History Summer Courses

    United States History to 1877 (5 credits)

  • HIS 10A [Online]*

    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.

    Geographic Regions of Concentration and Chronological Distribution Requirements (History Major)

    General Education Code: ER
    Proposed Instructor: Amanda Huse

    *Pending CCI Approval

  • United States History, 1877 to 1977 (5 credits)

  • HIS 10B [In Person]

    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 agendas.

    General Education Code: ER
    Proposed Instructor: Carlos Cruz

  • Christian World Missions and Missionaries (5 credits)

  • HIS 39F [Online]

    Session 2

    Course stretches students' reflections on the nature of Christian mission and the work of missionaries, their imbroglio with and involvement in state and society, and how historical sourcing may impact the way we see things, lives, and our past. Begins in the 1st century BCE where Christianity emerged in West Asia and is organized chronologically through the 21st century. Course examines Christianity's expansion and external power and the competing views of it as rebellious, revolutionary and justice-oriented momentum versus a repressive conversion institution working politically, militarily, and economically. Also examines how the perception and strategy of Christian mission changed in time, region, groups, and individual missionaries, and how Christian mission, as a power, contributed to the regional and global changes.

    General Education Code: TA
    Proposed Instructor: ManNing Chan

  • History in Action: Oral History in Practice (5 credits)

  • HIS 39G [In Person]

    Session 1

    Introduces the methodology of oral history as well as its varying applications for the public humanities. Students learn about the ethical, practical, and methodological strategies for creating an oral history project, as well as initiate at least their first interview by the end of the course.

    General Education Code: PE-H
    Proposed Instructor: David Duncan

  • U.S. Bases in Asia Pacific: Power, Pollution, and Protest (5 credits)

  • HIS 39H [In Person]*

    Session 2

    This course is a survey of U.S. military bases and influence in the Asia Pacific Region since the end of the Second World War. Using the geographic scope of PACOM (Pacific Command) the course covers an area including Japan, Guam, Hawai’i, and Korea. Despite the failure of President Obama’s “Pivot to the Pacific” campaign, there remains a long history of U.S. presence in and across the Pacific Ocean; sometimes this presence is in the form of U.S. soldiers stationed on bases abroad, sometimes this presence is landscape altering in the form of nuclear testing. Students will be introduced to key themes in the creation of “America’s Lake,” as well as movements of resistance against the U.S. empire.

    General Education Code: PR-E
    Proposed Instructor: Alexyess McClellan-Ufugusuku

    *Pending CCI Approval

  • Historical Skills and Methods (5 credits)

  • HIS 100 [Online]

    Session 2

    Designed to introduce history majors to historical methods and provide preparation for exit seminars. Students develop critical reading, historical analysis, research, and disciplinary writing skills.Enrollment is restricted to proposed and declared history majors, or by permission of the instructor.

    General Education Code: TA
    Proposed Instructor: Matt O'Hara

  • World History of Science (5 credits)

  • HIS 101D [Online]


    Human curiosity and inquiry changed and varied widely across Eurasia. This course surveys how the curiosity and inquiry were framed in three major civilizations (China, Islam and Judeo-Christian) from the Mongol conquest of Eurasia in the 13th century to the beginning of industrial capitalism in the 19th century.

    General Education Code: SI
    Proposed Instructor: Minghui Hu

  • Asian and Asian American History, 1941-Present (5 credits)

  • HIS 106B [In Person]

    Session 1

    Analyzes immigration, race relations, war, gender ideology, family life, acculturation, political activism, interracial marriage, multiracial identity, and cultural representations between 1941 and the present. Emphasis on discussion, writing, research, and group presentations.

    General Education Code: ER
    Proposed Instructor: Meleia Simon-Reynolds

  • A More Perfect Union: Race Relations, Civil Rights, and the Federal Government during the 20th Century (5 credits)

  • HIS 139L [Online]*

    Session 1

    This course presents an introduction to the history of the federal government and its handling of racism and civil rights during the 20th century. Course content will be delivered through bi-weekly lectures along with an occasional seminar discussion of assigned readings. The goal of this class is to provide students with an understanding of how the United States evolved over the course of the twentieth century and how government expansion was both influenced by and transformed institutional racism. Likewise, this class will emphasize the role of class, gender, and racial politics in steering the course of federal policies.

    General Education Code: ER
    Proposed Instructor: Jonathan VanHarmelen

    *Pending CCI Approval

  • Murderers, Witches, and Rebels: Depicting Difference in Colonial Latin America (5 credits)

  • HIS 139M [Online]*

    Session 2

    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the many ways identity was depicted and described during the colonial period in the Spanish Americas across four major regions: Central Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula, Peru, and New Mexico. Themes such as the casta system, Indigenous survivance and resistance, the changing role of women in both public and private spheres, the role of Black confraternities and slave rebellions, and various forms of visual displays of identity will be examined. The ways society became increasingly diverse in terms of class, gender, and race will be highlighted, as well as the impact of invasion, subsequent military violence, and how the colonial legal system impacted communities will also be studied. Students will examine how different identities emerged during the colonial period in the Spanish Americas and how they experienced conflict and transformation as a result of political, social, cultural, economic, and religious change.

    General Education Code: IM
    Proposed Instructor: Piper Milton

    *Pending CCI Approval

  • The First World War (5 credits)

  • HIS 167A [In Person]

    Session 2

    An intensive analysis of the First World War from multiple perspectives: military, diplomatic, political, economic, technological, global, and cultural. The emphasis is on the transformative impact of the war on European societies, international relations, and modern culture.

    General Education Code: TA
    Proposed Instructor: Linda Ulbrich

  • Postcolonial Britain and France (5 credits)

  • HIS 181A [In Person]

    Session 1

    Transdisciplinary examination of the politics and culture of postcolonial Britain and France. Topics include: immigration from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean; racism and antiracism; minority difference and citizenship practices; and the emergence of Islam as a major category of identity and difference. Cross Listed Courses ANTH 110O

    General Education Code: CC
    Proposed Instructor: Leonard Butingan