Courses in History (Division 390)

100-Level Courses are Survey Courses and Introductory Courses for Freshmen and Sophomores

111. Modern Europe. Hist. 110 is recommended as prerequisite. (4). (SS).

This course examines European history from 1700 until 1945, outlining large-scale social, political-economic, and cultural change. The lecture will focus on the "turning points" of European history the Enlightenment, the French revolution, the industrial revolution, the rise of new social classes and new ideologies liberalism, nationalism, socialism the era of imperialism, the First World War, the Russian revolution, National Socialism in Germany, the Second World War, and the division of Europe in 1945. There will be two weekly class meetings that will be divided between lectures and discussions. Course requirements include: a midterm and final examination; one 5-7 page paper on a topic addressed in readings; and participation in class discussions. [Cost:3] [WL:1] (Canning)

161. United States, 1865 to the Present. (4). (SS).

This course will explore United States history since the Civil War by examining the diversity of experiences in the expanding nation and conflicting perspectives on the meaning of freedom and democracy. One recurrent theme will be the ways in which different Americans have responded when they have identified problems in their society. We will try to move quickly early in the class so that we can devote ample time to the post-World War II Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Movement, and the Vietnam War. Our goal will be to develop themes that will help us interpret the past, to make better sense of the present, and to sharpen our abilities to think, read, and write clearly and critically. (Clark)

200-Level Courses are for Sophomores and Upper Class Students

217. War and Society in the 20th Century: World War II. (4). (Excl).

This course focuses on WWII from an American viewpoint: How did American society and individual Americans fight the "good" war? What actually happened, both overseas and at home? How did the experience of the war change the nation and individuals? Lectures, readings and films cover five areas: going to war, the war in Asia and the Pacific, the European war, mobilizing the action, and the end games. The course is graded on a short essay test after each of these five areas, plus a final exam. Texts include R. Divine, THE RELUCTANT BELLIGERENT; R. Spector, EAGLE AGAINST THE SUN, A. Winkler, HOME FROM U.S.A.; G. Wright, THE ORDEAL OF TOTAL WAR; and a course pack. There are no prerequisites; students who wish to use the course for social science credit must contact the instructor at the first class meeting. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Collier)

300-Level Courses and Above are for Juniors and Seniors

395. Reading Course. Open only to history concentrators by written permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit only with permission of the Associate Chairman.

This is an independent 1-4 hour course open only to history concentrators by written permission of instructor. It may be repeated for credit only with permission of the Associate Chairman.

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