History Courses Bring the Past to Light

History Courses Bring the Past to Light

George Mason University's history courses study the past from all angles. 

Sign up to learn about the rich, detailed evolution of African American art throughout the history of the United States. Learn about the global influence on popular forms of American and Latin American music, such as jazz and salsa.

Study the history of the United States, North America, and the world through a variety of lenses and perspectives.

Here are some of this fall's offerings:

HIST 271-001: Survey of Latin American History
Joan Bristol
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:30-10:20 a.m. Robinson Hall B, Room 104

This course examines the history of colonial Spanish and Portuguese America from the pre-contact civilizations of the Americas to independence in the early 19th century. Professor Joan Bristol will cover the wars of conquest and the ecological, cultural and economic effects of contact among Europeans, Africans and indigenous inhabitants of the Americas. This course fulfills the general education requirement in global understanding.

HIST 386-001: Sonic Travelers: The National & International in Popular Music
Matt Karush and Michael O'Malley
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1:10 p.m. Robinson Hall A, Room 123

This six-credit course will examine the popular music of the United States and Latin America from a global perspective. The instructors will explore the way global contacts and exchanges have influenced musical genres such as jazz, rock, mambo, salsa and bossa nova.

HIST 388-007: An Ocean Apart? 400 Years of the Anglo-American "Special Relationship"
Charles Matthews
Monday & Wednesday, 9:00-10:15 a.m. Lecture Hall, Room 3

This course surveys the often quarrelsome relationship between the British and American peoples, ranging from the colonial period and revolution to the military and political alliances of the two major English-speaking powers of the 20th century.

HIST 389-001/ARTH 399-004: Modern African American Art: From Emancipation to the Civil Rights Era
Suzanne Smith
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00-1:15 p.m. Enterprise Hall, Room 174

This course traces modern African American history (1865-present) through visual and public art. Beginning with emancipation from slavery after the Civil War and concluding with the unveiling of the new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall, the course explores how race relations in the United States are reflected in artistic forms. This course counts for either history or art history credit.