Survey of World History from the advent of settled farming communities until the maritime revolution of the fifteenth century (roughly 10,000 BC-AD 1500). Special topics covered include prehistory, the advent of civilization, the expansion of trade and cultural exchange, the social-political organizations of pre-modern societies and the emergence of the world?s great religious traditions.

This course surveys world history from 1500, a period marked by intellectual renewal, religious conflict, and colonization, to the Arab Spring.  Watching the news today we hear frequent references to “globalization” and a “clash of civilizations” between the “West and the rest.”  Following the advent of the global “War on Terror,” and the collapse of pre-9/11 political certainties, many Americans wonder how to make sense of the world again.  How did we arrive as this moment in history?  This course will chart the growth of what is today called globalization, the emergence of modernity, and the recent development of late modernity or post-modernity.  We will also explore how peoples at different points in time responded to a constantly changing and uncertain world, especially following the French and Industrial Revolutions of the nineteenth century and the advent of global total warfare in the twentieth century.

Survey of World History from 1500 to the present. Major topics covered include the development of the scientific world view, the industrial revolution, imperialism, revolutionary movements, modern ideologies, world war, decolonization, and the Cold War.

A survey of European political, social, and intellectual history from ca 450 to 1450 Major themes covered include the relationship of church and state, scholasticism, gender roles, feudalism, and the religious and intellectual diversity of the Middle Ages

This course provides an in-depth study of World War I just in time for the centenary of some of the armistice.  World War I is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood and controversial conflicts of modern history.  There is still no consensus among historians as to its causes, meaning, and necessity.  Nevertheless, the effects of the war continue to shape the global landscape even today.  Therefore, in order to give students a firm grasp of both the events of the war and the way it has been interpreted, this course will emphasize both the war itself and the relevant historiography of the conflict. 

Survey of British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 until the present day. This course emphasizes the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics covered include the strengthening and devolution of political ties among England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, the development of Parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom, Victorian social and intellectual life, the rise of fall of the British Empire, the historiographical problem of secularization, the development of a socialist Labour Party and the invention of New Labour, and Britain’s role in two World Wars.

Senior-level research seminar on selected problems in American, European or world history. The seminar is designed with the intention of cultivating and demonstrating skills in historical research, critical analysis, communication, and presentations. The chief product of the class will be a major research paper based on primary sources that displays awareness of the tradition of historical interpretation in its subject.  This course is the history major capstone and therefore all students are required to complete it prior to graduation.  Students may take the seminar more than once as long as the topic varies. Prerequisites: At least two history courses (including one from the 200 or 300 level) or the approval of the instructor. All non-majors must seek instructor approval before enrolling.