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 »

26 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 »

1 Section 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 »

3 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 306: 3 Credits

The Reformation

Late medieval ecclesiastical conditions and reform movements, late scholasticism, Protestant Reformation, Catholic Reformation, dynastic rivalries, and religious wars. Concludes with Peace of Westphalia. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 307: 3 Credits

Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of Europe from 1648 to 1815. Crisis of authority, consolidation of the state, absolutism, colonial expansion, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution and Napoleon. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 312: 3 Credits

Nationalism in Eastern Europe

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: 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

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HIST 328: 3 Credits

Rise of Russia

Political, social, and cultural development of Russia from early times to the end of the 19th century. 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 333: 3 Credits

The Automobile in the United States

Examines the biography of one of the most important characters in twentieth-century U.S. history: the automobile. Embraces the histories of business, policy, labor, the environment, technology, and culture, and seeks a holistic understanding of the role of the car in American life. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 338: 3 Credits

History of College Athletics

Examines America's unique blend of higher education and sports from 1870s to modern collaborations between college athletic programs and America's media outlets. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 351: 3 Credits

History of the Old South

History of South to outbreak of Civil War, with particular emphasis on rise of sectionalism. Focuses on development of distinct Southern culture through emergence of economic, political, social, agricultural, and intellectual institutions. 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 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 364: 3 Credits

Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America

During 20th century, Latin America has witnessed both peaceful political movements and violent revolutions aimed at achieving social justice. Considers several of these movements in comparative perspective: Mexican Revolution, Arbenz government in Guatemala, Allende regime in Chile, Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions, and Brazilian Worker's Party. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 366: 3 Credits

Comparative Slavery

Examines systems of slavery from ancient world to modern world, with special emphasis on Atlantic slave trade and slave societies in Latin America and Anglo America. Considers impact of slaves and slavery on cultural, economic, and political systems in Africa and Americas from 16th to 19th centuries. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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 »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: 3 Credits

Topics in European History

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

3 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 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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 391: 3 Credits

History of Virginia to 1800

Discovery and settlement of Virginia. Colonial period with emphasis on development of representative government and race relations, Golden Age of Virginia dynasty, and coming of Civil War. Read More »

1 Section 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

HIST 399: 1-9 Credits

Internship

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 403: 3 Credits

Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812

Study of formative years of new republic from Treaty of Paris of 1783 to election of 1820. 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 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 »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: 3 Credits

Topics in European History

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

3 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 535: 3 Credits

Problems in Comparative World History

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

2 Sections 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 »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 618: 3 Credits

The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 631: 3 Credits

Era of the American Revolution

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: 3 Credits

Problems in European History

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

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

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

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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 698: 3 Credits

Programming in History and New Media

Provides students with advanced conceptual and technical skills to enhance historical practice and research in the digital arena. Focuses on in-depth analysis of theoretical frameworks and on developing proficiency in a variety of programming languages and tools for humanistic and historical research. Read More »

1 Section 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 »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 731: 3 Credits

Research Seminar in European History

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 794: 3-6 Credits

Internship in Applied History

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 »

2 Sections 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 »

2 Sections 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 (not currently offered)

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

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 »

7 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 »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled