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1100. The Historian as Detective

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Uses historical documents focusing on a single incident in the past to reconstruct what happened and why. Emphasizes development of historical research skills such as evaluating evidence, explaining cause and effect, and understanding events in their larger social, political, cultural, and economic contexts. CA 1.

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1100W. The Historian as Detective

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Uses historical documents focusing on a single incident in the past to reconstruct what happened and why. Emphasizes development of historical research skills such as evaluating evidence, explaining cause and effect, and understanding events in their larger social, political, cultural, and economic contexts. CA 1.

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1201. Modern World History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of the historical experiences of the world's major civilizations during recent centuries with particular attention to the modernization of the traditional cultures of Asia, Latin America, and Africa. CA 1.

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1203. Women in History

Also offered as: WGSS 1121

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The historical roots of challenges faced by contemporary women as revealed in the Western and/or non-Western experience: the political, economic, legal, religious, intellectual and family life of women. CA 1. CA 4.

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1206. Living Through War in World History Since 1500

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Experiences and perceptions of both military and civilian participants in different kinds of wars around the world over the past 500 years. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1250. Sports in History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The sports peoples around the globe have played and watched from ancient Greece to the present and the meanings of athletic performance and spectacle. CA 1.

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1300. Western Traditions Before 1500

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the traditions and changes which have shaped Western political institutions, economic systems, social structures and culture in ancient and medieval times. CA 1.

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1400. Modern Western Traditions

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of political institutions, economic systems, social structures, and cultures in the modern Western world. CA 1.

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1501. United States History to 1877

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history through the Civil War and Reconstruction. CA 1.

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1501W. United States History to 1877

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history through the Civil War and Reconstruction. CA 1.

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1502. U.S. History Since 1877

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history from 1877 to the present. CA 1.

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1502W. U.S. History Since 1877

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history from 1877 to the present. CA 1.

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1503. Introduction to American Studies

Also offered as: AMST 1201, ENGL 1201

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

What is an American? A multi-disciplinary inquiry into the diversity of American societies and cultures. CA 4.

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1570. Migrant Workers in Connecticut

Also offered as: LLAS 1570

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Interdisciplinary honors course on the life and work experiences of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean migrant workers with focus on Connecticut. Integrated service learning component. Field trips required. CA 1. CA 4.

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1600. Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

Also offered as: LLAS 1190

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Multidisciplinary exploration of the historical development of such aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean as colonization and nation formation; geography and the environment; immigration and migration; race, ethnicity, and gender in society, politics, economy, and culture. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1800. The Roots of Traditional Asia

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of the early development and staying power of the traditional cultures from which the major societies of modern Asia have evolved. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1801. History of Asia in the World to 1500

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of the development and spread of the Indic and Sinitic civilizations to 1500, with attention to cross-cultural contacts.

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1805. East Asian History Through Hanzi Characters

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

East Asian history taught through analysis of select "hanzi" (Chinese ideographic symbols), focusing on their changing meanings and institutional manifestations in different regions over time. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1993. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Credits and hours by arrangement. Open only with consent of department head, normally granted before the student's departure. May be repeated for credit.

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1995. Special Topics Lecture

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Credits, prerequisites and hours as determined by the Senate Curricula and Course Committee. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

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1998. Varieties of History

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A major topic in history through contemporary sources and historical interpretations. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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2020. Pyramids, Pirates, and the Polis: The Ancient Mediterranean

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political and intellectual history of the civilizations that emerged around the ancient Mediterranean, including the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, with emphasis on their interactions and influences. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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2100. The Historian's Craft

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to history majors. Cannot be taken for credit after passing HIST 4996 or 4997.

Grading Basis: Graded

Learning critical reading, thinking and writing skills by interpreting a variety of primary sources.

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2206. History of Science

Also offered as: SCI 2206

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Development of modern science and technology in relation to culture, politics, and social issues. CA 1.

