fundamentals of information technology within the context of a history course. Students learn fundamentals and skills as well as how our society became so enamored of and dependent on these knowledge and information tools. Understanding a new technology requires understanding how new technologies transform the societies that embrace them. Emphasizes the use of free and open-source software whenever possible. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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HIST 393: Topics in Film and History (3 Credits)

Study of historical periods or topics from perspective of feature films and documentaries. Notes: Topics available in advance from the department. May be repeated when topic is different. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the BA in history. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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400-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 403: Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812 (3 Credits)

Study of formative years of new republic from Treaty of Paris of 1783 to election of 1820. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 hours of HIST or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Randolph Scully — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson B208

HIST 404: Jacksonian America, 1812-1854 (3 Credits)

Study of age of Andrew Jackson. Emphasizes democratic institutions that emerged as dominant influences in American society. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 hours of history or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jane Turner Censer — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Robinson A208

HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History (3 Credits)

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses. Notes: Subject determined by instructor. Student may present no more than 3 credits for graduation credit. Must receive passing grade to graduate with BA in history. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 90 credits
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, HNRS 110C or 210C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

Topics in HIST

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 389: Topics in US. History. (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 393: Topics in Film and History (3 Credits)

Study of historical periods or topics from perspective of feature films and documentaries. Notes: Topics available in advance from the department. May be repeated when topic is different. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the BA in history. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 535: Problems in Comparative World History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 610: The Study and Writing of History (3 Credits)

Methodology of the historian including techniques of research, use of documentation and other sources, development of bibliography, and synthesis of material. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 615: Problems in American History (1-6 Credits)

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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HIST 618: The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854 (3 Credits)

Survey of social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political changes in United States during period of rapid growth and expansion. Topics include second-party system; growth of sectionalism, nationalism, and expansionism; industrialization and spread of market economy; rise of romantic reform and evangelical religion; and growth of abolitionist and proslavery movements. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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HIST 620: Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815 (3 Credits)

Investigates breakdown of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, and role of revolutionary ideology of republicanism. Discusses leadership and policies of republic in hostile international context. Students read extensively in monographic literature and prepare research paper. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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HIST 635: Problems in European History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 685: Topics in Applied History (3 Credits)

Addresses specific topics in applied history selected by the instructor, with emphasis on combining theoretical analysis and readings with attention to practices and skills of applied history. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 15 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 696: Clio Wired: An Introduction to History and New Media (3 Credits)

Students with limited computer competency should consult department before enrolling. Introduces changes that new media and technologies are bringing to how we research, write, present, and teach about the past. Students explore theoretical and historical issues as well as learn hands-on skills in digital history. Notes: Students with limited computer competency should consult with department before enrolling. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 711: Research Seminar in US. History. (3 Credits)

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: HIST 610 or permission of department.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies, Education (Community College) or History.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 731: Research Seminar in European History (3 Credits)

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: HIST 610 or permission of department.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies, Education (Community College) or History.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 810: History Doctoral Colloquium (1 credit. Credits)

Introduces array of scholars and scholarship through discussions of innovative historical events, important theories, and significant methodological breakthroughs in history. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Sam Lebovic — 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM M — Merten Hall (formerly University Hall) 1202

900-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Work on research proposal that forms basis for doctoral dissertation. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

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HIST 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-12 Credits)

Doctoral dissertation research and writing under direction of student's dissertation committee. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of HIST 998.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in HIST

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 389: Topics in US. History. (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 393: Topics in Film and History (3 Credits)

Study of historical periods or topics from perspective of feature films and documentaries. Notes: Topics available in advance from the department. May be repeated when topic is different. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the BA in history. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled