ACADEMICS

  • History and Political Science Courses

    HI 103 World Civilization I
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture
    Surveys economic, social, political, and intellectual development of world civilizations and their inter-relationship from ancient times to 1500
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 104 World Civilization II
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture
    Surveys economic, social, political, and intellectual development of world civilizations and their inter-relationship from 1500 to 1914
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 105 World Civilization III
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture
    Surveys economic, social, political, and intellectual development of world civilizations and their inter-relationship from 1914 to the present.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 111 US History I
    LASC—Constitutions; United States and Its Role in the World
    From colonization through the Civil War era. A study of politics, society, economy, diplomacy, and culture in that period.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 112 US History II
    LASC—Constitutions; United States and Its Role in the World
    From the Civil War era to the present. Topics include politics, society, economy, and culture in modern America.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 193 Special Topics in History for First-Year Students
    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 201 International Relations I
    LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: PO 101 or HI 103 or HI 104

    Theory and practice of international security (realism and internationalism) and international political economy (liberalism and protectionism) in their historical context.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    HI/PO 202 International Relations II: Globalization
    LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: PO 101 or HI 103 or HI 104

    The promise and problems of globalization (spread of free market capitalism and political democracy).
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 203 The United States Since 1945
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Explains the history and culture of the United States since 1945.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 204 History of Science and Technology
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Progress of science from the Enlightenment, including applied science or technology from the 19th century. Complements History of Mathematics.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 205 Native America
    This survey covers the broad sweep of Native American history and focuses on the encounter between American and European civilizations and how Native culture has adapted through the centuries.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 206 A History of Warfare
    An examination of the role of war in conflict resolution, great battles which changed history, and the impact of technology on war.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 207 American West: Myth and Reality
    The historic development of the West, its impact on the American character, and a study of how myths become accepted “fact.”
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 208 American Immigrant History
    Survey of immigration. Topics such as old-world background, impact on US, nativism, cultural pluralism, religion, mobility, family and politics.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 211 History of US Foreign Policy I
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisite: HI 111 or HI 112

    Colonial origins to the era of the Spanish American War. The sources and development of US foreign policy in that period.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 212 History of US Foreign Policy II
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisite: HI 111 or HI 112

    From 1900 to recent times: US foreign policy traditions and the challenges of great power status.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 213 Colonial Latin America
    The people of Latin America from Pre-Columbian societies to the wars for independence, focusing on race, sex and power.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 214 Modern Latin America
    LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; Global Perspectives; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    The people of Latin America from independence to the present, focusing on race, sex and power.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 215 History of American Thought
    LASC—Thought Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: HI 111 or HI 112
    Explores the history of ideas in the United States, including major intellectual movements, thinkers, and texts. Cross-listed with Women's Studies.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 216 Economic History of the US
    An introduction to United States economic development; particular attention will be paid to industrialization and the labor force.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 217 US Social History
    LASC—Thought Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Survey of social and cultural history. Topics such as family, religion, education, popular literature, architecture, transportation and reform.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 218 US Constitutional History I
    LASC— Constitutions ; Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
    The development of American constitutional history to 1865.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 219 US Constitutional History II
    LASC— Constitutions ; Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
    The development of the U.S. Constitution since 1865.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 221 African-American History I
    The people of African descent from the emergence of the slave trade to the Civil War, focusing on race, gender, and power.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 222 African-American History II
    The people of African descent from the end of the Civil War through the twentieth century, focusing on race, gender, and power.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 223 History of France I
    Prerequisite: HI 103 and HI 104
    Social, cultural, and military developments of France during the Middle Ages and the Capetian, Valois, and Bourbon periods to 1750.
    Offered every two years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 224 English History I
    LASC—Thought Language and Culture; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104
    English history from earliest settlement to the reign of Elizabeth I. Origins of the Common Law, Parliament, and English liberty.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     

    HI 225 English History II
    LASC— Thought, Language and Culture; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: HI 224
    English history through the English Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire, the World Wars, and decline.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 226 Latin American History through Film
    This course will explore how filmmakers have portrayed Latin American History in their movies.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    HI 230 Nicaragua, the US and the World
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Thought, Language and Culture
    The course will examine the impact of globalization and imperialism on the lives of Nicaraguans at home and in their diasporic communities.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 231 European Intellectual History I
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104
    The main theoretical works, philosophic, psychological and scientific, from Plato to the eighteenth century.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 232 European Intellectual History II
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104
    The main theoretical works, philosophic, psychological and scientific, of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 234/HI 235 Russian History I and II
    A study of major political, economic, social, intellectual, and diplomatic currents in Russia, from the Kievan era to Stalin.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits each.
     
    HI 236/HI 237 Modern Far East History I and II
    Civilizations dramatically different from our own, focusing upon China, Japan, and Southeast Asia since 1600.
    Offered every year. 3 credits each.
     
    HI 240 History of American Popular Culture
    This course is an introduction and survey of the multidisciplinary field of American Popular Culture, analyzing popular or non-elite culture in the United States from the colonial era to present.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 241 English Constitutional History
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Development of English Constitution from Magna Carta through revolution, supremacy of Parliament, reform acts, entry into European Union, and devolution.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 242 History of Early Modern Europe
    Forces that shaped Europe since the Reformation: the political, economic, and intellectual context of the external expansion as well as the internal turmoils, such as the Thirty Years War and the European economy to 1789.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 244 American Urban History
    The process of accelerating urbanization in America since the nineteenth century: cultural, social, economic and political aspects of urban life.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 245 History of Modern Germany I
    The origins and growth of Brandenburg-Prussia; their impact on the rest of Germany from the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire to the emergence of the Second Reich in 1871.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 246 History of Modern Germany II
    German economic and political crises from 1870 to the present.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 247 Central America and the Caribbean
    This survey examines the political, cultural and social history of Central America and the Caribbean from pre-Columbian times to the present with an emphasis on the 20th century.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 248 Seminar on Globalization and Human Rights
    LASC—USW, GP, DAC
    A.I.D. program participants in their sophomore year will explore globalization and human rights and issues of personal growth and academic development.
    Offered every three years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 249 US Labor History I
    The relationship between workers, their employers, and the surrounding community between 1815 and World War II.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 257 Political Terrorism in Historical Perspective
    A comparative approach to the terrorist movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, concentrating on the European groups.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 258 Russia Since the Stalin Era
    An analysis of the major political, economic and diplomatic developments in the (former) Soviet Union since the death of Stalin; the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 260 Egypt Since 1798
    A discussion of Napoleon’s occupation of Egypt, the rise of Muhammad ‘Ali, Suez Canal, British Occupation, Egyptian Nationalism, Nasser’s Revolution.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 261 Middle East History I
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture
    The rise and expansion of Islam: the Caliphate, Muslim religion, civilization, and its impact on the West, decline of medieval Islam.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 262 Middle East History II: The Ottoman Empire, 1289-1920
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture; Writing Across the Curriculum
    The Ottoman Empire: expansion, institutions, impact on Europe, decline of the Empire.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     

    HI 263 US – Middle East Relations
    LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104 or HI 111 or HI 112
    Course will discuss the influence the Middle East has had on US policy since US independence to the present.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 264 American Constitutional Law
    American Constitutional Law; civil liberties, rights of criminal defendants, Federal-state relations, interpreting the Constitutions.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 267 US – Latin American Relations
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Will analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural impact of the interactions between and among the governments and people of the US and Latin America.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 270 History of Modern Italy
    Study of modern Italy from 1789 to the present.
    Offered every three years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 271 Women and Work in Historical Perspective
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104 or HI 111 or HI 112
    This course undertakes to examine women’s work conditions and the opposition to its continuation in Europe and America, 16th–19th centuries.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 273 Ideas of Men and Women in Historical Perspective
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104 or HI 111 or HI 112
    This survey course focuses on ideas about the sexes which have predominated in the West.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    HI 274 Sex, Marriage and the Family in Historical Perspective
    LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104 or HI 111 or HI 112
    This course will undertake a study of courtship, marriage and family life-cycle patterns in England and America during the 19th century.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 285 History of Baseball
    LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    History of baseball from the first bat-and-ball games to the present.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 290 Health and Healing in America
    LASC—Individual and Community Well-Being; Thought, Language and Culture; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Explores topics in the history of medicine, health, disease, and healing in US history.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 300 The Early National Period of the US: 1783-1829
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World; Thought, Language and Culture
    Prerequisite: HI 111
    The Confederation, Constitution, the emergence of political parties, and the rise of American nationality.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 302 Medieval History
    Prerequisite: HI 103
    Cultural, social, and diplomatic European history of the Middle Ages from fall of the Roman Empire until the rise of the Renaissance.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 303 Colonial History I
    Prerequisites: HI 111, HI 112
    European background and reasons for American colonization, intercolonial rivalries, formation of the 17th century English colonies. British colonial policy to 1689.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     

    HI 305 Ancient History
    Prerequisite: HI 103
    The history, culture, and politics of ancient Greece and Rome.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 306 Renaissance and Reformation
    Prerequisite: HI 103
    Intellectual and cultural history of Europe from the middle of the thirteenth to the middle of the sixteenth century.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 308 Europe in the Age of Revolution and Nationalism: 1789-1870
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104
    The French Revolution, Napoleon, Congress of Vienna; nationalism, liberalism, socialism; Second French Empire; German and Italian unification.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 310 Massachusetts History
    Prerequisites: HI 111 or HI 112
    A survey of Massachusetts history from its colonial origins to the present era, including the social, economic, political, constitutional development of state history and culture.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 312 Twentieth Century Europe I
    Prerequisites: HI 103 or HI 104
    The politics and economics of WW I; the pattern of restlessness between the wars in the rise of dictatorship in Germany, Italy, and Spain; the regimentation of economic control.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    HI 313 Twentieth Century Europe II
    Prerequisites: HI 103 or HI 104
    Politics and diplomacy of World War II; the dynamics of the rebirth of Europe since VE Day. The effects of total war upon Europe.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 314 Twentieth Century Middle East History
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: HI 103 or HI 104 or HI 105 or HI 111 or HI 112 or HI 261
    The Young Turk Revolution, division of Ottoman Empire in World War I; rise of new states; the Arab-Israeli conflict.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 316 American-Russian Relations 1781 - Present
    Prerequisite: HI 104 or HI 105 or HI 111 or HI 112
    An analysis of American-Russian relations from their inception to the present, stressing the period since 1917.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 317 The US and East Asia
    Prerequisite: HI 104 or HI 105 or HI 111 or HI 112
    An examination of the American role in East Asia, focusing upon American-Chinese relations, American-Japanese relations, and the Indo-China conflict.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 320 Citizen Nation
    LASC—Constitutions; Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: HI 111 or HI 112
    Explores the history and meaning of citizenship in the United States, including discrimination, rights struggles and changing citizenship criteria.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 323 Empire
    Prerequisite: Hi 103 and HI 104
    Theories and models of colonization, the reaction of colonized peoples, and the way historians analyze imperialism from 1400 to 1920’s.
    Offered every three years. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 330 Politics of the Middle East I
    Prerequisite: HI 104 or HI 105 or HI 111 or HI 112 or PO 101 or HI 261 or HI 314
    Discusses governments and politics of eastern Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and Israel. International rivalries in the area are also discussed.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 333 Women in Latin America
    Prerequisite: HI 233 or equivalent
    Examines the roles of women in diverse societies including Mexico, Brazil and Caribbean nations. Emphasis on the modern period.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 345 Religions in America
    LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: HI 111, HI 112
    Considers topics in American religious history and explores religious diversity in the past and in contemporary United States.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 349 America on Film
    Prerequisite: HI 111 or HI 112
    This course examines the origins and nature of the U.S. film industry and how it uses and abuses history from
    1893 to the present.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    HI 350 Native American Women
    Prerequisite: HI 205 or equivalent
    Examines Indian women from the time of European contact to the modern era. Emphasizes culture, community and arenas of power.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 351 Age of Jackson
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World; Thought, Language and Culture
    Prerequisites: HI 111 or HI 112
    Political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in the second quarter of the nineteenth century.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 352 Civil War and Reconstruction
    Prerequisite: HI 111
    Sectionalism, slavery, and modern industrial warfare as well as their impact on the political and racial fabric of America.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 353 The Age of Reform: 1877-1920
    Prerequisites: HI 111, HI 112
    An analysis of the transformation of America, including reform response to the Gilded Age’s industrialization, urbanization, and immigration patterns.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 356 The History of the Cold War
    LASC—United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisites: HI 104 or HI 105 or HI 112
    The origins of the Cold War, American, Soviet and Chinese foreign policies, arms control negotiations and future prospects.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 366 American Revolutionary Period
    LASC—Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
    Basic problems between English colonies and mother country, military aspects of the American Revolution, Confederation Period, making of the Constitution.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 380 American Foreign Policy Since the Cold War
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisite: PO 101 or HI 112 or HI 212
    Instruments of American foreign policy; major foreign policy developments since 1989.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 381 The First World War
    The origins, course, and consequences of the First World War.
    Offered every three years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 400 Independent Study in History
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Special topics for advanced research and study under the guidance of a faculty member.
    Offered every year. 1-3 credits.
     
    HI 411 The Historian’s Craft
    Prerequisites: HI 103, HI 104, HI 111, HI 112
    A methods course providing hands-on exploration of American history as both a professional field and a scholarly discipline.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    HI 420 Seminar in American Constitutional History
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Reading, research and discussion on a specially selected phase of American constitutional development; an original paper of significant scholarship is required.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 421 Seminar in English Constitutional History
    Reading, research and discussion on a phase of English constitutional development; an original paper of significant scholarship is required.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 422 Seminar in Ancient Constitutional History
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Reading, research and discussion on a phase of ancient constitutional development; an original paper of significant scholarship is required.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 430 European History and Historians
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    The study of Europe’s major schools of historical thought with emphasis on how Europe’s history has been written.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI 435 Issues in Modern Middle East
    Prerequisite: HI 261 or HI 314 or HI 330
    Emphasizes reading, research and writing. Students will choose issues, research them, make a class presentation, then develop the presentation into a paper.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    HI/PO 440 Internship in American Studies
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    Internships in museums, archives, government agencies, etc. Performing a variety of tasks at beginning professional level in cooperating institutions.
    Offered every year. 3-6 credits.
     
    HI 450 Special Topics in History
    Selected areas of interest to students and instructors.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 460 Senior Research Seminar in History
    LASC—Capstone, Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of HI 411, and EN 102 or EN 250
    Capstone research, writing and portfolio seminar for seniors in the history major; students produce a substantive original research paper.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    HI 470 Senior Thesis in History
    LASC—Capstone, Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of HI 411, and EN 102 or EN 250
    History major capstone option for students who intend to write senior thesis in history.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.