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 2021

Spring 2022

150 Courses

 

HIST 0150A

History of Capitalism

M, W, F 2-2:50pm

Lukas Rieppel and Benjamin Hein

"Gateway" Intro Lecture Courses

 

HIST 0270A

From Fire Wielders to Empire Builders: Human Impact on the Global Environment before 1492 (P)

M, W, F 12-12:50pm

Brian Lander

 

HIST 0285A

Modern Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Omer Bartov and James Wang

HIST 0930I / JUDS 0902

History of the Holocaust (Interested students must register for JUDS 0902) T, Th 1-2:20pm Adam Teller
HIST 0930U / COLT 0610Q

Before Wikipedia

(Interested students must register for COLT 0610Q)

T, Th 10:30-11:50am Elias Muhanna
HIST 0930V / RELS 0610

Sufi Islam

(Interested students must register for RELS 0610)

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm Shahzad Bashir

150 Courses

 

HIST 0150D

Refugees: A Twentieth-Century History

M, W, F 12-12:50pm

Vazira Zamindar

HIST 0150G

History of Law: Great Trials

M, W, F 1-1:50pm

Holly Case

HIST 0150J

The Ocean in Global History

[TBD]

Gabriel Rocha

"Gateway" Intro Lecture Courses

 

HIST 0228A

War, Tyranny, Peace in Modern Europe

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Omer Bartov

HIST 0234

Modern Latin America

M, W, F 10-10:50am

Daniel Rodriguez

HIST 0250

American Exceptionalism: The History of an Idea

M, W, F 9-9:50am

Michael Vorenberg

HIST 0930S / EAST 0010

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

T, Th 1-2:20pm Beverly Bossler

 

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 2021

Spring 2022

HIST 0523P

The First World War

W 3-5:30pm

Benjamin Hein

HIST 0537B

Tropical Delights: Imagining Brazil in History and Culture

W 3-5:30pm

 

James Green

HIST 0552A

A Textile History of Atlantic Slavery

M 3-5:30

Seth Rockman

HIST 0556A

Sport in American History

Th 4-6:30pm

 

Howard Chudacoff

HIST 0580M

The Age of Revolutions, 1760-1824 (P)

F 3-5:30pm

Jeremy Mumford

HIST 0522G

An Empire and Republic: The Dutch Golden Age (P)

Th 4-6:30pm

Harold Cook

HIST 0558C

LatinX Social Movement History

M 3-5:30pm

Mark Ocegueda

HIST 0574A

The Silk Road, Past and Present (P)

W 3-5:30pm

Cynthia Brokaw

Second-Year and Non-Capstone Seminars

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

Second-Year Seminars

 

[none for fall 2021]

 

Non-Capstone Seminars

 

HIST 1954F

Globalism before Globalization: The Interconnected World of the Early Middle Ages (P)

Th 4-6:30pm

Jonathan Conant

HIST 1957J

From Freud to QAnon: History, Politics, Psychoanalysis

Th 4-6:30pm

Michael Steinberg

HIST 1981K / HMAN 1975G

Planning the Family: Gender, Reproduction, and the Politics of Choice (Interested students must register for HMAN 1975G)

W 12-2:30pm Jennifer Johnson
HIST 1981L / EAST 1305

Status, Power and Identity in Mid-Imperial China (Interested students must register for EAST 1305)

W 3-5:30pm Beverly Bossler

Second-Year Seminars

 

HIST 0637D

From Saint Domingue to Haiti: The First Black Republic

T 4-6:30pm

Sherri Cummings

HIST 0650B

Women and Power in the American Revolution (P)

T 4-6:30pm

Sarah Pearlman Shapiro

HIST 0654A

Welfare States and History of Modern Life

M 3-5:30pm

Robert Self

HIST 0676A

History of the Laboratory

T 4-6:30pm

George Elliott

Non-Capstone Seminars

 

HIST 1948

Global Palestine

W 3-5:30pm

Alex Winder

HIST 1956A

Thinking Historically: A History of History Writing

Th 4-6:30pm

Ken Sacks

HIST 1981N / CLAS 1420

Death in the West (Interested students must register for CLAS 1420)

M 3-5:30pm John Bodel
HIST 1981M / COLT 1310E

A Classical Islamic Education (Interested students must register for COLT 1310E)

[TBD] Elias Muhanna

LECTURE COURSES OPEN TO ALL UNDERGRADUATES

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 2021

Spring 2022

HIST 1030

Entangled South Africa

M, W, F 11-11:50am

 

Nancy Jacobs

HIST 1123

China’s Socialist Dreams

M, W, F 1-1:50pm

Rebecca Nedostup

HIST 1202

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

M, W 3-4:20pm

Ken Sacks

HIST 1205

The Long Fall of the Roman Empire (P)

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Jonathan Conant

HIST 1211A

From Imperial Diadem to Papal Tiara: Analyzing the Sources for the History of Europe, 476 to 1215 (P)

M, W, F 2-2:50pm

Leland Grigoli

HIST 1240A

Politics of Violence in 20th Century Europe

M, W 3-4:20pm

Holly Case

HIST 1262M

Truth on Trial: Justice in Italy 1400-1800 (P)

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Caroline Castiglione

HIST 1310

History of Brazil

T, Th 9-10:20am

James Green

HIST 1320

Rebel Island: Cuba, 1492-Present

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Jennifer Lambe

HIST 1333

The Mexican Revolution

M, W 8:30-9:50am

Evelyn Hu-DeHart

HIST 1381

Latin American History and Film: Memory, Narrative and Nation

M, W, F 11-11:50am

Daniel Rodriguez

HIST 1501

The American Revolution (P)

M, W, F 10-10:50am

Seth Rockman and Philip Gould

HIST 1512

First Nations: The People and Cultures of Native North America to 1800 (P)

M, W, F 12-12-50pm

Linford Fisher

HIST 1620

Resisting Empire: Gandhi and the Making of Modern South Asia

[TBD]

Vazira Zamindar

HIST 1731

Diplomatic History of Abolitionism, 1760-1865 (P)

M, W, F 11-11:50am

Simeon Simeonov

HIST 1825H

Science, Medicine, Technology in the 17th Century (P)

M, W, F 9-9:50am

Harold Cook

HIST 1112

China’s Early Modern Empires (P)

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Cynthia Brokaw

HIST 1122

China Pop: The Social History of Chinese Popular Culture

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Rebecca Nedostup

HIST 1200C

History of Greece: From Alexander the Great to the Roman Conquest (P)

T, Th 1-2:20pm

Ken Sacks

HIST 1213

Memories of the Medieval in the Age of White Supremacy (P)

M, W, F 12-12:50pm

Leland Grigoli

HIST 1266D

British History, 1660-1800 (P)

M, W, F 2-2:50pm

Tim Harris

HIST 1456

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

Centuries

M, W 3-4:20 Sreemati Mitter

HIST 1502

The Early Republic

T, Th 10:30-11:50am

Seth Rockman

HIST 1505

Making America Modern

M, W, F 1-1:50pm

Lukas Rieppel

HIST 1530

The Intimate State: The Politics of Gender, Sex, and Family in the U.S., 1873-Present

T, Th 1-2:20pm

 

Robert Self

HIST 1572

America Unbound: New Approaches to U.S. International and Diplomatic History

M, W, F 10-10:50am

Simeon Simeonov

HIST 1700

Violence: A Brief History

M, W, F 11-11:50am

Jonathan Conant

HIST 1825F

Nature, Knowledge, Power in Renaissance Europe (P)

M, W 10-10:50am

 

Tara Nummedal

HIST 1830M

From Medieval Bedlam to Prozac Nation: Intimate Histories of Psychiatry and Self

M, W, F 11-11:50am

 

Jennifer Lambe

HIST 1931L / ITAL 1262

Women, Gender, and Feminism in Early Modern Italy (Interested students must register for ITAL 1262)

T, Th 2:30-3:50pm

Caroline Castiglione

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 2021

Spring 2022

HIST 1961N

Colonization and Ethnicity in East Asian History (P)

M 3-5:30pm

Brian Lander

HIST 1964F

Early Modern Ireland (P)

M 3-5:30pm

Tim Harris

HIST 1965C

Stalinism

F 3-5:30pm

Ethan Pollock

HIST 1968A

Approaches to the Middle East

M 3-5:30pm

Faiz Ahmed

HIST 1969A

Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples I

W 3-5:30pm

Omer Bartov

HIST 1969C

Debates in Middle Eastern History

W 3-5:30pm

Sreemati Mitter

HIST 1972A

American Legal History, 1760-1920

M 3-5:30pm

Michael Vorenberg

HIST 1974M

Early Modern Globalization (P)

Th 4-6:30pm

Adam Teller

HIST 1975J

Portuguese Discoveries and Early Modern Global History (P)

W 3-5:30pm

Gabriel Rocha

HIST 1960J

More-Than-Human Histories of Africa

M 3-5:30pm

Nancy Jacobs

HIST 1961A

Memory and Justice in East Asia

M 3-5:30pm

Rebecca Nedostup

HIST 1964D

Women in Early Modern England (P)

M 3-5:30pm

Tim Harris

HIST 1964H

Race and Empire in 18th C France (P)

W 3-5:30pm

Joel Revill

HIST 1969F

Nothing Pleases Me: Understanding Modern Middle Eastern History Through Literature

Th 4-6:30pm

Sreemati Mitter

HIST 1970G

Captive Voices: Atlantic Slavery in the Digital Age (P)

Th 4-6:30pm

Jonathan Conant

HIST 1972J

Racial Capitalism and U.S. Liberal Empire

Th 4-6:30pm

Naoko Shibusawa

HIST 1977I

Gender, Race, Medicine in the Americas

W 3-5:30pm

Daniel Rodriguez

HIST 1978E

Nationalism and The Nation In Modern Europe

[TBD]

James Wang

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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