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.  

You will see listed below the Fall 2022 New or Special Topics Courses and/or Seminar/Tutorial Descriptions

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

Professor Wasyliw, HIST 48100-01: European Research Seminar: USSR and Eastern Europe Social and Cultural Transformations M 4:00-6:40

The seminar assesses the twentieth and twenty-first century evolution of national and transnational identities and their impact on society and culture. We review and assess constructed memories and competing narratives with a focus on the lands and peoples of the former USSR and Eastern and Central Europe. These social and cultural transformations are also evaluated through a study of  realities of everyday life and values.


Assoc. Professor Jason Freitag, HIST 48200-01: Global Research Seminar: Travel, Tourism, History TR 1:10-2:25

Many of our great historical texts involve travel in some way. From Herodotus to ibn-Battuta, al-Biruni to Richard Burton, the traveler’s gaze has opened new worlds, introduced new peoples, and structured the way we view large parts of the globe. Travel literature remains an important method for accessing the past and present of other cultures. In this seminar, we will explore the role of travel and travel writing in history. We will read classic traveler’s accounts, modern travel narratives, and contemporary tourist guides to examine how travel and tourism both create and become implicated in the historical and cultural representations of societies around the world. As a seminar, this course will also provide students the opportunity to produce a major research paper of their own design and implementation. The paper will be a minimum of 25 pages, involve in-depth primary and secondary source analysis, and critical historiography.