The department offers lower-division surveys in Western and world civilization as well as U.S. history, while upper-division offerings include a wide range of subject areas, from the ancient Near East to American family history.
Seminars and 400-level courses provide opportunities for majors to write substantial research papers and to participate in intensive reading and discussion of topics.
Graduate students enroll in 500-level courses as they pursue the MA in History.
Here's a small sampling of courses we've offered within the past few years:
Selected Courses from Previous Terms
HST 297: Gender and Film in U.S. History
This course uses film as a tool to learn about women and gender in U.S. History
and also to think about the ways in which Hollywood presents the narrative of women in history in gendered and often race- and class-specific ways.
HST 326U: Chican@ History, 1900-present
Mexican ancestry people are and have long been the second largest minority population in the United States,
and their history traces the major turning points in North American history.
HST 385U: Late Imperial Middle East
Topics include the structure and politics of the Ottoman and Qajar empires, their unequal confrontation with
European power and wealth, various projects for social and legal reform, and new ideas about political and cultural identity.
HST 390U: Topics in World History: Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The enslavement and forced migration of over 12 million people fundamentally transformed the African past
in ways that continue to reverberate in the world today.
HST 390U: Topics in World History: Energy Crises and Transitions
Energy is the basis of the world economic system and frames the experience of democracy. Energy is also the source of geopolitical tension and great power status, a space of contestation between the haves and have-nots.
HST 410: Native Women of the Pacific Northwest
This one-credit class in three sessions will provide students with a unique opportunity
to meet with historians who have written recent scholarly works on the history of Native women in the Pacific Northwest.
HST 422/522: Wartime and Postwar Japan
This course traces the history of Japan from wartime through to the postwar era (1945 to the present)
with considerable discussion of transwar continuities and discontinuities, in order to better understand the Japan of today.
HST 427/527: Topics in the History of Science: Science Fictions
This course uses several classic representations of science and scientists in literature as windows on the history of science in its social context,
such as Goethe's Faust, Shelley's Frankenstein, and Lewis' Arrowsmith.
HST 432/532: Recent American Political Culture
An exploration of changing American social values and cultural conflict since 1941, through historical scholarship, primary documents, and audio-visual
HST 468/568: History of Mexico I: Mexico Before Spain
A study of Mexico's beginnings from pre-Columbian times through the colonial period. The origins of Mexican culture, society, economy, and political institutions will be examined in the context of Hispanic and indigenous contributions.