Latin America I (G) (3)
Begins with the ancient American civilizations, progresses through the
period of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism, and ends with the wars of
independence and nation building in the 19th century.
Latin America II (G) (3)
From the late 19th-century wars of independence to the present. Emphasis on racial and ethnic groups, relations with the United States,
urbanization, and migration.
East Asia I: East Asia before 1800 (G) (3)
Focuses on China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, from the beginning to 1800. By examining topics such as religion, philosophy, gender, technology, trade, and imperial expansion, we will learn about the indigenous aspects of each of these civilizations, how they interacted with each other, and their historical significance for contemporary concerns.
East Asia II: East Asia from 1800 to the Present (G) (3)
Introductory survey covering broad trends and developments in East Asia in this period. Can be taken by itself or as a sequel to East Asia I. Should be of interest to those who wish to build or strengthen their general understanding of modern East Asia.
Precolonial Africa (G) (3)
Surveys of the rise of early African civilizations, such as Egypt, Nubia, and Axum. Origins of slavery and trans-Saharan trade.
Africa since 1800 (G) (3)
Precolonial times to the present, with emphasis on colonization, imperialism, and the process of decolonization.
The Rise of the City (G) (3)
Architectural, social, and cultural aspects of the development of urban civilizations.
Revolution (G) (3)
A thematic treatment of one or more of the great political and social upheavals that has disrupted numerous countries during the last several centuries.
Imperialism (G) (3)
The rise and fall of European power in the third world during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Introductory Topics in World History (G) (3,3)
A theme in African, Asian, Latin American, or world history.
Military History to World War I (G) (3)
Introduction to military technology, strategies, tactics, and battles from the ancient world to World War I.
Military History from World War I (G) (3)
Development of military policies, weapons, and warfare from 1914 to the present.
The Ancient Near East (G) (3)
The civilizations that developed in Egypt and Mesopotamia from
the beginnings of history (ca. 3000 BC) to their
disappearance under the Greeks and Romans.
Ancient Israel (3)
From the founding of the Davidic kingdom (ca. 1000 BC) and the
building of the First Temple by Solomon to the destruction of the
Second Temple by the Romans (70 AD).
Japan under Warrior Government (G) (3)
Focuses on the period from shortly before the founding of the first
warrior government (Kamakura Bakufu) in the 12th century to the Meiji
restoration in the 19th century. Important for understanding the
most unique characteristics of Japanese culture. Earlier periods
of Japanese history also discussed as essential background information.
Modern Japan (G) (3)
Focuses on the period of Japanese history from the Meiji restoration in
1868 to the present. Japan is the only East Asian country reaching the
same level of economic development as the major Western powers. Traces Japan's transformation from an isolated island country to an
aggressive colonial power and then to a peaceful economic giant.
Late Imperial China from 1600 to 1911 (G) (3)
Traces the history of China from the middle of the Ming Dynasty
(1368-1644), when it was the largest and most advanced civilization on
the planet, to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when its
imperial foundations began to falter.
Modern China: 1900 to Present Day (G) (3)
Begins with an examination of the important events of China's
tumultuous 20th century, including the fall of the imperial system and
the establishment of the Chinese Republic, the Communist Revolution, and
the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The
course ends with a look at contemporary China in the aftermath of the
Cultural Revolution and the economic reforms of the late 1980s.
The Caribbean (G) (3)
From its colonial beginnings in 1492 to the present. Focuses on slavery and independence, 20th-century interisland politics and relations with the United States, and migration and cultural change since the 1960s.
Special Topics in World History (G) (3,3)
A theme in African, Asian, Latin-American, or world history.
Independent Study in World History (BA)
Independent reading under the direction of a member of the department.
Prerequisite: Permission of a faculty supervisor.