Africa to the 19th Century
History of Africa south of the Sahara, focusing on culture and social organization, the Bantu migrations, African kingdoms, contacts with the world, Islam and the slave trade.
An introduction to the history of Africa since 1800. Focuses on a number of themes to enable a better understanding of the recent past of this vast continent. Major topics include the 19th-century social, political and economic revolutions in Southern and West Africa, the incorporation of the continent into the capitalist world economy, class formation under colonial rule, the rise of nationalism, and the politics of liberation.
Modern East Asia
A survey of modern East Asia emphasizing an outline of the traditional societies, the Western impact, Japanese industrialization and imperialism, Pearl Harbor and the rise of Chinese communism.
Human Rights: America’s Dilemma
This course examines violations of human rights within their historical contexts. From torture to terrorism and from slavery to genocide, the course explores the foundations of current human rights issues in the world today. Attention will be given to the evolution of both civil and human rights as entities within global political thought and practice.
Blacks and the Civil Rights Movement
African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement with a focus on post-World War II migration, changing conceptions of race, increasing black prosperity, integration and black nationalism, and the lives of significant black leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Colony to Empire: US Diplomacy 1789-1941
Examines major events in American foreign policy from the Early National period to Pearl Harbor, emphasizing 19th century continental expansion, early 20th century imperialism and American involvement in the World Wars.
US and the Cold War, 1945-1989
An examination of major events in American foreign policy since World War II, emphasizing policy toward Western Europe, the Soviet Union, Asian and Latin America.
African-Americans in the US 1607-1877
Examines the people of the African continent, uprooted and enslaved, who continually grappled with the problem of how to preserve their dignity and identity in a hostile environment. The African Americans’ adjustment to American society, their exterior struggle against political oppression, the interior nature of their group life, and the development of black institutions are critical to the course’s concerns.
African-Americans in the US 1877-Present
Particular attention will be given to Populism, disfranchisement, segregation and lynching, black leadership ideologies, the influence of mass migrations, the impact of the Great Depression and two world wars on black life, the quest for equality in the 1950s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and the flowering of black culture and nationalism.
Women in Latin American Societies
The female experience in the formation of Latin American colonial societies. The theoretical explanation of womanhood within the ideology of the Spanish Counter-Reformation and its application to the daily life of women will be studied.
Native American History
Examines the roles Native Americans played in the history of North American (excluding Mexico) from 1500 to present.
Women in American History from 1900
Analyzes women’s changing social, economic, and political roles in American society from colonial times to the present.
Soviet/Russian/Eurasian experience from historical, ethnographic, economic, social and culture perspectives, beginning with the present and going back to the roots of the Soviet state and society in the Revolutionary
experience, 1917 to 1921.
This course examines the destruction of the European Jews as they emerged from pre-World War I anti-Semitism and Nazi racism and considers Jewish responses to genocide, the behavior of bystanders, and possibilities of rescue.
Conflicts in the Modern Middle East
Examines the Arab-Israeli conflict, other regional conflicts and the U.S. – U.S.S.R. Cold War in the Middle East.
Modern Middle East: 1949 to Present
This survey course introduces students to the history and politics of the contemporary Middle East.
The African Diaspora
Examines the role of Black literature in bringing on the collapse of European colonial order and as a major force in the struggle against neocolonialism today. Explores links between literature and politics, literature and history, and thought and action in 20th century Africa and the Caribbean.
China in Revolution
Examines the “century of revolution” in China, from the mid-19th century to the present, beginning with the unique political and social structure of “Old China,” and analyzing the impact of Western Imperialism and the creative responses of intellectuals, warlords and revolutionaries.
The Good Society
Examines the values and ideals that have been fundamental to the historical concept of the “good society,” with an emphasis on themes to aid in understanding issues of race, gender, ethics and power essential to any meaningful evaluation of the society in which one lives.
Inside Nazi Germany
The reality beneath the spectacle of the Nuremberg rallies and the efficiency of the totalitarian state.
Seminar in American History: Women’s Rights in the US
Intensive examination of major topics in American history.