History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 100: 3 Credits

History of Western Civilization

History of Western civilization from ancient Mediterranean origins through medieval and modern development of Europe to contemporary world. Read More »

27 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 121: 3 Credits

Formation of the American Republic

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 122: 3 Credits

Development of Modern America

History of the United States since 1877. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 125: 3 Credits

Introduction to World History

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 »

9 Sections Currently Scheduled »

200-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 251: 3 Credits

Survey of East Asian History

Surveys history of China and Japan from prehistoric times to ca. 1600. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 271: 3 Credits

Survey of Latin American History

Surveys colonial era to 1825. Emphasizes interactions of United States, Latin America. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 281: 3 Credits

Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization

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) Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 300: 3 Credits

Introduction to Historical Method

Introduces research skills and methods, as well as historical interpretation, culminating in written and oral presentations. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 314: 3 Credits

History of Germany

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Mark R. Stoneman — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

HIST 331: 3 Credits

Postwar United States, 1945-1973

Examines political, cultural, and economics history in the three decades after 1945. Themes include the emergence of the civil rights movement and feminism; the domestic and international events of the Cold War, especially the Vietnam War; and the rise and fall of the presidency's prestige in the years of the Great Society and Watergate. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Zachary Schrag — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Krug Hall 7

HIST 342: 3 Credits

The African American Experience in Modern Sport

Examines the history of African American athletes and their experiences with the sporting world from the late nineteenth century to the present. Explores African Americans' relationship to various sports against the backdrop of important historical moments in the U.S. Studies scientific racism and black athletic superiority, the experience of African American women in sport, and sport and celebrity culture. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 350: 3 Credits

U.S. Women's History

History of women and their changing status and gender roles in American society from colonial period through "second wave" of feminism in 1970s. Explores images and lives of women of different class, ethnic, and regional origins. Also focuses on women's political, economic, and legal conditions, and changes in them. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Jane Turner Censer — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson A248

HIST 352: 3 Credits

The South since 1865

History of South during Reconstruction, Redeemer era, and New South, with particular emphasis on race relations. Covers political, economic, cultural, and intellectual development from aftermath of war. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 354: 3 Credits

Modern China

China from 1644 to the People's Republic of China. Emphasizes coming of West and various stages of Chinese reaction. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 356: 3 Credits

Modern Japan

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Brian W. Platt — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Krug Hall 242

HIST 370: 3 Credits

War and American Society

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 002 — Meredith Lair — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson B224

HIST 373: 3 Credits

The Civil War and Reconstruction

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Daniel Hicks — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

HIST 387: 3-6 Credits

Topics in Global History

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 388: 3 Credits

Topics in European History

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 389: 3 Credits

Topics in U.S. History

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 393: 3 Credits

Topics in Film and History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 461: 3 Credits

Arab-Israeli Conflict

Overview of history of Arab-Israeli conflict. Examines conflict from various perspectives: over land and between competing nationalisms and identities; in terms of national interests of various states, including Israelis and Palestinians as well as other Arab governments and great powers; and in terms of peace making and conflict resolution. Some knowledge of history of Middle East since World War I strongly advised. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Shaul Bakhash — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — East Building 122

HIST 462: 3 Credits

Women in Islamic Society

Surveys history of women in Islamic society from rise of Islam to present day. Examines historical processes that affected role and status of women in society, and specific topics around which issues of gender status and identity coalesced, especially in modern period. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Sumaiya A. Hamdani — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Robinson A248

HIST 499: 3 Credits

Senior Seminar in History

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 »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

Topics in HIST

HIST 386: 1-6 Credits

Topics in History (not currently offered)

Study of historical topics of special interest.

HIST 387: 3-6 Credits

Topics in Global History

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 388: 3 Credits

Topics in European History

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 389: 3 Credits

Topics in U.S. History

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 393: 3 Credits

Topics in Film and History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 510: 3 Credits

Approaches to Modern World History

Introduces historical study of world beyond Europe and United States. Students read major theoretical works and case studies of particular regions. Examines imperialism, national identity, and various forms of popular resistance; familiarizes students with range of scholarly approaches, including world systems theory and subaltern studies. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Matthew B. Karush — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Robinson A208

HIST 525: 3 Credits

Problems in Latin American History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 565: 3 Credits

Problems in African History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 601: 3 Credits

Themes in U.S. History I

Survey of U.S. History prior to 1877. Designed for individuals entering the graduate program who need to strengthen preparation in area, or who seek to enhance knowledge of latest interpretations in field. Stresses factual knowledge and its interpretation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 605: 3 Credits

Themes in European History I

Survey of European history from 1500 to 1815. Designed for individuals entering graduate program who need to strengthen preparation in this area, or who seek to enhance knowledge of latest interpretations in field. Stresses factual knowledge and its interpretation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 610: 3 Credits

The Study and Writing of History

Methodology of the historian including techniques of research, use of documentation and other sources, development of bibliography, and synthesis of material. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 615: 1-6 Credits

Problems in American History

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

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 623: 3 Credits

Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present

Selected political, social, economic, diplomatic, and cultural forces that shaped the post-World War II American experience. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 626: 3 Credits

Approaches to American Culture

Focuses on various approaches historians have taken to history of American culture: questions they asked, assumptions they made, disciplinary tools they used, and types of materials they analyzed. Concentrates on patterns of culture, and what they say about American past and present. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Alan C. Gevinson — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

HIST 629: 3 Credits

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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 635: 3 Credits

Problems in European History

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 643: 3 Credits

Religion and Society in the Reformation Era

The Reformation, ca. 1500 to 1650, was a time of major religious, intellectual, social, and political upheaval in European history. Investigates reasons for changes, and effects on European society. First half focuses on Germany, but major events throughout Europe are studied. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Mack P. Holt — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Blue Ridge 127

HIST 693: 3 Credits

Historic Preservation

General introduction to historic preservation in the United States, intended for interested citizen and to assist students in course and career choices. Explores development, present state, and future possibilities of historic preservation in the United States, with some reference to international aspects of preservation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — John Sprinkle — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Robinson A206

HIST 696: 3 Credits

Clio Wired: An Introduction to History and New Media

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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 711: 3 Credits

Research Seminar in U.S. History

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 731: 3 Credits

Research Seminar in European History

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 810: 1 Credits

History Doctoral Colloquium

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 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

900-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 998: 1-6 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 999: 1-12 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation Research

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in HIST

HIST 523: 1-3 Credits

Issues in American History (not currently offered)

Reading, analysis of selected problems.

HIST 524: 3 Credits

Issues in European History (not currently offered)

Reading, analysis of selected problems.

HIST 525: 3 Credits

Problems in Latin American History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 535: 3 Credits

Problems in Comparative World History (not currently offered)

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

HIST 555: 3 Credits

Problems in Asian History (not currently offered)

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

HIST 565: 3 Credits

Problems in African History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 585: 3 Credits

Problems in Middle Eastern History (not currently offered)

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

HIST 615: 1-6 Credits

Problems in American History

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

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 635: 3 Credits

Problems in European History

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled