History Summer Courses


    United States History to 1877

  • HIS 10A

    Session 2

    Focuses on the building of British American colonies and the establishment, disintegration, and reconstruction of the nation with an emphasis on how class, race, ethnicity, and gender impacted colonial development and structured the nation's agenda and the definition of citizenship. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): ER, IH.)

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    Instructor: Jaclyn Schultz


  • United States History, 1877 to 1977

  • HIS 10B

    Session 1

    Surveys the political, social, and cultural history of the United States from 1877 to 1977. Focuses on national politics with emphasis on how class, race, ethnicity, and gender changed the nation's agenda. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): ER, IH.)

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    Instructor: Erik Bernardino


  • Introduction To American Religious Culture

  • HIS 13

    Session 1

    Introduction to the many communities found within the American religious landscape, balancing extraordinary diversity characterizing American pluralism against the dominant religious culture. Proceeds historically, engaging major problems and developments including utopianism, the rise of evangelicalism, religion and reform, manifest destiny, secularization and modernity, and the intersection of politics and religion. (General Education Code(s): TA.)

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    Instructor: Taylor Kirsch


  • Early Modern East Asia

  • HIS 40A

    Session 1

    Surveys the history of East Asia from 1500 to 1894. Covers political, social, economic, and cultural histories of China, Japan, and Korea with the goal of perceiving a regional history that encompassed each society. (General Education Code(s): CC.)

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    Instructor: Minghui Hu


  • Medical and Scientific Terminology (online)

  • HIS 60

    Session 2 

    Online only course. 

    Trains students in the principals that will help them make sense of Greco-Latin scientific and technical vocabulary. Introduces Greco-Roman natural philosophy and its general cultural context, and explains the historical relationship of that tradition to the emergence of modern European experimental science and technology. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 

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    Instructor: Charles Hedrick

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  • Topics In The World History Of Science (online)

  • HIS 101D

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    Human curiosity and inquiry changed and varied widely across Eurasia. We will survey and understand how the curiosity and inquiry were framed in three major civilizational settings (China, Islam and Judeo-Christian) from the end of the Mongol conquest of Eurasia to the beginning of industrial capitalism. During this period, most people lived in an agrarian society and political hierarchy of various kinds. It was a different world from our industrial and even post-industrial world we currently reside and it will take quite a lot of imagination and understanding to venture into their world: Why and how did they watch sky, track the movement of the Sun, draw maps, make tools and weapons, heal the sick, preserve and pass on what they had learned? May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): SI.)

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    Instructor: Minghui Hu

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  • Colonial Mexico

  • HIS 134A

    Session 1

    Covers the social, cultural, economic, and political history of colonial Mexico (New Spain). Special attention paid to colonial identity formation, religion, and labor systems. Begins by examining indigenous societies prior to the arrival of Europeans and concludes with Mexico's independence movement in the early 19th century. (General Education Code(s): ER.)

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    Instructor: Matt O'Hara