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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HIST 5708. The United States in the 1960s (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. A survey of US history from 1960 to 1975. The course will cover such themes and topics as the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the Kennedy years, the counter culture, the Great Society, the rise and fall of the New Left, the anti-Vietnam War movement, Black Power, the flowering of rock music, the rise of modern conservatism, the women’s liberation movement, the Watergate scandal, and the legacy of the 1960s.
HIST 5716. The Caliphate: The Islamic State, Medieval to Modern (3-0-3) Undergraduate Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a minimum grade of C or consent of department chair. This course focuses on the role the religion of Islam has had on shaping the political and legal systems of the Middle East from late antiquity through to the present day. It considers the religious and secular aspects of the Caliphate from its inception, and how the role of the Caliphs and their entourage have changed across centuries.