Course Descriptions


HST 111 - AA Survey of American History I – (3) (MPF)
Survey of the interplay of forces that have brought about evolutionary development of American economic, cultural, and political history from 1492 to the Era of Reconstruction, 1877. A functional and synoptic treatment of America's great historical problems. IIB. CAS-B.

HST 112 - A Survey of American History II– (3) (MPF)
Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
Survey of the interplay of forces that have brought about evolutionary development of American economic, cultural, and political history from 1877 to the present. A functional and synoptic treatment of America's great historical problems. IIB. CAS-B.

HST 197 World History to 1500 – (3) (MPF)
Miami Plan Humanities Foundation IIB; Global Perspectives Foundation IIIB; Cultures Requirement; Historical Perspectives Requirement.
Introduction to the origins and early development of individual civilizations prior to the period of Western European hegemony. Stresses interdependency and interrelations among cultures, and compares social, political, and religious experiences of peoples with one another. IIB, IIIB. CAS-B.

HST 206 Historical Inquiry – (3)
Introduction to essential skills in investigating and interpreting the past. Course stresses active participation, writing, and intensive reading of primary documents and secondary literature. Required of History Majors.

HST/AMS 216 Introduction to Public History – (3)
Public history is the history you encounter in public spaces - museums, movies, walking tours, historic sites, video games, television and web shows, web sites, and more. This course will familiarize you to public history on campus and in the region, train you to think critically and analytically about the way history appears in everyday life, and introduce you to the techniques and theories of public history practice. We will be using a U.S. history textbook as our baseline of knowledge along with readings in public history practice and case studies, and visits to exhibits, museums, and spaces on campus and in Oxford. There will be two examinations and several short papers and in-class writing as well as a final non-essay project.

HST/BWS 221 African American History – (3) (MPT)
Survey of the African-American experience in the United States, from African origins to the present. The course is designed to explore and explain how the African American presence is intricately tied with the development of freedom in the United States, and how the African American experience becomes the prevailing barometer for determining the extent to which the United States has or has not reached the goal of its democratic principles. This course explains how African Americans navigate, engage, or avoid interactions with white Americans, how African Americans relate to other communities, and more importantly how African Americans interact with each other. Particular attention will be given to the aspects of racial uplift, gender relations, and cultural/ community development. Ultimately, this course will not only give you an understanding of the development of the black community and the search for freedom in the United States, it will also help you to understand how the history of African people in the United States has become a complicated, dynamic, and ever-changing process by which black people come to understand themselves and the world around them. CAS-B. Cross-listed with BWS.

HST 245 The Making of Modern Europe, 1450-1750 (3) (MPF)
Survey of European history in global context from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment. Emphasis on political, cultural, and religious change in the first global age. Class also introduces students to the skills of historical thinking, and why they are essential to living in a global age.

HST/FST 252 History at the Movies (3)
Explores the ways that history is represented in film and video (as opposed to print). By comparing film to texts, analyzing narrative structure, and studying the representations of the past on screen, students learn how history is depicted in this medium. Introduces history of film by viewing and discussing works of several early directors who represented history. Films and directors selected for inclusion will vary from year to year. Prerequisite: FST 201 recommended (not required). Cross-listed with FST.

HST/REL 254 Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Studies (3)
This course examines the major developments that have shaped Russian and Eurasian culture, society and politics over the last millennium. The course incorporates perspectives from the social sciences, humanities and the fine arts.

HST 270D (3) 

Mongol society, culture, and politics on the steppe; the life and career of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan; the Mongol Conquests; the Mongol Empire, and its interactions with and effects on societies of Eurasia and beyond. The roles of Mongol women and of non-Mongols in the regime. Primary sources by Latin Christian, Persian, Mongolian, and Chinese authors, including Marco Polo and The Secret History of the Mongols. In Fall 2022, connections will be noted between experiences of the Russian onslaught in cities of present-day Ukraine (including Kyiv) with accounts of the same cities’ destruction at the hands of Mongol forces.

HST 290J (3) - Pandemics

An examination of pandemics in world history from the Justinianic Plague to Covid-19. 

HST 296 World History since 1945 (3) (MPF)
From the end of the Second World War to the present era of global interconnectedness, this course examines such issues as the Cold War, decolonization and post-colonialism, the end of the Soviet Union and its eastern bloc, shifting demographics, environmental transformation, and the accelerating competition for land and resources.

HST 316 The Age of the Reformation (3)
The religious revolutions of the 16th century, both Protestant and Catholic, in their social, political, and religious contexts. Topics chosen from: medieval reform movements and heresies; popular religion; the debates over clerical celibacy, free will, and the priesthood; social discipline and the modern state; family and women; the missions to the New World; the witch craze and the Inquisition.

HST/LAS 319 Revolution in Latin America (3)
History of modern Latin America through the experience of revolution and social movement in the 20th century. Focus on popular revolutionary experiences in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua; changing women's roles in revolutionary struggle; and new social movements across the region that arose as a response to issues of inequality and injustice.

HST 331 – Industry & Emp: Europe 1850-1914 (3)
Explores the period during which Europe came to control the political and economic destiny of much of the world. This was also the period in which great mass movements that were to dominate the 20th century were born, theoretical constructs of the social sciences were created, and a great blossoming of national literatures and cultures occurred. Particular attention paid to the attempts states made to cope with new social and economic dynamics of the industrial world, as well as socialism, nationalism, and anti-Semitism.

HST 330N - #MeToo: A Cultural History (3)
A Cultural History -- This interdisciplinary course will trace the twinned histories of women’s activism for sex reform and in politics to provide a broad, nuanced understanding of the long history of the #MeToo movement. Race, racism, and intersectionality will be key themes in the course because sexual violence has long been used as tool of white supremacy.

HST 354 – Modern Chinese History (3)
Survey of changes in institutions, ideas, economy and society in China's search for modernity from late imperial times (17th to 19th centuries) to the present.

HST/AMS 363 The Early American Republic, 1783-1815 (3)
Emphasizes the Constitution, nation-building, and the political culture of different groups in American society.

HST 371 Native American History to 1840 (3)
American Indian history from the period before European contact through the removal era of the 1830s adn 1840s.

HST 400.7 Senior Capstone: History Honors (3)

Capstone for students in the History Departmental Honors program, who have completed HST 359, Junior Honors Colloquium.

HST 400 Senior Capstone (3)
Provides intensive reading, research, and writing in selected topics. Each topic focuses on a specific problem or issue presented for analysis. Though requirements vary with topic, each Capstone involves active participation, both orally and in writing. Topics and descriptions are published annually in the department's course-offerings booklet. Take Capstones that build upon other classes taken. Required of all history majors. EL. CAS-B.

HST/POL/RUS 436/536 Havinghurst Colloquium (3)
Exploration of significant issues related to Russian and post-communist affairs. Each semester focuses on a central theme or topic that is examined through presentations, readings, research, discussion, and writing. May be repeated once for credit with only 3 hours counting towards the history major.

Topic of the Fall 2022 Havighurst Colloquium ‘Crisis in Europe’. Ukraine, Russia, Europe and beyond in the context of the current crisis in international security.

HST 450P – History as a Story (3)
This class explores the connections between storytelling and the past by examining page-turners in long-form journalism, creative nonfiction, and history. Students will research and write a narrative history. Taught in conjunction with MJF 350, and supported by the Humanities Center.