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 »

23 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 »

8 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 261: 3 Credits

Survey of African History

Focuses on the sub-Saharan region and examines evolving systems of kinship power, spirituality, and slavery. Explores the interactions between Africans and global influences from the religions of the book and colonialism to the politics of development and continuities and changes in production. HIST¶ÿ261 surveys African history from the earliest times to 1800. HIST¶ÿ262 surveys African history from 1800 to the present. 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 305: 3 Credits

The Renaissance

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 308: 3 Credits

Nineteenth-Century Europe

History of Europe from Congress of Vienna to outbreak of World War I. Read More »

1 Section 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

HIST 329: 3 Credits

Modern Russia and the Soviet Union

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

HIST 360: 3 Credits

History of South Africa

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 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

HIST 386: 1-6 Credits

Topics in History

Study of historical topics of special interest. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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 »

4 Sections 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 »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 390: 3 Credits

The Digital Past

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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 401: 3 Credits

Colonial America

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 460: 3 Credits

Modern Iran

Modern Iran, from 1800 to present, in context of several broad themes: institutional structure of state; role of great powers in Iran and Iranian response to economic, military, technological, and ideological challenge posed by West; interaction of religion and other ideologies and politics; economic development and impact on politics and society; and ways historians have sought to understand and interpret modern Iranian history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 480: 3 Credits

Alexander the Great

Rise of Persia, Persian wars with Greece, subjugation of Greece by Philip II of Macedonia, and Alexander the Great and his conquest of Persian empire. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Study of historical topics of special interest. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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 »

4 Sections 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 »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 393: 3 Credits

Topics in Film and History (not currently offered)

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

Graduate

500-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 535: 3 Credits

Problems in Comparative World History

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

HIST 585: 3 Credits

Problems in Middle Eastern History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 602: 3 Credits

Themes in U.S. History II

Continuation of HIST 601. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 606: 3 Credits

Themes in European History II

Survey of European history from 1815 to present. 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 620: 3 Credits

Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 633: 3 Credits

Reconstruction

Examines panoply of political, social, economic, and constitutional concerns from 1863 to 1880, as North and South struggled over outcome of Civil War. Addresses political institutions and power in postwar North and South, and place of former slaves in society, politics, and economy. 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 642: 3 Credits

Humanism and the Renaissance

The Renaissance as a unique period in European cultural history from ca. 1350 to 1520. Concentrates on Italian situation as standard, with consideration given to manifestations of Renaissance in northern Europe, especially Germany, until Reformation. Focuses on recent studies of political, social, intellectual, and religious changes. Students write class reports and a larger bibliographic paper. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 692: 3 Credits

Historical Editing

Introduces fundamentals of historical editing of documents, including microform, word processing, and computer techniques. Designed for those seeking introduction to various areas of applied history, and those intending to edit historical documents for publication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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 (not currently offered)

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

HIST 535: 3 Credits

Problems in Comparative World History

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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

1 Section 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 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