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 2021-2022, Spring 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH200
Title: THE HISTORIAN'S CRAFT
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Organized around a topic of the instructor's choice, this first of three required History Major seminars introduces 3/C majors to the intellectual and structural origins of the modern discipline of history, including subfields of history and methodological approaches. Students learn to analyze scholarly articles and monographs and to critically read and interpret original primary sources (written and visual). They also learn how to do online historical research and how to navigate traditional and digital archives. Students pose a research question and pursue a research design, including a mini-prospectus along with an annotated bibliography.
Offered: Spring 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: 3/C HHS major; Coreq: HH215/A/M.
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 2021-2022, Spring 2021-2022
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 2021-2022, Spring 2021-2022
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 2021-2022, Spring 2021-2022
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 2021-2022, Spring 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: HH300
Title: RESEARCH IN HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: In this second of three required History Major seminars, 2/C students, building on the skills introduced in HH200, now choose their own independent topic and produce a 15-page research project proposal/paper. The proposal must propose a question/opportunity to contribute to historical knowledge based on analysis of the relevant secondary literature. The proposal also must show the project to be achievable by specifying an appropriate methodology and identifying the primary sources necessary to address the question/opportunity. Students are encouraged to further develop and complete their projects during 1/C year by enrolling in HH400B: Capstone Seminar: Research Essay.
Offered: Fall 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: HH200 and 2/C History Major
Course: HH304
Title: HISTORICAL READINGS IN GRAND STRATEGY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A consideration of the theory and practice of grand strategy from a variety of perspectives in historical contexts ranging from Ancient Greece to the contemporary United States. Midshipmen learn to frame actions and decisions in the broadest possible framework of consequences and outcomes, and become sensitive to the logic and intellectual vocabulary of policy discourse at the highest levels of statecraft. Reading, writing, and discussion intensive.
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Requisites: Coreq: HH216
Course: HH306
Title: RACE AND WARFARE IN THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Focusing largely on the period since 1850, this course examines the intersection of ideas and culture in the military campaigns of the British Empire. In analyzing how understandings of human difference shaped military activities, the course highlights the importance of cultural ideas to the history of warfare. By the end, midshipmen will be able to think critically and historically about the development of ideas of race and its importance in their professional lives.
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Requisites: Prereq: None Coreq: HH216
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: Spring 2021-2022
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: This course will familiarize students with the world of those who fought, prayed, and worked in western, eastern, and southern Europe between about 1000 and 1350 CE. In particular, the class will focus on the development of lordship, rulership, and medieval states; power and coerciveness in the medieval countryside; the appearance and forms of medieval chivalry; the variability of medieval Christianity and the enthusiasm and anxieties it produced; encounters and conflict with religious and ethnic "others" in medieval minds and experiences; and the global aspects of the medieval world.
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Requisites: Coreq: HH215x
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: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH215 or HH215A.
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
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: Fall
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 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH329
Title: MODERN FRANCE: NAPOLEON TO THE GREAT WAR
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course examines the history of modern France from the fall of the Old Regime to the end of World War I, known by historians as the "long nineteenth century." We will study the rise and fall of Napoleon, the development of parliamentary democracy and industrial society, and the impact of French military expansion both in Europe and the rest of the world. Midshipmen will consider how French citizens negotiated the legacies of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Regime into the twentieth century and how a century of revolutions and wars transformed France and the modern world.
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Requisites: Coreq: HH216
Course: HH330
Title: THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND ITS PEOPLES
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The British Empire from 1815 to the present. The course examines the political, economic, and cultural systems that impelled British expansion and looks at the consequences of imperial rule on both the rulers and the subjects of the empire. At its end, the course highlights the collapse of the empire and the legacies of British imperialism in the modern world.
Offered: Spring 2021-2022
Requisites: 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: Spring 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH332
Title: WAR & SOCIETY IN 18TH CENTURY BRITAIN
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The development of Britain from the Glorious Revolution to the Battle of Waterloo. The course examines the wars fought between Britain and France in the eighteenth century and examines the political, economic, and military origins of Britain's success. In analyzing the structural basis for British success, the course highlights the transformation of Britain over the course of the eighteenth century.
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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
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
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
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 2021-2022
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: Fall 2021-2022
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
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: Spring 2021-2022
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: Spring 2021-2022
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 2021-2022
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 2021-2022
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
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH364
Title: CONTEMPORARY AFRICA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course is an examination of Africa's history from roughly the year 1800 to the present, with emphasis on the dramatic cultural, political, and economic shifts the continent has experienced over the past two centuries. It approaches Africa┐s history through a multidisciplinary lens, by exploring the work of historians, journalists, anthropologists, and political scientists. Students will also learn from novels, memoirs, and documentaries. Overall, the objective of the course is to introduce students to some of the most remarkable transitions the continent has experienced in recent times, and to assess how Africans have responded to and developed new political and economic systems, technologies, and religious ideas.
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Requisites: Coreq: HH216
Course: HH365
Title: COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The Spanish and Portuguese conquests of and encounters with indigenous communities in the Americas including a focus on military campaigns, imperial policies, race and ethnicity, slavery, and church-state relations through the Independence Era.
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Requisites: Coreq: HH215x
Course: HH366
Title: WAR AND CONFLICT IN AFRICA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An examination of wars and conflicts in Africa from pre-colonial times to the present, with particular emphasis on the post-colonial period. Through a series of directed readings and class discussion, students examine the social, economic and political origins, nature, and consequences of violence in Africa, taking into consideration both structural and cultural factors. In addition, students learn how to situate conflicts in Africa in a global context, including the role of nations outside the continent, if any, in contributing towards both war and peace in Africa. The course will also explore, from an operational perspective, what African conflicts can teach us about the "doctrines" of insurgency, counter-insurgency, and other forms of warfare.
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Requisites: Coreq: HH216
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: Fall, Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH368
Title: THE VIETNAM WAR: A REGIONAL HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course examines the principal events, personalities, and questions of the Vietnam War from many historical perspectives. The first is that of the northern and southern Vietnamese communist leadership. The second is that of the Americans embroiled in military, political, and social circumstances. And the third is that of the Southeast Asian people - civilians, soldiers, journalists, politicians, and novelists - who experienced the conflicts firsthand. These historical narratives provide an immediate and insightful account of how the war affected the United States and Southeast Asia in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond.
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Requisites: Prereq: HH104 & HH216
Course: HH369
Title: HISTORY AND CULTURE OF IRAN
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course explores processes of change as well as broad continuities in Iranian history and culture that have shaped this nation from ancient times to the present day. The course will examine this development through six distinct eras: (1) the culture and history of Ancient Iran, (2) the impact of the rise of Islam on Iran, (3) the Safavid era, (4) the impact of Europe on Iran, (5) nationalism in early modern Iran, and (6) the Iranian Revolution and the Islamic Republic.
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Requisites: Coreq: HH216
Course: HH370
Title: SAMURAI AND SOLDIER IN JAPANESE HISTORY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Samurai rank among the most widely recognized yet least understood figures in world history. Spanning more than 1,000 years from the rise of warrior power during Japan's Heian Period to the contemporary transformation of samurai into global pop culture icons, this course demystifies samurai and their successors (imperial Japanese servicemen) by examining materials drawn from successive eras of Japan's past. Studying historical developments as well as real and imagined warrior traditions in Japan will enable you to develop your ability to analyze the often contradictory roles ascribed to and assumed by warfighters. In the process, this course challenges you to answer a key question: where did Japan's "samurai values" go?
Offered: Fall 2021-2022
Requisites: 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, Spring
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: Fall 2021-2022
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: Spring 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: HH215.
Course: HH374
Title: MEDICINE & WAR SINCE 1850
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: War remakes human lives in diverse ways: as warfare evolves, so does the variety of its physical and mental consequences. This course explores historical ties between medicine and war from the mid nineteenth century until recent times, focusing on armed conflicts such as the U.S. Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Course topics include the establishment of medico-military practices and facilities, the emergence of new medical treatments and technologies, and the expansion of social services for disabled veterans. Additional, students will examine the modern-day historical experiences of not only battle casualties but also military caregivers such as medics, doctors, and nurses.
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Requisites: Prereq or Coreq: HH216
Course: HH375
Title: JAPAN AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Ever-escalating warfare gripped the Asia-Pacific region beginning with Japan's invasion of Manchuria in September 1931 until its surrender to Allied forces in August 1945. This course examines the history and legacy of Japan's long Second World War by focusing on how Japanese society experienced, interprets, and still engages with that conflict. As you trace the crisis from the heyday of prewar Japanese imperialism and through the postwar Allied occupation of Japan (1945-1952), you will study consequential events, ideas, and individuals that shaped Japan's war and determined its defeat. Then, you will turn your attention to controversies concerning how the war has been understood inside and outside of Japan during the postwar era.
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Requisites: Prereq or Coreq: HH216
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.
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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: Fall, Spring
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: 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: Fall 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
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: Spring 2021-2022
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 2021-2022
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 2021-2022
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 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: HH216.
Course: HH387
Title: HISTORY OF AIR POWER
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course examines the military exploitation of the third dimension, and its consequent effects on warfare development in the twentieth century. The course will focus on air power technology and doctrine development globally over time and its impact on national policy and military strategy. The class will also examine how theory and doctrine were put into practice during war and will trace the rapid change in technology and its impact on air power into the 21st century.
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Requisites: Prereq: HH216
Course: HH400A
Title: CAPSTONE: HISTORIOGRAPHY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Organized around a topic of the instructor's choice, this seminar course provides History Majors the chance to demonstrate and further hone their critical reading and analysis skills by examining the perspectives of multiple historians on the same subject and how these perspectives changed across time. Students will discuss and evaluate the methodological choices, ideological goals, and interpretive outcomes of these historians. They will complete a total portfolio of 25 pages of writing, including a culminating 10-page final essay that advances an argument about one subfield of the topic based on primary and secondary sources.
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Requisites: Prereq: HH200 and HH300, and 1/C History Major.
Course: HH400B
Title: CAPSTONE: RESEARCH ESSAY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course provides History Majors with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as a historian through the completion of a deeply researched, 25-page historical paper. In a seminar setting, students will ask and answer a relevant historical question on a topic of their choosing. In the process they will address related secondary literature, demonstrate appropriate methodology, and use primary source evidence effectively with the goal of contributing to historical knowledge.
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Requisites: Prereq: HH200 and HH300, and 1/C History Major.
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: Spring 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: 1/C HHS major or permission of department chair.
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 specifying both the topic of their Honors research projects and the arguments these projects will advance.
Offered: Spring 2021-2022
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 2021-2022
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 2021-2022
Requisites: Prereq: HHSH major.