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 early 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.
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.
Japan in the Era of the Samurai (G) (3)
This survey course examines the history of Japan and the Japanese people from the earliest times until the overthrow of the samurai in 1868, including the emergence of the imperial state, the rise of the samurai class, and the development of traditional Japanese culture, including religion, literature, and the arts. Along the way, we will consider the extent to which myths and legends about the samurai are true or false, as well as the role played by women in the making of Japanese culture.
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.
Imperial China: From the Earliest Times to 1644 (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.
Modern Mexico (3)
Modern Mexico is a course that explores
the complex development of Mexico as a nation. Through
historical documents and political commentary as well as film,
fiction, and other media, the course traces Mexico's struggles to
balance the weight of history against the aspirations of modernity.
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.