Fall Semester


HST 111 - AA  Survey of American History I – TR 10:05-11:00
Weekly discussion sections scheduled at various times.
Dr. Amanda McVety

HST 112 - A Survey of American History II
Section A - MW 8:30-9:50, Dr. Andrew Offenburger
Section B - MW 11:40-1:00, Dr. Steven Conn

Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.

Together, HST 111 and 112 provide students with a basic introduction to the major issues and questions in the history of the geographical region covered by the present-day United States of America.  Specifically, HST 111 deals with the American past between 1492, the year in which Spain "discovered" the Western Hemisphere, and the Era of Reconstruction (1865-1877).  HST 112 covers the past century, during which time the United States industrialized and developed into a world power.  While each course will ask you to learn about specific people, places and events, the major concern will be to ask you to think about why we are what we are today.  While we will focus on the central events of our collective past--in HST 111 the founding of the colonies, the establishment of black slavery, the American Revolution, the Civil War and Reconstruction; in HST 112 immigration, industrialization, urban growth, 20th century reform, and the impact of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War--we will do so from the perspectives of recent scholarship by historians concerned with questions of gender, race, environmentalism, class and region.  Although the basic structure of this course will be traditional, the content will be more unusual.  HST 111 and 112 may be taken singly, in sequence or out of sequence.

HST 121 Western Civilization I – TR 11:40-1:00
Dr. Charlotte Goldy

Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
History Major: HST 121: pre-1500 (for students entering Miami 2011-12 through 2014-15)

In a world of growing specialization and compartmentalization, students face increasing difficulty relating various areas of knowledge to one another and to themselves.  HST 121 (antiquity to 1500) and 122 (1500 to the present) cannot provide a complete answer to this problem, but they are a good start.  These courses  present a broad, multi-faceted approach to the study of western civilization  over the course of nearly three millennia.  Their purpose is to survey the major societal issues and cultural themes that have defined the concepts of humanity and society in the western world.  In aiming at this objective, these courses afford a degree of perspective which assists the student in both relating diverse information to central themes and in understanding his or her relationship to a culture and an age.  Texts and techniques will vary with the individual instructor.  HST 121 and HST 122 may be taken singly, in sequence or out of sequence.

HST 197  World History to 1500
Section AA - Dr. Yihong Pan, MW 4:25-5:45
Section B - Dr. Daniel Prior, WF 11:40-1:00

Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Global Perspectives Foundation IIIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
History Major: Geographical Diversity; pre-1500 (for students entering Miami 2011-12 through 2014-15)

This course in ancient and medieval global history focuses on politics, political actors, political events and political institutions.  We will concentrate, using primary documents and material evidence, on the principal form of pre-modern political organization: the empire.  We will consider the rise of empires and imperial societies in four particular regions from the period 400 to 1500  CE, or what is often called the "medieval" period:  the Roman Mediterranean, the Islamic Near East, Latin Christian Europe and the Central Asian steppe.

HST 198 World History since 1500
Section A:  TR 2:50-4:10
Section B:  TR 8:30-9:50

Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Global Perspectives Foundation IIIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
History Major:  Geographical Diversity (for students entering Miami 2011-12 through 2014-15)

Emphasizes the growing interrelatedness of the regions of the world since the time of the European voyages of exploration, and accelerating since the industrial and ideological revolutions of the late eighteenth century.

HST 206  Historical Inquiry – TR 2:50-4:10
Dr. Matthew Gordon

Introduction to essential skills in investigating and interpreting the past.  Course stresses active participation, writing, and intensive reading of primary documents and secondary literature.  Required of History Majors.

HST 212  United States History since 1945 - MW 2:50-4:10
Dr. Steven Conn
History Major:  United States

In-depth examination of political, social, economic, and cultural/intellectual developments in the U.S. since the end of World War II.

AMS/HST 216  Introduction to Public History - MW 10:05-11:25
Dr. Helen Sheumaker
History Major:  United States

Public history is the history you encounter in public spaces - museums, movies, walking tours, historic sites, video games, television and web shows, web sites, and more.  This course will familiarize you to public history on campus and in the region, train you to think critically and analytically about the ways history appears in everyday life, and introduce you to the techniques and theories of public history practice.  We will be using a U.S. history textbook as our baseline of knowledge along with readings in public history practice and case studies, and visits to exhibits, museums, and spaces on campus and in Oxford.  There will be two examinations and several short papers and in-class writing as well as a final non-essay project.

BWS/HST 221  African American History -- TR 11:40-1:00
Dr. Nishani Frazier
History Major:  United States
Thematic Sequence (ENG 8): African American History and Literature
Miami Plan Intercultural Requirement

HST 221 is a survey of the African-American experience in the United States, from African origins to the present.  The course is designed to explore and explain how the African American presence is intricately tied with the development of freedom in the United States, and how the African American experience becomes the prevailing barometer for determining the extent to which the United States has or has not reached the goal of its democratic principles.  This course explains how African Americans navigate, engage, or avoid interactions with white Americans, how African Americans relate to other communities, and more importantly how African Americans interact with each other.  Particular attention will be given to the aspects of racial uplift, gender relations, and cultural/ community development.  Ultimately, this course will not only give you an understanding of the development of the black community and the search for freedom in the United States, it will also help you to understand how the history of African people in the United States has become a complicated, dynamic, and ever changing process by which black people come to understand themselves and the world around them.

BWS/HST 224  Africa to 1884 – TR 1:15-2:35
Dr. Osaak Olumwullah
Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
History Major: Africa; Pre-Modern

This course is a general survey of the history of Africa, south of the Sahara, from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century.  Through a rough chronological order, it concentrates on the examination of six broad themes:  ancient and medieval African civilizations; Bantu and Luo migrations; African cultures; East Africa and the Orient; South Africa to 1870; and disorder and readjustment between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Time will also be spent on sources of African history so that students can effectively evaluate the methods and approaches used in understanding Africa’s past.

HST 238  Food in History - MW 1:15-2:35
Dr. Peggy Shaffer

This course provides an environmental history of food examining the origins and impact of our global food system.  Beginning in prehistory, students will examine the emergence of fire, cooking and the impact of the agricultural revolution and then explore the environmental, economic, social, and cultural implications of selected foods and food types as they spread across the globe.  Selected foods and themes could include:  maize and the Columbian Exchange; coffee, tea and empire; sugar, slavery and capitalism; bread and revolution; potatoes and immigration; pork and industrialization; chocolate and leisure; bananas and migrant labor; Coca Cola and globalization; Chinese food and ethnicity.  The goal is to understand food as both a biological necessity and a historical force linked to empire, markets, and issues of belonging and identity.

HST 241 Introduction to Islamic History - TR 10:05-11:25
Dr. Matthew Gordon
History Major: Middle East; Pre-Modern; pre-1500

The course examines the history of the Islamic community in the early and medieval periods (6th to the 12th century) and the development of the Islamic religious tradition.  Among the topics we consider is the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the themes of the Qur'an, the development of the law (Shari'a), the rise and decline of the early Islamic empire, the emergence of the Sunni and Shi'i branches of Islam and the early period of the Crusades.

BWS/HST/LAS 243 History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s - TR 11:40-1:00
Dr. José Amador (Global and Intercultural Studies)
History Major:  Africa or Latin America; Pre-Modern

Development of European slaving activity in the African continent in the 15th through 19th centuries.  Emphasis on the activities of Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and Dutch slavers, including the Middle Passage and also the less-studied slave trade in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean.  Identifies the economic forces, as well as the social consequences, of the ongoing slave trade.

HST 245 The Making of Modern Europe, 1450-1750
Section A:  MW 8:30-9:50
Section B:  MW 1:15-2:35

Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Global Perspectives Foundation IIIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
History Major: Europe; Pre-Modern

Survey of European history in global context from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment.  Emphasis on political, cultural, and religious change in the first global age.  Class also introduces students to the skills of historical thinking, and why they are essential to living in a global age.

HST/FST 252  History at the Movies - TR 11:40-1:00
Dr. Stephen Norris

This class explores the ways that history is represented in film and video.  By comparing film to texts, analyzing narrative structure, and studying the representations of the past on screen, students learn how history is depicted in this medium.  For the Fall 2018 version of this class, we will watch, discuss, and analyze how the Second World War has been screened in European cinema.  Movies will include Rome, Open City (Italy, 1945), Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? (West Germany, 1958), Ballad of a Soldier (USSR, 1959), Closely Watched Trains (Czechoslovakia, 1966), Army of Shadows (France, 196), Come and See (USSR, 1985), Our Own (Russia, 2004), Days of Glory (France, 2006), A Woman in Berlin (Germany, 2008), and Dunkirk (UK, 2017).

HST/REL 254  Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Studies - MWF 10:05-11:00
Dr. Scott Kenworthy (Comparative Religion)
History Major: Europe

This course examines the major developments that have shaped Russian and Eurasian culture, society and politics over the last millennium.  The course incorporates perspectives from the social sciences, humanities and the fine arts.

HST 246  Survey of Medieval History - TR 2:50-4:10
Dr. Charlotte Goldy
Medieval Studies Minor
History Major: Europe; Pre-Modern, pre-1500

There is more to the Middle Ages than just being "in the middle."  HST 246 examines both the High and Later Middle Ages (ca. 1000 - ca. 1500) with the expansion of Europe and its encounters with other cultures; the development of the papal and feudal monarchies, representational and authoritarian governments, and national identity; a pan-European culture and a national culture; modern law and persecutions; the Black Death and transition to "modern" Europe.  Lectures are integrated with informal discussion and visual images of the time.  Your grade will be based on at-home essay exams and short reading responses.

HST 270M  Genocides in the 20th Century - MW 10:05-11:00
Weekly discussion sections scheduled at various times.
Dr. Erik Jensen
History Major:  Geographical Diversity.  See Department Advisor for DARS notation.

This course focuses on four of the largest instances of organized mass murder in modern times - the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Killing Fields of Pol Pot's Cambodia, and the Rwandan genocide in 1994.  It explores both the motivations behind these atrocities and the ways in which societies have sought to commemorate them, to make "sense" of them, and to prevent them from occurring again.

HST 290F  1968: The Year that Changed the World - W 4:25-5:20 (1 credit)
Dr. Erik Jensen

This collaboratively-taught course will feature weekly comparative perspectives on a transformative moment in history as it manifested itself in different regions of the world (including U.S., Africa, Mexico, France, Prague, Vietnam, China, and beyond), and as it gave rise to new themes (Civil Rights, reproductive rights, foreign policy formation, youth movement solidarity, and cultures of protest).  The course is designed to showcase the diversity of the History faculty in terms of their geographical areas of expertise, and the different historical methodologies they use.

HST 296  World History since 1945 - TR 10:05-11:00
Weekly discussion sections scheduled at various times.
Dr. Sheldon Anderson

HST 296  World History since 1945, Section B - TR 4:25-5:45
Dr. Osaak Olumwullah

Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Miami Plan Global Course Foundation IIIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
History Major: Geographical Diversity

From the end of the Second World War to the present era of global interconnectedness, this course examines such issues as the Cold War, decolonization and post-colonialism, the end of the Soviet Union and its eastern bloc, shifting demographics, environmental transformation, and the accelerating competition for land and resources.

HST/LAS 319  Revolution in Latin America - TR 10:05-11:25
Dr. Elena Albarrán
History Major:  Latin America

History of modern Latin America through the experience of revolution and social movement in the 20th century.  Focus on popular revolutionary experiences in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua; changing women's roles in revolutionary struggle; and new social movements across the region that arose as a response to issues of inequality and injustice.

HST 330R  The French Revolution - MW 4:25-5:45
History Major:  Europe

HST 355  History of Modern Sport and National Identity - TR 8:30-9:50
Dr. Sheldon Anderson
History Major:  Geographical Diversity-Global

Examines the relationship between sports and national, regional, and local identities; sporting and relations between states; the process by which the world adopted or rejected Western games; and the impact of globalization on national sporting cultures, in the last two centuries.  Topics include the history of Olympic Games, soccer's World Cup and the global proliferation of baseball and basketball.

HST 356  Modern Japanese History - MW 1:15-2:35
Dr. Yihong Pan
History Major:  Asia

Major issues in the history of Japan from mid-nineteenth century to recent times such as the Meiji Restoration, the impact of the West, tradition and modernity, industrialization, social and cultural development, and wars and democracy.

HST 360F  The History of the Modern Middle East - MW 1:15-2:35
Dr. Matthew Gordon
History Major:  Middle East.  See Department Advisor for DARS notation.

The course introduces students to significant patterns of modern Middle East history.  It focuses on the political history of the region:  social, economic and cultural topics will figure only secondarily.  We will also concentrate on the longer historical picture that frames the modern day, rather than contemporary issues.  The approach is chronological (beginning with the late Ottoman period).  Much of the course will turn on the respective histories of Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon.  We will also devote much attention to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

HST/LAS 360T  ;Mexico since Independence - TR 1:15-2:35
Dr. Elena Albarrán
History Major:  Latin America

Overview of the competing visions of national identity and expressions of political culture that have marked Mexico since independence in 1810.  Factors affecting diverse expressions of nationalism include foreign influence, ethnic identity, personalist politics, neoliberal economics, urbanization, and artistic and social movements.  Emphasis given to visual representations of identity.

AMS/HST 363  The Early American Republic, 1783-1815 - MW 11:40-1:00
Dr. Lindsay Schakenbach Regele
History Major: United States

Emphasizes the Constitution, nation-building, and the political culture of different groups in American society.

HST 371  Native American History to 1840 - MW 2:50-4:10
History Major: United States; Pre-Modern; pre-1500

American Indian history from the period before European contact through the removal era of the 1830s adn 1840s.

BWS/HST/LAS 385  Race, Science and Disease - TR 2:50-4:10
Dr. José Amador (Global and Intercultural Studies)
History Major: Latin America

This course surveys a variety of debates over race and disease since the European overseas expansion to the Americas, particularly in those tropical regions that developed plantation-based agriculture.  We will begin with the scientific construction of ideas about race from the conquest to the eighteenth century.  We will then place the development of racial theories of sickness and health in a broad social and political context and explain the  medical salience of race in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  Through scientific articles,  physician memoirs, films,  novels, and photographs, we will explore the following topics:  disease and slavery, miasmatic and bacteriological theories, medical nativism and immigration, outbreak narratives and epidemics, public health and eugenics, tropical medicine and colonialism, global pharmaceuticals and state activism, health rights and global poverty.

HST 400.7  Senior Capstone:  History Honors – MW 1:15-2:35
Dr. Andrew Offenburger
History Major:  Senior Capstone

Capstone for students in the History Departmental Honors program, who have completed HST 359, Junior Honors Colloquium.

HST 400R  Senior Capstone: Travel in the Early Modern World - MW 10:05-11:25
Dr. Wietse de Boer
History Major:  Senior Capstone

This course investigates travel in the early modern world.  This first age of globalization saw a vast increase in travel across the globe due to trade, political expansion and warfare, exploration, colonial ventures, and religious missions.  The course will focus on the analysis of first-hand accounts of travel to ask questions about the nature and experience of travel, about cultural identity and difference and about the impact of globalization.  Each student will write a final paper on a primary source detailing an individual's travel experiences.

HST 400S  Senior Capstone:  History and Digital Humanities - TR 2:50-4:10
Dr. Nishani Frazier
History Major: Senior Capstone

This course is designed to bring digital technology into dialogue with history.  How is digital history different from other forms of historical production, such as books, essays, or documentaries?  How does technology enhance or change our understanding of the past?  This course will help students answer these questions and teach them how to utilize digital tools to frame, posit, and experiment with historical questions.  The first half of the semester will focus on theoretical debates about digital history and introduce students to basic digital history platforms.  During the second half of the semester, students will use this background training to pose their own historical questions and produce a final digital history project.

HST 410A  The Age of Bismarck - MW 2:50-4:10
Dr. Erik Jensen
History Major:  Europe

Survey of German political, social and cultural history in the 19th century.

HST 434  China and the Silk Road before 1600 - TR 4:25-5:45
Dr. Yihong Pan
History Major:  Asia; Pre-Modern; pre-1500

When the European explorers arrived in China in the sixteenth century, they found a huge empire that showed no interest in developing trade with the West.  There then grew the myth that China was a self-centered "Middle Kingdom," uninterested in any contact with foreigners.  The realities were far more complex.  China "discovered" the Silk Road in the second century B.C.E. and from then onwards the transcontinental road played an important role in China's interactions with other peoples.  This course examines such interactions and the roles the Silk Road played in enriching Chinese culture and history.

AMS/HST 435 Public History Practicum – MW 1:15-2:35
Dr. Helen Sheumaker
History Major:  United States

This course is a digital history project.  Our goal:  to investigate the lives of every student at Miami University from 1824 to 1864 who was from a southern state.  Accounts of the early history of Miami always note that between one-third to one-half of students were southern - and indeed, this is clear from the year the Civil War started on April 12, 1861.  The first part of the semester, each student will conduct basic research and help build a database of findings for future researchers.  Final  project will be an in-depth research paper on the life of one student of their choosing, following their family and their life after Miami.

HST/POL/RUS 436 Havighurst Colloquium:  Russia Abroad: Homesick and Sick of Home – MW 11:40-1:00
Dr. Zara Torlone (Classics Department)
History Major:  Europe