History Course Descriptions Spring 2011

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History Course Descriptions

Spring 2011

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Undergraduate Course Offerings……Page 2

Graduate Course Offerings………….Page 9

Tentative Future Offerings…….……TBA

Undergraduate Courses

Lower Division

Spring 2011

HIST 111: Origins of the Modern World to 1500.

A developmental and conceptual approach to Europe as the confluence of classical and oriental civilizations. The course will cover ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East: Greece, Rome, Islam, Byzantium, and Germanic tribal society: the contributions of each to the European Middle Ages, Renaissance, European Expansion, Scientific Revolution, and Reformation.


01 Ms. Elizabeth Sherman TR 9:30-10:45

03 Dr. Nathaniel Millett MWF 10:00-10:50

04 Dr. Steve Schoenig, S.J. MWF 11:00-11:50

05 Ms. Elizabeth Sherman TR 11:00-12:15

06 Mr. Adam Hoose MWF 9:00-9:50

07 Mr. Walker Cosgrove MWF 1:10-2:00

08 Mr. Frank Krajewski TR 12:45-2:00

09 Dr. Hayrettin Yucesoy TR 2:15-3:30

HIST 111: Origins of the Modern World to 1500: SLU Inquiry (Freshmen & Sophomores Only)

This is a survey of global history tracing the formation of the modern world from the origins of human societies through the 16th century.  We will proceed chronologically and thematically, exploring political, economic, social, religious and intellectual change over time. We will study early urbanization and empire; the origin and spread of world religious traditions; the diffusion of scientific knowledge across diverse cultures and societies. As we discuss the human past we will also consider how historians have dealt with history over the centuries. This course aims at widening our knowledge not only historically but also geographically so that we appreciate the globe not as a series of disconnected structures but as interrelated and interdependent polities and cultures.

02 Mr. Adam Hoose MWF 12:00-12:50

HIST 111-01H: Origins of the Modern World to 1500 (Honors Students Only)

This course will be about the history of ideas and how ideas shaped the history of mankind all the way from pre-history until the Discovery of America. We will look at ancient texts from across the globe but also think about the varieties of evidence available to the historian in reconstructing the ancient past. There will be three tests, a project and a final exam.


01H Dr. Damian Smith MWF 2:10-3:30

HIST 112: Origins of the Modern World Since 1600

A developmental and conceptual approach emphasizing increasing awareness of and contact with the rest of the world. The course will cover transatlantic encounters, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the Scientific Revolution, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, Modernism, and imperialism.

01 Dr. Mark Ruff MW 11:00-11:50 Discussion Section Required

02 Dr. Jennifer Popiel MW 12:00-12:50 Discussion Section Required

03 Mr. Andrew Jones MWF 10:00-10:50

04 Mr. Walker Cosgrove MWF 2:10-3:00

05 Mr. Ben Troxell TR 12:45-2:00

06 Mr. James Naus TR 8:00-9:15

07 Mr. Joseph Reidy TR 9:30-10:45

08 Dr. Vince Ryan MWF 10:00-10:50

09 Mr. Andrew Jones MWF 9:00-9:50

10 Dr. David Parnell TR 11:00-12:15

HIST 112-01H: Origins of the Modern World since 1500 (Honors Students Only)

This course is a survey of the people, events, and forces that have shaped Western Civilization since 1500. The course will especially emphasize political, intellectual, and social revolutions and the various responses to these movements.  There will be a significant discussion component to this course, rooted chiefly in the 6 assigned books.


01H Dr. Vincent Ryan MWF 9:00-9:50

HIST 260: US History to 1865: SLU Inquiry (Freshmen & Sophomores Only)

This inquiry course is intended for freshmen and sophomores who are looking for a more challenging and interesting academic experience to fulfill the requirements for History 260. The goal is for you to acquire a good working knowledge of American history and an understanding of its significance for the world we live in today. We will analyze and reflect on major developments which have shaped the American nation from colonization to the end of the Civil War. Unlike a traditional survey lecture, this course is based on extended critical readings of primary and secondary sources. It also features expanded faculty-student interaction, and routinely includes class discussion.


01 Dr. Terri Fahrney MWF 2:10-3:00

HIST 260: US History to 1865

This course covers American history from the period of contact through the Civil War. Topics include the collision of European, African, and Native American cultures in the age of contact and settlement; colonial British North America; the American Revolution and the Constitution; geographic expansion and social, economic, and cultural change in the Jacksonian era; slavery and the sectional conflict, and the Civil War.


02 Ms. Amy Wallhermfechtel TR 9:30-10:45

HIST 261: History of the United States Since 1865

This course will survey the major historical development in American history as the United States emerged as a major world power. The course will examine such issues as the shift from a rural agrarian to an urban industrial nation, the shifting view of the role of government in society and the economy, and the evolution of foreign policy from nineteenth century isolation to world super power in the years after World War II. The format of the course will be lecture and discussion.


01 Dr. Michael Ruddy TR 11:00-12:15

02 Mr. Ben Troxell TR 2:15-3:30

03 Dr. Flannery Burke MWF 10:00-10:50

Undergraduate Courses

Upper Division

Spring 2010

HIST 300: Ancient Greece

The course, consisting of lectures and discussions, will cover ancient Greek history from the Mycenaean through the Hellenistic period (roughly from 1600 BC to 30 BC). Besides Sarah Pomeroy et al., Ancient Greece (2nd edition), readings will include Homer’s Odyssey and works by Sappho, Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Plato, and Plutarch. There will be a midterm examination, a final examination, and a research paper of 2000-3000 words including footnotes.


01 Dr. Warren Treadgold TR 2:15-3:30

HIST 302: Roman Empire

The history of Rome from the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the end of the Western Empire in the fifth century A.D. An examination of the career of Augustus and the transformation of the Roman world he brought about, the Julio-Claudian emperors, the second century Pax Romana, the crises of the third century, the Barbarian Invasions, the rise and eventual dominance of Christianity, and the end of imperial power in the West.


01 Dr. Neil Hackett MWF 11:00-11:50

HIST 309: The Age of Renaissance

Once seen as the age of artistic glory, the "discovery" of new worlds, rampant individualism, and nostalgia for the Greek and Roman classical past, the very existence of a European Renaissance is now in question. Did it exclude women? Was it an elitist movement that flourished oblivious to the crushing poverty of the vast majority of Europeans? Did its ambitions for economic expansion lead to the near extinction of the peoples of the New World who had the misfortune to be in its path? How did the emphasis of humanists on reason comfortably coexist with astrology, alchemy, and the "occult" sciences? Did its political ideas nurture the seeds of liberal democracy or did they legitimize the unrestrained exercise of brute power? Did the attitudes of Europeans towards Africans and other non-Europeans contribute to the development of modern racism?  This course, which will be a combination of lectures and student discussion, will seek to answer all these questions and more. There will be no in-class exams; the course requirements will consist of a research paper and two take-home exams


01 Dr. Philip Gavitt TR 12:45-2:00

HIST 310: The Reformation

Subject: An overview of the religious, cultural, social, and political changes of the sixteenth century, with special emphasis on the rise and growth of Protestantism and the Catholic response. Texts: Lindberg, The European Reformations and The European Reformation Sourcebook. Assignments: Students are required to write three five-page analytical papers on assigned questions based on documents in Lindberg. There will also be three essay exams, including the final.


01 Dr. James Hitchcock TR 12:45-2:00

HIST 312: French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815

The origins and history of the French Revolution; social, economic, intellectual, institutional, and constitutional changes; European War; the Napoleonic Empire and its collapse.


01 Dr. Jennifer Popiel MWF 9:00-9:50

HIST 321: China Since 1644

This course explores some of the main themes in Chinese history from the Manchu conquest in 1644 to the present. Topics include the consolidation under the Manchus in the 1600s; the end of the old imperial order in 1911; relations with the outside world; the development of capitalism, nationalism, and communism; the communist revolution of 1949; and the tumultuous changes in the People's Republic since 1949.


01 Dr. Brian Arendt TR 9:30-10:45

HIST 345: Colonial America

History 345 explores the history of English America.  Rather than telling a chronological story, the class centers on four of the most important subjects in colonial history: the founding of the English settlement at Jamestown, the role of religion in New England, the consequences of Indian-white encounters, and the development of racial slavery. Particular emphasis will be placed on the historical craft, as taught through class discussions and writing assignments. There are no examinations. Instead, for each subject students will read a monograph, discuss primary texts, consider how the topic is represented on film and in public history venues, and write an essay based on primary sources.  


01 Dr. Lorri Glover TR 9:30-10:45

HIST 348: U.S Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

Examines the American Civil War from its origins in the sectional conflict through Reconstruction. Topics include the institution of slavery; Union and Confederate society, politics, culture, war aims and leaders; race and emancipation; dissent and civil rights; the transition to free labor; and the war's lasting impact on American history.


01 Dr. Silvana Siddali TR 11:00-12:15

HIST 383: Modern Middle East

The general theme of this course is the history of the modern Middle East from the 19th century up to the present. After discussing political, social, and cultural history of the Middle East within the framework of an Islamic civilization, we will examine new challenges such as modernity, westernization, nationalism, colonialism,statehood, and the place of tradition and Islam in the modern world.

We will examine the impact of outside powers on the Middle East and address the problems of political, economic, and cultural decolonization, the ideological choices dominant in the twentieth century and efforts to reassert Islamic identity in an era of globalization. We will use a variety of media including primary sources in English.

01 Dr. Hayrettin Yucesoy TR 11:00-12:15

HIST 393: Japan and Korea

This course will examine the relationship of two of East Asia’s economic success stories, their troubled past, and the divisions characterizing their modern development. This course will cover the period from the Warring States era in Japan to the economic “miracles” and Stalinist stagnation of the last few decades. We will study topics such as the unification of Japan, the Yi Dynasty in Korea, the long periods of isolation of the two countries, the opening of both in the nineteenth century, the industrialization of Japan and its territorial expansion, the colonization of Korea, the Second World War, the division of Korea and the economic success stories of the 1980s. In each period the course will look at a number of political, economic, and social aspects of Korea and Japan.


01 Dr. Brian Arendt TR 8:00-9:15

HIST 393: Race and Athletics in 20th Century America

Race, as a social classification, invaded nearly every aspect of society, including the nation’s leisure activities.  Sports and athletics represented leisure activities in which nearly all Americans could participate. Unfortunately, throughout a large part of the twentieth century, the controversy concerning race prevented Americans from participating together in many organized sports.  Shouldering the burden of their race, athletes of color desegregated these organized sports only to face new barriers in regard to their race.  It is the purpose of this course to discover and analyze the impact that race and racism had on national sports.  Furthermore, the young historians in this course will deal with the social, political, and economical implications of race and sports and what these implications meant to the American twentieth century.  By taking a critical look at sports events, managers, teams, coaches, athletes, and fans, the young historians will be able to log and discuss the critical importance of both race and sports in American culture.


02 Dr. Stefan Bradley TR 2:15-3:30

HIST 393: Rome, the Barbarians, and the End of Civilization

In the fourth and fifth centuries, the Western Roman Empire experienced an invasion of Germanic barbarians that destroyed the empire and its advanced civilization. Or, as some would suggest, in the fourth and fifth centuries, the Western Roman Empire negotiated with Germanic peoples and its civilization transformed into something new, pushing Europe toward the Middle Ages. Which of these two interpretations is closer to the truth? This course will examine the context of these events, a period of time known as Late Antiquity (roughly 284-650 AD), and will particularly analyze whether the world created by the Romans transformed or was destroyed.


03 Dr. David Parnell TR 12:45-2:00

HIST 393: Greek and Roman Warfare

An examination of the military history of ancient Greece and Rome, beginning with war’s depiction in the Homeric epics, the development of hoplite tactics, the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the Punic Wars, and succeeding campaigns in the Roman Republic and Western Empire. The course will focus not only on actual warfare and the evolution of tactics, but also on the ideology of war, its psychological and sociological effects on both participants and non-combatants, and war’s religious significance in the classical world.


04 Dr. Neil Hackett MWF 12:00-12:50

HIST 393: Reform & Revolution in Latin America

The nineteenth century in Latin America was a period of intense change, as the areas under primarily Spanish and Portuguese control began to assert their independence. This course will begin with a look at the Bourbon reforms of the mid-eighteenth century, and their role in the bloody and sometimes protracted revolutions of the nineteenth century, and end with the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Included will be a brief discussion of earlier revolutions, i.e. British-American (1776) French (1789) Haitian (1791,) and their influences on Latin America after the incursion of Napoleon into Iberia in 1808. What caused the colonies of Latin America, which had been successfully held in control for over three hundred years, to revolt? Who were the leaders of these movements and what were their motivations, their agendas? Though the class will focus on the reform movements and their leaders, the importance of both colonial overlords and foreign influences (esp. Britain, France and the US) on these movements will be discussed. Included will be a look at the roles of “others,” women, indigenous and slaves that affected this era of independence.


05 Dr. Terri Fahrney MWF 1:10-2:00

Undergraduate Spring 2010

Seminar Courses
HIST 490: Seminar: Medieval Ireland

This course is an introduction to the sources and history of medieval Ireland, 400-1400. The main objectives of the course are to familiarize students with the chronology of medieval Ireland and to explore the main historiographical problems facing Irish history today. Topics covered include Iron Age society, the problem of St. Patrick, the organization of the early Irish church, the political development of Irish kingship, the Vikings in Ireland, the arrival of the Anglo-Normans, medieval Gaelic society, and the conflict between native and foreigner in later medieval history. Students will analyze primary documents in Latin and in translation, as well as relevant archaeological data. Students will complete an annotated bibliography, a midterm exam, and a research paper, and actively participate in class discussions.


01 Dr. Thomas Finan MWF 12:00-12:50

HIST 490: Seminar: Revolutions in the Atlantic World

This senior seminar will investigate the momentous social, political, and cultural transformations that characterized the American, French, and Haitian.  Straddling the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, these social and political movements have long been considered part of an “Age of Revolutions,” a watershed of change that violently ushered in the problems and possibilities of the modern world.


01 Dr. Jennifer Popiel MWF 1:10-2:00

HIST 491: Seminar: Cross-Cultural Encounters in America

Course description: This course will analyze early cross-cultural interactions and exchanges between Indians, Europeans, and Africans in America in the context of the Atlantic world. We will analyze conflicts as well as creative adaptations in order to gain an understanding of how cultures change through contact with one another, and why such contact involves both resistance and assimilation. The seminar will have two parallel trajectories. One will involve reading and analyzing texts related to cross-cultural encounters in American history in order to become familiar with the field and with various methods of interpretation. The other will be devoted to your research paper: formulating its topic, assembling the initial bibliography, preparing a written conceptualization of the argument, presenting your findings in class for critical discussion, and writing the paper.



01 Dr. Michal Rozbicki TR 12:45-2:00

HIST 491: Seminar: Slavery and Abolition

This seminar will explore primary and secondary sources on the American Slavery system and the Abolitionist movement.  Focusing on the nineteenth century, we will examine the challenges to slavery from African Americans and their allies, the rise of abolitionism and antislavery, the varying experiences of the enslaved population, the internal structure of a slave society, the South's defense of slavery, and the resulting political contest that led to southern secession and civil war.  This course emphasizes historigraphical literacy, research and writing skills on a specific historical topic: slavery and abolition.

02 Dr. Katrina Thompson TR 11:00-12:15
HIST 491: Seminar: The Cold War

03 Dr. Mark Ruff TR 9:30-10:45

HIST 494: Honors Thesis

This course will be conducted as an independent study/research course for writing an honors thesis. It is an opportunity for superior students who want to expand and revise a paper for a previous 300 or 400 level history courses into an honors thesis. This option will give the student a chance to develop and demonstrate advanced research and writing skills. It will be excellent preparation for graduate or professional schools, some of which require applicants to submit a writing sample.

A student must possess a minimum GPA of 3.5 in history courses and a 3.25 GPA overall. The student must be recommended by the instructor who supervised his or her paper for the previous course. This instructor will supervise the honors thesis as the instructor of record in the HIST 494 course. A second reader will be named for the thesis in consultation with the departmental director of undergraduate studies. The second reader can be chosen from outside the department or outside the university.

HIST 496: Internship/History in Practice

This course gives students the opportunity to serve as unpaid interns in the area of public history, historic preservation, archives, and library and museum science. Students work an equivalent of 8-10 hours per week for the semester, keep a journal of their activities, and receive an evaluation by the professional in charge of supervising their work. Students may undertake an internship with organizations in the St. Louis area or most anywhere in the world. The instructor works with students to identify internship work that matches their interests and to place them with appropriate organizations.


30 Dr. Silvana Siddali TBA

Graduate Courses

Spring 2010

HIST 531: Advanced Studies: Medieval History: TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL CANON LAW

A great many medieval texts were legal in nature, and the law touched on nearly every facet of medieval life. The Church’s law had a particular impact across the medieval West. This course offers an introduction to Latin canon law in the Middle Ages by focusing on selected sources and issues. Primary and secondary readings will shed light on the development, transmission, and use of influential ecclesiastical norms and legal collections from late antiquity (beginning with the early councils and the first papal decretal) to the classical period (encompassing Gratian and Gregory IX). The goal is to be able to work competently with canonical sources, and to grasp their relevance, within the broader study of medieval history.


01 Dr. Steve Schoenig, S.J. W 4:30-7:00

HIST 540: Studies in Early Modern European History

Readings in major secondary works of modern European history from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, as preparation for seminar work and for comprehensive exams. Format will be open discussion of assigned works. Students will be asked to write a comprehensive bibliographical essay on some topic in modern European history, surveying the secondary literature on the subject and reaching conclusions.


01 Dr. James Hitchcock T 4:30-7:00

HIST 561: Adv. Studies in American History: The Atlantic World

The Atlantic World was the world created by the intersection of Europe, Africa, and the Americas. It is an approach to history that transcends the nation-state and focuses, instead, on the myriad of political, economic, cultural, biological, and social connections that were forged by peoples of diverse backgrounds beginning as early as 1100 CE (the majority of the readings will focus on the period between 1450 and 1850). The course will focus on the close reading of the most important secondary works of Atlantic social, cultural, political, military, and economic history. We will also examine the origins of the field as well as charting its development. In the end, students will gain a detailed knowledge of one of the most dynamic fields of contemporary historical scholarship.


01 Dr. Nathaniel Millett W 4:30-7:00

HIST 598-16: History of the American West

By using the American West as their object of study and their inspiration, historians of the American West have offered innovative interpretations of race relations in North American history, pioneered (so to speak) transnational approaches to U.S. history, provided detailed explanations of the expansion of the power of the federal government in the twentieth century, and incorporated environmental history into studies of rural and urban areas alike. Not surprisingly, western historians have been the recipients of numerous awards in the past two decades. The field is vibrant and growing. This class will introduce students to classic works in western history and to new, cutting-edge scholarship. Writing assignments will be tailored to students’ needs so that students may choose between furthering a research project, designing a course syllabus on the West, proposing a museum exhibit, or writing history for a general audience.


01 Dr. Flannery Burke M 4:30-7:00

HIST 680: Seminar: Ancient/Byzantine History

The seminar will deal with topics in Byzantine history from AD 285 to 1461, including political, economic, military, diplomatic, ecclesiastical, military, cultural, and social history. Students will write and present in class seven preliminary reports of about 1500 words each designed to give them the necessary background to write their seminar paper, a seminar paper of about 10,000 words on a topic of their choice approved by the instructor, and an assigned critique of about 1000 words of another student's paper.

01 Dr. Warren Treadgold R 4:30-7:00

HIST 681: Seminar: The Crusades

Advanced, directed research on topics related to the medieval crusading movement.  Students will strive to produce original works of scholarship suitable for publication.  In addition, students will have exposure to various research skills and methodologies crucial to advance research in medieval history.


01 Dr. Thomas Madden M 1:10-4:00

HIST 683: Seminar: Research Seminar in Modern European History

This seminar will examine American-European diplomatic relations in the 20th century during the era of the world wars and the Cold War. Students will be expected to write a research paper of publishable quality based on primary sources.


01 Dr. Mark Ruff M 4:30-7:00

HIST 684: Seminar: Inter-cultural relations in early modern American history

Course description: This course will examine cross-cultural contacts in early modern America in the context of the Atlantic world. The main focus will be on the interactions between Europeans, Indians, and Africans. Studying inter-culturality offers exciting intellectual challenges and fascinating insights. It involves three sides--the interpreting culture of the historian and the two "other" cultures being interpreted. When members of past cultures assigned meaning to their experiences, they interpreted them, and these interpretations guided their actions. The historian studying them attempts to interpret these interpretations, and must examine the symbolic discourses and the "self-evident" assumptions of past cultures in order to reconstruct what reality meant to their members, and to explain why confrontations with otherness--initially disruptive of the shared, self-evident order--resulted in creative adaptations and deep historical change. 


01 Dr. Michal Rozbicki T 4:30-7:00

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