Current Course Offerings

 

SPRING 2019

HIST 001 Time Travel: How to Make History
Students discover the power of historical analysis in a rapidly changing world by investigating a series of pressing contemporary problems. History emerges as a vital tool for confronting human diversity and understanding how societies are transformed. Skills acquired include causal analysis, empathy, interpretation, source criticism, information management, digital methods, public engagement, and argumentative writing. The theme of the course for spring 2019 will be "The Promise and Perils of Democracy." The content of this course does not overlap with the content of HIST 097 (Democracy's Rise and Fall), which was taught in fall 2017. SS
Prof. William Bulman
MW 12:45-2:00

HIST 005 (AAS 005) 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. TBA
MW 11:10-12:25

HIST 022 (CLSS 022) Roman 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. Christie Villareal
TR 1:10 – 2:25

HIST 041 The Making and Breaking of the United States
Native American cultures; European settlement; development of slavery and free labor systems; the Revolution; founding of the new nation; 19th century social, economic, cultural, and political development; Civil War. SS
Prof. TBA
MWF 10:10 – 11:00

HIST 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 11:10-12:00 OR 1:10-2:00

HIST 050 (GS 050, LAS 050) Heroes, Dictators, and Revolutionaries: Latin America since Independence
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 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 9:20-10:35

HIST 095 Empire, War, and Resistance in the Middle East
During the past two hundred years, empires fought over the control of strategic trade routes and natural resources in the Middle East. The wars they waged redrew the boundaries in the region and sowed the seeds of the conflicts in Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. At the same time, Middle Eastern men and women resisted the foreign occupation and domestic dictators alike. In this course, by studying sources such as fiction, photographs and films, you will explore the region‚ its diverse past and investigate its legacy today. SS
Prof. Ugur Pece
TR 1:10-2:25

**This provisional course may count towards both the War, Empire, and Revolution and Global Connections tracks.

HIST 098 (LAS 098) American Rebellions, Revolutions, and Republics
This course traces the underlying causes and the consequences of political movements—rebellions, revolutions, and the creation of republics in North America, the Caribbean, and South America from the beginning of European colonization through the American Civil War. Through a series of case studies, it examines the rise and fall of American empires, and the historical transition from the pre-modern to the modern world from the perspective of European-descended colonists, Native Americans, and African slaves. Our goal is to analyze the differences between rebellions and revolutions, why they transpired in specific places at specific times, and how/why new sovereign polities emerged from European empires. Topics include colonial rebellions/warfare, American Constitutional debates, western borderlands empires/republics, and nationalism and sovereignty. HU
Prof. Austin Stewart
MW 8:45-10:00

**This provisional course may count towards both the War, Empire, and Revolution and Global Connections tracks.
 

HIST 101 (GS 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. CBE Global, HU
Prof. Ugur Pece
TR 10:45-12:00

HIST 118 (HMS 118, STS 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
MW 11:10 – 12:25

HIST 125 (HMS 125, WGSS 125) Does Sex have a History? The History of Sexuality in the United States
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 have transformed society in the process. The class pays special attention to relationships between sexuality, race, class, and the state, as well as how law, medicine, and the media have shaped sexual identities and experiences. In so doing, the class develops sophisticated readers of historical and contemporary cultures. HU

Prof. Monica Najar
TR 1:10-12:25

HIST 195 The 1970s: "Stayin' Alive"
Welcome to the hangover: a forgettable decade of questionable clothing, hair, and music. Despite the bad rap, the 1970s constitutes a transformative, pivotal era that helps explain our postmodern world. This course examines the rollercoaster decade from Woodstock to disco; the end of Vietnam to the Iranian hostage crisis; Watergate to the rise of Reagan; Roe V. Wade to the Moral Majority; the oil crisis to Three Mile Island, and personal fulfillment to Jaws. HU
Prof. Tamara Myers
TR 10:45-12:00

**This provisional course may count towards both the Religion, Thought, and Culture and Global Connections tracks.
 

HIST 198 Modern Chinese Civilization
This course is an introduction to modern Chinese civilization from the end of the last dynasty, the Qing, to present times.  Course objectives include understanding China's transition from dynastic empire to global powerhouse, reading and analyzing both primary and secondary materials, and debating critically on topics of broad concern in politics, economics, and culture. HU
Prof. Thomas Chen
MW 2:35-3:50
**This
provisional course may count towards the Religion, Thought, and Culture track.
 

HIST 302 The Capstone Experience
Culmination of the major. Working collectively on a broadly-defined theme, students master the tools of historical inquiry by developing and completing individual research projects that engage primary and secondary sources. Theme varies with instructor. Departmental permission required. HU, WRIT
Prof. Michelle LeMaster
MW 2:35-3:50

HIST 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

HIST 315 (ES 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 Smith
MW 2:35-3:50

HIST 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

HIST 396 Documentary Film and History
This course examines the relationship of documentary film to the production of historical knowledge. Through secondary literature and visual sources the course explores the genre, its origins and its development into a powerful medium for public history and protest. Students will analyse and write scripts, and produce podcasts and short documentaries. This course is it serves as an elective for the History, Doc Storymaking and Film Studies minors, and the AMST Graduate Certificate in Documentary Film. SS
Prof. Tamara Myers
TR 2:35-3:50

**This provisional course may count towards the Public and Digital History track.
 

HIST 397 Countercultures in American History
Counterculture in the United States is often associated with the hippies of the 1960s yet the country has a rich historical tradition of countercultural thought and expression. This course establishes the defining principles and characteristics of counterculture and examines how actors within the modern tradition -- from Transcendentalism to Punk -- have critiqued and ultimately influenced mainstream American society.  Students will explore innovations in art, spirituality, and political and social theory through close-readings of  critical essays, literary works, art, film, and even song-lyrics through the lenses of intellectual and cultural history. SS
Prof. Amanda Brown
TR 1:10-2:25

**This provisional course may count towards the Religion, Thought, and Culture track.
 

HIST 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

HIST 495 Readings in Modern European History
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to key readings in modern European historiography. The seminar will integrate some classic historiography (the first two thirds of the course) with recent additions (the last third). We will cover concepts and ideas such as Micro-History, History of Concepts, Cultural History, history of labor and technology, secularism and religion, modern and post-modern. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to key readings in modern European historiography. The seminar will integrate some classic historiography (the first two thirds of the course) with recent additions (the last third). We will cover concepts and ideas such as Micro-History, History of Concepts, Cultural History, history of labor and technology, secularism and religion, modern and post-modern.
Prof. Nitzan Lebovic
T 4:10-7:00

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FALL 2018

 

History 05: African Civilization
SubSaharan Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the present. Human origins, state and non-state systems, the external slave trade, colonialism, resistance to European rule, independence movements, and neocolonialism. SS
Prof. Clifford Campbell
TR 1:10-2:25

History 08: Technology in Modern America
Traces the development of American technology from the preindustrial colonial era until America's emergence as the world's leading industrial power. The interactions between technology and culture, society, politics, and the economy will also be addressed. SS
Prof. John K. Smith
MW 11:10-12:25

History 43: African Americans and the Struggle for Freedom Since 1941
World War II; Cold War at home and abroad; Civil Rights movement; the 1960s: Vietnam, the welfare state and social upheavals; new forms of cultural expression; feminism; rise of neo-conservatism. HU
Prof. Natanya Duncan
MWF 10:10 – 11:00

History 49: The True Road to El Dorado: Colonial Latin America
Examine the initial encounters of peoples of Iberian and African origins with the indigenous civilizations of the Western Hemisphere. Explore the development of a colonial economy and its global reach. Focus on the birth of a distinctive Latin American society and culture, with attention to the Latin American patriots who fought for their freedom. No prior knowledge of Latin American history required. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
MW 11:10-12:25

HIST 075: Chinese Civilization
The development of traditional Chinese thought, beliefs, technology, and institutions from a historical perspective. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Constance Cook
MW 2:35-3:50

History 90: First Year Seminar: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Media: A History*
Visual and print media have reflected important changes in gender norms and sexuality in American culture, and they themselves have also been engines of change. This seminar explores the history of gender and sexuality in the 20th century in and through such popular media (including film, television, magazines, and advertising). By using the sources of popular culture, we will seek to understand changing gender ideals, expectations of marriage, sexual identities, and the role of media in American culture and politics. HU
Prof. Monica Najar
TR 13:10 – 2:35
*CAS FYE students only

History 90: First Year Seminar: Graphic Histories*
This course uses non-fiction historical graphic novels as a basis for introducing the college-level study of history. Students will use the graphic accounts to explore basic questions about how historians construct narratives of past events using different kinds of primary source evidence, with a special focus on the challenge of apprehending the lives of those who are left out of the official historical record. The readings cover subjects that range across different regions and periods of world history since 1600, including Native American history, modern English nationalism, the history of sports, the Atlantic Slave Trade, European encroachment in 19th century China, and the history and memory of the Holocaust. This seminar can be counted in place of History 001: Time Travel, for those interested in pursuing a major in History. HU
Prof. John Savage
TR 10:45-12:00
*CAS FYE students only

History 90: First Year Seminar: Cultures and Experiences of Africans and Africana People*
This interdisciplinary course traces the cultures and achievements of Africans and people of African origins. It emphasizes how their similarities and differences shape their identities. HU
Prof. Kwame Essien
TR 9:20-10:35
*CAS FYE students only

History 90: First Year Seminar: Origins of Modern Democracy*
This course considers the promise and perils of democracy by investigating the origins of modern democratic government in seventeenth-century England and America. Over the course of the semester, students will discover the the power of historical analysis in a rapidly changing world. History will emerge as a vital tool for confronting human diversity and understanding how societies are transformed. Skills acquired include causal analysis, empathy, interpretation, source criticism, information management, digital methods, public engagement, and argumentative writing.
Prof. William Bulman
TR 2:35-3:50
*CAS FYE students only

History 90: Wild Wild West
Introduction to the American West as both region and process.  Investigates the diverse populations living in the west, including Native Americans, Mexicans, American settlers, miners, and cowboys, and Chinese railroad workers.  Explore the process of first Spanish/Mexican and Russian and then U.S. expansion into the region and the rise of the myth of the wild west.  Themes includes the evolution of land use, immigration, cultural life, social communities and changing technologies. HU
Prof. Michelle LeMaster
MW 11:10-12:25

History 96: Scandal and Sensation in Modern China
In this course students will read provocative literature and watch controversial movies from China in the last 100 years.  The objectives are to probe the gray areas of morality, propriety, and legality; to evaluate the competing forces of speech and censure; and to engage in broader debate about public culture.  All materials are available in English. CBE Global, HU
Prof. Tom Chen
MW 11:10 – 12:25

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, nation-building 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 tradition-bound societies. HU
Prof. Ugur Pece
TR 10:45-12:00

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. SS
Prof. Gregg Pearson
TR 2:35-3:50

History 124: Women in America
Roles of women in American society from colonial to present times: attitudes toward women, female sexuality, women's work, and feminism. CBE Diversity, SS
Prof. Gail Cooper
TR 9:20-10:35

History 149: Narcos: The Global Drug Wars
Tobacco, sugar, coffee, opium, marijuana, cocaine. From Columbus’s encounter with the New World to the rise and demise of Pablo Escobar and “El Chapo” Guzmán, drugs have been coveted global commodities. Through readings, discussions, and films, this course examines the history of drug production, drug trafficking, and the so-called “war on drugs” in Latin America. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
MW 2:35-3:50

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 306: Internship to 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 337: History and Community Memory
This fall HIST 337 will explore the vibrant retail history of South Bethlehem. What businesses have served residents and Lehigh students near campus since the 19140s? Who ran those small shops, bars, markets, and theaters?  Through walking tours, oral history, and research we'll build a digital tour of the Southside business district, and the shine a light on the people who lived, worked and played here. SS
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
T 1:10-4:00

History 340: Japanese Industrialization
Explores economic growth in the traditional economy, the rise of an entrepreneurial class, the importation of western technology, and the social, political and economic institutions which support industrial society since the early 19th century. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Gail Cooper
TR 1:10-2:25

History 354: History of Fascism
This course examines the historical and philosophical roots of European right-wing extremism, such as Italian and French Fascism, German Nazism, Austro-Hungarian Conservative Revolution, and other forms of radical nationalism. CBE Global, HU
Prof. Nitzan Lebovic
T 4:10-7:00

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. William Bulman
R 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

 

**Documentary Storymaking 396: Documentary Research and Production
With an emphasis on documentary research methods, students will explore resources at local archives and online. Film screenings and discussions will highlight aesthetics, ethical and legal considerations, story development and cinematic attributes. Students will be given hands-on instruction on the fundamentals of video production and post production. The course will culminate in the production of a short documentary highlighting a local topic or issue.*The intent of the course is to help the undergraduate LVAIC minor in Documentary Storymaking and to satisfy the capstone project for the American Studies Graduate Certificate in Documentary Film.
Prof. Julia Maserjian
M 1:10-4:00

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