HIST 104. Historical Foundations of the Modern World to 1450 (4E)
A thematic and topical study of the political, social, economic and cultural developments that established the early Western heritage and contributed to its influence on non-European peoples and cultures around the world. Representative topics will be explored within a chronological format: the emergence of civilizations; ancient cultures; the making of Europe; interactions with Asia; and the medieval world. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 105. Western Civilization (4E)
A thematic and topical study of the political, social, economic and cultural developments that characterize the expansion of the West in the modern era and that contributed to its impact on the global community in the modern and contemporary era. Representative topics will be explored within a chronological format: tradition and transformation in science, religion, education and economics, the growth of the nation-state, the impact of overseas expansion, revolutions and ideologies that have shaped the modern world, the establishment of Western hegemony, imperialism and its aftermath, developments in science, technology, and the arts and 20th-century wars and crises. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 108. History of the Modern World (4E)
From the mid-15th century onwards, European seamen launched maritime expeditions to Africa, Asia, and the Americas. In the process, societies and peoples almost completely unaware of each other were brought into sustained contact with profound consequences for all. By 1945, the existence of a global community was an accepted fact. This course examines the making of this global community between 1430 and 1950. It seeks to make sense of the ways in which events and processes arising in one part of the world migrated to other places and intersected with local realities to produce new, and often unexpected, historical trajectories. The course is attentive to the unequal power relations which often underpinned the interactions between different societies. The course equally focuses attention on these interactions as key mechanisms in the creation of a modern global community. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 199/299/399/499. Independent Study (1-4E)
This course consists of an independent creative or research project designed by the student and supervised by a history faculty member. The nature of the project, the schedule for accomplishment, and the means of evaluation must be formalized in a learning contract prior to registration.
HIST 200. United States History, 1776-1980 (4E)
A thematic and topical study of the political, social, economic and cultural developments shaping the history of the United States from the Revolution to the present. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 206. East Asian Civilizations (4AS)
This course studies the history of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) from ancient times to the 1900s. Through reading a wealth of masterpieces in East Asian history, including philosophical and political writings, historical records, religious scriptures, songs, poems, plays, novels and personal memoirs, students will examine both the common and distinctive features of Chinese, Japanese and Korean cultures and recognize the cultural complexities of East Asia. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 219. Atlantic World Survey (4A)
This course surveys the major themes and developments in the colonization of America from first contact until the late 18th-century Age of Revolution. It will take an “Atlantic” approach, comparing the motives, organization and evolution of colonial empires as they competed with each other, Native Americans, and fomented internal dissension in an effort to secure wealth and power. The course concludes with an in-depth examination of how the British Empire achieved a fragile pre-eminence by the mid-18th century, and how that pre-eminence set the stage for the Age of Revolution. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 224. Introduction to Historical Methods and Skills (4E)
Historical Methods serves as an introductory course to the discipline of History. Students will be introduced to and will get a chance to practice the skills of historical reading and thinking, the techniques of historical research, the steps involved in organizing and structuring an argument and a research essay, and the conventions of historical writing. The development of these skills will culminate in the creation and presentation of a research paper. This course is recommended for students in their early stages of their college careers.
HIST 253. Latin American Civilizations (4AF)
This course will introduce students to the region and history of Latin America, beginning with pre-contact civilizations and closing with present day issues/events. Students will learn the particular themes and issues related to Spanish and Portuguese colonization and rule of the Americas, understand how those issues changed (and some remained the same) after independence (ca. 1820), discuss some of the more general theoretical questions related to Latin America’s position in the World System, and learn to see present-day Latin America with an eye for the way it is shaped by its colonial past and ‘dependent’ present. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives.
HIST 264. Introduction to Museum Studies (4AF)
This course considers museums—their history, social context, and their challenges—in the 21st century. The format is seminar-style, based on case studies, field trips, readings, and a class project. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course examines the roles that a broad range of museum types play in society: the diversity of collections, exhibitions, and interpretation techniques; management and marketing challenges; visitor behavior and learning; virtual museums; and museum ethics, law, and controversies. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.
HIST 268. Russian Civilization (4AS)
A broad survey of Russian intellectual and cultural history in the 18th and 19th centuries to the present. Major themes include the political and moral role of the writer in Russian society, the “superfluous man” in Russian literature, westernism versus slavophilism, the critiques of modernity by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, the development of socialist thought, Eurasianism, and Leninism. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives.
HIST 272. Ancient Mediterranean (4AF)
This course focuses on understanding the cultures of the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome and the late antique Mediterranean World. These societies dealt with issues of religion and law, organization of government, military and cultural domination and multi-ethnic integration. This course offers an opportunity to explore further these three civilizations in a comparative way and is useful to students who want a broad survey before the courses focusing on Greek, Roman, and Byzantine history or the upper-division seminars. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 274. Europe, 1815-1914 (4AS)
This course focuses on the history of 19th-century Europe, primarily of England, France, Germany, the Austrian Empire and Russia, the five great powers during the long century of European ascendancy. Themes explored include changing political systems and ideologies in the 19th century; nationalism and revolution; the economy, especially the impact of industrialization; social class formation, including the rise of the middle classes and the creation of class consciousness; gender roles and conflict; imperialism; intellectual and cultural developments and the breakdown of the balance of power before World War I. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 276. Twentieth-Century World (4AF)
This class will survey the important events that have shaped the history of the world during the 20th century. The course will emphasize the connectedness of political, economic and intellectual innovations in assessing their global implications. Through class discussion of primary source materials, students will learn to apply the methodology of historical analysis to recent and contemporary developments. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.
HIST 280. Africa and the African Diaspora (4AS)
This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the experiences of Africans and Africans in The Diaspora over the last 500 years and to introduce them to the broad array of concepts and techniques of analysis which have been used and are still being used to describe these experiences. The course is particularly sensitive to how Africans and Africans in the Diaspora have reflected on the processes which have created and sustained the Diaspora and challenges students to think about the ways in which the linkages between Africans and Africans in the Diaspora communities are constantly being tested and re-forged in an international community that marginalizes Africa and in local /national contexts hostile to the claims made by African Diaspora communities. The course will be team-taught by the faculty within the AADS program. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives.
HIST 300. History Topics (4E)
General topics in history to be determined by the interest of students and instructors. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 310. Historical Archaeology Field School (8Su)
A 10-week course in archaeological methodology sponsored by Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and St. Mary’s College. Practical experience is supplemented by seminars. This course is cross-listed as ANTH 310. Students may receive credit for either course but not both. Formerly HIST 410. Not open to students who have received credit for HIST 410.
HIST 311. American Indian History (4AF)
An interdisciplinary, anthropological and ethnohistorical analysis of Native American societies and cultures in the Americas from the first peopling of the New World through interactions with Euro-Americans from the 17th to the early 20th century. Archaeological, ethnographic, and ethnohistorical approaches are employed. This course is cross-listed as ANTH 311. Students may receive credit for either course but not both.
HIST 314. Islamic Empires in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras (4A)
This class is a general survey that introduces Islamic political thought as manifested by the Islamic states of medieval and early-modern times. It examines Islamic notions of law, state and authority that emerged as a response to current political developments such as the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates, the extinction of the caliphate by the Mongols in 1258 and the political fragmentation that followed, and finally the rise of the so-called Gunpowder Empires. The survey will focus mainly on the Ottoman Empire, but also explore the interactions between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires. Prerequisite: One course in HIST or one course in RELG, or consent of the instructor. Cross-listed as RELG314.
HIST 317. In Our Times, 1945 to the Present (4AF)
A study of United States’ foreign and domestic affairs since World War II with consideration of the interrelationships between the two. Students research topics of their choice relating to persons or events of major influence in the period. Lectures, readings, discussions, videos, slides and audiotapes are used in the course.
HIST 321. History of Ireland (4AS)
This course surveys the history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. The course first examines the development of Celtic culture and then traces the development of the political relationship between Ireland and England from medieval times through the 18th century. The course then takes up the evolution of Irish nationalism and identity from the 19th century down to the present day with an emphasis on furthering the student’s understanding of both the historical roots of present-day conflicts and the efforts to resolve those conflicts.
HIST 324. Women in Modern Western History (4AS)
A survey of the development of political and social movements that worked on behalf of women and women’s rights from the middle of the 18th century to the present day in Europe and the Americas. Topics include the development of feminism, the suffrage movement, the changing economic position of women since industrialization and the debates about the nature of women and their proper position in society and political life.
HIST 328. British History to 1688 (4AF)
This course will survey the history of the British Isles from ancient times to 1688. It will provide a full portrait of the development of society and culture in the British Isles, focusing on the development of institutions of governance and law, the changing nature of imperialism from ancient times to the 17th century, especially in North America, and the relationship between the economy and the experience of daily life. The course will pay particular attention to the development of the Anglo-American legal and political tradition that served as the background to the colonial experience in 17th-century colonial America.
HIST 329. British History Since 1688 (4AS)
This course will survey the history of the British Isles from 1688 to the present day. It will provide a full portrait of society and culture in the British Isles, focusing on the development of political institutions, the changing nature of imperialism during modern times, the relationship between the economy and the experience of daily life and the changing nature of British intellectual and cultural achievements.
HIST 330. 20th Century Eastern Europe: The Road to Freedom (4AS)
The history of Eastern Europe is crucial to understanding Europe in the 20th century. This class will focus on the lands of Poland, Hungary, and the Czechs and Slovaks and their troubled but ultimately triumphant century. We begin with a review of the old regimes in Eastern Europe and the multi-national empires that held sway there (particularly the Romanov and Hapsburg empires). The bulk of the class follows the development of nations and nationalism following World War I, the imposition of fascism and communism, national rebellions and the overthrow of communism, and the establishment of democratic regimes.
HIST 334. Europe in War and Revolution (4F)
A topical study of the way in which war and revolution have impacted the development of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe; the revolutions of 1848; the Russian revolutions; World War I; totalitarianism and World War II.
HIST 336. History of the Jewish People in the Modern World (4AF)
By making use of extensive primary, secondary and visual sources, this class will analyze and discuss the important religious, social, and economic transformations that the Jewish people went through as they entered, adapted to and also helped shape the modern world. We will assess both Jewish people’s perspective as well as those of the societies in which they lived.
HIST 342. History of the Soviet Union and Russia (4S)
This course provides an introduction to the political, social, and cultural history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1881 to the present. After an introductory section on the development of capitalism, modernization and the revolutionary movement in late imperial Russia, the bulk of the course will examine the formation, growth, decay and dissolution of the Soviet Union.
HIST 343. Medieval Russia (4AS)
This class will survey the early history of the state that becomes Russia, from the formation of the first East Slavic state (Kievan Rus’) to the accession of Peter the Great and the founding of the Russian empire. Specific topics will include the adoption of Christianity by the East Slavs and religious dissent; East Slav relations with steppe nomads and the impact of Mongol rule; state building and civil war; autocracy versus republicanism and the continuities and discontinuities between the medieval East Slavic states (Kievan Rus’, Mongol Rus’, Novgorod, and Muscovy). The course will focus on three overarching themes: the structure and coercive power of the state; relations between social classes and the state and political ideology and identity.
HIST 345. Imperial Russia (4AS)
An introduction to the political, social, and cultural history of imperial Russia (from 1700 to 1917). Themes include the formation and nature of the modern Russian state; the creation of the Russian empire; social and economic organization, the development and abolition of serfdom, and the experiences of peasants and nobility; westernization and the limits of westernization; the development of the Russian intelligentsia and the birth of the revolutionary movement and the modernization of Russia in the decades before World War I.
HIST 351. History of China to 1600 (4F)
This course investigates the history of China from pre-historic times to the mid-seventeenth century. During this span, the classical formulations of Chinese thought were founded, as were the basic structures of the imperial-bureaucratic system of government. However, China did not then proceed from the classical period to modern times with little to no change, as many have long assumed. Instead, numerous social, intellectual, political, and cultural trends transformed the country in profound ways. Students will analyze general changes and continuities over time, but they shall also delve deeper into questions about the nature of the so-called classical formations, the effects of constant interactions with borderland peoples, and the day-to-day lives of families and commoners, among other topics.
HIST 352. History of Modern China (4AS)
This course introduces major issues in the history of China from the beginning of the Qing Dynasty in the early 1600s to the present day. We analyze the basis of the Qing “world order” and in what ways it was successful on its own terms. Then we explore the rise of domestic and international challenges to that order, which ultimately led to a series of revolutions that brought new ways of imagining the role of China in the world. From the 1911 Revolution, through the Nationalist Revolution, the Communist Revolution, and the Cultural Revolution, we will see how China was transformed in dramatic and sometimes tragic ways. We will also investigate the successes and challenges that have emerged as China has risen to renewed prominence in the reform era.
HIST 354. History of Japan to 1600 (4AF)
A history of Japan from antiquity to the period known as the Warring States. Beginning with the origin of the Japanese people, the course traces the making of “classic” Japanese culture and institutions through cross-cultural interactions and indigenous developments. It also focuses on the rise to prominence of the samurai class.
HIST 355. History of Modern Japan (4AS)
This course investigates the transformation of Japan into the world power that it is today. It begins in the 1600s with the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate and a brief survey of Japanese culture and society at the time. Subsequent topics include the fall of the shogunate; the Meiji Restoration; industrialization and economic development; the rise of political parties; militarism and World War II and the American occupation, postwar recovery, and contemporary challenges.
HIST 357. Women, Gender, and Politics in the Muslim world (4A)
Practices like veiling, female circumcision, and honor killings that are central to Western representations of Muslim women are also contested issues throughout the Muslim world. This course examines various debates about Islam and women, and explores the interplay of religious, historical, cultural, political, legal, and economic factors in shaping Muslim women’s lives across the globe. Topics of focus may vary each semester, but often include European colonialism and the politics of studying Muslim women; changing ideological and political trends about women and society; the Islamic legal heritage and problems in reforming Islamic law; gender jihad and activism; women and revolutions; and dilemmas faced by Muslim women in asserting themselves as legitimate voices in the contemporary global world. Prerequisite: one course in RELG, WGSX, or consent of the instructor. Cross-listed as RELG355.
HIST 360. Early African Civilization (4AF)
This course surveys the development of African societies from ancient times to 1800. It seeks to promote an understanding of how Africans produced indigenous and creative solutions to the challenge of creating sustainable societies in a pre-industrial age. The course pays particular attention to Africans’ religious and political concepts, forms of economic and social organization and expressions of music, art and architecture, in the attempt to map the march of civilization on the African continent.
HIST 361. African Civilization, 1800-1900 (4AF)
This course approaches 19th-century African history from the perspective of Africans’ continuing efforts to initiate and control the economic and political processes within the continent. The course examines the creation of large-scale political empires and pays close attention to the impact of revolutionary Islam in 19th-century Africa. The course closely examines the internal processes underway in African societies as Africans reorganized their political economy to counter the increasing penetration of the African continent by Europeans. The course explores the nature of the interaction between Europeans and Africans and seeks to explain why, in the last quarter of the 19th century, Africa’s political and territorial integrity collapsed before the force of European imperialism.
HIST 369. The History of Apartheid (4AS)
This course examines the imposition of white rule in South Africa, the development of apartheid, and the African challenge to white domination between 1900 and 1994. The course takes the view that the collapse of apartheid in the late 20th century did not begin with Nelson Mandela but was the culmination of multiple forms of struggle involving trade unionists, peasant activists, women’s groups, intellectuals, community organizations and church groups, as well as the better-known formal political and military organizations. The course thus approaches black emancipation in South Africa as a process whose roots go back to the beginning of the 20th century.
HIST 371. The Rise of Modern America, 1865-1945 (4AS)
As the United States enters into a post-industrial age, it is worth revisiting the issues and problems associated with the nation’s evolution into a post-agrarian society during the late 19th century. Issues of labor, race, gender, foreign affairs and the role of government were quite contested as the United States entered this new economic reality. Through a selection of books and primary sources, the following topics will be explored: industrialization, the labor movement, the Populist movement, women’s suffrage and the birth of modern feminism, the rise of segregation, American imperialism, progressivism, World War I, the Great Depression and the New Deal and World War II.
HIST 375. The American Revolution (4A)
This course examines the events, ideas, and conflicts surrounding the American Revolution. It begins with an overview of British foreign policy during the period of “salutary neglect” and ends with ratification of the Constitution in 1789. Among the themes treated are the political, economic and religious causes; popular and elite views of the conflict; popular mobilization; changes in social structure; dissent from/alternatives to the Revolution and how the Revolution was both a conservative and a radical movement.
HIST 378. Colonial Latin American History (4AF)
This course will introduce students to the history and problems of colonial Latin America by focusing on particular themes and issues related to the Spanish and Portuguese colonization and rule of the Americas. Students will learn how those issues changed throughout the colonial period (1492- ca. 1820), understand some of the more general theoretical questions related to colonialism and prepare to study modern Latin America with an eye for the way it is shaped by its colonial past.
HIST 379. Modern Latin American History Since 1820 (4AS)
This course will introduce students to the main events in the history of Latin America from Independence to the present. The class is organized around certain themes that cut across the Latin American continent: the development of political cultures, liberalism, neocolonialism, industrialization, nationalism, etc. We will explore the impact of these events on people’s lives, paying special attention to geographical regions, class, gender, race and ethnicity.
HIST 380. History of Russian and Soviet Cinema (4AS)
This class surveys the Russian and Soviet cinema from the early 20th century up to the present, examining cinema as an art form, as popular culture and as political propaganda. The course focuses on some of the most important directors in world cinema such as Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, but also on the type of popular cinema rarely seen in the West, including musicals, comedies and action dramas. Class topics include the evolution of Russian/Soviet cinema aesthetics; censorship, propaganda and creativity and political/cultural liberalization and cinema.
HIST 381. History of Ancient Greece and the Hellenistic World (4AS)
This course focuses on the cultural and economic aspects of Greek life as well as on the political and military conflicts within and without Greece. The time period begins with the Homeric era, continues through the flowering of Classical Greece in 5th-century Athens, covers the conquests of Alexander the Great and concludes with the collapse of Hellenistic kingdoms in the face of Roman expansion at the time of Cleopatra. The settings extend from Greece to Persia, Anatolia, Syria and Egypt.
HIST 382. History of the Roman Republic and Empire (4F)
This course will focus on the cultural and economic aspects of Roman life as well as on the political and military expansion of the Roman state. The time period covered extends from the founding of the Republic through the fall of the Roman Empire in the West in 476 A.D. The setting is the entire Mediterranean world as it came under the influence of Roman power.
HIST 383. History of the Byzantine Empire (4AS)
This course covers Byzantine history from the reign of Constantine (306-336 A.D.) and concludes with the fall of Constantinople in 1453 A.D. Byzantine civilization, founded on the classical heritage of Greece and Rome, evolved into a unique culture which profoundly affected the medieval world in both East and West. The pervasive role of religion, the development of an extraordinary artistic and legal tradition and the interaction with “barbarians,” Muslims, and Crusaders will be examined from primary sources as well as recent studies.
HIST 384. Medieval Europe (4AF)
An attempt to re-examine the Dark Ages in European history to show that it was an age of vitality, change, and diversity. Primary and secondary sources are used to explore the political, economic, religious, social and cultural forces that shaped the Middle Ages. Topics of study include feudalism and the search for political order, courtly society, religious life and the work of medieval theologians, popular and aristocratic culture and the waning of the Middle Ages.
HIST 385. Europe in the Age of Absolutism (4AS)
A survey of the social, cultural, and political history of the turbulent 16th and 17th centuries in Western Europe, a key transitional period between the medieval and modern world. Topics of study include ramifications of the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, and the wars of religion; the conflicts between a constitutional and an absolutist conception of government and the development of both courtly and popular culture.
HIST 386. The Age of the French Revolution (4AF)
Analysis of France in the 18th century with an emphasis on the historical processes leading to revolution, followed by an investigation of the classic and more recent interpretations of the Revolution itself and its consequences for French, European, and world history.
HIST 388. Ancient Egypt (4AS)
This course will examine ancient Egyptian history and culture, beginning in prehistoric and predynastic Egypt and concluding with the decline of ancient Egypt under the dominance of foreign rulers. The primary focus will be on the periods of Egypt’s greatest stability and independence, from the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom through the rise and fall of the imperialistic New Kingdom. Themes under examination include: ancient Egyptian art, architecture, literature, and religion; ideologies of kingship; gender roles; changing notions of Egyptian (and non-Egyptian) identity; Egypt’s position between Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean; trade and diplomacy in the Mediterranean, ancient Near East, and Africa; and the growth and decline of political and cultural systems.
HIST 389. The Ancient Near East (4AF)
The history of the ancient Near East features many firsts of civilization, some of which include the Neolithic Revolution, metallurgy, writing, literature, empire, urban life, public monuments, legal codes, monotheism, and international trade networks. This course will focus on the core of the ancient Near Eastern territory, Mesopotamia and West Asia (what is today Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Turkey). In addition to an examination of the historical, political, and cultural developments of the region, this course will confront the difficulty inherent in studying the ancient Near East. While important first-hand records are extant, historians must also consult sources written hundreds of years after the events they record or must interpret mythic texts or no texts at all, but iconographic or archaeological materials. Researching the ancient Near East is further complicated by military conflict and cultural destruction that have accompanied this region, from the advent of civilization through to today. Thus this course also examines fundamental issues of epistemology and methodology in the process of studying this influential past.
HIST 392. Topics in U.S. or Latin American History (4E)
Topics in U.S. or Latin American history to be determined by the interest of students and instructors. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 393. Topics in European History (4E)
Topics in European history to be determined by the interest of students and instructors. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 394. Topics in Asian and African History (4E)
Topics in Asian or African history to be determined by the interest of students and instructors. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 395. Theories and Uses of History (4E)
The development of Western historical thinking, with particular emphasis on the most significant speculative philosophies of history and the methodology of the historical discipline. An important goal of the course is a study of the relationship of history to other academic disciplines as tools for understanding the nature of human and social reality.
HIST 396. Topics in Comparative, Thematic, or Global History (4E)
Topics in comparative, thematic or global history to be determined by the interest of students and instructors. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 398/498. Off-Campus Internship (4-16E)
A variety of off-campus experiential learning opportunities can be arranged through the Career Development Center. The off-campus internship is an individually designed experience that allows the student to explore the relationship between learning in the classroom and the practical application of knowledge in everyday work situations. Prerequisites: Admission to the Internship Program and approval of the department chair. Credit/no credit grading.
HIST 400. Comparative Slave Systems in the Americas (4AF)
This course explores the establishment of slavery in the Americas. It details the extent to which slaves across the entire Americas were involved in the same process of hemispheric exploitation and debasement. The course is particularly sensitive to the experiences of the slaves themselves, seeking to understand how they made sense of their world. To that end, issues such as slave religion, family life, recreational forms and the full range of cultural productions such as music, dance and storytelling are investigated in order to get a glimpse of the complex pattern of responses which slaves created in the attempt to erect a zone of freedom even in their enslavement.
HIST 401. The Caribbean Experience (4AS)
This course approaches the study of the Caribbean from the perspective of Caribbean people’s unceasing attempts to re-interpret and re-evaluate their history and to control their present destiny. Calypso and Reggae music and the Caribbean “songs of experience” form the major primary sources from which we explore notions of race and identity, slavery and liberation, religion and government and gender and sexuality within the Caribbean setting.
HIST 405. Spies, Sputniks, and Fall-Out Shelters (4AS)
This course focuses on how the Cold War structured culture in the United States and the Soviet Union. How did the West appear to the East and the East appear to the West? How did culture help to create the Cold War? What were the myths of consensus in communist and capitalist cultures? How did the dominant cultures and political systems foster cultural rebellion? We answer these questions by exploring such topics as the red scare, the Soviet cult of World War II, nuclear apocalypse and civil defense, consumerism, spy stories, Westernization in communist culture (e.g., jazz and rock) and the development of Russian and American nationalism.
HIST 408. The Civil War Era, 1820-1865 (4AF)
This is a reading- and writing-intensive course on the Civil War era in American history. We will read a number of secondary sources that examine the growing tensions between sections from 1820 through 1865, with a heavy emphasis placed on the critical role slavery played in bringing the nation to war. The class will then read and discuss some of the more important recent books on the war itself. Finally, students will research, write and present a lengthy primary source-driven project of their choice.
HIST 415. Topics in U.S. or Latin American History (4E)
Topics in U.S. or Latin American history determined by interest of students and instructors. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 419. African-American History in America (4AS)
Significant aspects of African-American history in the United States from its colonial origins to the present are dealt with, using a variety of discussion techniques and intensive examination of pertinent historical studies. Related sociological, psychological, economic and political aspects will be considered. The course seeks to make students aware of the richness of these studies and their impact on American society. This course is cross-listed as POSC 419.
HIST 425. The Great Depression and the New Deal (4AS)
This course examines the collapse of the economy as the 1930s began and the efforts of the Franklin Roosevelt administration to repair and reform American capitalism. The New Deal came to symbolize a wide range of hopes and fears for Americans as they struggled to make sense of a world seemingly falling apart. This course is reading-, research-, and writing-intensive.
HIST 430. Early Maryland Research Seminar (4AF)
This course operates as a capstone for humanities and social science majors interested in Maryland history. The course aims to broaden students’ understanding of research methodologies and provide a professional research experience. In the first half of the semester, students explore different ways to study Maryland history, including traditional historical documentary research methods as well as interdisciplinary approaches based on archaeology, cultural anthropology, sociology, statistics, art history and literature. Students also will visit local institutions interpreting Maryland’s past, in order to see how professionals apply these approaches in an effort to inform the public about the past’s relationship to the present. Following a midterm examination to ensure understanding of these research methods, each student will spend the second half of the course working on a research project for one of these organizations. Students will produce a tangible final product that will contribute toward future interpretation and/or programming at the sponsoring institution. Prerequisites: CORE 101 and 4 credits from at least one of the following disciplines: history, anthropology, art history, English, sociology, political science, or economics.
HIST 432. History of Medicine (4AS)
This course surveys the history of medicine from ancient times to the present in the Western world. After briefly examining the practice of medicine in ancient and medieval times, the course will focus on the development of modern, scientific medicine. Topics will include medicine and the scientific revolution, the development of medical institutions and professions, medicine and imperialism, the definition of disease and the changing position of the patient.
HIST 435. Topics in European History (4E)
Topics in European history to be determined by interest of students and instructors. Possible topics include women, gender and family; contemporary Europe and the Ancient World. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 455. Topics in Asian or African History (4E)
Topics in Asian or African history to be determined by interest of students and instructors. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 461. On Machos, Virgins, and Mothers: Gender in Latin American History (4AS)
While popular misconceptions of Latin America claim that gender identities were fixed and static, this course wishes to highlight how contested gender prescriptions were, and how the negotiations over what was accepted and appropriate for women’s and men’s behavior shaped the social and political history of Latin America. What made men “honorable” or “macho,” for example, just as women’s role as mothers and caregivers acquired various meanings over different historical periods. Sexuality (what was accepted for both men and women) also cannot be understood without a historical perspective. And gender identities, throughout, were much affected by race, class and ethnicity. This course, in short, examines the construction of gender identities in Latin America over 500 years of history.
HIST 475. Topics in Comparative, Thematic, or Global History (4AS)
Topics in comparative, thematic, or global history to be determined by interest of students and instructors. Possible topics: modern imperialism, the world since 1945, and Cold War culture in the United States and Soviet Union. May be repeated for credit if the topic is not repetitive.
HIST 493. St. Mary’s Project in History I (4E)
The St. Mary’s Project in history consists of two parts: HIST 493 and HIST 494. No credit for HIST 493 will be granted until satisfactory completion of HIST 494. The project experience is designed for students to demonstrate the ability to conduct historical research, interpret historical evidence, and produce a substantive written work. Students begin the project experience in the first semester with an approved topic and meet regularly with a faculty mentor throughout the two semesters. During the first semester of the project experience, students focus on historiography and on identifying primary sources. They define the issues to be investigated, and develop a method of inquiry appropriate to the topic. Prerequisite: approval by faculty mentor and department chair of the student’s major(s).
HIST 494. St. Mary’s Project in History II (4E)
In the second part of the project experience, students complete the research, compose the finished product, and present the results to the College community. The project, which may take many forms, draws on and extends knowledge, skills of analysis, and creative achievement developed through previous academic work. The faculty mentor supervises the project research. The project is presented orally during St Mary’s Project Days. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of HIST 493. Consult faculty mentor for project guidelines.
HIST 495. History Capstone Seminar (4E)
The purpose of this class is to complete the newly required capstone project in History. It will provide a structure for student support to complete their projects and to present them to the public. Students will complete a 30-page research paper on a topic of their choice. This class will meet four times over the course of the semester, with individual student meetings on an as-needed basis:
- First class/organizing session
- Progress report the day after annotated bibliographies are due
- Progress report the week before first drafts are due
- Final presentation