History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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History Spring 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. Read More »

18 Sections Currently Scheduled »

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

Social, political, economic, and intellectual growth of American institutions from colonization through Reconstruction. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 122: Development of Modern America (3 Credits)

History of the United States since 1877. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. Read More »

19 Sections Currently Scheduled »

200-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 252: Survey of East Asian History (3 Credits)

Surveys history of China and Japan from early modern times (ca. 1600) to present. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 272: Survey of Latin American History (3 Credits)

Surveys development of independent Latin America since 1825. Emphasizes interactions of United States, Latin America. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 282: 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 medieval period to present. Read More »

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. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 304: Western Europe in the Middle Ages (3 Credits)

Survey of development of European society from collapse of Roman rule in 5th century to advent of Black Death in 14th century. Emphasizes political, social, cultural, and intellectual growth of society that developed from Roman, Catholic, and Germanic roots. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 305: The Renaissance (3 Credits)

Survey considering Renaissance as phenomenon rather than chronological period. Emphasizes growth of humanism in Italy in 14th and 15th centuries, development of new political concepts, and laicization of society. Includes transmission of these developments to transalpine Europe in late 15th and 16th centuries. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 312: Nationalism in Eastern Europe (3 Credits)

Examines history of modern Eastern Europe from mid-19th century through collapse of communist regimes in 1989, and includes focus on Yugoslav wars of 1990s. Nationalism provides organizing theme; topic approached through literature, political, social, cultural, and new media sources. Class sessions emphasize discussion of central issues and sources. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 314: History of Germany (3 Credits)

Political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural development of Germany from dissolution of Holy Roman Empire to present. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 322: Modern Britain (3 Credits)

History of Britain from mid-18th century to present. Focuses on social, political, and economic transformations of industrialization; culture of 19th-century industrial society; problems of late 19th-century economic competition and imperialism; creation of welfare state; and experience of post-World War II political, social, and economic realignments. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 328: Rise of Russia (3 Credits)

Political, social, and cultural development of Russia from early times to the end of the 19th century. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 340: Basketball and the American Experience (3 Credits)

Explores history of basketball in the United States since the late 1800s. Examines how basketball reflects and informs attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, and national identity. Possible topics include YMCA movement, Jews in basketball, racial segregation, growth of college basketball, international politics, evolution of black aesthetic, ABA-NBA merger, women's basketball, Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rivalry, Michael Jordan, and basketball's professionalization, commercialization, and globalization. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 356: Modern Japan (3 Credits)

Japan from Meiji Restoration to World War II. Emphasizes Japan's modernization in face of challenge. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 358: Post-1949 China (3 Credits)

Puts People's Republic of CHINA (PRC) into historical context by assessing legacies of China's socialist revolution (1949-1976) and post-socialist reforms (1978-present). Explores revolutionary heritage of the Chinese Communist Party, goals and agendas of china's socialist state, ideologies and policies shaping urban and rural development, individual agency and responses to revolutionary mass mobilization and market reforms. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 360: History of South Africa (3 Credits)

Explores the historical processes that led to the rise of African kingdoms, colonialism, industrialization, resistance movements, and legalized segregation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 370: War and American Society (3 Credits)

Examines war and American society from the colonial period to the post-Cold War era, including how military institutions, war, and the preparation for war have affected American society, and how Americans have thought about military service, experience war, and made peace through their history. Special emphasis on civil-military relations and the role of war and militarism in American culture. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christopher H. Hamner — Krug Hall 242

HIST 377: The Vietnam War (3 Credits)

Covers the causes, major events, and legacies of America's Vietnam War, including an introduction to Vietnamese history and culture, American decisions for war, strategy and major military engagements, diplomacy and peace talks, and the aftermath of the conflict in Vietnam and United States. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 385: Humanities College to Career (1 Credits)

Focuses on career choices and effective self-presentation for soon-to-be graduating students with majors in the humanities. Explores how skills typically learned in humanities majors can be leveraged for a successful transition to post-graduation employment. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 389: Topics in U.S. History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

3 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. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 399: Internship (1-9 Credits)

Approved work-study programs in cooperation with specific organizations including area museums; archives; historic sites; and local, state, and federal agencies. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 401: Colonial America (3 Credits)

Intensive study of colonial American history from European origins through Revolutionary War. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

Topics in HIST

HIST 386: Topics in History (not currently offered) (1-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics of special interest.

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. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 389: Topics in U.S. History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 393: Topics in Film and History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Study of historical periods or topics from perspective of feature films and documentaries.

Graduate

500-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 525: Problems in Latin American History (3 Credits)

Analysis of selected problems. Emphasizes reading and discussion of historical interpretations, and development of bibliography. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 575: Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the central issues and debates surrounding the study of the Middle East, Islam, and Muslim societies. Covers key methodological issues including the role of area studies vis_ˆ_vis disciplinary approaches and debates on the politics of knowledge production and historiography. Read More »

1 Section 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. Read More »

1 Section 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. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 629: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3 Credits)

Examines history of United States from 1877 to 1918, with attention to history of reform movements and politics, and social history of the period. Familiarizes with major issues and historical literature of the period. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 631: Era of the American Revolution (3 Credits)

Examines history and historiography of revolutionary era, with special emphasis on social and ideological interpretations of period. Includes events leading to War for Independence, war itself, and social and political effects of war on American society. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 635: Problems in European History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 677: The Vietnam War (3 Credits)

Considers the causes, major events, and historiographic debates of America's Vietnam War including the war's antecedents in Vietnamese history, American decisions for war, strategy and major military engagements, the American antiwar movement, and diplomacy and peace talks. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 691: Museum Studies (3 Credits)

General introduction to museums of history and museum studies in the United States, intended for interested citizen as well as for assistance to students in course and career choices. Explores development, present state, and future possibilities of U.S. Museums, with some reference to international developments. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 697: Creating History in New Media (3 Credits)

Seminar; students create original historical projects in digital media. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in HIST

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

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 751: Research Seminar in Comparative World History (3 Credits)

Research seminar requiring comparative research and analysis. Organized around significant topic or theme in field of world history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 794: Internship in Applied History (3-6 Credits)

All internship placements must be approved by the department to ensure suitability to student's program. Introduces applied history through work and study at historical museum, site, library archive, editing project, or other approved agency. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 810: History Doctoral Colloquium (1 Credits)

Introduces array of scholars and scholarship through discussions of innovative historical events, important theories, and significant methodological breakthroughs in history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Cynthia A. Kierner — Merten Hall (formerly University Hall) 1203

HIST 811: Doctoral Research Seminar (3 Credits)

Students pursue research projects in their areas of specialization. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christopher H. Hamner — Robinson B204

900-Level Courses in HIST

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

Work on research proposal that forms basis for doctoral dissertation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Doctoral dissertation research and writing under direction of student's dissertation committee. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in HIST

HIST 525: Problems in Latin American History (3 Credits)

Analysis of selected problems. Emphasizes reading and discussion of historical interpretations, and development of bibliography. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 555: Problems in Asian History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Discussion of readings and historical interpretations and compilation of a comprehensive bibliography on given theme.

HIST 565: Problems in African History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Analysis of selected problems in African history. Emphasis on reading and discussion of historical interpretations and development of bibliography.

HIST 585: Problems in Middle Eastern History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Analyzes selected problem. Emphasizes reading and discussion of historical interpretations, and development of bibliography.

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

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 635: Problems in European History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled