Spring 2017 Courses

Summer 2017

History 22: Roman History
Rome from its origins to A.D. 476. Political, social and religious developments.Transformation of the late Roman Empire to the early medieval period. CBE Global, SS
First Summer Term

Prof. Michael Clark
MR 9:00 – 11:50

History 095: History of the State of Israel: From Early Zionist Thought to the Present Day
This course examines the history of the State of Israel from the founding of the first modern Jewish settlements in Eretz Israel/Palestine in 1882 through the first decade of the 21st century. It provides a look at the main schools of Zionist thought and introduces a variety of perspectives and narratives on the development of this culturally and ideologically diverse society. Topics studied include: Zionist thought, immigration and settlement, Arabs and Jews in Mandate Palestine, the founding of the state, the impact of the Holocaust on Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the domestic and international impact of the 1967 war, social protest movements, women in Israel, religious-secular conflict and cooperation, integration of immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, post-Zionist critique of Israel, and the transformation of Israel from a developing agrarian society into a hi-tech powerhouse.
First Summer Term
Prof. Eric Fleisch
TR 7:00-9:50 PM

History 101: Histories of Globalization
Critical historical perspectives on current debates around “globalization” and the varied paths and responses to modernity, using recent scholarship associated with the New Global History. The “Rise of the West” paradigm, Industrial Revolution and modernization theory; creation of global financial markets, nationbuilding and New Imperialism; Great Depression and World Wars as global historical events; postwar decolonization, Cold War and emergence of North-South relations; impact of consumerism, movements for women's rights, ethnic nationalism and religious fundamentalist movements in traditionbound societies. HU
Second Summer Term
Prof. John Savage
Online

History 135: Era of Jefferson and Jackson
Colonial beginnings; the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution; the creation of a new nation; the development of American political parties; the antebellum American state. SS
First Summer Term
Prof. Monica Najar
TR 10:00-11:45

History 195: Women, Gender, Sexuality and Race in African Societies
This course explores the various ways in which womanhood, gender, sexuality and race is defined, constructed and articulated in African societies. This interdisciplinary course draw from historical writings, novels, biography, anthropology, political science, health and others to examine diverse activities and contributions of African women from the pre-colonial period. CBE Global, SS
Second Summer Term

Prof. Kwame Essien
Online

History 196: The Battle of Gettysburg in History, Memory, and Culture
Our topic is the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg in history, memory, and culture. The turning point of the turning point in American history, the Battle of Gettysburg is arguably the most studied and analyzed three days in modern history. Why? Exactly what cultural, political, and intellectual factors explain the widespread fascination and obsession with the events of July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? While covering the battle's rich military history--the strategies and tactics of the Union and Confederate armies, the commanders' decisions, the foot soldiers' fighting, killing, and dying--we will examine closely the many layers of historical memory of Gettysburg. Course includes mandatory field trip to Gettysburg.
First Summer Term
Prof. John Pettegrew

MW 4:00-6:50 OR Online

History 197: Witches, Patriarchs, and Daughters of Liberty: Gender in Early America
This is not your grandmother’s history.  It has witches, good wives, and even a few pirates. While gender norms can appear timeless and stable, they have consistently evolved and have transformed societies in the process. We will study women’s and men’s divergent experiences of family, work, politics, slavery, sexuality, and community. We will also study how gender framed questions of colonization, race, and class.
Second Summer Term
Prof. Monica Najar
TR 10:00-11:45 (Live/Online Hybrid)

History 198: The Big History of Sports, Evolution, and Culture
This course will examine sport as a uniquely human invention. Close attention will be paid to the contribution of genetics and biology, on the one hand, and culture and training, on the other, in extraordinary athletic performance. Evolution will provide the conceptual framework for our inquiry. Changes in athletes’ size, strength, and speed need to be explained through both genetic change and environmental, social, and cultural variation—an evolutionary mix providing incisive markers of human embodiment, difference, learning, and creativity. Methodologies include big data and video analysis. Moving from the pre-historic origins of sport to today’s cybernetic enhancement of athletes’ capacity, the course will focus on post-1900 U.S. sport.
First Summer Term
Prof. John Pettegrew
TR 4:00-6:50 OR Online

