Development of the United States I (R) (3)
Introduction to American history, with emphasis on political, economic, and social factors from the colonial period through the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Development of the United States II (R) (3)
Continuation of 50:512:201, with emphasis on the development of industrial and corporate America, the evolution of politics and reform, and the role of the United States in world affairs.
African-American History I (D) (R) (3)
An introduction to the history of black people in America, with a survey of African background, the history of slavery and resistance to slavery, and the evolution of black leadership through the Civil War.
African-American History II (D) (3)
Continuation of 50:512:203, tracing black leadership and cultural development through Reconstruction, the period of official segregation, and the civil rights revolution.
American Popular Culture since 1900 (3)
A study of popular culture--art, music, motion pictures, theater, and popular literature--in historical perspective.
Education in America (3)
Ideas, institutions, and practices, from early times to present.
Introductory Topics in American History (3,3)
A theme in American history.
Founding of British America (3)
Study of British North America, emphasizing political, social,
economic, and cultural developments and the formation of a British
History of American Popular Culture (3)
The goals of this course are to introduce students to a wide range of primary and secondary sources; to teach them about aspects of the past that often have gone unnoticed and unstudied; to provide them with a better understanding of American history in general, putting chronological events into a cultural context; and to have students improve their critical reading and writing skills.
The Age of the American Revolution (3)
The American Revolution, with independence from England producing sharp changes in society, economy, and politics, and resulting in the establishment of a unique republican system.
The Early American Republic, 1789-1848 (3)
The study of the United States from the start of the presidency of George Washington in 1789 to the end of the War with Mexico in 1848. Key issues the course considers are: the development of American capitalism, the rise of American democracy, social reforms, growing sectional conflict, and westward expansion.
Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
The political, social, and economic history of the United States from 1850 to 1877; emphasis on the Civil War, its causes and effects.
U.S. Capitalism - 19th Century (3)
American history is populated with narratives focusing on the rich, famous, and powerful: we like success stories. But thriving capitalists comprised only a fraction of the population. This course focuses on capitalism from the bottom up. How did "ordinary" people make do, get by, sometimes succeed, and often fail during the 19th century, a time marked by turbulent social and economic conditions during the transition to capitalism? We will learn about the lives of individuals who are not chronicled in most history textbooks but who in fact created and lived the more common American experience, including criminals and conmen like robbers, pick-pockets, counterfeiters, and drifters. We will also learn about the lives of marginal entrepreneurs such as junk dealers, professional beggars, rag pickers, boardinghouse keepers, and used goods dealers. We will pay special attention to the economic coping strategies of women, children, new immigrants, and African Americans. The class will discuss opportunity and failure in historical context and how people's ways of eking out a living changed over time, whether experienced in the pawnshop, tenement house, city street, orphan asylum, or bankruptcy court.
The U.S. in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3)
This course examines the history of the United
States from 1865-1918.
America in the Age of World Wars (3)
World War I, the decades of the 1920s and 1930s, the evolution of economic policy during the Hoover and Roosevelt presidencies, and the events of World War II.
U.S. 1945-Present (3)
Looks at the transformation of America in the years 1945 to today. From a country devastated by economic crisis and wedded to isolationism prior to World War II, America became an international powerhouse. Massive grassroots resistance forced the United States to abandon racial apartheid, open opportunities to women, and reinvent its very definition as it incorporated immigrants from around the globe. And in the same period, American music and film broke free from their staid moorings and permanently altered global culture. We will explore the political, social, and cultural factors that created recent American history with an emphasis on how popular films reflected that history.
America in the 1950s (3)
Examines a wide range of evidence about the culture and meaning of the
1950s, and determines how this era transformed our culture and shaped
the way we live today. Topics covered are the Cold War, the civil rights movement, the role of
television, rock and roll, feminism, suburban lives, and the place of
technology in society.
America in the 1960s (3)
Explores the 1960s from the perspective of the baby boomers who came of age in the shadow of the bomb, who fought for social justice movements, who fought in and against the war in Vietnam, who experienced hope and rage, and who changed the culture, even as it changed them.
The Civil Rights Movement (D) (3)
Intensive examination of the civil rights movement, including the legal strategy of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to challenge de jure segregation. Focuses on the period 1954-1968.
America since the 1970s (3)
The most recent transformations in American politics, society, and culture seen in historical perspective.
Health, Disease, Medicine, and Society in America (3)
Explores the rise of the American health care system, the development
of medicine, the work of healers, the role of technology, and the
patient's and community's experiences of illness, healing, death, and
City and Suburb in American History (3)
Examination of the central stages of development with metropolitan areas, from the colonial town to suburban sprawl.
Command History (3)
This course is designed to acquaint students with,
and to help them navigate, the difficulties of decision-making for commanders
and for historians. While teaching both history and historical methodology, it
is interdisciplinary, drawing on literature, philosophy, and science.
Women in American History (D) (3)
Examines the cultural, social, economic, political, and intellectual roles women have played in American history. Focuses on critical events such as the movements for abolition, temperance, suffrage, and the equal rights amendment, and on critical ideas about the intersection of gender with issues of race, ethnicity, class, religion, and region.
History of Childhood in America (D) (3)
Looks at what it has meant to grow up in America and at how the meaning of childhood has changed over time. Explores the roles children have played as workers, students, warriors, criminals, entertainers, and consumers; examines how children have experienced major life events such as war, illness, and migration.
The United States in the Wider World (3)
Diplomatic, military, economic, and cultural relations with other countries.
U.S. Naval/Military History (3)
Examines how Americans organize, think about, and fight war on land, sea, and in the air from earliest colonial militias to the latest hi-tech weapons systems.
Special Topics in American History (3,3)
A theme in American history.
Open to majors and nonmajors.
American Film History: 1890 to 1940 (3)
Survey of economic and artistic origins of the American film industry.
Includes discussions of major artists such as D.W. Griffith and Charlie
American Film History: 1940 to Present (3)
Survey of major economic and artistic developments in the American film
industry. Includes discussion of major artists such as Orson Welles and
Alfred Hitchcock. Examines the relationship of history and biography.
Explores how the lives of individual Americans can be used to
illuminate critical themes in American history and demonstrates how
individual lives are shaped by historical forces.
American Lives: History and Biography (3)
Examines the relationship of history and biography. Explores how the
lives of individual Americans can be used to illuminate critical themes
in American history and demonstrates how individual lives are shaped by
Independent Study in American History (BA)
Independent reading under the direction of a member of the department.
Prerequisite: Permission of a faculty supervisor.