The Department of History offers courses on the history of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, colonial North America and the United States, and the world as a whole.

Most of our larger survey courses are offered once a year. These include surveys on European history (101–103, 301–303), World history (104–106), Asian history (190–192), United States history (201–203), African-American history (250–251), African history (325–326), and Latin American history (380–382). Other courses, particularly at the advanced levels, are offered on a less regular basis.

Just because a course appears on our website or in the university catalog does not guarantee that it will be offered in the coming year or two. This flexibility enables us to offer a greater variety of courses and respond innovatively and creatively to the interests of faculty and students alike.

Majors and minors in history should pay close attention to the 407 seminar listings as their graduation date nears and contact the relevant professors in order to reserve spots in these courses. Syllabi posted on the web may be draft versions or come from prior terms, and are therefore not to be considered binding.

Please email the instructor (and copy to register for a course that requires instructor approval. 

To add a course that is full, please ask the instructor to sign an approval form.

Featured Courses

The following courses are just a few examples of the areas of study history majors can delve into.

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HIST 215 Food in World History

This survey covers the development of eating practices, tastes, foodstuffs, and culinary philosophies from early human history to the present in diverse parts of the world.

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HIST 248 Latinos in the Americas

This course explores historical experiences of Latino groups, emphasizing Mexican and Caribbean migrations. Lectures are  given in English; readings and discussions are in English, Spanish, and Spanglish. Students are recommended to have a full year of college Spanish or a Spanish-speaking background.

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HIST 362 History of US Cities

This course introduces students to the history of one of the most fascinating and contradictory social forms of the modern world. Students learn about the cities of the United States from a variety of perspectives, including urban planning, power and politics, and segregation and inequality.

Current and Upcoming Courses

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