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HIST 5112. American Slavery and Emancipation, 1619-1877 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course examines the institution of slavery and the process of emancipation in British North America and the United States, from 1619 to the end of the Reconstruction Era. Lectures, discussions, and readings will consider such themes and topics as the Atlantic Slave Trade, racial identity, slave uprisings, abolitionism, slave culture, the impact of the Civil War on slavery, and a comparative look at emancipation in the United States and other parts of the Western Hemisphere. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5135. Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course will study the historical development of concepts of race and ethnicity as terms of description and identification for human groups. We will study the general, global significance of these terms, but our area of particular focus will be Latin America. By studying the role of race and ethnicity in Latin America, we will better be able to grasp how these concepts have been employed in different times and places, as tools of both exploitation and empowerment. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5136. Slavery in Latin America (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course will examine the use of forced labor in Latin American history. Our principal focus will be the system of African slavery as it developed in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. By the end of the semester, students should have an understanding of: how slavery compares to other systems of labor; the varied forms of slavery in Latin America and how these compare to slavery elsewhere; how the slave trade changed over time; variations in the process of abolition; and the long-term social and cultural impact of slavery in Latin America. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5137. Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course explores the history and significance of the Nazi era (1933-1945) of German history. Through the extensive use of primary sources, students study the origins of the Nazi regime (1900-1933), the character and structure of the regime (1933-1945) and the Shoah or Holocaust, the most infamous aspect of the Nazi state. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5138. Race and Ethnicity in Colonial America (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course analyzes the history of the American colonies from 1607 to 1781 told through the interaction of early America’s three main cultural groups—Natives, Africans and Europeans. The course will study how the interaction between black, white and native peoples involved various forms of conflict, collusion and coalescence, and produced in time a distinctly American society and nation. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5139. Convivencia: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Spain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course introduces students to the problems of interfaith relations and inter-cultural exchange between Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peoples living in the medieval Spanish Kingdoms. Students will explore the problems of community interaction, law and society, trade, and the transmission of culture between diverse religious groups making up what scholars call the land of the three religions. Students will study the theories of acculturation and convivencia (coexistence) as explanatory concepts of Iberian history and how this relates to conflict and peace within the peninsula. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5148. Popular Cultures of the Black Atlantic (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course examines the historical development of diverse forms of black popular cultures – including music, dance, film, literature, theatre, sports and visual arts – across Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. Throughout the semester, the course traces the development of popular cultures across the Black Atlantic from the 18th century to the ubiquitous cultures of today. One particular emphasis will be on how popular cultures transcend borders and foster creative dialogues between black peoples throughout Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5201. American Reform and Radicalism, 1877-present (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. This course examines the history of American reform movements and their radical alternatives from 1877 to the present. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5535. Selected Topics in Latin American History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Selected topics in Latin American history, from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5546. Selected Topics in African History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Selected topics in African history. The topics selected will vary with the professor offering the course. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5547. History of South Africa (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Survey of South African history and culture from 1652 to present. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates.(Course Fee Required)

HIST 5555. Selected Topics in World History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. The topics selected will vary with the professor offering the course. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5559. Selected Topics in United States History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Selected topics in United States history. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5566. Selected Topics in Race and U.S. History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Topics in race and U.S. history, including the discussion of African American, Native American, Latino and European experiences. Topics selected by instructor. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 5575. Selected Topics in European History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Selected topics in the history of modern Europe. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 6555. Selected Topics in United States History (3-0-3) Graduate seminar analyzing selected topics in United States history. May be taken twice for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 6556. Selected Topics in European History (3-0-3) Graduate seminar analyzing selected topics in European history. May be taken twice for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 6557. Selected Topics in Latin American History (3-0-3) Graduate seminar analyzing selected topics in Latin American history. May be taken twice for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 6558. Selected Topics in African History (3-0-3) Graduate seminar analyzing selected topics in African history. May be taken twice for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)

HIST 6559. Selected Topics in World History (3-0-3) Graduate seminar analyzing selected topics in world history. May be taken twice for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)