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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

Ryan Bean

300A: Tps:Indigenous Worlds in Latin America

This course examines the diverse cultures and societies of Latin America's indigenous peoples, as well as their social, cultural, and political impacts on the region from the pre-Hispanic age to the era of modern nation-states. In doing so, the course endeavors to understand the past not from an elite or Spanish viewpoint, but from an indigenous one; such a perspective is often marginalized in the writing of Latin American and global histories. By bringing native peoples' worlds into focus, this class will counter hegemonic, elite historical narratives of Latin America's past. In this way, the course reveals a far more complex historical reality, one in which indigenous peoples displayed social and cultural vitality and played significant roles in shaping the localities and global structures that constituted their worlds. Using selected case studies from the region, the course focuses on the following topics: pre-Hispanic societies; native religion and the impact of Catholic evangelization; gender and sexuality in indigenous societies; native political strategies in colonial society; the impact of conquest and colonialism on indigenous cultures and societies; the transition from colony to republic and its effect on native peoples; indigenous nationalisms; and native political activism, social movements, and the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights in nation-states. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Sarah Rowley

300B: Tps:Race & Identity in America

This seminar-style course explores how ideas about race and ethnicity in the United States have been rooted in particular historical contexts and how they have changed over time. We will center on the relationship between cultural and national identity. How have race and ethnicity shaped ideas of national belonging and citizenship rights? How have racial/ethnic appeals been used for political purposes? Focusing on the modern period, we will interrogate, on one hand, racial ideologies that have created social hierarchies as well as, on the other hand, strategies that people from marginalized groups have used to resist subordination. We take as our starting point the assumptions that 1) race is socially constructed and is therefore historically contingent and 2) how groups of people become racialized reflects structures of societal power.