2020 History Summer Courses


    The World Since 1500 (5 credits)

  • HIS 2B

    Session 2

    Examines major world issues over the past 500 years. Topics include European expansion and colonialism, the Muslim empires, East Asia from Ming to Qing, the Americas, Africa, the scientific-technological revolution, decolonization, and modern environmental problems. Designed primarily for first- and second-year students, it provides a time frame for understanding events within a global framework. (General Education Code(s): CC.)

    Proposed Instructor - Daniel Joesten


  • United States History to 1877 (5 credits)

  • HIS 10A

    Session 1

    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.)

    Proposed Instructor - Donald Hickey


  • History of the English Language (online) (5 credits)

  • HIS 59

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    In this class, students will acquire an understanding of the history of the development of the English language, from its origins to present and will engage critically with the quantitative evidence for that history, using accessible online databases and digital texts. (General Education Code(s): SR.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Charles Hedrick


  • Historical Skills and Methods (5 credits)

  • HIS 100

    Session 1

    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 history majors and proposed majors or by permission of the instructor. (General Education Code(s): TA.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Matt O'Hara


  • Topics In The World History Of Science (online) (5 credits)

  • HIS 101D

    Session 2

    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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    Proposed Instructor - Minghui Hu


  • Colonial Mexico (5 credits)

  • 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.)

    Proposed Instructor - Matt O'Hara


  • Queer Pasts: A Radical Telling of LGBTQ History in the United States (5 credits)

  • HIS 139C

    Session 1

    Queer Pasts: A Radical Telling of LGBTQ History in the United States critically explores how to preserve, represent, and study the history of queer and gender non-conforming people. Focus on non-traditional and digital archives, oral history, and original research. (General Education Code(s): TA.)

    Proposed Instructor - Bristol Cave-LaCoste