The Department of History offers a limited number of courses during the Summer Session.
HIST 13100–13200 History of Western Civilization I–III (J. Boyer, K. Weintraub, and D. Koehler) This sequence fulfills the general education requirement in civilization studies. Courses must be taken in sequence. The purpose of this three-course sequence is to (1) introduce students to the principles of historical thought and to provide them with the critical tools for analyzing texts produced in the distant or near past, (2) to acquaint them with some of the most important epochs in the development of European civilization since the sixth century, BCE, and (3) to assist them in discovering the developmental connections between these various epochs. HIST 13100 focuses on the history of Classical civilization, beginning with the world of Homer and ending with the world of St. Augustine. HIST 13200 explores major themes in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation. HIST 13300 undertakes a detailed study of the French Revolution and charts the rise of liberal, anti-liberal, and post-liberal states and societies in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European history. The sequence concludes with an appraisal of the condition of European politics, culture, and society at the end of the twentieth century. The sequence does not present a general survey of European history, but rather undertakes an intensive investigation of original documents bearing on a number of discrete topics in European civilization (e.g., the Roman republic or the origins of the First World War). These original documents are contained in the nine-volume series, The University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization (University of Chicago Press). The course also draws on supplementary materials from the work of modern historians.
HIST 13600–13700 America in World Civilization II–III (A. Stanley & N. Maor) The American Civ sequence examines America as a contested idea and a contested place by reading and writing about a wide array of primary sources. In the process, students gain a new sense of historical awareness and of the making of America. The course is designed both for history majors and non-majors who want to deepen their understanding of the nation's history, encounter some enlightening and provocative voices from the past, and develop the qualitative methodology of historical thinking. The nineteenth-century segment of American Civ asks: What happens when democracy confronts inequality? We focus on themes that include indigenous-US relations; religious revivalism and reform; slavery, the Civil War, and emancipation; the intersection of women's rights and antislavery movements; the development of industrial capitalism; urbanism and social inequality. The twentieth-century segment of American Civ asks: What conditions have shaped inclusion and exclusion from the category "American" in the twentieth century? Who has claimed rights, citizenship, and protection, and under what conditions? We focus on multiple definitions of Americanism in a period characterized by empire, transnational formations, and America's role in the world. We explore the construction of social order in a multicultural society; culture in the shadow of war; the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender; the rise and fall of new social movements on the left and the right; the emergence of the carceral state and militarization of civil space; and the role of climate change and the apocalyptic in shaping imagined futures.
HIST 15100–15200 Introduction to East Asian Civ I–II (G. Allitto & J. Keteelar) This is a two-course sequence on the civilizations of China and Japan, with emphasis on major transformation of individual identity, community, and nation in these cultures and societies from the Middle Ages to the present. The China course of the sequence will review the broad characteristics of Chinese civilization from its beginnings, with special emphasis the social, political, and cultural transformations from the nineteenth century to the present. The second course of the sequence focuses on Japan from 1600 to the postwar era. The two courses may be taken separately. These courses count toward the general education requirement in civilization studies.
HIST 29803 Historiography (P. O'Donnell) The course provides a systematic introduction to historical methodology and approaches (e.g., political, intellectual, social, cultural, economic, gender, environmental history), as well as research techniques. Students will gain analytical, research, and writing tools that will assist them in their capstone projects, research colloquia, or BA theses. Assignments: weekly response papers, short presentation and paper, take-home final exam. Historiography is required for all History majors, but open to all students. We recommend that Capstone and Research/BA Thesis students take Historiography in the third year.