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Fall 2013

Fall Undergraduate Course Listing (August 26 - December 17, 2013)

The courses and times listed below are subject to change. Please refer to the schedule of classes in GoSolar for the most current information.

History Survey Courses

Multiple sections offered on various days/times. Consult the schedule in GoSolar for a detailed schedule.

  • History 1111 (Survey of World History to 1500)
  • History 1112 (Survey of World History since 1500)
  • History 2110 (Survey of US History)
  • History 1140 (Intro African & African-American History)

Upper-Level History Courses

History 3000: Introduction to Historical Studies (multiple sections listed below) 

• CRN 81590, TR 2:50 - 4:35, Jacob Selwood

• CRN 80486, MW 5:30 - 7:15, Doug Reynolds
This course will provide students with a solid background in the different varieties of historical writing while building students' own skills as historians. The production of papers in relation to the course readings will serve as a jumping off point for the class' final project, a detailed prospectus for a substanital research paper. Students will also learn correct citation and documentation methods and will become familiar with a wide range of historical resources, from electronic databases to the university's archives and special collections.

History 3210: U.S. in the 19th Century, CRN 83440, MW 2:50 - 4:35, Wendy Venet
This course covers major developments in United States history from 1800 to 1900, including the growth of political parties and the changing role of the presidency; sectionalism and the Civil War and Reconstruction; immigration, economic expansion, and the American response to industrialization; changes in American social classes and American life.

History 3220: U.S. in the 20th Century, CRN 82753, MW 1:00 - 2:45, Alexander Cummings
This course is designed to introduce students to the wide sweep of American experience in the twentieth century - from Progressive Era battles over economic power, poverty, and immigration to the traumatic period of depression and war in the 1930s and 1940s; from the crises over race and equality that roiled a prosperous, postwar America in the 1950s and 1960s to the challenges of globalization, deindustrialization and diversity that have faced the country in recent decades.

History 3505: Western Political Thought I, CRN 88169, MW 1:30 - 2:45, John Wesley Eberhard
This course covers the political philosophy of Plato, Aristotle and Thomas Hobbes. The primary focus is on what these thinkers had to say on such questions as: What is the good life? What makes political power legitimate? Why should we obey political authority? Special emphasis will be put on the contributions these thinks made to Western conceptions of democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, etc., as well as the continuing relevance of the texts for explaining contemporary political events.

History 3520: Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789, CRN 86196, MW 1:00 - 2:45, Nick Wilding
How, why and when did Europe become modern, if ever? How did beliefs, ways of knowing and ways of living change, or remain unchanged? We will study Europe's varied social, intellectual, political, cultural and economic histories, along with its role in a rapidly changing world.

History 3530: Europe Since 1789, CRN 86198, TR 1:00 - 2:45, Gregory Moore
The class explores the political, social, and cultural history of Europe from the French Revolution to the present day. Major topics will include industrialization; nationalism and the nation state; imperialism; fascism and communism; and postwar European intergration. We shall pay particular attention to the construction and reshaping of identities during this period and explore how the meaning of "Europe" itself has changed over time.

History 3625: War in Europe & America since 1500, CRN 86700, TR 2:50 - 4:35, Robin Conner
This course will explore Western military history from 1500 to the present, eith a particular focus on American military history. We will study a variety of conflicts including the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil Wat, World Wars I and II, Vietnam, and "small wars"/counterinsurgencies. Topics will include developments in military strategy and technology; the "face" of battle; ethics, leadership, and morality in war; the relationship between the military and civil society; and war in culture and memory. Students will read and view a variety of primary and secondary materials. Previous semesters have included a visit to an Atlanta-area battlefield. NOTE: This course satisfies the ROTC military history commissioning requirement.

History 3640: Piracy from Ancient to Modern Times, CRN 86201 (Honors section CRN 88817), TR 5:30 - 715, David McCreery
This course examines the history of piracy from the anicent Egyptians to present-day piracy off Somalia and the Straits of Malacca. Particular attention to the Golden Age of Poracy in the West from 1640 to 1730 is complemented by the study of piracy as a series of complex social, political, and economic interactions, asking how transformations in piracy preveal larger patterns of change and continuity in world history. The course also exames how the student of pirates and piracy as a contemporary cultural phenomenon in films and other media can help us to understand how modern and comptemporary culture claims and re-presents history.

History 3660: 20th Century Wold History, CRN 87803, MW 5:30 - 7:15, Carolyn Biltoft
This course will offer a broad overview of some of the major political, economic and social patterns that have shaped the century through which the world recently passed. It will laso assess to what extent past trends have and continue to impact contemporary affairs. In addition to better comprehending the mechanisms of global integration, the student will learn how to analyze primary source materials and discuss and write about relevant topics using clear arguments and historical evidence and acquire an expanded knowledge of world geography.

History 3700: China and Japan to 1600, CRN 86195 (Honors section CRN 88816), MW 2:50 – 4:35, Doug Reynolds
Origins and development of two ancient civilizations, with emphasis upon traditional thought, cultures, institutions, and change. Requirements: assigned readings from course textbooks, written responses to reading, student presentations on various topics (PowerPoint presentations are common and often fun), no midterm or final.

History 3720: Colonial Latin America, CRN 87802, TR 10:00 - 11:45, John T. Way
Colonial Latin American History begins with the birth of the early modern age, when the New World  Encounter between Americans and Europeans changed the globe foreve. Focusing on common people and everyday life, this course uses the lenses of race, class, gender, culture and economics to explore pre-Colombian civilizations, the Encounter and conquest, and the birth of "Latin America." Topics include the African slave trade, the rise of capitalism, and piracy, rebellion and revolution. Tracing the rise and fall of one of the world's great empires and backgrounding the problems of contemporary Latin America, the participation- and project-based course is designed for History students and those from many other disciplines alike.

History 3780: The Middle East - 600 to 1800 (Crosslisted with MES 4110), CRN 86207., MW 1:00 - 2:45, Allen Fromherz
What are the origins of Islam in the Middle East? What explains the rapid rise of the Caliphate? How did Islam impact world history, science art and the humanities? These are some of the questions asked in this course on the history of Islam to 1900. Understanding the early history of the Middle East and the Islamic world is essential for understanding some of the most pressing issues in international affairs today.

History 3800: South Asia to 1757, CRN 87806, TR 1:00 - 2:45, Ghulam Nadri
The course familiarizes students with the history of South asia (the Indian subcontinent) from the pre-historic Indus Civilization (c. 3000-3000 BCE) to the beginning of the British colonial rule int he middle of the eighteenth century. South Asia has been a mosaic of religious, social, political, and economic cultures and si the home of four major world regions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism). The region has experienced varying levels of economic growth and institutional development and has played a key role in the Afro-Eurasian world economy in the pre-1800 period. Through a combination of reading and analysis of the assigned literature and primary sources (English translations of Sanskrit and Persian texts), watching Bollywood movies, and in-class discussions, students will learn about major historical development that have shaped the societies, cultures, polities, and economies of the region.

History 4220: The American City, CRN 87804, TR 10:00 - 11:45, Jeffrey Trask 
Origins and growth of American cities from the colonial period to the present; economic, political, and cultural developments; the process of urbanization; and the influence of urbanism on the American experience.

History 4225: Immigrants in America, CRN 87799, MW 10:00 - 11:45, Marni Davis
This course will engage two separate but related issues: immigration, or the movement of an individual or group away from their land of birth in order to settle in another country; and ethnicity, a term used to define a group of people who share a national, religious, linguistic, and/or cultural heritage. The objective of this course is to think, read, and write about both of these issues within the American context, from the founding of the nation to the present day.

History 4300: The American South, CRN 88025, TR 2:50 - 4:35, Glenn Eskew
This course on the American South is organized around the idea that in the United States there have been several different Souths over time, all functioning in a global environment. The lectures, discussions, and readings consider how southerners identified with the region and the world. The southern historian John Boles in his textbook, The South Through Time, has identified five Southsl: the Southern Colonies, the National South, the Southern Nation, the Colonial South, and the American South. Underpinning it all is the Global South. Two other required texts, American Mediterranean and Globalization and the American South, as well as supplemental materials posted on Desire2Learn, develop the connection of the distinctive American region with the rest of the world. Southern individuals, institutions, and subjects are highlighted in the readings and lectures and serve as models for the student research project.

HIST 4325: Introduction to Public History and Historic Preservation, CRN 82795, T 9:00 - 12:25, Richard Laub
This course discusses careers in museums, archives, preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods, and the interpretation of history to a public audience. The class includes site visits to several historic sites in the Atlanta area and gues speakers who work in these varied fields.

History 4330: Oral History (Cross listed with History 6920), CRN 84611, R 5:30 - 8:55, Cliff Kuhn
Comprehensive introduction to oral history, its evolution, methodological and theoretical concerns, interviewing techniques, and applications.

History 4400: The American West, CRN 85419, TR 1:00 - 2:45, Rob Baker
The West has always had mythic power in the American imagination. It has simultaneously stood for prsoperity and savagery, for redemption and ruin. This course explores the historical realities of European movement westward and the contact between indigenous peoples that this brought. Along the way we will encounter the birth of the cowboy, the impact of railroads, the rise of California's powerful wine industry, and the impact of Hollywood and "the Western" on our historical memory.

History 4450: History of Crime in America, CRN 88360, MW 1:00 - 2:45, Charles Steffen 
An examination of crime fromt he colonial period to the present. Specific topics include piracy in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, outlaws in the U.S. West after the Civil War, the Mafia during the twentieth century. Emphasis on the relation between crime, capitalism, the state, and race.

History 4590: Russia to 1861, CRN 87811, TR 2:50 - 4:35, Hugh Hudson 
This course examines the cultural and political heritage of Russia from the emergence of the Russian state in the ninth century until the Great Reforms of the mid-nineteenth century. Special attention is given to the evolution of government and society and the particular cultural form the tribute collecting hierarchy) that governmental-societal interaction produced. The course traces the origins of conflict between the government and portions of the Russian population and between the Russian government and both the East and the West. The ultimate objective of the course is for the student to be able to argue effectively in written form a thesis regarding the forces that generate change and continuity in Russia to 1861.

History 4635: European History II:From Marx to Postmodernism, CRN 87815, MW 2:50-4:35, Joe Perry
This course explores the social-cultural history of European thought from the late nineteenth century to the 1980s. Major topics/thinkers may include but are not limited to Marx and Marxism, Nietzsche, the turn-of-the-century avant-garde, Freud and Psychoanalysis, Modernism, Existentialism, Fascism, Second Wave Feminism, the counter culture, and postmodernism.

History 4750: East Africa & the Horn of Africa, CRN 87814, MW 2:50 - 4:35, Mohammed Ali 
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to Eastern African and the Horn of African history from the earliest times to the present. This course will attempt to present a panoramic treatment of the major themes and outlines of the development of social, political, cultural and economic history of eastern Africa and the Horn of African society.

History 4860: Empires, CRN 86206 (Honors section CRN 88873), TR 1:00 - 2:45, Christine Skwiot
While nations started to emerge as an important form of state in the modern era, the world of nations in which we currently live is not much more than half-a-century old. By contrast, empires have dominated the political landscape and shaped the contours of world history for over two millennia. This course focuses on the comparative study of empires from anient Chine and Rome to the present, how empires have incorporated diverse people into imperial polities even as they created and maintained differences amon their subjects in order to govern them, and the ways that imperial subjects have transformed empires in struggles over access to rights, power, and resources. Students will learn the broad contours of the history of empires in world history from antiquity to the present, become conversant in the field's leading questions and debates, and, improve their skills at critical thinking and writing and interdiscplinary analysis. Using Jane Burbank's and Frederick Cooper's critically acclaimed Empires in World History and a selection of scholarly essays, we will investigate the Roman, Chinese, Mongol, Ottoman, Hapsburg, Russian, British, French, U.S., and Japanese empires. Using primary sources produced by some of those who lived in some of these imperial states, we will analyze how ordinary people helped make, change, and at times overturn imperial policies and polities.

History 4990*: Historical Research- CTW- Famous Cases, CRN 85923, TR 10:00-11:45, Rob Baker 
Legal cases are more than names, more than bits of law purporting to govern us. To invoke Roe v. Wade, or Nuremberg, or even O.J. Simpson is to open a window into how the legal system impacts a plaintiff, a defendant, the public, and the future itself. And how we understand these famous cases is a conundrum all its own. Why did a case come about? What made it fampus? How was its outcome shaped by factors internal and external to the legal system? What does it reveal about its time? The startling number of questions that we can pose about the meaning of individual cases raises its own problem: what are legitimate historical questions and what are not? Asking appropriate qustions of history, as well as desiging and constructing responsible research projects, is a central part of what historians do, and what we will do in this research class.

History 4990*: Historical Research-, CRN 80494, MW 1:00 - 2:45, Wendy Venet 
Students will be guided in the deisgn of individual research topics, the collection and analysis of evidence from primary sources, and composition of a coherent research paper with depth.

*Requires Departmental Approval