A Brief Guide to History Courses 

This page provides you with a brief guide to some of the history department’s course offerings for the academic year.  For more detailed information about each course offered this term, see [email protected]

HISTORY 150s AND "GATEWAY" INTRO LECTURE COURSES

HISTORY 0150s are thematic courses on topics that cut across time and space and are open to all Brown undergraduates.  They introduce students to methods of historical analysis, interpretation, and argument.  "Gateway" courses are designed to offer students an introduction to problems and questions within a particular geography and generally across a shorter time period.

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

150 Courses

 

HIST 0150A

History of Capitalism

M, W, F 1-1:50pm

Lukas Rieppel and Benjamin Hein

HIST 0150C

Locked Up: A Global History of Prison and Captivity

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Amy Remensnyder

"Gateway" Intro Lecture Courses

 

HIST 0233

Colonial Latin America

T, Th 9-10:20am

Jeremy Mumford

HIST 0244

Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to Present

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Sreemati Mitter

HIST 0255A

Mexican American History

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Mark Ocegueda

HIST 0286B

History of Medicine II: The Development of Scientific Medicine in Europe and the 

World

M, W, F 9-9:50am

Harold Cook

HIST 0930R / CLAS 0650

War and Society in Ancient Greece (Interested students must register for CLAS 0650

 

 

Graham Oliver

HIST 0930W / CLAS 0320

21st Century Classics (Interested students must register for CLAS 0320)

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Graham Oliver

HIST 0930Y / EAST 0309

Courtesans, Concubines and Wives: Gender Relations in Imperial China (Interested students must register for EAST 0309)

T, Th 9-10:20am

Beverly Bossler

150 Courses

 

None Offered

 

"Gateway" Intro Lecture Courses

HIST 0234

Modern Latin America

M, W, F 11-11:50am

Daniel Rodriguez

HIST 0248

‘Neither of the East nor West’: The Ottoman Empire

M, W, F 12-12:50pm

Faiz Ahmed

HIST 0256

Introduction to LatinX History

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Mark Ocegueda

HIST 0273B

Religion and European Colonialism, 1700-1900

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Shahzad Bashir

 

HIST 0276

Global History of Atomic Age

M, W, F 11-11:50am

Kerry Smith

HIST 0286A

History of Medicine I: Medical Traditions in the Old World before 1700

M, W, F 9-9:50am

Harold Cook

 

HIST 0930G / JUDS 0050M

Judaism Christianity Middle Ages Today

(Interested students must register for JUDS 0050M)

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Adam Teller

HIST 0930P / ENVS 0710

Powering the Past: Environmental Histories of Energy Use and Social Change

(Interested students must register for ENVS 0710)

 

Bathsheba Demuth

HIST 0930S / EAST 0010

Beyond Orientalism: Understanding “East Asia” (Interested students must register for EAST 0010)

 

Beverly Bossler

HIST 0930X /

COLT 0711L

The Quran and its Readers (Interested students must register for COLT 0711L)

 

Elias Muhanna

HIST 0930Z / COLT 0510K

The 1001 Nights (Interested students must register for COLT 0510K)

M, W, F 10-10:50am

Elias Muhanna

FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS AND SECOND-YEAR SEMINARS 

History Department first-year seminars (FYS) and second-year seminars (SYS) (restricted to first-years and sophomores) provide first-years and sophomores an introduction to a topic and to historical methods in a small class setting.  

First-Year Seminars

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

HIST 0558C

LatinX Social Movement History

M 3-5:30pm

Mark Ocegueda

 

HIST 0559B

Asian American and Third World Solidarity

F 3-5:30pm

Naoko Shibusawa

 

HIST 0940F / EDUC 0610

Brown vs. Board of Education (Interested students must register for EDUC 0610)

M 3-5:30pm

Tracy Steffes

HIST 0940M / EAST 0140

Catastrophic Japan (Interested students must register for EAST 0140)

W 3-5:30pm

Kerry Smith

HIST 0522O

The Enlightenment

M 3-5:30pm

Neil Safier

HIST 0574A

The Silk Road, Past/Present

W 3-5:30pm

Cynthia Brokaw

HIST 0576A

The Arctic: Global History

Th 4-6:30pm

Bathsheba Demuth

Second-Year and Non-Capstone Seminars

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

Second-Year Seminars

 

