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Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 100: History of Western Civilization (3 Credits)

History of Western civilization from ancient Mediterranean origins through medieval and modern development of Europe to contemporary world. Read More »

23 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 121: Formation of the American Republic (3 Credits)

Social, political, economic, and intellectual growth of American institutions from colonization through Reconstruction. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 122: Development of Modern America (3 Credits)

History of the United States since 1877. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 125: Introduction to World History (3 Credits)

Analytical approach to world history overview that surveys major features of principal existing civilizations of world, as originally formed and as altered by key global processes including forces of modernity. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

200-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 252: Survey of East Asian History (3 Credits)

Surveys history of China and Japan from early modern times (ca. 1600) to present. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 262: Survey of African History (3 Credits)

Focuses on the sub-Saharan region and examines evolving systems of kinship power, spirituality, and slavery. Explores the interactions between Africans and global influences from the religions of the book and colonialism to the politics of development and continuities and changes in production. HISTÊ261 surveys African history from the earliest times to 1800. HISTÊ262 surveys African history from 1800 to the present. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 272: Survey of Latin American History (3 Credits)

Surveys development of independent Latin America since 1825. Emphasizes interactions of United States, Latin America. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 282: Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (3 Credits)

Survey of Middle Eastern history from rise of Islam to present, emphasizing processes that led to emergence of economic, cultural, social, and political institutions that characterize region today. Surveys medieval period to present. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method (3 Credits)

Introduces research skills and methods, as well as historical interpretation, culminating in written and oral presentations. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 302: Classical Rome (3 Credits)

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of classical Rome from founding of the city through fall of Roman republic. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 304: Western Europe in the Middle Ages (3 Credits)

Survey of development of European society from collapse of Roman rule in 5th century to advent of Black Death in 14th century. Emphasizes political, social, cultural, and intellectual growth of society that developed from Roman, Catholic, and Germanic roots. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 322: Modern Britain (3 Credits)

History of Britain from mid-18th century to present. Focuses on social, political, and economic transformations of industrialization; culture of 19th-century industrial society; problems of late 19th-century economic competition and imperialism; creation of welfare state; and experience of post-World War II political, social, and economic realignments. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 328: Rise of Russia (3 Credits)

Political, social, and cultural development of Russia from early times to the end of the 19th century. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 329: Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (3 Credits)

Russia and the Soviet Union from the early 20th century to the present. Focuses on the Russian Revolution and the political, social, cultural, and economic developments of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 341: History of Sport in the United States (3 Credits)

Examines the roots of American sport in colonial play and recreation, the emergence of organized and national sports, issues of gender and race in the sporting world, and the intersection of U.S. sport with events such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 353: History of Traditional China (3 Credits)

China from earliest times to period of modern Western intrusion. Development of traditional Chinese culture, society, and government. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 365: Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (3 Credits)

Examines forms of conquest and colonization practiced by Aztec, Inca, Spanish, and Portuguese in what is now Latin America. Includes role of ideology and religion in imperial rule, use of warfare to create empires and colonies, and implementation of political and economic systems to rule subject people. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 373: The Civil War and Reconstruction (3 Credits)

Analyzes the history of the American Civil War from its origins in the late 18th century to the withdrawal of federal troops from the south in 1877. Examines the political, social, and economic issues that led to war; the home fronts, war leadership, diplomacy, combat motivation, and grand strategy; problems associated with reconstituting the nation's political institutions; and the integration of millions of newly freed slaves. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 377: The Vietnam War (3 Credits)

Covers the causes, major events, and legacies of America's Vietnam War, including an introduction to Vietnamese history and culture, American decisions for war, strategy and major military engagements, diplomacy and peace talks, and the aftermath of the conflict in Vietnam and United States. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 386: Topics in History (1-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics of special interest. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 389: Topics in U.S. History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

400-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 404: Jacksonian America, 1812-1854 (3 Credits)

Study of age of Andrew Jackson. Emphasizes democratic institutions that emerged as dominant influences in American society. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 462: Women in Islamic Society (3 Credits)

Surveys history of women in Islamic society from rise of Islam to present day. Examines historical processes that affected role and status of women in society, and specific topics around which issues of gender status and identity coalesced, especially in modern period. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History (3 Credits)

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

Topics in HIST

HIST 386: Topics in History (1-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics of special interest. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 389: Topics in U.S. History (3 Credits)

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 393: Topics in Film and History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Study of historical periods or topics from perspective of feature films and documentaries.

Graduate

500-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 510: Approaches to Modern World History (3 Credits)

Introduces historical study of world beyond Europe and United States. Students read major theoretical works and case studies of particular regions. Examines imperialism, national identity, and various forms of popular resistance; familiarizes students with range of scholarly approaches, including world systems theory and subaltern studies. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 535: Problems in Comparative World History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 575: Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the central issues and debates surrounding the study of the Middle East, Islam, and Muslim societies. Covers key methodological issues including the role of area studies vis‰ÛÌʉېvis disciplinary approaches and debates on the politics of knowledge production and historiography. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 601: Themes in U.S. History I (3 Credits)

Survey of U.S. History prior to 1877. Designed for individuals entering the graduate program who need to strengthen preparation in area, or who seek to enhance knowledge of latest interpretations in field. Stresses factual knowledge and its interpretation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 605: Themes in European History I (3 Credits)

Survey of European history from 1500 to 1815. Designed for individuals entering graduate program who need to strengthen preparation in this area, or who seek to enhance knowledge of latest interpretations in field. Stresses factual knowledge and its interpretation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 610: The Study and Writing of History (3 Credits)

Methodology of the historian including techniques of research, use of documentation and other sources, development of bibliography, and synthesis of material. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 615: Problems in American History (1-6 Credits)

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Read More »

10 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 635: Problems in European History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 636: Political Culture in Twentieth-Century Germany and Austria: Continuities and Discontinuities (3 Credits)

Recent interpretations of key political events of 20th century. Asks if there were fundamental continuities in structure of German and Austrian society that can be observed throughout the period under review. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 690: The Administration of Archives and Manuscripts (3 Credits)

Introduces principles and practices of managing records and administering archival and manuscript collections, public and private. Designed for graduate students with special interest in historical sources as well as for those specializing in applied history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 691: Museum Studies (3 Credits)

General introduction to museums of history and museum studies in the United States, intended for interested citizen as well as for assistance to students in course and career choices. Explores development, present state, and future possibilities of U.S. Museums, with some reference to international developments. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 697: Creating History in New Media (3 Credits)

Seminar; students create original historical projects in digital media. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 711: Research Seminar in U.S. History (3 Credits)

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 810: History Doctoral Colloquium (1 Credits)

Introduces array of scholars and scholarship through discussions of innovative historical events, important theories, and significant methodological breakthroughs in history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 811: Doctoral Research Seminar (3 Credits)

Students pursue research projects in their areas of specialization. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

900-Level Courses in HIST

HIST 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Work on research proposal that forms basis for doctoral dissertation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-12 Credits)

Doctoral dissertation research and writing under direction of student's dissertation committee. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in HIST

HIST 523: Issues in American History (not currently offered) (1-3 Credits)

Reading, analysis of selected problems.

HIST 524: Issues in European History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Reading, analysis of selected problems.

HIST 525: Problems in Latin American History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Analysis of selected problems. Emphasizes reading and discussion of historical interpretations, and development of bibliography.

HIST 535: Problems in Comparative World History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 555: Problems in Asian History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Discussion of readings and historical interpretations and compilation of a comprehensive bibliography on given theme.

HIST 565: Problems in African History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Analysis of selected problems in African history. Emphasis on reading and discussion of historical interpretations and development of bibliography.

HIST 585: Problems in Middle Eastern History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Analyzes selected problem. Emphasizes reading and discussion of historical interpretations, and development of bibliography.

HIST 615: Problems in American History (1-6 Credits)

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Read More »

10 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 635: Problems in European History (3 Credits)

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled