As of April 9, 2013*** The information below is subject to change. This page is put up as a courtesy to history majors for registration planning; the spring schedule has not yet been finalized.
THIS IS THE SPRING 2014 information page for history majors.
Dear History Majors,
This history page is created in order to give you details about the 200W and capstone/capstone alternative courses. Go to YES schedule of courses to see the complete selection of course titles, dates, and times.
You will need to meet with you adviser IN PERSON before the end of March. Your adviser must release an electronic academic hold on your account before you can register. Please email your adviser for an appointment. You adviser is listed on your YES landing page.
Note: HIST 200W is a prerequisite for your capstone course. Please enroll in HIST 200W at your earliest convenience. There will be four sections of this course offered spring term.
Spring 2014 HIST 200W courses:
Hist 200W 01, TR 2:35-3:50, Crawford, topic line: Sexuality and Gender
Hist 200W 02, TR 1:10-2:25, Tuchman, topic line: Historiography and Methods
Hist 200W 03, MW 2:35-3:50, Cross, topic line: Historiography and Methods
DUAL LISTINGS – SPRING 2014
Please check the “Eligible for History Majors” drop down menu on YES to see what courses in other programs count toward the history major.
Link here for the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog (link will be available August 2013).
Hist 153. Superhuman Civilization. MW 11:10-12 with required discussion section. Professor Michael Bess.
Trends in human biological enhancement through the re-engineering of basic physical and mental traits. Debates over transhumanism, designer babies, neuroethics, and technological determinism. Long-term implications for social justice and human identity.  (P)
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S. and Science, Medicine and Technology.
HIST 211b. Religion and Politics in South Asia. TR 2:35-3:50. Professor Samira Sheikh
From pre-modern times to the present. The formation of religious identities in South Asia, including India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Religious and political identity during British colonialism. Post-1947 South Asian politics and debates on religious freedom and conflict. Offered on a graded basis only.  (INT)
Areas of concentration for history majors: Asia
FULFILLING YOUR CAPSTONE
You must have completed HIST 200W in order for a capstone alternative course, or traditional capstone course (a HIST 295 course) to count as a capstone. You may take as many HIST courses numbered 284a-294 for pure interest and don't need to fulfill the capstone component if you have already met your capstone requirement.
You may fulfill your capstone by enrolling in a capstone alternative course and following the procedures below, or, enrolling in a HIST 295 course.
CAPSTONE ALTERNATIVE COURSES – SPRING 2014
A junior or senior history major who has completed HIST 200W may elect to take HIST 287e, 289a, 294 01, 294 02 as the capstone toward the history major.
*Note that HIST 287d is NOT a capstone alternative course.
- Steps to have a Capstone Alternative Course count as a Capstone course:
Enroll as usual for the course.
Sign the contract with the instructor stating you will complete an extra research paper.
Have the instructor, or yourself, bring the contract to Heidi Welch, Benson Hall, room 227. The contract must be filed within the first two weeks of the term.
Fulfill the work specified in the contract.
If you don’t complete the extra course work this course will NOT count as a capstone.
DESCRIPTIONS OF CAPSTONE ALTERNATIVE COURSES SPRING 2014
Hist 287e. The Federalist Papers. M 5:30-8:00 pm. Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos
Classic works on American constitutionalism and government and their views on human nature and republicanism. The framers' rejection of democracy and fear of legislative abuses. The Constitution's emphasis on institutional protections for liberty and checking abuses of power.  Zeppos. (US)
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S.
Hist 289a. Revolutionary England, 1603-1710. MW 1:10-2:25 pm. Professor Peter Lake
Causes, nature, and consequences of the Englis Revolution and the Glorius Revolution. Religious struggle, the fiscal-militrary state; political thought; parliament and party politics. The Stuart dynasty; the English Republic; court culture and civil war.  (HCA)
Areas of concentration for history majors: Europe
Hist 294 01. Race and American Visual Culture. M 1:10-3:40. Professor Yollette Jones
This course examines articulations of race and the African American experience through visual culture from 1619 to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed upon major iconographies and visual texts that influenced the course of African American history over four centuries as well as African Americans’ deliberate efforts at self-representation.  (no AXLE credit)
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S.
Hist 294 02. Pearl of the Antilles: Haiti in Global Context. Thursdays 2:35-5:05. Professor Adam Ewing, visiting Mellon Professor
This course uses the tumultuous history of the small republic of Haiti to navigate a series of global concerns: New World conquest and colonization; slavery and the plantation complex; racial and gender constructions; Afro-diasporic religions and cultures; the Haitian Revolution and the revolutionary Atlantic; postemancipation challenges; American interventionism and the Monroe Doctrine; black internationalism and pan-Africanism; migration and American immigration policy; and the politics of international disaster relief. Classes will cover the period from the European discovery of Hispaniola in 1492 to the devastating earthquake of 2010.  (No AXLE credit)
Areas of concentration: Global and Transnational; Latin America; Early America and the United States; Middle East and Africa
HISTORY DEPARTMENT 295 CAPSTONE SEMINAR FOR HISTORY MAJORS
Note: In order to enroll in a 295 course you must be a junior or senior history major who has completed HIST 200W. You will be bumped from the course if you have not already completed HIST 200W.
295 DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPRING 2014
Hist 295 01, Caribbean and U.S. in the 20th Century. T 2:35-5:05. Professor Frank Robinson
On nearly twenty occasions in the first three decades of the twentieth century alone, U.S. presidents sent troops into Caribbean and Central American countries, most often the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Mexico. This course examines the sometimes contentious relations between the Caribbean and the United States, from state-to-state interactions at the level of diplomacy and military intervention to questions of culture and perception in inter-American affairs. We will examine the eras characterized by the Spanish-American-Cuban War, the Big Stick and Dollar Diplomacy, the Good Neighbor Policy, the Cuban Revolution, Cold War interventions (Dominican Republic and Grenada), and the Caribbean Basin Initiative and beyond.  (no AXLE credit)
Areas of concentration for history majors: Latin America, U.S.
Hist 295 02, The United States and the Vietnam War. W 2:10-4:40. Professor Thomas A. Schwartz
This course will examine the history of America's involvement with Vietnam, an involvement which began with a limited commitment to the French war effort in the late 1940s and escalated into a full-scale American war in 1965. Readings and prospective research papers will focus on the reasons for the growing American involvement, the question of military strategy, and the Vietnamese response to intervention. The course will also consider such questions as the role of the media, the impact of the antiwar movement, and the war's overall impact on American society.  (no AXLE credit)
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S., Global & Transnational, Asia
Hist 295 03, Memory, War, and Trauma. R 2:35-5:05. Professor Yoshi Igarashi
The course explores the ways in which modern wars, particularly WWII and the Vietnam War, have been remembered in various societies. Recent discussions of trauma and memory will serve as the basis to appraise the relationship between historical events and memory. Seminar discussions will focus on the tensions and resonances between individual experiences and communally shared understandings of the past.  (no AXLE credit)
Areas of concentration: Global and Transnational, Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
Any questions about the undergraduate major may be directed to the History Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies.