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List of History Courses by Field of Concentration

Please check the online shcedule of classes for updates on course cancellations/openings/and scheduling changes.

To enroll in a history class, students must pick up add forms from either Enrollment Services (Brotman Hall) or from the History Department (FO2-106), and adding classes will be at the discretion of the instructor.

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History 499 offerings – Fall 2014 

Population Movement and Ethnic Interaction in the Pacific World (Asia and World) – Dr. Li

This section will draw on recent scholarship to examine the Pacific World from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century from a world historical perspective. Emphasis is on the means by which through trade, migration and empire, the Pacific Ocean connected diverse regions, societies and polities, and facilitated the circulation and modification of commodities, communities, cultural practices and ideas. Discussion will focus on population movement and ethnic interaction, highlighting factors as gender and ethnicity in shaping the Pacific World. This section will allow students to research and write a paper on any migration in the Pacific World.

Modern U.S. Intellectual History (U.S.)  – Dr. Ponce de Leon

This section will focus on U.S. political and intellectual history.  We will briefly examine the history of intellectuals in the U.S. and learn about their increasing influence in the twentieth century, particularly as participants in movements committed to progressive and liberal reform.  We will pay special attention to the period after the Second World War, when liberal “policy intellectuals” were absorbed into government, academia, and a host of non-governmental foundations and agencies, and examine some of the controversies with which they were associated.  As a case study, we will examine the “Moynihan Report,” a document written by an up-and-coming policy intellectual in the Johnson administration that inspired some of the reforms of the “Great Society” but was also extremely controversial.  Student will select research topics that illuminate similarly important and controversial “texts” in the 20th-century U.S.

Seeing in Colonial Latin America (Latin America) – Dr. Berquist

While as students of the liberal arts we are accustomed to seeing paintings as compositions, metaphors, or expressions of feelings, we can also use them to ask about the politics behind the images, buildings, clothing, and maps that make up the visual culture of a certain time and place. In the early modern age, visual culture sources were the main transmitters of key information: clothes, for instance told about the wearers’ racial status, and maps represented not only the territory they showed but how their creators envisioned their own world post-contact. In an era with fewer material goods available for purchase and with a much smaller and slower flow of information about different parts of the world, visual culture information was key to conveying political, social, and cultural data. Furthermore visual documentation was believed to be more accurate and useful in the early modern world because it was thought to be more objective. In this senior seminar course, students will work with primary visual and material sources in addition to traditional printed primary sources in order to compose their final research paper. The final paper for this class involves students utilizing a selection of pieces from the world-renowned collection of colonial Latin American art at LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams”:  Identity Formation and Social History in Western Europe, Seventeenth – Nineteenth Centuries (Modern Europe) – Dr. Sayegh

Over the past decade, digitization of numerous archival records has provided greater opportunities for American scholars unable to travel abroad. The seminar will use these databases as the foundation to explore the intersection of identity formation and lived experience in Western Europe, 1650 – 1850. Specific topics for readings and seminar papers include crime and criminality, leisure, class formation and struggle, gender constructions, and the constructs of a social body tied to race and power. Special attention is paid to British source material.