Course Descriptions

Course descriptions can be found in the catalog.  However, each semester we might offer experimental "special topics" courses as well as differing topics for our 400-level seminars and tutorials.  The undergraduate catalog will not include those descriptions.  Instead, you can find the course descriptions for such courses on the bottom of this page.  

Spring 2021 Special Topics Courses and Seminar/Tutorial Descriptions

For the rest of the courses offered this semester, see "pre-registration information" in the menu or HOMER.

Professor Ablard, HIST 21800: Cholera to Covid: A History of Public Health MW 4-5:15

An interdisciplinary and transnational examination of public health history beginning in the pre-colonial era in the Americas to the present. Taking the perspective of social history, the course focuses on major developments in the organization and structure of public health organizations, the struggles of marginalized and diverse communities to receive proper access to health and health care, and concepts and perceptions of diseases, illnesses, prevention, and health. Course topics include global health and its relationship to imperialism, ethics and medical testing, psychiatry and mental health, vaccines and drug developments, and the role of government intervention. This course is a cross-listed with HLTH 21800 and co-taught with Dr. Stewart Auyash of HSHP. 

Professor Wasyliw, HIST 22600: From the Death of Stalin to the Rise of Putin MWF 2-2:50


A companion course to HIST 22200, this interdisciplinary course examines Soviet history of the post-Stalin era, including the Cold War era; leadership under Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev; the fall of the USSR; and the rise of Yeltsin and Putin. Varied historical interpretations and methodologies provide an integrative analysis of the USSR and post-Soviet era. This course counts toward the European requirement for history department majors.

Professor Lin, HIST 34600: Religion and Society in Imperial China, 200 BCE to 1800 CE TR 1:10-2:25

This course examines the social history of Buddhism, Daoism, and worship of local gods across China’s imperial period, from roughly 200 BCE to the nineteenth century. The focus of readings and discussion is on exploring how religion intersected with everyday life, social norms, state power, commerce, gender, and family, and includes some consideration of doctrines and religious practices. For department majors, this course counts toward the global history distribution requirements.

Professor Ablard, HIST 48200: Americans in Latin America during the Cold War TR 2:35-3:50

This senior seminar examines a complex period in Latin American history, the so-called "Cold War."  The Cold War was anything but cold in Latin America, and the region experienced revolution, civil strife, coup d'etats, and military governments. Through the lens of US citizens who were involved in the region as journalist, diplomats, businesspeople, military advisers, religious missionaries, draft dodgers, etc., we reconsider US-Latin American relations from a variety of perspectives.

Professor Ponce, HIST 48300: Transforming America: Politics and Society in the United States, 1800-1861 MW 4-5:15

This seminar will explore one of the richest eras of humanitarian reform in American history, from 1800 to 1861.  It happened during an era of transformation, as the United States moved into modernity propelled by revolutions in transportation, communication, politics, and the economy.  Topics include industrialization; gender roles; slavery; the rise of the middle class; utopias; religious movements, including the rise of new religions; and the myriad reforms that arose as Americans struggled to adapt to the contours of a rapidly changing society.  Email Professor Ponce for more information or for permission to enroll.