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2207. Empire and U.S. Culture

Also offered as: AMST 2207, ENGL 2207

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

How the frontier and overseas ambitions have shaped U.S. institutions and culture. The impact of U.S. expansion on people outside its borders. These topics are explored through literary narratives and historical documents. CA 1. CA 4.

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2210. History of the Ocean

Also offered as: MAST 2210

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cultural, environmental, and geopolitical history of the ocean from prehistory to the present. Examines the impact of migration, industrialization, modernization, and globalization on the relationships between people and oceans. CA 1.

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2240. History of War in the Modern World

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 1400.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected topics analyzing the interactions of warfare, military theories and practice with social, economic and technological developments since 1815.

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2401. Europe in the Nineteenth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 1400.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines the Restoration, the mid-century revolutions, and the forces of nationalism, liberalism and imperialism. New social and economic movements and currents of thought are described and explored. CA 1.

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2401W. Europe in the Nineteenth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: HIST 1400.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines the Restoration, the mid-century revolutions, and the forces of nationalism, liberalism and imperialism. New social and economic movements and currents of thought are described and explored. CA 1.

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2402. Europe in the Twentieth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 1400.

Grading Basis: Graded

Twentieth Century Europe and its world relationships in the era of two world wars, the great depression, and the cold war. CA 1. SM-11/12/07

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2402W. Europe in the Twentieth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: HIST 1400.

Grading Basis: Graded

Twentieth Century Europe and its world relationships in the era of two world wars, the great depression, and the cold war. CA 1.

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2412. From Revolution to Nihilism: Ideas and Ideologies in Nineteenth-Century Europe

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of nineteenth-century European thinkers and their ideas in their social contexts. CA 1.

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2530. Asian American Experience Since 1850

Also offered as: AAAS 2530

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of Asian American experiences in the United States since 1850. Responses by Asian Americans to both opportunities and discrimination.

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2810. Crime, Policing, and Punishment in the United States

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of political, legal, and cultural development of the American criminal justice system and its social impact from the early republic to the present.

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2993. Foreign Study

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Consent of department head required, normally granted before the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of advisor. May be repeated for credit.

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3095. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3098. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3100W. Biography as History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

What the lives of significant individuals reveal about major historical periods and themes. Variable topics.

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3101W. History through Fiction

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

What classic novels and other works of fiction reveal about major historical periods and themes in history. Variable topics. May be offered from an American or European perspective. With a change in topic, this course may be repeated for credit. SM-4/6/09

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3102. Topics in Public History

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the field of public history; in-depth study and practice of one selected topic in public history, such as exhibit design, oral history, institutional history, or archive management. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3201. The History of Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3201

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Case studies in the emergence and evolution of human rights as experience and concept.

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3202. International Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3202

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical and theoretical survey of the evolution of human rights since 1945.

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3203. History of the Family

Also offered as: HDFS 3423

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre-industrial and industrial family life in Western society since the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the changes in demography, family size and structure, family economy, social expectations, sex roles, sexuality, and affective bonds.

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3204W. Science and Social Issues in the Modern World

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social context of science in the United States and Europe since 1850. Genetics and eugenics; ecology and the environment; nuclear issues; gender, race, and science. CA 4.

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3205. Personality and Power in the Twentieth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Dynamic leadership in historical crises, including, for example, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, Hitler, DeGaulle, Kennedy, and Mao.

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3206. Black Experience in the Americas

Also offered as: AFRA 3206

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: AFRA 3563/HIST 3563/HRTS 3563; AFRA 3564/HIST 3564, AFRA 3620/HIST 3620; or HIST 3609/LLAS 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major themes in recent scholarship of African-descended communities in the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, cultural movements and practices, slavery, political economy, political movements, and African consciousness, from historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3207. Genocide after the Second World War

Also offered as: HRTS 3207

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Rec prep: HIST 3201

Grading Basis: Graded

Origins of the 1948 Genocide Convention. Several case studies of genocide post WWII: Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Darfur. Causes and underlying dynamics of genocide with an emphasis on the international response. Critical evaluation of military, political, and non-governmental measures to prevent genocidal acts.

