Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

History

 

 

HIST 100    Search in History 3

Introduction to intellectual processes and value systems in history.  Titles and themes may vary from section to section. Study Area II

 

HIST 121    World Civilization I    3

World civilization to the 17th century. Study Area II [I]


HIST 122    World Civilization II   3

World civilization from the 17th century. Study Area II [I]

 

HIST 161    American History to 1877      3

Political, economic, social, and cultural development to 1877. No credit given to students who have credit for HIST 261. Study Area II


HIST 162    American History from 1877 to present     3

Political, economic, social, and cultural development since 1877.  No credit given to students who have credit for HIST 262. Study Area II


HIST 231    Ancient Mediterranean World   3

Cultures of ancient Near East and Mediterranean. Study Area II [I]


HIST 232    Medieval Europe   3

European history and institutions from the fall of Rome to 1300. Study Area II [I]


HIST 233    Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe      3

European history from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries. Topics include the Renaissance, the Reformation, European Expansion, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment. Study Area II [I]


HIST 234    Modern Europe     3

European history from the 18th century to the present. Study Area II [I]


HIST 251    East Asia to 1800 3

Political, cultural, economic, and social history of East Asian countries. Note:  No credit will be given to students who have credit for HIST 351. Fall. (O) Study Area II [I]

 

HIST 252    East Asia since 1800    3

Continuation of HIST 251, with additional emphasis on contemporary, foreign, and colonial politics related to East Asia. NOTE:  No credit given to students who have credit for HIST 352. Spring. (O) Study Area II [I]


HIST 253    History of the South Pacific  3

Begins with the history of the Tahitians, Hawaiians, and Maori, and Australian aborigines before contact with Europe, examining their oral traditions. Also examines exploration and cultural contact between the peoples of Polynesia and Australia and Anglo-Europeans. Fall. (O) Study Area II


HIST 271    Introduction to African History and Culture     3

Focuses on some of the enduring aspects of African material culture and technologies. Also examines social and political issues related to African civilization over time. Irregular. Study Area II


HIST 277    History of Christianity I     3

Christianity from its origins to 1450 A.D. Jewish origins, literature, central doctrines, and institutional development. Consideration of its influence on secular life and institutions. NOTE:  No credit given to student who have credit for HIST 377. Fall. (O) Study Area II [I]


HIST 278    History of Christianity II    3

Christianity from 1450 A.D. to present. Continuation of Christianity I. NOTE:  No credit given to students who have credit for HIST 378. Spring. (O) Study Area II [I]


HIST 281    History of Latin America to 1823    3

Social, economic, political, and cultural development of Latin American countries to 1823. NOTE:  No credit given to students with credit for HIST 381. Cross listed with LAS 281 and 381. No credit given to with credit for LAS 281 or 381. Fall. (O) Study Area II [I]


HIST 282    History of Latin America since 1823 3

Social, economic, political, and cultural development of Latin American countries since 1823. No credit given to students with credit for HIST 382. Cross listed with LAS 282. No credit given to students with credit for LAS 282 or 382. Spring. (O) Study Area II [I]

 

HIST 291    Modern Middle East      3

Historical developments in the 20th century with a special emphasis on political, social, and economic conflicts. NOTE:  No credit will be given to students with credit for HIST 472. Fall. Study Area II [I]


HIST 292    History of Judaism      3

Analysis of major themes in the historical development of Judaism from ancient times to the present. NOTE:  No credit will be given to students with credit for HIST 473. Spring. Study Area II [I]


HIST 301    The Historical Imagination    3

NOTE:  History minors must request a major override from the department chair prior to registration. Prereq.:  A minimum of 6 credit hours in History. Students will practice history rather than simply study it in a passive sense. By honing research, analytical and writing skills students will be better prepared for upper level classes and work outside the university. History majors and minors only.


HIST 302    Introduction to Public History      3

Studies issues in, and teaches professional skills for, the practice of Public History. Explores career opportunities in museums, historic societies, and other institutions. Spring.


HIST 305    Connecticut and the Nation    3

Connecticut history from pre-colonial period to the present day within the national context. Irregular.

 

HIST 316    History of the American West to 1890      3

Surveys the history of the American West and its people to 1890. Provides a general structure of the American West and its political, economic, and social history with emphasis on the interaction of diverse cultures including Native Americans, Hispanics and Asians as America expanded it borders. The course will compare popular conceptions of the historical American West to the region's realities, diversity, and complexity.

 

HIST 317    History of the American West, 1890 to Present   3

 Surveys the history of the American West and its people from 1890 to the 21st century. Provides a general structure of the American West and its political, economic, and social history with emphasis on the interaction of diverse cultures including Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians in areas known today as the Plains, Southwest, and Northwest. Material will also examine the West and its myths as central to American culture and popular culture. Spring.


HIST 319    Race, Ethnicity and Migration in the U.S. 3

A social and cultural history of the U.S. that explores race, ethnicity, and migration in the formation of American identities. From colonial period to the present. Fall.

 

HIST 321    Political History of the United States, 1776-1876     3

Focuses on the development of political parties in the United States. Examines the contrasting economic, social, and foreign policy views of the parties, with special attention to the intersection of ideology and partisanship. Fall.


HIST 322    Political History of the United States, 1877 to Present     3

Focuses on the growth of political parties in the United States. Examines the contrasting economic, social, and foreign policy views of the parties, with special attention devoted to the intersection of ideology and partisanship. Spring.

 

HIST 323    Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, 1520-Present     3

Examines North America's indigenous peoples living east of the Mississippi River at the time of European contact, including the Five Civilized Tribes, the Iroquois Confederacy, and the First Nations of New England. Fall. (O)

 

HIST 324    Native Americans of the West, 1500-Present      3

Examines North America's indigenous peoples living west of the Mississippi River at the time of the European contact, from the Central American region to the Northwest. Explores the history of Aztec civilizations, Southwestern tribes, Plains Indians and Northwest tribes. Spring. (O)


HIST 325    Anglo-American Legal and Constitutional History, 1550-1789  3

Legal ideas, statutes and cases that revolutionized England and its colonies from the Tudor period to the United States Constitution. Fall. (E)


HIST 326    Anglo-American Legal and Constitutional History, 1789-Present     3

Analyzes the change from formalism to substantive due process, landmark legal cases, and the emergence of new legal theories in England, North America, and Australia. Allows the United States' legal system to be view in a comparative context. Spring. (E)


HIST 327    History of American Consumer Culture      3

Examines the development of consumer society in the United States and its relationship to economics, politics, and culture. Paying attention to the dynamics of race, class, and gender, this course explores the experiences of ordinary Americans as they have embraced, shaped, and resisted materialism in their lives. Possible topics include the rise of department and chain stores, advertising, mass-production, the leisure industry, suburbanization, consumer boycotts, and globalization. Spring.

 

HIST 328    History of American Foreign Relations     3

Study of the United States in the world from 1776 to the present through examination of domestic, international, diplomatic, and military influences. Fall.

 

HIST 329    History of Working America    3

Origins and development of the American working class from the colonial period to the present. Spring.

 

HIST 330    History of Women in the United States, 1607-1865      3

Survey of women in the United States from the colonial period through the Civil War, with special emphasis on how race, class, and ethnicity shaped women's experiences. Cross listed with WGSS 330. Fall.

 

HIST 331    History of Women in the United States, 1865-Present   3

Survey of women in the United States from Reconstruction to the present with special emphasis on how race, class, and ethnicity shaped women's experiences. Cross listed with WGSS 331. Spring.


HIST 332    History of Schooling in America     3

History of schooling in the United States, with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. Irregular.

 

HIST 334    Women of Medieval Europe      3

Surveys social, political, and economic opportunities for medieval European women and the various ways in which women were represented in contemporary texts. Also considers changing ideologies of the function of marriage, the role of family, and the construction of gender roles in medieval culture from c. 400-1400. Cross listed with WGSS 334. No credit given to students with credit for WGSS 334. Fall. [I]


HIST 335    Women, Marriage, and Family in Early Modern Europe    3

Impact of social, economic, and ideological change on gender roles and family structure in European society during the Renaissance, Reformation, and post- Reformation periods, 1400-1700. Cross listed with WGSS 335. Spring.

 

HIST 341    English History to 1715 3

Forces contributing to the growth of English civilization and development of Great Britain. Fall. [I]


HIST 342    English History since 1715    3

Continuation of HIST 341. Spring. [I]


HIST 343    Modern Ireland: 1690-Present  3

Introduction to political, social, and economic history of modern Ireland, with special focus on nationalism, the impact of the Great Famine, the achievement of independence, and the ongoing conflict in the north. Spring. [I]

 

HIST 344    History of Modern Germany     3

German history from 1871 to the present. Fall. (O) [I]


HIST 347    History of Russia I     3

History of Russia from the ninth century to 1861. Fall. [I]


HIST 348    History of Russia II    3

History of Russia from 1861 to the present. [I]


HIST 353    History of Modern China 3

China during the late Ch'ing, Republican and Communist periods. No credit given to students with credit for HIST 453. Spring. (E) [I]

 

HIST 354    History of Modern Japan 3

Japan during the 19th and 20th centuries. NOTE:  No credit given to students who have credit for HIST 454. Fall. (E) [I]

 

HIST 356    History of East Central Europe since 1919 3

Social and political institutions of the Successor states in the Danubian area from 1919. Spring. (O) [I]

 

HIST 369    African-American History      3

Survey of African-American life from the slave trade through the 1970s. Fall. (E)

 

HIST 373    The African Diaspora in the Caribbean since 1500      3

The plantation system, capitalism and slavery, the decolonization process in general, gender relations, structural adjustment and debt, outstanding leaders and role models in Afro-Caribbean communities and cultural norms and values. Irregular. [I]

 

HIST 375    History of Africa to 1800     3

Examination of economic, social, and political developments in Africa to the end of the 18th century. Spring. Study Area II [I]

 

HIST 376    History of Africa since 1800  3

Examination of economic, social, and political developments in Africa from the end of the 18th century to the present. Spring. Study Area II [I]

 

HIST 379    History of Poland: from the Piasts to Partition, 966-1795   3

The medieval Kingdom, the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Partitions. Fall. (O) [I]


HIST 380    Modern Poland     3

Examination of the course of modern Polish history, including the restoration of independence in 1918, World War II, communist rule, Solidarity, and the recovery of sovereignty in 1989. Fall. (E) [I]


HIST 383    History of Brazil   3

Surveys the history of Latin America's largest country from its pre-Columbian roots to the present. Topics include: Indigenous Peoples, African enslavement, European immigration, and economic development. Irregular.

 

HIST 384    Portugal in Brazil      3

History of Portugal as it relates to the Portuguese Seabourne empire and Brazil. Topics include the medieval period, the colonization of Brazil and conquest of indigenous populations by the Portuguese; the introduction of sugar and African slavery to Brazil; the Portuguese colonial government, and Brazilian independence. Fall.


HIST 395    Topics in History   3

An intermediate course exploring specific areas of historical inquiry and research. Topics vary. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Irregular.

 

HIST 403    Public History Project  3

Theoretical and practical issues confronting public historians explored by involvoing students in public history projects. Projects vary. May berepeated with different projects for a maximum of 6 credits. Irregular.

 

HIST 404    American Material Culture     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Studies material culture of artifacts such as, household utensils, furniture, buildings, and landscapes, throughout American history. Linked to HIST 504. Fall.

 

HIST 405    Local History and Community Development   3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Research techniques and methodologies of local and community history. Explores the relationship between local and national developments. Students conduct research projects in New Britain and other area communities. Linked with HIST 505. Irregular.

 

HIST 411    Atlantic World, 1500-1880     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Explores the history of the Atlantic World from 1500-1880. Topics can focus on North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa as they interacted in such activities as trade, slavery, the exchange of ideas, revolution, and colonialism. Fall.

 

HIST 412    The Transformation of Crime and Punishment      3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Explores major changes over time in the legal history of crime and punishment in England, Australasia, and Europe between 1600 and 1975. Spring. (O)

 

HIST 413    Myth, Law, and History  3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Introduces students to a variety of readings in the mythological and historical beginnings of law and allows students to analyze how law and history have intersected in both the legal and historical worlds. Topics can include the Mosaic law, Anglo-American law, and the history of legal literature from cases to novels. Spring. (E)


HIST 414    The Progressive Watershed     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Focuses upon significant American political, economic and social developments in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Progressive era will receive major attention. Irregular.


HIST 415    The Cold War in the United States and Europe    3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Examines the origins, conduct, and consequences of the Cold War from American and European international perspectives. Topics include diplomatic, military, social, and cultural developments. Irregular.


HIST 416    The Vietnam Wars, Home and Abroad   3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Examines the Vietnam War from a variety of perspectives. Topics will include the process of American involvement, military campaigns, Vietnamese strategy, anti-war movements, national memories of Vietnam, and how the war has shaped American culture and politics since 1975. Irregular.

 

HIST 420    Imperialism 3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Explores the nature and experience of imperialism in a variety of countries and a number of time periods. Irregular.

 

HIST 421    Britain at the Turn of the 20th Century   3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Cultural, intellectual, social, and political history of Britain from 1880 to 1914. Irregular. [I]


HIST 431    Ancient Northeast Africa      3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Aspects of the history and legacies of ancient northeast Africa with focus upon Nubia, Egypt, and Aksum. Irregular. [GR]


HIST 432    History of South Africa 3

Ancient South Africa; the creation of settler communities in the 17th century; the impact of minerals in the 19th century; apartheid and its demise; and ongoing democratization processes. Fall. (O)


HIST 433    History of Ancient Greece     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Greek institutions from the Mycenaean period to the accession of Constantine. Fall. [GR]

 

HIST 434    History of Ancient Rome 3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 permission of instructor. Roman institutions from the regal period to the reign of Constantine. Spring. [GR]


HIST 435    History of Early Medieval Europe    3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. The Late Roman empire to the 11th century. Spring. (E) [GR]


HIST 436    History of Later Medieval Europe    3

Prereq: HIST 301 or permission of instructor. The Crusades to the Great Schism. Spring. (O)

 

HIST 441    Renaissance & Reformation     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. History of Europe during the Age of Transition and the Era of the Religious Wars, 1300-1648. Fall. (E) [GR]


HIST 442    Absolutism and Enlightenment in Europe    3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Social, economic, political, and cultural forces of the period in relation to formation of modern society and government. Spring. (E) [GR]

 

HIST 443    Revolution and Reformation in Europe      3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Political, economic, and social institutions in relation to rise of liberalism, nationalism, socialism, and imperialism. Fall. [GR]


HIST 444    Mass Politics and Total War in Europe     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. National and international problems of European states. Spring. [GR]


HIST 445    Ideas & Culture in Europe, 1750-1870      3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Main currents of European thought and culture from 1650 to 1850. Irregular. [GR]


HIST 446    Ideas and Culture in Europe, 1870-Present   3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Main currents of European thought and culture from 1870 to the present. Irregular. [GR]

 

HIST 447    History of the Soviet Union   3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Study of the rise and fall of Soviet Communism, 1917-1991. Irregular. [GR]

 

HIST 448    Stalin and Stalinism    3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Historical study of Stalin and Stalinism stressing multidisciplinary perspectives, considered in the light of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Irregular. [GR]


HIST 451    World War I in Europe and the United States     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Explores the First World War with an emphasis on Europe and the United States. Irregular.


HIST 452    World War II in Europe  3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Explores the Second World War in Europe. Irregular. [I]

 

HIST 455    Historical Representation in Latin America      3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Throughout the twentieth century, intellectuals and artists have addressed historical and political issues in their work. This course studies that phenomena through historical documents, historical monographs, literary and artistic works using the methodology of the social history of ideas. Irregular.


HIST 458    United States Sectionalism: The Clash of Cultures     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Clash of Northern and Southern culture over the issues of slavery from 1787 to 1861. Emphasis on the attempt to quell sectional disputes through political compromise, the rise of abolitionism, and the creation of a Slave Power. Spring. [GR]


HIST 460    African Enslavement in the Americas 3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Comparative history of slavery in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States from 1492-1888. Fall. (O) [GR]


HIST 465    Economic History of the United States     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. American economy from its agricultural beginnings through stages of its commercial, industrial, and financial growth. [GR]


HIST 469    African Americans in the 20th Century     3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Black America since 1900. Cross listed with AFAM 469. No credit given to students with credit for AFAM 469. Fall. (O) [GR]


HIST 470    Topics in Middle-Eastern History    3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Focuses upon one specific topic of modern Middle-Eastern history. The topic chosen will vary but will be within the time period of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Possible topics (among others) are:  U.S. policy (or the lack of it) in the Middle East, Israel and Palestine, oil and the Gulf, the post-Saddam Hussein era in Iraq, religious extremism in the Middle East and the Gulf states. Irregular.


HIST 474    History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict      3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. History of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the time of Israel's creation as a modern nation-state until the present. Spring. [GR]


HIST 476    African History through Film  3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Africa's past and present are viewed through a series of movies and intensive scholarly discussion of selected topics and themes. Readings are derived from current scholarly research on the various issues discussed. Irregular. [GR]


HIST 481    The Jews of Poland      3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Topics include immigration and settlement, community development and rights and privileges before 1795, modernization, nationalism, anti-Semitism, independence, Polish-Jewish relations during the holocaust, exodus and marginalization in communist Poland, and the new Polish Jews. Fall. (E) [GR]


HIST 482    The Polish-American Immigrant and Ethnic Community    3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Topics include immigration and settlement in the United States, organizational infrastructure, heroes and myths, homeland politics and national consciousness, labor, class, ethnicity, cultural assimilation and political integration, and stereotypes and ethnic identity. Spring. (O) [GR]


HIST 490    Senior Seminar    3

Prereq.:  24 credits in history including HIST 301 and 6 credits at the 400 level. Senior seminar. Undergraduate history majors only.


HIST 492    Public History Intern Experience    3 OR 4

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Gives students practical experience in museums, historical societies, and other public history institutions. Students will gain work experience while participating in the practice of public history making. Accepted students are assigned to work in a public history institution for 110-140 hours and will also participate in a classroom seminar. Not available for graduate credit. Spring.


HIST 493    Directed Readings in History  3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 and 6 credits in 400-level history courses; or permission of Department Chair. Individual program of studies for students with special interests and abilities. Topics to vary from semester to semester. Not more than 3 credits to be taken in one semester. May be repeated once. On demand.


HIST 494    Directed Readings in Non-Western History  3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 and 6 credits of 400-level history courses; or permission of instructor. Individual program of study for students with special interests in non-Western history, including the study of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Topics to be developed in consultation with individual faculty member. Not more than 3 credits to be taken in one semester. May be repeated once. On demand.


HIST 497    Topics in History 3

Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Historical focus on a facet of history in order to help clarify current domestic and/or world developments. May be repeated with different topics for up to 6 credits. [GR]


HIST 498    Historical Field Studies Abroad     3

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Classroom and study abroad exploring special historical topics taken from any world region. Normally involves travel outside the United States. Part of course taught abroad; can be taken two times with different topics. Irregular.


HIST 499    Historical Field Studies in the US  3

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Classroom and historical field study of themes in US history. Normally involves travel outside of Connecticut. May be taken two times with different topics. Irregular.

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