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HIST 300


A study of a special topic at an advanced level. This and all 300-level courses are small discussion classes. Descriptions of HIST 300 courses offered in a given semester are available on the History department Website or in the History department office prior to registration for that semester. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Spring Semester information

Tineke D'Haeseleer

300A: Tps:Edge of Empire: China and its Neighbors

Chinese states had a complex relationship with their neighbors. There were violent conflicts and wars, but also cultural exchanges which left deep influences at the heart of Chinese society. But when most of our sources were written by Chinese people in Chinese, how close can we get to those people at the edge of the Chinese empire? Topics covered in this course include premodern China's interactions with Central Asia and the northern nomads, and the creation of the "Sino-sphere".

Sarah Rowley

300B: Tps:United States in the Seventies

American culture and politics underwent significant transformations in the 1970s. The post-WWII affluent era had ended, but what would be next? This course will explore the turbulent and contradictory decade, which nurtured both expanded social movements demanding rights on the one hand and, on the other, a powerful conservative backlash to liberalism as well as identity politics. We will look at both historical and scholarly sources that connect the cultural, political, social, international, and economic realms. Topics include disco, the Vietnam War and its memorialization, the sexual revolution, continuing conflicts over racial integration, deindustrialization, the energy crisis, evangelical Christianity, the Cold War, resurgent white ethnicity, Watergate, electoral politics, and feminism.

Fall Semester information

Julia Bruggemann

300A: Tps:The Reformation

What does a medieval German monk have to do with the modern world? How do religion, politics, and violence interact?

Exactly 500 years ago this fall, Martin Luther started a conversation about salvation that still resonates today. This course seeks to explore the origins, course, ideas, and impacts of the Reformation that shook up the Western world in the 16th century. Along the way, we will consider the ideas of famous religious reformers, explore the intersection of secular and religious power, the role of gender, the impact of new technologies, and get a sense of the global reach of a transforming Christianity.

Sarah Rowley

300B: Tps:Gender and Politics in U.S. History

In this class we will explore the ways that gender has operated--both consciously and not--within politics throughout U.S. history. How has "politics" been defined in various contexts? How has citizenship been a gendered status? Through what institutions has the state helped shape the gender order and vice versa? In what ways has gender worked within political movements, in terms of organizational structure, ideology, goals, and strategy? How have Americans used gender to articulate a national identity and international role?

We will take as our starting point the assumption that gender is not a peripheral concern but is instead thoroughly woven into the fabric of American political history, even aspects that we normally think of as gender-neutral. Covering the Revolutionary era through the early twenty-first century, topics may include: partisan systems, voting rights, feminism, masculinity and conquest, the private/public distinction in politics, regulations of sexuality, and the intersections of gender with political movements centered on racial equality.