History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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History Fall 2016

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 »

21 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 »

19 Sections Currently Scheduled »

200-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 202: Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History (3 Credits)

Focuses on skills, methods of learning, and subject matter to introduce discipline of history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 262: Survey of African History (3 Credits)

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. HISTÊ261 surveys African history from the earliest times to 1800. HISTÊ262 surveys African history from 1800 to the present. 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 »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 301: Classical Greece (3 Credits)

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of classical Greece from development of the city-state through 5th century. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 308: Nineteenth-Century Europe (3 Credits)

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 329: Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (3 Credits)

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 339: History of Baseball (3 Credits)

Examines development of baseball in U.S. context of labor, intellectual, economic and political events including racial segregation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 341: History of Sport in the United States (3 Credits)

Examines the roots of American sport in colonial play and recreation, the emergence of organized and national sports, issues of gender and race in the sporting world, and the intersection of U.S. sport with events such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 351: History of the Old South (3 Credits)

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: 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 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

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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 »

4 Sections 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 »

2 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 »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 391: History of Virginia to 1800 (3 Credits)

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: 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

HIST 395: Topics in Digital History (3 Credits)

Introduces students to issues and methods in digital history through study of a particular topic Read More »

1 Section 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 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

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 »

4 Sections 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 »

2 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 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 »

2 Sections 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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 613: The Colonial Origins of American Society (3 Credits)

Study of evolution of elements in colonial society that affect contemporary American institutions and patterns of behavior. 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 »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 617: Topics in the American Civil War Era (3 Credits)

Joint project of instructor and students into various aspects of common topic in Civil War era, with emphasis on historiography and historical method. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 622: U.S. South Since 1865 (3 Credits)

Provides a graduate level survey of the major themes and trends in the historical literature on the U.S. South since 1865. Topics covered include Jim Crow, the New Deal, the long Civil Rights movement, the rise of the Sunbelt, and the changing role of the South in national politics. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 633: Reconstruction (3 Credits)

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: Problems in European History (3 Credits)

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 688: Topics in History and New Media (3 Credits)

Covers specific topics in history and new media selected by the instructor, with an emphasis on combining theoretical analysis and readings with hands-on projects and problem-solving. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 690: The Administration of Archives and Manuscripts (3 Credits)

Introduces principles and practices of managing records and administering archival and manuscript collections, public and private. Designed for graduate students with special interest in historical sources as well as for those specializing in applied history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 »

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 »

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

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

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 »

2 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 »

6 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 »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »