Course Information

HISTORY DEPARTMENT



Course: HH104
Title: AMERICAN NAVAL HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course examines the antecedents, origins and development of the United States Navy and Marine Corps within the framework of America's growth as a continental and, eventually, global power, with particular emphasis on the development of naval and maritime strategy.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015, Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH215
Title: THE WEST IN THE PREMODERN WORLD
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course analyzes the historical evolution of ethical thought and its impact upon European society and culture from Antiquity to the Enlightenment in a comparative context of world religions and values. By studying the cultural expressions of Western ethical concerns, ideals and aspirations in light of other civilizations, this course broadens knowledge of the West's global context, cultivates the development of critical thinking about human beings and their societies, and deepens understanding of the competing values, institutions, and challenges of the modern West. The course fulfills the graduation requirement listed on matrices as HH2XY.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015, Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH215A
Title: ASIA IN THE PREMODERN WORLD
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course is designed to provide an alternative to HH215 The West in the Pre-Modern World. It introduces students to pre-modern Asian civilization, including China, India, Japan and Southeast Asia. This course traces the dynamic manifestations of cultural, political, military and intellectual patterns, and examines them through a global perspective. Students will study ancient Asian societies, cultures, and ethical thought in comparison with other world traditions including Classical, Judeo-Christian and Islamic cultures. The course fulfills the graduation requirement listed on matrices as HH2XY.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015, Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH215M
Title: THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE PREMODERN WORLD
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course is designed to provide an alternative to HH215 "The West in a Global Context". It introduces students to pre-modern Middle Eastern civilizations. This course traces the dynamic manifestations of cultural, political, military and intellectual patterns, and examines them through a global perspective. Topics include Middle Eastern ways of war. Moreover, students will encounter ancient Middle Eastern sages and their ethical ruminations not only in their own regard, but also in comparison with their counterparts in other world traditions including Classical, Asian, Judeo-Christian and Islamic cultures. The course fulfills the graduation requirement listed on matrices as HH2XY.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015, Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH216
Title: THE WEST IN THE MODERN WORLD
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Focusing chiefly on the period from the 18th century to the present, this course analyzes the most significant political, social, intellectual and economic trends that have shaped contemporary societies. HH216 examines the global impact of European and American cultures over the past three centuries and explores the most important reactions to modernity in both Western and non-Western societies. In doing so, the course situates the West in a global context and prepares students to think critically and comparatively about a changing world.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015, Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH262
Title: PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A methodology course in which majors acquire the basic technical skills required for research and writing in subsequent courses in history and other humanities and social sciences disciplines. May be repeated only to remove a D or F.
Offered: Fall, Spring
Requisites: Prereq: 3/C HHS major; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
Course: HH311
Title: ATHENS: MILITARY DEMOCRACY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Examines the origins of Western democracy in 5th-century B.C. Athens. Focus is on the problems of democratic constitutions in settling foreign policy, surviving extended wars, administering foreign territories and dealing with questions of inequality at home.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
Course: HH312
Title: IMPERIAL ROME
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Study of the most successful of Western states with emphasis on models for bureaucratization, military defense and the incorporation of various ethnic groups.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
Course: HH315
Title: THE AGE OF CHIVALRY AND FAITH
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Surveys the history and culture of western Europe between about A.D. 1050 and about A.D. 1300, the period generally known as the High Middle Ages. The course traces the emergence of two self-defined medieval aristocracies: those who fight (the knighthood) and those who pray (the Christian clergy). Special attention is paid to developments in the socio-political systems of the age, kingship and lordship; to the culture of the medieval aristocracy, chivalry; to movements of religious enthusiasm; and to the evolution of the Catholic Church into a papal monarchy.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
Course: HH316
Title: AGE OF RELIGIOUS WARS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Focuses on the emergence of modern civilization (1500-1763) from the discoveries and rediscoveries of the Renaissance, the sweeping changes brought by the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and the excitement of both scientific and political revolution.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
Course: HH321
Title: REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA--PETER THE GREAT TO LENIN
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A study of Russian history from the founding of Moscow to 1917, examining the domestic and external forces responsible for shaping the structure of Russian society and culture.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH322
Title: THE RISE AND FALL OF SOVIET COMMUNISM
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An examination of the Revolution of 1917 and the development of the Soviet Union, emphasizing the institutions and policies adopted to meet domestic and foreign problems.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH326
Title: IRELAND AND THE IRISH
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course presents the history of Ireland from the early Christian era to the present, with concentration on the past two centuries. The Great Famine, the independence movement, and the recent "Troubles" are examined in depth. Themes include Ireland's status as Britain's first colony, the role of literature and religion in forming Irish identity, and the "diaspora" of Irish people abroad.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH327
Title: GERMANY AND THE NAZI EXPERIENCE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Focuses on the antecedents of national socialism, including the Second Reich and World War I eras, the Nazi experience itself, and the legacy it bequeathed to today's German state.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH329
Title: MODERN FRANCE: NAPOLEON TO DEGAULLE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course examines France from the revolutionary upheaval of the late 18th century through its role in the Western world since World War II. Roughly the first half of the course will deal with the revolutions of 1789 and 1792 and their impact upon 19th-century France. The second half of the course will consider the experience of France in the 20th century and the changes forced upon the nation by two world wars fought on French soil.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH330
Title: IMPERIAL ENCOUNTERS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Great Britain from 1750 to the present. Begins with an analysis of Britain's political and social institutions. It then examines the changes brought about by industrialization at home, revolutions abroad and expansion of the empire. At its end, the course highlights the simultaneous eclipse of Britain as a world power and the increasing prosperity of the masses of the British people.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH331
Title: ART AND IDEAS IN MODERN EUROPE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Explores the transformation of culture in the modern world. Examines how artists and intellectuals reacted to the long-range impacts of the democratic and industrial revolutions. Emphasis is placed on development of the fine arts in relation to pivotal ideas from 1750 to present.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH337
Title: TOPICS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An open topics history course. Topics vary from semester to semester and cover a variety of specialized themes or eras in European history which are unique or too unusual to be integrated into the regular curriculum.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH345
Title: COLONIAL AMERICA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Examines the ways in which three diverse cultures--Indian, European, and African--converged on the North American land mass before the American Revolution; topics include French, Spanish, and English exploration and settlement patterns, European-Indian encounters, gender, witchcraft, religion, slavery and race, the family, political ideas and institutions, and war and warmaking.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH346
Title: REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA AND THE EARLY REPUBLIC
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Covers the remarkable transformation in American society from 1760 to 1820 as thirteen separate and distinct colonies struggled ideologically, militarily, and politically to establish a governmental and social system that would suit the needs of a large, diverse, and rapidly expanding population. The background to the Revolution, the actual conduct of the war, and the construction of state and national governments are treated in detail.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH347
Title: CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An examination of the political, economic and social developments from the origins of the Civil War to 1896, including the wounding of the nation in a civil war and the subsequent reunification.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH349
Title: EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA 1896-1945
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Examination of political, social, intellectual, diplomatic and economic aspects of American history from the Spanish-American War to the end of World War II. Special emphasis is placed on Progressivism, the emergence of the U.S. as a great power in World War I, the Depression and the New Deal, and World War II.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH350
Title: UNITED STATES SINCE WORLD WAR II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A detailed examination of American history since 1945, including the onset of the Cold War in the 1950s, the domestic and foreign policy issues of the 1960s, Vietnam, Watergate and the Reagan era.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH352
Title: FILM AND AMERICAN SOCIETY
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: This course explores the relations between motion pictures and the political/cultural life during the period 1930-1943. Films are studied as documents of an era and the extent to which they offer insights for historical understanding are considered.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH353
Title: AMERICAN SOCIAL HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An examination of American life and culture and the forces that have shaped them, emphasizing mass media, popular entertainment, religious movements and technological advances.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH354
Title: AMERICA IN WORLD AFFAIRS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Surveys U.S. foreign relations from the colonial era to recent times, focusing on America's transformation from a colony to a preeminent world power. Examines the causes and international consequences of this dramatic shift, with particular emphasis on the twentieth century--the era of America's greatest influence on world affairs.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH355
Title: ART AND IDEAS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Examines the growth and development of intellectual concepts and artistic creativity in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasizes both the peculiarities of American creative and intellectual accomplishments and the place of those achievements in the broader Western tradition.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH357
Title: TOPICS IN U.S. HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An open topics history course. Topics vary from semester to semester and cover a variety of specialized themes or eras in American history which are unique or too unusual for integration into the regular curriculum.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH360
Title: U.S. SECTIONAL HISTORY: THE SOUTH
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Surveys the growth and development of the American South with specific attention to the plantation economy and slavery, the Confederate experience, the rise of segregation and the Second Reconstruction.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH361
Title: HISTORY OF EAST ASIA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An analysis of contemporary Asian problems which considers their cultural and institutional origins, their 19th-century development under the impact of western influence and their culmination in contemporary Asian nationalism.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH362
Title: HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A long-range historical approach to the Middle East's role in world affairs and the development of its cultural, political and military institutions. Emphasis is placed on strategic and diplomatic considerations.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH363
Title: MODERN LATIN AMERICA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The evolution of Latin American societies from independence to the present will be studied. Analyses of social and political issues like slavery, race, immigration, popular religion, militarism, dictatorship, and revolution will be the focus of the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Cuba.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH364
Title: HISTORY OF AFRICA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A survey of social, cultural and political developments on the African continent from the era before European colonization to the present.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH365
Title: PRE-COLUMBIAN AND IBERIAN EMPIRES
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Pre-Columbian empires like Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca are studied through examinations of their cosmologies, styles of warfare, expansion, imperial consolidation, and collapse. Spanish and Portuguese conquests in America will also be studied by focusing on military campaigns, imperial policies, race, ethnicity, slavery, and chruch-state relations through the Independence Era
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
Course: HH367
Title: TOPICS IN REGIONAL HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An open topics history course. Topics vary from semester to semester and include a wide variety of specialized themes or eras in non-Western history which are too unique or unusual to be integrated into the regular curriculum. Examples of topics include the History of the Mongols, and the Balkans.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH371
Title: HISTORY OF FILM 1895-1968
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: This course examines the history of film from the first showing of motion pictures projected on a screen by the Lumieres in France in 1895. It will consider the origins and development of the film industry in the United States and abroad, the development of film techniques, the growth of the studio and star system, the introduction of sound, and efforts to deal with the rise of television. It will consider films both as an entertainment product for an international market and a source of national expression. Issues of censorship and control will, therefore, be a part of the course. (The arbitrary end date of 1968 is the introduction of the present film rating system in the United States.)
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH372
Title: THE GOLDEN AGE OF PIRACY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The Golden Age of Piracy explores the figure of the pirate from the sixteenth century to today. Students learn about the differences between the "mythical pirate" familiar to today's public and the "historical" pirate of the early-modern era, and determine how and why this "real" pirate has become distorted over time. Students also learn about contemporary piracy and the role of the US Navy in dealing with this growing problem. Students augment their knowledge of historiography and social scientific theory; work with early-modern primary source materials; engage in case-studies in asymmetric, irregular, and unconventional warfare; study the evolution of privateering and naval warfare; and refine their analytical skills.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH373
Title: HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course examines the history of Christianity from its origins to the present. It will pay particular attention to problems of authority and text; to the development of doctrine and practice; and to the relationship between religious and political institutions. Because Christianity grew into a global religion with a variety of forms in practice, belief, and organization, this course will also pay close attention to the inculturation of Christianity -- that is, its adaption to and accommodation of various cultures -- as it spread and developed.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: HH215.
Course: HH376
Title: HISTORY OF ENGINEERING
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Examines the history of engineering since the medieval period. Topics will include the effects of national culture on engineering practice; the epistemology of engineering including case studies of engineering designs; the rise of science-influenced modern engineering; the creation of the engineering profession; the external factors that have shaped engineering and engineers; the changing nature of engineering education; engineering specialization and the practice of engineering; and the evolution of engineering culture.
Offered:
Requisites: Co-req: HH216
Course: HH377
Title: TOPICS IN THEMATIC HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An open topics history course. Topics vary from semester to semester and are often team-taught. A variety of historical themes dealing with long term developmental processes will be subjected to detailed analyses. Examples of topics include piracy, the development of national identities and the growth of capitalism.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH378
Title: HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY IN PEACE AND WAR
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Examines the social and historical implications of changing technology: how humans, their ideas, and the environment shaped and were in turn shaped by technological innovation. The course will devote approximately equal time to the study of civilian sector technologies and military technologies, beginning with the Middle Ages and concluding in the early 21st century. In addition, the course will review and develop student familiarity with competing theories of socio-technological change.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None Coreq: HH215 or HH216
Course: HH379
Title: HISTORY OF IT REVOLUTIONS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Every age in human history has been an "information age" because in each historical period technologies were devised to gather, process, and disseminate information. This course identifies the most dominant information technologies from the printing press to the palm pilot and attempts to assess their broad historical implications. Special attention will be given to the military-IT nexus.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: HH104 and FP130.
Course: HH380
Title: HISTORY OF SCIENCE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: History of Science provides a survey of the history of science from the early Greek natural philosophers through the advent of 20th century "big science", with emphasis on early modern science, including the 17th century scientific revolution, 18th century Enlightenment science, and the post-Enlightenment rise of the modern physical and natural sciences.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH381
Title: WARFARE IN THE MIDDLE AGES, 500-1500
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Examines the evolution of warfare and military institutions in western Europe from the decline of the Western Roman Empire through the Middle Ages (ca. 1500). While tactics, strategy, and logistics are examined, the course seeks to place the history of medieval warfare into a political and societal context and show how political, social, technological, cultural, religious, and economic developments shaped and reshaped the way war was waged during the Middle Ages.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
Course: HH382
Title: WARFARE IN THE AGE OF SAIL, 1500-1815
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course examines the theory, practice, and nature of warfare on sea and land, both in Europe and European colonies, from about 1500 through the era of Napoleon. Tactical, logistical, technological, and professional developments of Western navies and armies are studied in their political, economic, social, and cultural contexts. The course particularly explores the fundamental questions: What role did Western weapons and warfare, particularly warfare at sea, play in the development of Europe's various empires and Europe's eventual global dominance? Important topics include the rise of gunpowder weapons, the "Military Revolution," the rise of national armies and navies, maritime empires, and the lives of sailors and soldiers.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH383
Title: THE AGE OF TOTAL WAR, 1815-1945
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Surveys the dimensions of warfare and civil-military relations from the end of the Napoleonic era through World War II.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH384
Title: RECENT MILITARY AND NAVAL HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Surveys the dimensions of warfare and civil-military relations from the end of the World War II to the present.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH385
Title: THE U.S. MARINE CORPS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The historical development of the U.S. Marine Corps is examined by tracing the evolution of its roles and missions, organization, capabilities, and institutional culture. Emphasis is placed on how the Marine Corps has perceived its role in American Society, and how it has been perceived by American society.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015, Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH462
Title: SEMINAR IN ADVANCED STUDIES
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Offers midshipmen with a solid base in historical studies an opportunity to pursue the discipline at a level of greater sophistication. Taught in small, intensive seminars; individual sections will engage in a detailed examination of a selected historical topic. Each section will focus on a particular event or problem in history and on the interpretative debates surrounding it.
Offered: Fall, Spring
Requisites: Prereq: 1/C HHS major or permission of department chair.
Course: HH480
Title: IT RESEARCH SEMINAR (HH)
Credits: 3-0-3
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Course: HH507
Title: HONORS HISTORIOGRAPHY
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: Focusing on the interpretive debates surrounding a particular event or problem in history, students will learn to critically evaluate secondary texts, to discriminate between conflicting interpretations, and to make judgments regarding the merits of different analyses. Prereq: Admission to the honors program in history.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: Admission to the Honors Program in history.
Course: HH508
Title: HONORS COLLOQUIUM
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: Students will propose, conceptualize, and refine their 1/C independent research projects. In the process, they will test different historical interpretations, and evaluate different philosophies of history. They will submit a series of short essays culminating in a precis specifiying both the topic of their Honors research projects and the arguments these projects will advance.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: HH507.
Course: HH509
Title: HONOR SENIOR THESIS
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: With the guidance of a faculty adviser, students prepare analytical research papers interpreting an historical topic of their choice. Each student makes an oral presentation of the finished paper before the faculty-student Honors Committee and external readers.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: HH507, HH508.
Course: HH512
Title: HONORS THESIS READINGS
Credits: 2-0-2
Description: After selecting a research topic and advisor, history honors students will engage in intensive reading of primary and secondary works related to the topic.
Offered: Spring 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: HHSH major.