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: 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 »

27 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 »

2 Sections 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 »

9 Sections Currently Scheduled »

200-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 251: Survey of East Asian History (3 Credits)

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

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. Read More »

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) 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 »

5 Sections 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 331: Postwar United States, 1945-1973 (3 Credits)

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: History of the Olympics and the United States (3 Credits)

Traces history of American participation in the Olympics from 1896 to the present. Topics may include American leadership in the Olympic Movement, the historical legacy of American Olympic host cities, American Imperialism, Nazism, issues of race, gender and ethnicity in the Olympics, the Cold War and Olympic boycotts, and commercialization of sport. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 350: U.S. Women's History (3 Credits)

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: The South since 1865 (3 Credits)

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: Modern China (3 Credits)

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: 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

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

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

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. 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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

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

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

4 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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 461: Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 Credits)

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: Women in Islamic Society (3 Credits)

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: 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 »

4 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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

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

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

4 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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 510: Approaches to Modern World History (3 Credits)

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: 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 565: Problems in African History (3 Credits)

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: Themes in U.S. History I (3 Credits)

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: Themes in European History I (3 Credits)

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: 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 »

2 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. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 623: Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present (3 Credits)

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: Approaches to American Culture (3 Credits)

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: 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 635: Problems in European History (3 Credits)

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 643: Religion and Society in the Reformation Era (3 Credits)

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: Historic Preservation (3 Credits)

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 Harold Sprinkle, Jr. — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Robinson A206

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. Read More »

2 Sections 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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. 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 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

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 523: Issues in American History (not currently offered) (1-3 Credits)

Reading, analysis of selected problems.

HIST 524: Issues in European History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Reading, analysis of selected problems.

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 (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

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

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 (3 Credits)

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: 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 »

8 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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled