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Take a look at the upper-level courses being taught by our great professors this Spring! If you have questions about them, please contact Dr. Jeanne Petit (

History 200-01A Roman Imperial Women
T 6:30-9:20 pm
Albert Bell

In ancient Rome women could not vote or hold office, but the wives, sisters, and/or mothers of the emperors had enormous influence. We will examine the lives of women such as Livia, Agrippina, and St. Helena to see how they governed the empire from behind the throne.


History 200-01B: Travel with Herodotus
T 6:30-9:20 am
Albert Bell

Herodotus, known as “the father of history,” wrote an account of the wars between the Greeks and the Persians in the fifth century BC. He tells how the Persian Empire grew. Much of his work is based on his own travels around the eastern end of the Mediterranean. Some information (and misinformation) he picks up from merchants and travelers who’ve gone beyond the modern Middle East.

History 200-02B: Peace Movements in the 20th-Century U.S
MW 3:00-4:20 pm
Jeanne Petit

Most history classes emphasize the impact of wars. This class will shift the focus of United States history and examine those who tried to prevent war and ensure peace. We will do a survey of peace movements that emerged during different contexts in the 20th-century United States with particular focus on the following: the Women’s Peace Party of the World War I Era, the labor movement of the 1930s, the labor movement of the 1930s, the Civil Rights Movement that emerged in the 1950s, the Vietnam-era peace  protests, and the late 20th-century anti-nuclear movement. Note: instead of a traditional research paper, students in this class will be building a research-based website.

History 242-01: Topics in 20th-Century European History
MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Gloria Tseng

This course surveys the history of twentieth-century Europe from three chronologically overlapping vantage points. These are “the age of catastrophe,” “the age of secular ideological extremes,” and “the limits of secularism.” Implied in the organization of the course is the argument that each of these vantage points in some ways epitomizes the century. The events and developments examined in this course are chosen to reflect these concerns. In addition to mastering the main events and developments that have defined the twentieth century, an important component of the course is to reflect on current events in light of the history of the past century. In other words, we as a class will learn to “think like a historian.”

History 295-01: Russia: Peter I to the USSR
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
Wayne Tan

Russia is, arguably, one of the most influential nations today on the global stage. With humble beginnings as fragmented principalities, it grew into a vast empire spanning Asia and Europe by the 19th century and, as the core of the Soviet Union, dominated world politics for much of the 20th century. A land of untold riches, it was also a land of enigmas and contradictions. What is Russia’s identity today? What are the origins of Russian imperial traditions and institutions? How did its literature convey the political anxieties of the centuries? How did the 1917 Revolution affect the rest of the world? Why did the Soviet Union emerge and then slowly unravel? What lessons does the story of Russia hold for the future of global diplomacy and conflict resolution? This course explores these questions by surveying Russian history from the time of Peter the Great to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and recent developments in the

History 321-01: The Making of Modern Africa
TR 3:00-4:20 PM
Lauren Janes

MMABATHO, SOUTH AFRICA: South African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela gives 15 March 1994 in Mmabatho a clenched fist to supporters upon his arrival for his first election rally for 27 April general elections. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

How did Africans end colonization on their continent and create new states in the middle of the twentieth century? Focusing on case studies of Algeria, Nigeria, and South Africa, we examine the structure and impact of modern imperialism in Africa, the process of decolonization (including peaceful and violent struggles), and the emergence of  new African states after decolonization. In this 300-level history course, students will also conduct their own research on a topic of twentieth-century African history that interests them.

History 351-01: Slavery & Race
MW 3:00-4:20 PM
Fred Johnson

From its origins as a British colonial society to its dominance as a global superpower, the United States has struggled to resolve conflicts arising from issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration. This course examines how such factors have influenced the overall development of the United States while exploring strategies for reconciling those and related challenges confronting Americans in the 21st century.


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