HIST 0621A

Surviving Medieval Paris

W 3-5:30pm

Charles Carroll

 

HIST 0622A

Information Overload in Early Modern Europe

T 4-6:30pm

Amanda Arceneaux

 

HIST 0623B

The Russian Revolution

F 3-5:30pm

Ethan Pollock

 

HIST 0658D

Walden and Woodstock

W 3-5:30pm

Ken Sacks

 

Non-Capstone Seminars

 

HIST 1952B

Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Family in U.S.

M 3-5:30pm

Robert Self

HIST 1956S

History of Artificial Intelligence

Th 4-6:30pm

Holly Case

HIST 1981P / COLT 1310J

The Arab Renaissance (Interested students must register for COLT 1310J)

W 3-5:30pm

Elias Muhanna

Second-Year Seminars

 

HIST 0656A

History of Intercollegiate Athletics

M 3-5:30pm

Howard Chudacoff

HIST 0657A

Early American Lives

Th 4-6:30pm

Christopher Grasso

HIST 0659A

Excessive Force: State Violence, Vigilantism, and the History of “Law and Order” 

in America

T 4-6:30pm

Aaron Jacobs

 

HIST 0678A

What Do Concubines Have to Do with It? Gender, Sexuality, and Status in the Premodern World

T 4-6:30pm

Stacey Murrell

Non-Capstone Seminars

 

HIST 1942A

Taiwan’s Geographies

Th 4-6:30pm

Rebecca Nedostup

HIST 1956A

Thinking Historically

Th 4-6:30pm

Ken Sacks

HIST 1980B / ENVS 1916

Animals and Plants in Chinese History (Interested students must register for ENVS 1916)

Th 4-6:30pm

Brian Lander

HIST 1980R / EDUC 1720

Urban Schools in Historical Perspective (Interested students must register for EDUC 1720)

M 3-5:30pm

Tracy Steffes

HIST 1981Q / POBS 1601K

Early Modern Global History at the John Carter Brown Library

(Interested students must register for POBS 1601K)

 

Gabriel Rocha

HIST 1981R / ETHN 1750D

Transpacific Asian American Studies (Interested students must register for ETHN 1750D)

M, W 8:30-9:50am

Evelyn Hu-DeHart

OTHER LECTURE COURSES

History lecture courses address topics of broad interest chronologically, geographically and thematically defined. These courses are designed for History concentrators and non-concentrators alike. Our courses over 1000 are organized geographically as follows:

  • 1000-1099 courses on Africa
  • 1100-1199 courses on East Asia
  • 1200-1299 courses on Europe
  • 1300-1399 courses on Latin America
  • 1400-1499 courses on Middle East
  • 1500-1599 courses on North America
  • 1600-1699 courses on South Asia
  • 1700-1799 Global courses
  • 1800-1899 Thematic courses

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

HIST 1080

Humanitarianism / Conflict in Africa

M, W, F 10-10:50am

Jennifer Johnson

HIST 1101

Chinese Political Thought

T, Th 9-10:20am

Cynthia Brokaw

HIST 1120

At China’s Edges

M, W, F 11-11:50am

Rebecca Nedostup

HIST 1156

Postwar Japan

M, W, F 12-12:50pm

Kerry Smith

 

HIST 1236 Central and Eastern Europe and the Trajectory of History T, Th 1-2:20pm Holly Case

HIST 1266C

English History, 1529-1660

M, W, F 2-2:50pm

Tim Harris

HIST 1272D

The French Revolution

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Joel Revill

HIST 1320

Rebel Island: Cuba, 1492-Present

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Jennifer Lambe

HIST 1360

Green Inferno: Amazonia from the Prehuman to the Present

M, W, F 1-1:50pm

Neil Safier

HIST 1381

Latin American History and Film: Memory, Narrative and Nation

M, W, F 11-11:50am

Daniel Rodriguez

HIST 1507

Politics and Culture in the U.S. since 1945

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Robert Self

HIST 1515

American Slavery

M, W, F 12-12:50pm

Emily Owens

HIST 1553

Empires in America to 1890

M, W, F 2-2:50pm

Naoko Shibusawa

HIST 1800

Religion and Power in North America to 1865

M, W, F 10-10:50am

Christopher Grasso

HIST 1202

Formation of the Classical Heritage: Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Ken Sacks

HIST 1210A

The Viking Age

M, W, F 1-1:50pm

Jonathan Conant

HIST 1211

Europe in the High Middle Ages

T, Th 9-10:20am

Amy Remensnyder

HIST 1217

The Cultural History of Democracy

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Michael Steinberg

HIST 1262M

Truth on Trial

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Caroline Castiglione

HIST 1266D British History, 1660-1800 M, W, F 2-2:50pm Tim Harris

HIST 1310

History of Brazil

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Jim Green

HIST 1333

The Mexican Revolution

M, W 8:30-9:50am

Evelyn Hu-DeHart

HIST 1456

Bankrupt: An Economic and Financial History of the Middle East in the 19th & 20th Centuries

M, W 3-4:20pm

Sreemati Mitter

HIST 1502

Early Republic of the United States

T, Th 9-10:20am

Christopher Grasso

HIST 1533

Cities and Inequality Since 1920: The United States

M, W, F 12-12:50pm

Robert Self

HIST 1554

American Empire since 1890

M, W, F 2-2:50pm

Naoko Shibusawa

HIST 1820B

Environmental History of East Asia

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Brian Lander

HIST 1825J

History of Artificial Intelligence

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Holly Case

HIST 1930U / CLAS 1120

Slavery in the Ancient World (Interested students must register for CLAS 1120)

T, Th 1-2:20pm

John Bodel

HIST 1931F / CLAS 1210

Mediterranean Culture Wars: Archaic Greek History, c. 1200 to 479 BC

M, W, F 2-2:50pm

Graham Oliver

CAPSTONE SEMINARS

Courses numbered from 1960A to 1979Z are capstone seminars that provide students with an opportunity to delve deeply into a historical problem and to write a major research and/or analytical paper. These seminars are designed to serve as an intellectual culmination of the concentration. First-Year students are not advised to take these courses and only rarely are sophomores allowed to enroll.

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

HIST 1962F

Self, Family and Network in Chinese Landscapes

W 3-5:30pm

Rebecca Nedostup

HIST 1964F

Early Modern Ireland

M 3-5:30pm

Tim Harris

HIST 1968A

Approaches to the Middle East

T 4-6:30pm

Alexander Winder

HIST 1968V

America and the Middle East: Histories of Connection and Exchange

W 3-5:30pm

Faiz Ahmed

HIST 1976J

Earth Histories

W 3-5:30pm

Lukas Rieppel

HIST 1964L

Slavery in the Early Modern World

Th 4-6:30pm

Adam Teller

HIST 1967C

Making Revolutionary Cuba, 1959 to Present

M 3-5:30pm

Jennifer Lambe

HIST 1967L

Life in Brazil under Military Rule

W 3-5:30pm

Jim Green

HIST 1969F

Understanding Modern Middle East History through Literature

Th 4-6:30pm

Sreemati Mitter

HIST 1977I

Gender, Race and Medicine in the Americas

W 3-5:30pm

Daniel Rodriguez

HIST 1977J

War and Medicine Since the Renaissance

W 3-5:30pm

Harold Cook

HONORS COURSES

Honors courses are a three-part series. They are all offered each semester annually.  

HIST 1992

History Honors Workshop for Prospective Thesis Writers 

Recommended for all those thinking about researching and writing a senior thesis. Must have an A- average in history courses to be considered for the History Honors Program. Completion of a thesis prospectus that receives an A or A- is admitted into the History Honors Program. 

HIST 1993

History Honors Workshop for Thesis Writers

Limited to seniors and juniors who have been admitted to the History Honors Program. First semester of writing the honors thesis.

HIST 1994

History Honors Workshop for Thesis Writers

Limited to seniors and juniors who have been admitted to the History Honors Program. Second semester of writing the honors thesis. 

Read more information about the Honors program.

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