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3208. Making the Black Atlantic

Also offered as: AFRA 3208, LLAS 3208

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563 or AFRA/HIST 3564 or 3620; or HIST/LLAS 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

Recent scholarship on the central role played by African-descended communities in shaping the early history of the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, cultural movements and practices; slavery, political economy, and political movements.

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3209. Maritime Archaeology of the Americas

Also offered as: ANTH 3531, MAST 3531

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: ANTH 1500, ANTH 2501, ANTH 2510 or HIST 3544.

Grading Basis: Graded

Archaeological and historical sources to examine the development of seafaring practices, exploration, waterborne trade and economic systems, naval warfare and shipbuilding in the Americas from the fifteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century.

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3210. Archaeology of the Age of Sail

Also offered as: ANTH 3532, MAST 3532

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: ANTH 1500, ANTH 2501, or ANTH 2510.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of archaeological and historical sources on the development of seafaring and navigation, exploration, waterborne trade and economic systems, colonialism and empire building, naval warfare and shipbuilding in Europe, Asia and Australia from the fifteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century.

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3232. History of Refugees, Migration, and Statelessness

Also offered as: HRTS 3232

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Forced and voluntary migration and statelessness in the era of the modern state. Topics include the social and political factors influencing population movement; the experience of migration and statelessness; rights of refugees, migrants, and the stateless; immigration policy; international action; and social and political responses to migration.

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3300. Near Eastern Prehistory

Also offered as: ANTH 3513

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

From the earliest hunter-gatherers to the rise of the state: the transition from food-gathering to food-production and the development of complex societies in the Near East.

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3301. Ancient Near East

Also offered as: CAMS 3301

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of Near Eastern civilization from the Neolithic period to the Persian Empire. The birth of civilization in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The political, economic, social and cultural achievements of ancient Near Eastern peoples. Taught in English.

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3320. Ancient Greece: Troy to Sparta

Also offered as: CAMS 3320

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of Greece from Minoan and Mycenaean times until the Hellenistic Period and Alexander the Great, with special emphasis on the Fifth Century and the "Golden Age" of Athens.

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3321. Hellenistic World: Alexander to Cleopatra

Also offered as: CAMS 3321

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The Eastern Mediterranean (the Greek east) from Alexander to Cleopatra (336-30 BCE), including historical, cultural, social, and religious developments.

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3325. Ancient Rome: Aeneas to Augustus

Also offered as: CAMS 3325

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

From the beginning of Rome to the growth of the Roman Republic and the onset of Empire. Roman civilization and its influence upon later history.

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3330. Palestine Under the Greeks and Romans

Also offered as: CAMS 3330, HEJS 3330

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CAMS 1101or 1102 or CAMS/HIST 3301or HIST 3320 or 3325 or INTD 3260 or HEJS 1103 or 3202 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The political, historical and religious currents in Greco-Roman Palestine. Includes the Jewish Revolts, sectarian developments, the rise of Christianity and the Talmudic academies. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

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3335. The Early Christian Church

Also offered as: CAMS 3335

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The evolution of Christian institutions, leadership and doctrines in the Roman Empire ca. 50-451 CE. Topics may include gnosticism, prophecy, martyrdom, asceticism, pilgrimage, heresy, orthodoxy. Taught in English.

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3340. World of the Later Roman Empire

Also offered as: CAMS 3340

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The profound social and cultural changes that redefined the cities, frontiers, and economies of the classical Mediterranean world and led to the Middle Ages. Developments in the eastern and western Mediterranean between the second and seventh centuries.

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3350. Byzantium

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of the major developments from the fourth through the fifteenth centuries: religious controversies, the theme system, the Crusades, Byzantine civilization, its law, art, literature, and its impact upon European and Russian civilization.

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3360. Early Middle Ages

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of the medieval West from late antiquity to the eleventh century.

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3361. The High and Later Middle Ages

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of the medieval West from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries.

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3362. The Black Death: Medieval and Modern Responses to Catastrophe

Also offered as: HEJS 3362

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed HEJS 3295 when offered as The Black Death: Medieval Responses

Grading Basis: Graded

The Black Death (1346-50) from its origins in China through Europe. Institutional, medical, religious, literary, and social responses to the plague; how modern scholars reconstruct medieval experience; and new findings by historians and scientists that shed light on the challenges of past, present and future pandemics. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3370. The Renaissance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Europe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

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3371. The Reformation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Europe in the sixteenth century with emphasis on religious developments, rise of the modern state, birth of science, expansion of Europe, and the Commercial Revolution.

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3400. Europe in the Seventeenth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conflict of constitutionalism and absolutism, colonial expansion and rivalry, development of science, and the age of reason, the age of the baroque, the age of Louis XIV.

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3413W. Intellectual and Social History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The thought and feeling of Europeans in their social context. CA 1.

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3416. Gender & Sexuality in Modern Europe

Also offered as: WGSS 3416

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The construction of gender difference and ideas about sexuality in western Europe since 1789. Masculinity and femininity; sexuality, identity and the state; European power and personhood in global context.

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3418. The Holocaust

Also offered as: HEJS 3203

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Origins, development, and legacy of the Holocaust. Topics include the history of modern European anti-Semitism, the creation of the Nazi state, the catalytic role of the Second World War, the actions and attitudes of the perpetrators, victims, and bystanders, and the diverse ways in which scholars and societies have dealt with the legacy of the Holocaust. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

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3420. English History to 1603

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of English history from its origin to the close of the Tudor period. Emphasis is placed on the development of the English nation and the growth of its culture. Recommended to majors in English.

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3421. History of Modern England

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cultural, political, economic, and intellectual development of modern Britain, with special emphasis on changing ideas of national identity.

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3426. Social and Economic History of Modern Britain

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The change from an agrarian to an industrial society.

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3430. History of Ireland

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of Ireland, with emphasis on the modern period. The rise of Irish nationalism, the Irish Literary Revival, and the problems of Northern Ireland.

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3440. France Since 1715

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The disintegration of the monarchical synthesis prior to and during the French Revolution; the attempts to harmonize French society under subsequent regimes.

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3451. Germany Since 1815

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of German political, social, and intellectual history since the Napoleonic Wars. Also considers European and world problems as reflected in the emergence of Germany as a pivotal force in international affairs.

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3456. The Habsburg Monarchy and Its Peoples, 1740-1918

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 1400.

Grading Basis: Graded

The rise and fall of the multinational, dynastic state of the Habsburgs, with emphasis upon those forces which sustained it through the nineteenth century and those which brought its collapse in 1918.

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3460. Italy 1250-1600

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Italy from the triumph of the city-state and the popolo grosso to the end of the Renaissance. The complex interrelationship between society and culture will be the focus of study.

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3463. The Modernization of Italy from 1815 to Present

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The modernization of Italy's traditional sociopolitical and economic structure; Industrialization, unification, the liberal regime, fascism, and the republic.

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3470. Medieval and Imperial Russia to 1855

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of Russia from the emergence of the Slavs to the reign of Alexander II. Russian political institutions, orthodoxy and cultural traditions, nobility, peasantry, and townsmen.

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3471. History of Russia Since 1855

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 3470.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of History 3470. Late imperial Russia, the former Soviet Union, and contemporary Russia.

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3502. Colonial America:Native Americans, Slaves, and Settlers, 1492-1760

Also offered as: AMST 3502

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The legacy of Columbus, creative survival of native Americans in the face of disease and warfare, religious utopianism and the profit motive in colonization. The growth of a distinctive Anglo-American political culture, gender and family relations, and the entrenchment of a racial caste system.

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3502W. Colonial America:Native Americans, Slaves, and Settlers, 1492-1760.

Also offered as: AMST 3502W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The legacy of Columbus, creative survival of native Americans in the face of disease and warfare, religious utopianism and the profit motive in colonization. The growth of a distinctive Anglo-American political culture, gender and family relations, and the entrenchment of a racial caste system.

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3504. The American Revolution

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Creation of the United States of America from the beginnings of the independence movement through the adoption of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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3510. Civil War America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The social, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Civil War and its aftermath. Sectional conflict, industrialization, reform and abolitionism, race relations, and class, gender and constitutional issues from the 1830s to the 1880s.

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3516. Rise of U.S. Global Power

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The people and ideas that powered the growth of America's global empire. Emphasis on the world wars, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, intervention in Latin America, and the global economy.

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3519. Contemporary America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed HIST 3095 when taught as Contemporary America, 1973-present.

Grading Basis: Graded

American politics, society, and economy from 1973 through the present. Topics include: Conservatism, feminism, gay liberation, the end of the Cold War, Latino immigration, deindustrialization, and the New Economy.

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3520. Social and Cultural History of Connecticut and New England

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Race, class, gender, religion, politics, and economy in New England. Interpretations of the region's culture from the 1600's through the 1800's. Introduces accessible primary sources and interpretive issues at public history sites. Either 3520 or 3522, but not both, may be counted for credit toward the History major.

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3522. History of Connecticut

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of Connecticut's history from 1633 to the present from a constitutional and political perspective. Either 3520 or 3522, but not both, may be counted for credit toward the History major.

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3531. Japanese Americans & World War II

Also offered as: AAAS 3531

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The events leading to martial law and executive order 9066, the wartime experience of Japanese Americans, and national consequences. CA 1. CA 4.

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3540. American Environmental History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Transformations of the North American environment: the effects of human practices and policies, varying ideas about nature across cultures and time periods; and the rise of environmental movements.

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3540W. American Environmental History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Transformations of the North American environment: the effects of human practices and policies, varying ideas about nature across cultures and time periods; and the rise of environmental movements.

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3541. The History of Urban America

Also offered as: URBN 3541

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of Urban America with emphasis on social, political, physical, and environmental change in the industrial city.

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3541W. The History of Urban America

Also offered as: URBN 3541W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of Urban America with emphasis on social, political, physical, and environmental change in the industrial city.

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3542. New England Environmental History

Also offered as: AMST 3542

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary history of New England's terrestrial and marine environmental change. Links among land, sea, and human natural resource use and management, including precontact patterns, colonial impacts, agricultural decline, industrial pollution, overfishing, re-forestation, and the rise of eco-tourism.

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3544. Atlantic Voyages

Also offered as: MAST 3544

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Seafaring and society since the age of Columbus. Emphasis on the Anglo-American experience.

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3550. Constitutional History of the United States

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The Constitution and the Supreme Court in relation to the political, economic, and intellectual history of the United States.

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3551. Topics in U.S. Legal History

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to legal culture and appellate case materials from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Topics include: child custody and family law, the courts' role in industrial development, the law of slavery and freedom in the North, and various aspects of civil rights. With change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3551W. Topics in U.S. Legal History

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to legal culture and appellate case materials from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Topics include: child custody and family law, the courts' role in industrial development, the law of slavery and freedom in the North, and various aspects of civil rights. With change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3554. Immigrants and the Shaping of American History

Also offered as: AAAS 3554

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: One course in American history.

Grading Basis: Graded

The origins of immigration to the United States and the interaction of immigrants with the social, political, and economic life of the nation after 1789, with emphasis on such topics as nativism, assimilation, and the "ethnic legacy."

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3555. Work and Workers in American Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Changes in work from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Workers' experiences, ideologies, and activities as shaped by gender, race/ethnicity, region, occupation, and industry.

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3555W. Work and Workers in American Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Changes in work from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Workers' experiences, ideologies, and activities as shaped by gender, race/ethnicity, region, occupation, and industry.

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3556W. History Workshop: Topics in American Society and Culture

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Techniques of primary historical research based on collaborative research and writing on a topic selected by the instructor. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3559. History of Childhood in the United States, 1620-Present

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 1501 or 1502 or 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

An overview of the history of childhood in America, examining both adults' perception and children's experience. Attention to changes in childhood over time and to the diversity of childhood within each historical moment.

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3560. Constructions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History

Also offered as: WGSS 3560

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed HIST 3095 when taught as Constructions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of historical development, interconnections, and complexities of conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality in U.S. from European conquest to the present.

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3561. History of Women and Gender in the U.S. to 1850

Also offered as: WGSS 3561

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Gender ideologies of indigenous and settler cultures, changing conditions of women's and men's lives as the U.S. became a nation, while emphasizing intersections with ethnicity, race, class, religion, and region.

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3562. History of Women and Gender in the United States, 1850-Present

Also offered as: WGSS 3562

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of gender and the lives and cultural representations of women in the U.S., emphasizing intersections with race, sexuality, class, region, and nation.

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3563. African American History to 1865

Also offered as: AFRA 3563, HRTS 3563

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of African-American people to 1865, from their West African roots, to their presence in colonial America, through enslavement and emancipation. Adaptation and resistance to their conditions in North America. Contributions by black people to the development of the United States.

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3564. African American History Since 1865

Also offered as: AFRA 3564

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of African-American people since the Civil war. Contributions by black people to American development. African-American activity in international arenas.

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3568. Hip Hop,Politics and Youth Culture in America

Also offered as: AFRA 3568, AMST 3568

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of hip-hop, its musical antecedents and its role in popular culture. Race, class, and gender are examined as well as hip-hop's role in popular political discourse.

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3569. Slavery in Film

Also offered as: AFRA 3569

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST 3206 or 3563 or 3564; or CLCS 1110.

Grading Basis: Graded

Depictions of chattel slavery in cinema and popular media over time. Topics include histories of slavery, race and identity, media studies, and cultural studies.

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3570. American Indian History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Surveys American Indian History in what is now the United States from precolumbian times up to the present. Cultural diversity among Indian peoples the effects of European contact, tribal sovereignty, and other current issues. CA 4.

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3575. Latinos/as and Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3221, LLAS 3221

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.

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3607. Latin America in the Colonial Period

Also offered as: LLAS 3607

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre-Columbian Civilization in America, the epoch of conquest and settlement, together with a study of the Ibero-Indian cultural synthesis which forms the basis of modern Latin American civilization. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3608W. The Hispanic World in the Ages of Reason and Revolution

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: HIST 3607.

Grading Basis: Graded

The transformation of Spanish America from the Bourbons in 1700, through the wars of independence and the struggle to build stable national states in the Nineteenth Century.

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3609. Latin America in the National Period

Also offered as: LLAS 3609

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Representative countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean together with the historic development of inter-American relations and contemporary Latin American problems. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3610. Latin America and the Great Powers

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Great power diplomatic, commercial, and cultural relations with Latin America from the end of the colonial period to the present. Emphasis on the United States and Great Britain.

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3618. Comparative Slavery in the Americas

Also offered as: AFRA 3618, LLAS 3618

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The rise and fall of trans-Atlantic slavery. Topics include resistance, migration, antislavery mobilization, abolitionism, empire, revolution, cultural production, political economy, labor, gender, race and identity formation.

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3619. History of the Caribbean

Also offered as: AFRA 3619, LLAS 3619

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Encounter experience; slavery, antislavery mobilization, and abolitionism; colonialism; citizenship and nation building; race and gender; political cultures and movements; migration/immigration; cultural production; and political economy; topics will be examined from a historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT SM-4/20/15; 3/2/16

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3619W. History of the Caribbean

Also offered as: AFRA 3619W, LLAS 3619W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Encounter experience; slavery, antislavery mobilization, and abolitionism; colonialism; citizenship and nation building; race and gender; political cultures and movements; migration/immigration; cultural production; and political economy; topics will be examined from a historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3620. Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish Caribbean

Also offered as: AFRA 3620

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Discovery and settlement, slavery and plantation economy, recent political and economic developments, and United States relations with the Spanish Caribbean.

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3621. Cuba in Local and Global Perspective

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 3607, 3608, 3609, 3620 and 3635.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major themes in Cuban politics and culture. Local and global perspective. Key topics include race, gender, class, cultural movements and practices, slavery, political economy and movements, nationalism.

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3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Also offered as: AFRA 3622, LLAS 3622, WGSS 3622

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics may include: empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

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3635. History of Modern Mexico

Also offered as: LLAS 3635

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 3607.

Grading Basis: Graded

The emergence of modern Mexico from independence to the present with emphasis on the Revolution of 1910. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3640. Andean Societies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 3607 or 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of the geographical and social region occupied by the Inca Empire: pre-Columbian cultures, the period of Spanish colonial rule, and the modern Andean republics (primarily Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.)

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3643. Argentina and LaPlata Region

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 3607 or 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

Colonial heritage, social and economic transformation of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, foreign relations and contemporary turmoil.

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3650. History of Urban Latin America

Also offered as: URBN 3650

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher. Not open to students who have passed HIST 3095 when taught as Latin American Urban History.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of Latin American cities with emphasis on social, political, physical and environmental change, from Spanish conquest to present. CA 1.

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3660W. History of Migration in Las Americas

Also offered as: LLAS 3660W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: LLAS 1190, ANTH 3042, HIST 3635, HIST 3609 or HIST 2674/LLAS 3220; LLAS 3210. Spanish useful but not required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Applies broad chronological and spatial analyses of origins of migration in the Americas to the experiences of people of Latin American origin in Connecticut. Addresses a range of topics from the initial settlement of the Americas to 21st century migrations. CA 1. CA 4.

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3674. History of Latinos/as in the United States

Also offered as: LLAS 3220

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Settlement and growth of Hispanic-origin populations in the United States today, from Spanish and Mexican settlement of the western United States to the growth of Latino communities. Student oral history project. CA 1. CA 4.

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3704. Medieval Islamic Civilization to 1700

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HIST 1300 or 1400.

Grading Basis: Graded

The social dynamics of faith, culture, and change from the rise of Islam to the Ottoman decline and the Islamic challenge to Greek and Latin Christendom.

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3705. The Modern Middle East from 1700 to the Present

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Tradition, change, modernization and development in the Middle East from the Ottoman decline and rise of successor states to the Arab-Israeli and oil crises. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3712. The Middle East Crucible

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Twentieth-century issues in the Middle East heartland with analysis focusing on the Ottoman heritage, nationalism, Arab-Israeli and other conflicts, Islam, oil, water, rapid sociopolitical change, trends in development, super-power rivalries, and the search for identity, independence, and peace with justice.

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3752. History of Pre Colonial Africa

Also offered as: AFRA 3752

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of pre-colonial Africa with particular attention to the rise and fall of African Kingdoms, interaction between different ethnic groups, African trade with other continents, and the impact of foreigners on African societies.

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3753. History of Modern Africa

Also offered as: AFRA 3753

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of African perceptions of and responses to the abolition of the slave trade, Western imperialism and colonialism, and the development of nationalism and struggle for independence.

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3760. History of Southern Africa

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of Southern African societies with an emphasis on the socio-economic and political structure of indigenous societies, the imposition of colonial rule, gendered experiences of colonialism, colonial economies, the rise of nationalism and post-independence developments.

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3770. History of Pan Africanism

Also offered as: AFRA 3224

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: At least one of the following, HIST 3752, 3753, 3563 or 3564.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of ideas of Pan-Africanism, beginning with the proto-Pan-Africanists in the nineteenth century; examination of the linkages between those ideas in Africa and the evolution of Pan-Africanism as a movement in the African Diaspora.

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3808. East Asia to the Mid Nineteenth Century

Also offered as: AAAS 3808

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The major problems and issues of traditional Chinese and Japanese history and historiography. Special emphasis on the "Great Tradition" in ideas of both civilizations.

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3809. East Asia Since the Mid Nineteenth Century

Also offered as: AAAS 3809

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The reactions of East Asia to the Western threat, and the rise of Asian nationalism, communism, and fascism. Special attention to the tensions caused by the conflict of ideas.

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3810. China and the West

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher. Not open to students who took HIST 3995 when offered as China and the West.

Grading Basis: Graded

China's political, economic, and cultural encounters with Western Powers from the sixteenth century to 1949.

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3812. Modern India

Also offered as: AAAS 3812

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the history of India from the Mughal and European invasions of the 16th Century to the present. India's synthesis of Eastern and Western culture, traditional and new, will be the focus.

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3820. History of Modern Chinese Political Thought

Also offered as: AAAS 3820

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of Chinese political ideas and ideologies since the nineteenth century.

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3822. Modern China

Also offered as: AAAS 3822

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of patterns of modern China since 1800. Topics will include reforms and revolutions, industrialization and urbanization, and family and population growth.

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3832. Modern Japan

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines the dawn of the modern era to the present day in a place we call Japan. In each of our readings, we will seek to understand what constitutes, as one scholar put it, "history versus the radiant myth of belonging."

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3841. Empire and Nation in Southeast Asia

Also offered as: AAAS 3841

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major themes in modern Southeast Asian history from the 17th century to the present: growth of global commerce; western imperialism; nationalism; emergence of independent nation-states; challenges of the post-independence period. Emphasis on the region's largest countries: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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3842. History of Vietnam

Also offered as: AAAS 3842

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the history of the Vietnamese from the late Bronze Age to the present: the ancient culture of the Red River delta, the millennium of Chinese rule, the independent kingdom of Dai Viet and its successors, French colonialism, the Vietnam War, and postwar Vietnam.

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3845. The Vietnam War

Also offered as: AAAS 3845

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Origins, evolution, and aftermath of the Vietnamese conflict: the prewar history of colonialism, nationalism, communism, and anticommunism; the formation and development of the three main Vietnamese belligerents; American intervention; culture and politics in wartime Vietnam; escalation and de-escalation of the war; the postwar legacy.

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3863. War and Diplomacy in East Asia

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

European struggle for power in Asia since 1842, in the context of the rise of Japan and the reassertion of Chinese power.

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3875. Asian Diasporas in the Americas

Also offered as: AAAS 3875, LLAS 3875

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: HIST 3607, 3609, 3610, 3635, 3660W, or 3674. Not open to students who have passed HIST 3995 Asian Diasporas in the Americas.

Grading Basis: Graded

Transnational history of migration and settlement of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian diasporas across South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean, colonial through national period. Emphasis on political economy, racial formations, and constructions of national identity.

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3991. Supervised Field Work

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Internship in applied history. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 credits. No more than six credits will count toward the department's major or minor requirements.

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3993. Foreign Study

1.00 - 9.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit. Consent of department head required, normally to be granted before the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

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4989. Directed Research

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to senior history majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to research methods and resources in history.

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4994W. Senior Seminar

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: HIST 2100; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to undergraduate history majors in their senior year.

Grading Basis: Graded

These seminars give students the experience of reading critically and in depth in primary and secondary sources, and of developing and defending a position as an historian does. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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4996. Honors Thesis Preparation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HIST 2100; open only to history majors in the honors program.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Preliminary reading in both primary and secondary sources in consultation with a thesis advisor preparatory to writing the thesis in HIST 4997W.

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4997W. Senior Thesis in History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: HIST 2100; HIST 4994 or 4999; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Honors students.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

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4999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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