History 396: The Battle of Gettysburg in History, Memory, and Culture
Our topic is the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg in history, memory, and culture. The turning point of the turning point in American history, the Battle of Gettysburg is arguably the most studied and analyzed three days in modern history. Why? Exactly what cultural, political, and intellectual factors explain the widespread fascination and obsession with the events of July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? While covering the battle's rich military history--the strategies and tactics of the Union and Confederate armies, the commanders' decisions, the foot soldiers' fighting, killing, and dying--we will examine closely the many layers of historical memory of Gettysburg. Course includes mandatory field trip to Gettysburg.
First Summer Term
Prof. John Pettegrew

MW 4:00-6:50 OR Online

History 398: The Big History of Sports, Evolution, and Culture
This course will examine sport as a uniquely human invention. Close attention will be paid to the contribution of genetics and biology, on the one hand, and culture and training, on the other, in extraordinary athletic performance. Evolution will provide the conceptual framework for our inquiry. Changes in athletes’ size, strength, and speed need to be explained through both genetic change and environmental, social, and cultural variation—an evolutionary mix providing incisive markers of human embodiment, difference, learning, and creativity. Methodologies include big data and video analysis. Moving from the pre-historic origins of sport to today’s cybernetic enhancement of athletes’ capacity, the course will focus on post-1900 U.S. sport.
First Summer Term
Prof. John Pettegrew
TR 4:00-6:50 OR Online

 

Fall 2017

History 05: African Civilization
SubSaharan Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the present. Human origins, state and nonstate systems, the external slave trade, colonialism, resistance to European rule, independence movements, and neocolonialism. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Kwame Essien
TR 1:10 – 2:25

History 21: Greek History
The development of civilization from paleolithic times to the world empire of Alexander the Great.The social, economic, religious, philosophic, artistic, and literary development of the ancient world; the origin of political institutions. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Michael Clark
MWF 10:10 – 1:00

History 25: Pirates of the Caribbean and Other Rogues of the Atlantic World
Introduction to the history of the Atlantic World, through the lens of piracy and seafaring. Interactions between Europe, Africa, and North and South America, 1442-1825. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Michelle LeMaster
MW 11:10 – 12:25

History 50: Modern Latin America
Examines the 200-year-long struggle of Latin American peoples to gain political representation, economic equality, and social justice. Explores key historical events in Latin America from the movement for independence led by Simon Bolivar and Father Miguel Hidalgo in the early nineteenth century to today's modern societies. Topics include the wars of independence, the rule of caudillos, foreign military interventions, export economies, populism, social revolutions, the Cold War era, state terror and military dictatorships, and the war on drugs. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
TR 1:10-2:25

History 90: First Year Seminar: Teenagers
What is a teenager and where did it come from? This course looks at the emergence of the adolescent in western society and its remarkable journey across the 20th century. Drawing from history, law, film, media, music, literature, psychology, geography, and anthropology this course delves into how adolescence was defined and experienced. We’ll look at how youth captured the imagination of each generation; how it was a problem and a promise. Among the topics we’ll cover: how the adolescent and teenager were conjured by social science and the media; how race, class, gender, ability, and ethnicity shaped the definition and experience of adolescence; the spaces of adolescence; sexuality; and the rights of the child. We’ll grapple with how to find and comprehend sources that reveal the representations and experiences of growing up.
Prof. Tamara Myers
MW 12:45 – 2:00

History 90: First Year Seminar: Fascism
The historical and philosophical roots of Fascism, especially those shaping reactionary movements such as Italian and French Fascism, German Nazism, American and British fascist movements.  The topic compels us to examine a unique set of images that blurred the boundaries between life and death, intellect and action, philosophy and politics, image and reality.
Prof. Nitzan Lebovic
TR 1:10-2:25 PM

History 90: First Year Seminar: Black Radical Thought
This course provides a critical historical interrogation of what is called "the Black Radical Tradition." It is designed to introduce students to some of the major currents in the history of black radical thought, action and organizing throughout the Black Diaspora. It relies on social, political and intellectual history to examine the efforts of black people who have sought not merely social reform, but the fundamental restructuring political, economic and social relations. We will define and evaluate radicalism in the shifting context of liberation struggles. We will explore dissenting visions of social organization and alternative definitions of citizenship, progress, and freedom. We will confront the meaning of the intersection of race gender, class, and sexuality in social movements.
Prof. Natanya Duncan
TR 9:20-10:35

History 96: Understanding Hong Kong
This course introduces Hong Kong, from its history as a vibrant British colony to its current status as a bustling territory mediating between China and the world. The learning objectives and outcomes consist not only of a knowledge of Hong Kong's significance for global commerce and culture but also of the ability to analyze primary and secondary sources as well as to conduct independent research. Course materials, which include wartime stories and autobiographical novellas, romantic comedies and martial arts films, are all available in English. HU
Prof. Tom Chen
MW 11:10 – 12:25

History 97: Democracy's Rise and Fall
The promise and perils of democracy, from ancient Greece to the age of Trump. This course will pose fascinating and troubling questions about majority rule. We will examine its invention in antiquity, its resurrection in Britain and America, its exportation to the rest of the world, and its troubles today.
Prof. William Bulman
MW 12:45-2:00

History 107: Technology and World History
Development of technology and its relationship to political, economic, military and cultural aspects of world civilization from pyramids to the present.
Prof. John Kenly Smith
MWF 10:10-11:00

History 110: American Military History
The American military tradition from colonial times to the present.America's wars and the development and operation of military institutions within the political, economic, ideological, and technological milieu of American society.
Prof. Gregg Pearson
TR 2:35-3:50

History 130: African American History
Blacks in America from the first importation of Africans to the implementation of civil rights laws. West African origins, slave trade, slavery, free blacks and emancipation and study of Reconstruction, segregation, urbanization, and the struggle for racial equality. CBE Diversity, SS
Prof. Natanya Duncan
TR 10:45-12:00

History 154: The Holocaust: History and Meaning
The Nazi Holocaust in its historical, political and religious setting. Emphasis upon the moral, cultural and theological issues raised by the Holocaust. CBE Global, HU
Prof. Nitzan Lebovic
TR 10:45-12:00

History 196: Does Sex Have a History?: The History of Sexuality in the U.S.
This class explores the history of sexuality in the United States from the colonial era to the present. While sexuality can appear timeless and stable, sexual ideologies, categories, and behaviors have consistently evolved, and they have transformed American society in the process. While cod pieces and white wigs enhanced upper class men's apparent virility in the early Republic, the “Playboy era” saw a reliance of stereos and cars. Friendship between nineteenth-century women included intimacies that would now more typically be found in same-sex relationships and marriages. We will also study how institutions like the law, medicine, and the media have shaped sexual identities and experiences. In so doing, the class aims to develop sophisticated readers of historical and contemporary cultures.
Prof. Monica Najar
TR 2:35-3:50

History 197: Keeping Africa and Africans Healthy: A History of Illness and Wellness
What are myths about diseases in Africa? How does the world respond to health crises, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and others? What are African healing traditions? What is the history of global health in Africa and its implication? This course explores various health interventions and initiatives by Africans and non-Africans—missionaries, colonial officials, NGOs etc. Students final reports/papers will “perform a post-mortem” on Africa, to critically trace and analyze how efforts to control, manage and eradicate diseases have succeeded or failed. BUD, HU
Prof. Kwame Essien
TR 9:20-10:35

History 198: The Big History of Sports, Evolution, and Culture
This course will examine sport as a uniquely human invention. Close attention will be paid to the contribution of genetics and biology, on the one hand, and culture and training, on the other, in extraordinary athletic performance. Evolution will provide the conceptual framework for our inquiry. Changes in athletes’ size, strength, and speed need to be explained through both genetic change and environmental, social, and cultural variation—an evolutionary mix providing incisive markers of human embodiment, difference, learning, and creativity. Methodologies include big data and video analysis. Moving from the pre-historic origins of sport to today’s cybernetic enhancement of athletes’ capacity, the course will focus on post-1900 U.S. sport.
Prof. John Pettegrew
TR 7:00-8:15 PM

History 305: Public History
An examination of the public role of history in modern society, with focus on issues facing historians in museums, historical societies, archives, historic preservation, the federal government, and other organizations in the public sphere. SS
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
M 1:10-4:00

History 306: Internship in Public History
Professionally supervised work in a museum, historical society, archive, or other historical agency. Written journal or report evaluating the experience is required. Permission of department chair required. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. May not be counted toward the major requirement of 12 hours of courses numbered 303 or higher.
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
TBA

History 315: American Environmental History
Relationship between Americans and their natural environment from the colonial period to the present: impact of European settlement, attitudes toward wilderness, role of technological development, rise of preservation and conservation movements, establishment of national parks, recent environmental protection legislation. SS, STS
Prof. John Kenly Smith
TR 1:10-2:25

History 338: Techniques in Public History
Designed to introduce students to a variety of public history techniques. Instructor will focus on one of the following topics each term: archives, documentary film, exhibit design, historical editing, material culture, oral history. HU
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
TBA

History 351: "The Gangs of New York"
The course will use the Martin Scorcese film “The Gangs of New York” as a window to examine the social economic transformations of New York City in the middle of the nineteenth century. Emphasis will be on immigration, slum gangs and street violence, politics, the Draft Riot of 1863, and the Tweed Ring. A recurrent theme will be to compare the historical record with the film’s depiction of those events. There will be a required evening showing of the film. Not available for pass/fail. HU
Prof. Roger Simon
MWF 9:10-10:00

History 367: Rise and Fall of the Old South
Explores the American South as a region from the era before European contact to the end of the Civil War. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and settlement, Native American-European relations, the pre-Revolutionarry contest for empire, and the rise and development of the plantation complex and slavery. SS
Prof. Michelle LeMaster
MW 2:35-3:50

History 373: The French Revolution and Napoleon
Breakdown of Absolute Monarchy; rise of Enlightenment culture and decadence of the court; storming of the Bastille and creation of republican government; daily life and “Great Fear” in rural areas; invention of modern nationalism and Napoleonic military culture; role of women in political life; uses of mass propaganda, public festivals and transformation of the arts; political violence in the “Terror,” Napoleon's imperial system and warfare with Europe; impact on revolutionary movements abroad and geopolitical realignment of the Atlantic World. CBE Global, HU
Prof. John Savage
MW 8:00-9:15 PM

History 421: Readings in Topics in the Atlantic World
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member on a particular topic in the history of the Atlantic World.
Prof. Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
T 4:10-7:00

History 438: Techniques in Public History
Designed to introduce students to a variety of public history techniques. Instructor will focus on one of the following topics each term: archives, documentary film, exhibit design, historical editing, material culture, oral history.
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
TBA

History 442: Readings in Twentieth Century American History
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member of the literature of the 20th century.
Prof. Tamara Myers
W 4:10-7:00

History 471: Next Generation Workshop
Prof. Tamara Myers
R 4:10-7:00

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Spring 2017

History 22: Roman History
Rome from its origins to A.D. 476. Political, social and religious developments.Transformation of the late Roman Empire to the early medieval period. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Michael Clark
MWF 10:10 – 11:00

History 42: Big Dreams, Big Bucks, Big Trouble: United States, 1865-1941
America's transformation into an industrial and global power from Reconstruction after the Civil War to the Great Depression; includes social, political, and cultural developments. SS
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
MW 1:10 – 2:00
F 1:10-2:00
F 11:10-12:00

History 50: Modern Latin America
Examines the 200-year-long struggle of Latin American peoples to gain political representation, economic equality, and social justice. Explores key historical events in Latin America from the movement for independence led by Simon Bolivar and Father Miguel Hidalgo in the early nineteenth century to today's modern societies. Topics include the wars of independence, the rule of caudillos, foreign military interventions, export economies, populism, social revolutions, the Cold War era, state terror and military dictatorships, and the war on drugs. CBE Global, SS
Prof. James Shrader
MW 11:10 – 12:25

History 95: The American Revolution: A Continental Perspective
How did revolutionary dreams become realities? While building foundational knowledge about the origins of the United States, this course explores the background of the American Revolution, the war itself, and the post-war turmoil of nation building. Traditionally viewed as a political struggle, we will trace discontented colonists through the Revolution and into ongoing debates about the meaning of independence in a new nation. Finally, this course reflects recent scholarship about the revolutionary era by surveying a wide-ranging geographic and How did revolutionary dreams become realities? While building foundational knowledge about the origins of the United States, this course explores the background of the American Revolution, the war itself, and the post-war turmoil of nation building. Traditionally viewed as a political struggle, we will trace discontented colonists through the Revolution and into ongoing debates about the meaning of independence in a new nation. Finally, this course reflects recent scholarship about the revolutionary era by surveying a wide-ranging geographic and multi-cultural perspective. HU
Prof. Jay Donis
TR 9:20 – 10:35

History 96: Mass Incarceration in the United States
The United States has the world’s highest prison population. This course critically examines the impacts of mass incarceration on U.S. society. We start the semester with an overview of the history of prisons in the U.S., from the colonial period to the present. After exploring this long history, we focus on the period of 1970s-present to analyze the political, economic, legal and cultural factors that facilitate mass incarceration, and to understand methods people have used to challenge the prison system. SS
Prof. Alison Kanosky
MWF 12:45 – 2:00

History 101: Histories of Globalization
Critical historical perspectives on current debates around “globalization” and the varied paths and responses to modernity, using recent scholarship associated with the New Global History. The “Rise of the West” paradigm, Industrial Revolution and modernization theory; creation of global financial markets, nationbuilding and New Imperialism; Great Depression and World Wars as global historical events; postwar decolonization, Cold War and emergence of North-South relations; impact of consumerism, movements for women's rights, ethnic nationalism and religious fundamentalist movements in traditionbound societies. HU
Prof. John Savage
MW 2:35 – 3:50

History 105: Sports in Modern America
Surveys the social, cultural, and political role of sports in America since the Civil War. By addressing the development of sports and its relationship with race, class, ethnicity, gender, the media, popular culture, and government, this class will examine the impact of sports in making the America and Americans of the 20th century. HU
Prof. Craig Coenen
T 7:10-9:30 PM

History 118: History of Modern Medicine
Introduction to Western medical history from the 18th century to the present day. Students will explore patient/practitioner relationships, examine changing ideas concerning health, sickness, and disease, chart changes in hospital care and medical education, and tackle topics such as eugenics, medical experimentation, and health insurance. HU
Prof. John Smith
TR 2:35-3:50

History 197: The Global Sixties: Takin' It to the Streets
Welcome to the Days of Hope and Rage! The Global Sixties explores that watershed decade of unprecedented social and political action, change, and backlash, focusing on social movements (students, civil rights/Black Power, feminisms, environmentalism), national liberation struggles, and global counterculture. We will examine the ideologies, tactics, and meanings of 1960s movement culture and new subcultures related to Rock and Roll, sexual freedom, and illicit drugs. Course materials will include the stuff of the 60s, including visual, textual, and audio sources.   
CBE Diversity HU
Prof. Tamara Myers
MW 11:10 – 12:25

History 198: Cuba, Castro, and the Cold War
This course will examine the most significant political revolution in twentieth-century Latin America. It will do so by examining multiple topics, ranging from the island's conflicted relationship with the United States to its support for armed struggle in the Third World and its campaign to create the “Socialist New Man.” Using both primary and secondary documents, students will be asked to offer their own original, nuanced interpretation of the Cuban Revolution. CBE Global, HU
Prof. James Shrader
MW 8:45-10:00

History 202: Historical Research: From Alexander Hamilton to Bleeding Kansas
This class teaches students how to develop arguments from evidence and express arguments persuasively, skills that are essential to nearly every profession. This course does so through the methods of historical research and writing. Specifically, we will study the era of the Early American Republic. For much of the semester, students will do their own research project, choosing their own topic, creating a research plan, studying the evidence, and producing a research paper. Students may choose from such topics as the founding “fathers,” women’s place in society, slavery, early capitalism, religious enthusiasm, western migration and the coming of the Civil War. SS, WRIT
Prof. Monica Najar
TR 9:20-10:35

History 303: Topics in History: The American Civil War
Frederick Douglass repeatedly called on Americans to never forget the Civil War, asking “if this war is to be forgotten, I ask, in the name of all things sacred, what shall men remember?” The past, he reminded us, is not past, but is the mirror to examine the present and look into the future. In this course, we will take up his call to study the American Civil War, evaluating the causes of secession and war; soldiering; gender and the homefronts; constructions of race and slavery; experiences of emancipation; and the compromised reunion. Throughout we will ask not just what it meant for those who experienced these years, but what it means for our politics and society today. HU
Prof. Monica Najar
TR 2:35-3:50

History 336: Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley
Local history focusing on Native American communities, Moravian settlement, natural resources, industrial firms, immigration and ethnic communities, organized labor, housing patterns and urban sprawl, high-tech industry, and tourism. Includes an analysis of techniques used in presenting these topics to the public. SS
Prof. John Smith
TR 10:45-12:00

History 396: Documentary Film and the Practice and Politics of History
This course examines the relationship of documentary film to the production of historical knowledge. An exploration of the genre’s origins and its development into a powerful medium for public history and protest, this course will focus on history’s and film’s strong social justice tradition. We will compare and contrast the each medium for its depiction of major 20th century socio-political causes, including, for example, labor, civil and human rights, and the environment. HU
Prof. Tamara Myers
MW 2:35-3:50

History 397: Follow the Drum Pan: Race, Nation, and Resistance in the Modern African Diaspora
This course offers students a comparative study in the makings and meanings of diaspora. We begin by defining the differences and similarities between diaspora and related concepts such as race, nation and cultural identity. Focusing specifically on the making of the Black Atlantic world, we then draw a comparative analysis between Black Diasporic life and that of other global dispersals, particularly among Asian and indigenous populations. Resistance serves as a key link in this comparative study. As such, we focus on themes such as slavery and colonialism, black revolt in the modern world, Third World/Afro-Asian liberation, Black/Third World Feminism, globalization, the sexual politics of diaspora. Across each of these themes, we work under the premise that diaspora is an open and fluid space through which its participants “make our world anew.” CBE Global, HU
Prof. Natanya Duncan
TR 1:10-2:25

History 401: Historical Research
Techniques of research in history: training in the critical handling of documentary materials, in measuring the value of evidence, and in formal presentation of the results of research. Students will write an original research paper using primary materials. Required of all graduate students in history.
Prof. Michelle LeMaster
M 4:10-7:00

History 442: Readings in Twentieth-Century American History
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member of the literature of the 20th century.
Prof. Roger Simon
T 4:10-7:00

History 482: Readings in African-American Women's History
This course will explore the cultural, economic and political history of African American women in the United States from slavery to the present. Through a combination of books, primary sources, and film we will explore how African American women have addressed what is often referred to as the “double burden” of sexism and racism while seeking to define their own identities as individuals, wives, mothers, workers, and citizens. Major themes will include labor, family, social movements, and civil rights. HU
Prof. Natanya Duncan
R 4:10-7:00

All History course offerings, including those not offered in Spring 2017

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