Global History 

Effective Winter 2014

A minor in Global History is not open to students with a major or any other minor in the Department of History. 

The Global History minor equips students to think in global dimensions and to approach the past outside the traditional constraints of national and temporal boundaries. Global History is not simply international history and is more than transnational and comparative studies—the fundamental purpose is to approach the past outside the boxes of nations and geographic regions of the world and to emphasize questions of connectivity, mobility, and scale. A global perspective historicizes regions, migrations, capital flows, and also the presentist concept of globalization itself by revealing how people have long imagined the world across traditional boundaries.

Global and world history coursework highlights comparative analysis and connections across time and space at the largest scales. The minor will prepare students for the contemporary challenges of our “globalizing” world while providing them with the knowledge and awareness that the history and processes of globalization go back a very long time.

Prerequisites to the Minor


Requirements for the Minor

  1. Survey Requirement: Students must take two (but may elect the third under the “Additional Courses” category below, although none of these count for cluster purposes):
    • HISTORY 238 (Zoom: A History of Everything)
    • HISTORY 239 (The World Before 1492)
    • HISTORY 240 (The World Since 1492)

    Students may take all three and count one under “additional courses.”

  2. Additional Courses. Four additional courses (a minimum of 3 credits each for at least 12 credits), including two from a designated cluster, to be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. At least two of the four additional courses must be at the 300-level or higher. A maximum of one can be at the 100-level.
  3. All courses must be from the approved list of classes that count for the Global History Minor. The designated clusters are:

    1. Global Power and Social Justice
    2. Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment
    3. Cultural Connections

    With approval from a faculty advisor, students may create an alternative cluster.

  4. Cluster #1: Global Power and Social Justice

    Courses in the this cluster address projections of power, inequality, and dependency over long distances, from the premodern era through the cold war and post-9/11 worlds. Key themes involve the development of political systems, such as empires and colonies; military interventions, in many types of wars and conflicts; economic exchanges, including trade networks and commodity systems; and international legal history, including treaties and the development of human rights law.

    This cluster is particularly relevant for students majoring in fields such as International Studies, Political Science, and Economics.

    • HISTORY 209 / MEMS 209: The West in the World, 300-1648
    • HISTORY 227: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
    • HISTORY 230: Humanities Topics in History, sections titled “Tracking Human Rights” and “Global Cold War”
    • HISTORY 241: America and Middle Eastern Wars
    • HISTORY 257 / JUDAIC 257: Law in the Pre-Modern World
    • HISTORY 303: Topics in History, section titled “Atlantic Slave Trade: Histories and Legacies”
    • HISTORY 310 / RCSSCI 310: Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
    • HISTORY 314 / FRENCH 345: Empire, War, and Modernity: France and the World in the 20th Century
    • HISTORY 328: Humanities Topics in History, section titled “The Great War and the Twentieth Century”
    • HISTORY 363: The U.S. and the World Since 1945: Politics, Culture, and War in the American Century
    • HISTORY 445: Topics in History, section titled “Debating Capitalism”
    • HISTORY 477: Law, History, and the Dynamics of Social Change, section titled “Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights”
  5. Cluster #2: Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment

    Courses in this cluster provide global and comparative perspectives on the ways in which scientific knowledge, technological and medical developments, and environmental transformations have shaped societies, reflected political power, and produced inequalities.

    This cluster isparticularly useful for minors whose program is supplementing a major in fields such as the biological sciences, engineering, environmental studies, and the social sciences, and for undergraduates on the pre-med and pre-public health tracks.

    • HISTORY 222 / ENVIRON 221. Global Environmental History
    • HISTORY 223 / ENVIRON 223 Trashed! A History of Garbage in the Modern World
    • HISTORY 224 / PUBPOL 224: Global Nuclear Proliferation
    • HISTORY 231: Social Science Topics in History, section titled “Global Environmental History”
    • HISTORY 232: Interdisciplinary Topics in History, section titled “Mental Health in Global History”
    • HISTORY 234: History of Medicine in the Western World from the 18th Century to the Present
    • HISTORY 285 / RCSSCI 275: Science, Technology, Medicine and Society
    • HISTORY 300 / ASTRO 300: The Beginning and the End: A History of Cosmology
    • HISTORY 301 / ASTRO 301: Discovery of the Universe
    • HISTORY 339 / ASIAN 365 / CLCV 339: Doctors in the Ancient World: China, Greece, and Rome
    • HISTORY 376: Epidemics: Plagues and Cultures from the Black Death to the Present
    • HISTORY 379 / RCSSCI 379 / SI 379: History of Computers and the Internet
  6. Cluster #3: Cultural Connections

    Ideas, languages, books, religions--all move widely across space and change as they circulate. Cultural transformations and interactions along frontiers and borderlands, in port cities, and through movement across regions and continents are at the center of global and world history. The Cultural Connections cluster draws on the History Department’s extensive curricular offerings in the study of world religions along with global and transregional perspectives on the history of sexuality, the family, popular culture, and everyday life, among other themes. 

    This cluster is particularly well suited for humanistically inclined students interested in society and culture through comparative and interactiveperspectives.

    • HISTORY 105: Introduction to Religion
    • HISTORY 226 / AMCULT 226 / LATINOAM 226: The Latin Tinge: Latin Music in Social Context in Latin America and the U.S.
    • HISTORY 229 / ANTHRCUL 226: Introduction to Historical Anthropology
    • HISTORY 230: Humanities Topics in History, sections titled “The Family in the Modern World”, “Religion in the Making of African America”, “Angels and Demons in Early Christianity”, “Introduction to Islam”
    • HISTORY 243 / MENAS 243: Islamic World History
    • HISTORY 248 / ASIAN 248 / RELIGION 248: Jesus Comes to Asia: Conversion and its Consequences in Asia
    • HISTORY 256 / JUDAIC 265: Introduction to Jewish Law: Sources, Legal History and Legal Theory
    • HISTORY 290 / JUDAIC 290 / AAPTIS 287: Jews and Muslims
    • HISTORY 309: After Alexander: The Hellenistic Age in the Mediterranean and the Near East
    • HISTORY 327 / WOMENSTD 327: History of Sexuality
    • HISTORY 350 / HISTART 323 / HJCS 323 / JUDAIC 323 / RELIGION 324: History of Jewish Visual Culture: From Ancient Mosaics to Jew-Hop Videos
    • HISTORY 375 / WOMENSTD 375: A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • HISTORY 421 / AAS 421 / LACS 421 / RELIGION 421: Religions of the African Diaspora
    • HISTORY 469: Precolonial Southeast Asia
    • HISTORY 489: The History of the Roman Catholic Church, 1775-2005
    • HISTORY 495: The World the Mongols Made
  7. 100-Level Courses (not in any cluster; maximum of one of these may be counted toward the minor)

    • HISTORY 101 / INTLSTD 205: What Is History?
    • HISTORY 102: A History of the Present



AP credit: AP credits may not be used to satisfy requirements of the minor.

Conditions: Five of the six courses must be taken in-residence at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, or must count as in-residence credit (i.e., relevant courses taken through UM-sponsored CGIS programs abroad).

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