A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from discovery of the New World to the end of Reconstruction.

This course surveys the political, social, economic, and cultural developments that have shaped American history since the Civil War. The search by Americans for what George Washington called an "ordered liberty"--a balance between liberty and order best suited to allow for the individual "pursuit of happiness" while being mindful of the common good--and the growth in size and power of the U.S. government, are this class’s unifying themes.

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.

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 United States social and political history from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to 1920. Special topics include Gilded Age politics, gender relations during the Victorian era, the Woman Suffrage movement, the social and political movements of the Progressive era, and challenges to free speech during World War I.

The goal of the course is for students to gain a more sophisticated appreciated of the evolution of historical writing primarily in the Western tradition.  Students will become acquainted with the lives, work, and philosophies of several major historians, gain awareness of the major debates and themes that have run through Western historical writing, and also begin to develop their own interpretation of history.  This course is designed as a capstone of the history major.

A study of the Celtic, Christian, continental, and British influences in the development of Ireland.