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Department Chair:
Pablo Mitchell

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:


Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Location:
Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30

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INTRODUCTORY COURSES

 

 

HIST 101 - Medieval and Early Modern European History


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

An introductory level survey course extending from the fall of Rome through the ‘modernization’ of medieval Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. Topics will include: the political and religious order in the early Middle Ages, conflict between Church and Empire, the urbanization of Europe, the culture of the High Middle Ages, the growth of secular monarchies, the Black Death, the Italian Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution.
Enrollment Limit: 35
Instructor: E. Wurtzel

 

MWF     10:00-10:50

 

HIST 103 - American History to 1877


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

This survey course explores various facets of the American experience from the “pre-contact” era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. It examines the continuities and transformations of dominant political, social, religious, intellectual and economic currents in early America, and analyzes contentious interpretive debates that complicate our understandings of these phenomena. Prominent topics include cross-cultural encounter, violence, slavery and the emergence of race, and social reform in antebellum America.
Enrollment Limit: 35
Instructor: Staff

 

MWF     9:00-9:50

 

 

HIST 105 - Chinese Civilization


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

An introduction to the history of China from the archaeological origins of Chinese civilization to the period of the mature imperial state in the 17th century. The diverse origins of China’s civilization are stressed as topics in political, social, and economic history are explored, as well as developments in religion and thought, language and literature, and art. This course is the normal introduction to further study of Chinese history and culture and, in particular, provides a valuable context for themes treated in Modern China.
Enrollment Limit: 50
Instructor: D. Kelley
Cross List Information This course is cross-listed with East 121

 

MWF     10:00-10:50

 

 

HIST 125 - African History


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

This segment of African history is designed to expose students to specific episodes in Africa’s political, social, and economic history from the late nineteenth into the twenty-first century. This course examines the emergence of modern Africa and the challenges of building viable nation states. Using an interdisciplinary approach and a variety of teaching materials, we will explore significant episodes and events in African history, including an examination of European colonialism and African liberation struggles.
Enrollment Limit: 35
Instructor: H. Ballah
Cross List Information This course is cross-listed with AAST 125

 

TR     9:30-10:45

HIST 131 - Self and Other in Jewish Antiquity and Middle Ages


This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements):
Classics
Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

Major themes in Jewish history from biblical antiquity through the medieval period in the Middle East and Christian and Islamic Europe. Topics include: Biblical society, ideas and literature; Jews under Hellenistic and Roman rule; Jewish sects of the Second Temple period, including Jesus-followers; rabbinic Judaism; Jewish attitudes to non-Jews and to governing authorities, Jewish and Gentile; to political power, sovereignty, and its loss; Christianity, Islam, Judaism; Jews as a minority under Christian and Moslem rule; family and gender; theological anti-Judaism, Jew-hatred, persecution, and Jewish responses to it.
Enrollment Limit: 30
Instructor: Staff
Cross List Information: This course is cross-listed with JWST 131

TR     1:00-2:15

 

 

HIST 159 - Japan Earliest Times to 1868


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

This course examines the origins of Japanese civilization and surveys the classical, medieval, and early modern periods. From the emergence of a court-centered state through the rise and fall of a warrior-dominated society, Japan’s pre-modern history is explored by focusing on political, social, cultural and intellectual developments. Early interactions with Asia and the West will be considered as a means of questioning the ‘opening’ of Japan in the mid-nineteenth century.
Enrollment Limit: 35
Instructor: E. O’Dwyer
Cross List Information: This course is cross-listed with EAST 131.

 

MWF     11:00-11:50

 

HIST 162 - Cultures and Peoples of Ancient India


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

Surveys the development of South Asian civilization from its origins to the beginnings of the European conquest (c. 2500 BCE-1700 CE). This course has as its fundamental concerns the several competing social, religious, and political institutions within Indian civilization including those of the aboriginal, Vedic-Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic traditions. We explore the interactions among linguistic, gender, ethnic, religious, ‘caste,’ and class identities.
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: M. Fisher

 

MWF     9:00-9:50

 

 

 

 

HIST 172 - Doing History, Exploring Revolutionary Russia


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, WINT

This course is designed for second year students considering a history major, although all first and second year students are welcome. Using Russia’s revolutionary crisis (1900-1922) as the focal point, we will closely read primary documents, engage the major interpretative debates that have shaped the field, and explore the process of original historical research.
Enrollment Limit: 16
Instructor: H. Hogan

 

MWF     1:30-2:20

 

 

 

 

HIST 180 - Global Environmental History


This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements):
Environmental Studies
Semester Offered: First Semester, Second Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

This course explores the ways that humans have shaped the environment and that the environment has shaped human history from earliest times to the present. Topics range from the collapse of ancient civilizations to medieval plagues to modern pollution and climate change.
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Staff

 

MWF     2:30-3:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERMEDIATE COURSES

 

HIST 253 - Roosevelt to Reagan: American Political History, 1933-1989


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

An analysis of how domestic crises and wars, hot and cold, as well as struggles to secure minority rights, shaped and were shaped by American politics and policy. The course focuses on political history; social and cultural trends are examined through their relationship to political practice.
Enrollment Limit: 40
Instructor: C. Koppes

 

TR     9:30-10:50

 

 

 

HIST 256 - Immigration in U.S. History


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

History of immigration and migration in the United States, from nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries. Includes international context of migration, migrants’ encounters with American society, policy responses, and significance of immigration in American culture. Also covers internal migrations such as the “Great Migration” of blacks from the South. Aim is to provide introduction to major developments in history of U.S. im/migration, historicize contemporary debates, and develop comparative understanding of experiences among Asians, Blacks, Europeans, Latinos.
Enrollment Limit: 40
Instructor: S. Lee

Cross List Information: This course is cross-listed with CAST 256.

 

TR     9:30-10:50

 

HIST 268 - Oberlin History as American History


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

This course explores episodes in the history of the City of Oberlin as a multicultural community within the larger context of American history. Topics include abolition, race relations and civil rights, temperance, religion, women’s rights, civic improvement, and community leaders, and an introduction to the sources and methods available to construct Oberlin’s history. College students work with students in an Oberlin High School class to create local history presentations. Notes: No first-year students.
Enrollment Limit: 35
Instructor: C. Lasser

 

TR     9:00-10:50    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIST 269- Music, Power, Resistance in European History

 

Semester Offered: First Semester

Full Course

Credits: 4 credits

Attribute: 4SS

 

This class examines the conflicting relations between music, power and resistance in European history, beginning in ancient Greece and moving through medieval Christendom, the Atlantic World, the Age of Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, nineteenth-century Europe, Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, postwar Europe and the present-day EU. Questions of state censorship, propaganda and musical expressions of dissent will be highlighted, as well as the interconnection between aesthetic choices, social status and political views.

Enrollment Limit: 35

Instructor: R. Mitchell

 

MWF     10:00-10:50

HIST 270 - Latina/o History


This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements) :
Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; Hispanic Studies; Latin American Studies
Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, WINT

What historical forces have brought together diverse groups including Chicanos from Los Angeles, Cubans from Miami, and Dominicans and Puerto Ricans from New York City? From the 16th century to the present, we map the varied terrains of Latina/o history. Major themes include: conquest and resistance, immigration, work, and the creation of racial and sexual differences within and between Latino/a communities. We survey Latina/o writers from Cabeza de Vaca to Jose Marti to Gloria Anzaldua.
Enrollment Limit: 25
Instructor: P. Mitchell

 

MWF     10:00-10:50

 

 

HIST 293 - Dirty Wars and Democracy


This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements) :
Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies
Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD

In this study of the military dictatorships of Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay in the 1970’s and 1980’s, we will examine why these regimes arose, the nature and methods of the dictatorial state, resistance movements, and the dictators’ demise. The course will also focus on the search for truth and justice under post-dictatorial governments. Students will engage a variety of cross-disciplinary methodologies. Lecture and discussion format.
Enrollment Limit: 40
Instructor: S. Volk
Prerequisites & Notes
Note: Recommended preparation HIST 110.

 

TR     9:30-10:50

 

RESEARCH – ORIENTED COURSES

 

HIST 338- Communism: Ideas & Practice

 

 

Semester Offered: First Semester

Full Course

Credits: 4 credits

Attribute: 4SS, CD, W-Adv

 

This course covers both the political philosophy and historical implementation of communism. After exploring the development of various strands of intellectual Marxism (both legal and illegal) in the long nineteenth century, it then examines practical attempts to establish Communist regimes during the twentieth century in areas including the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, East Asia, and Cuba. Assignments include primary source analysis, a research paper and presentations of research findings.

Enrollment Limit: 12

Instructor: R. Mitchell

Consent of the Instructor Required: Yes

 

M     7:00-9:00pm

 

HIST 359 - Seminar: On the Road in Mughal India


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD, WADV

What was life actually like for Asian and European travelers in Mughal (16th-19th century) India? Original travel narratives by Indians, other Asians, and Europeans described the everyday experience of travel from the perspective of the particular author, her/his natal culture, and the travel narrative genre. In addition to readings about the theory and praxis of travel writing, each student undertakes a substantial research project on a select traveler and her/his narrative.
Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: M. Fisher
Consent of the Instructor Required

 

W     2:30-4:20

 

HIST 398 - Seminar: Archiving Sex: Researching America’s Sexual Pasts


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS

The main goal of this course is to produce a 20-25 page research paper on some aspect of the history of American sexualities. Students will identify a paper topic, survey relevant secondary material, and conduct basic primary research. The course will emphasize research methods, effective writing strategies for long papers, peer critique and support, and oral presentations skills.
Enrollment Limit: 12
Instructor: P. Mitchell
Consent of the Instructor Required: Yes
Prerequisites & Notes
Recommended preparation is History 265 or its equivalent.

 

 

M     2:30-4:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORIOGRAPHY COURSES

HIST 443 - Colloquium: Crisis of Confidence: American History and Culture in the 1970s


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS

Explores the decade between the `groovy 60s’ and `Age of Reagan’ as a distinct era in American history and a critical period whose legacies continue to inform our contemporary world. Through consideration of developments including Watergate, the oil crisis, white backlash, the `Battle of the Sexes,’ and punk music, we interrogate how such moments shed light on contestations over national identity, inclusion, and power in an era regarded as a high point of American cynicism.
Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: S. Lee
Consent of the Instructor Required: Yes

Cross List Information: This course is cross-listed with CAST 443.

 

 

T     1:00-2:50

 

 

HIST 461 - The Mexican Revolution: Birth, Life, Death


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD, WADV

The Mexican Revolution is widely studied and thoroughly disputed. This seminar engages the argument by exploring the bloody origins, institutionalization, and (perhaps) demise of the Revolution. Whether or not the Revolution happened, it did produce a rich historiography, as well as epic cultural artifacts. Our analysis of the Revolution will follow the chronology of its historiographic and cultural products. Classes will be organized and discussions led by students. Field trips required.
Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: S. Volk
Consent of the Instructor Required: Yes

 

W     7:00-9:00pm

 

HIST 500 - History Senior Projects


Semester Offered: First Semester, Second Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS

For History majors in final year of study only. Guided work in seminar intended to support primary research and writing on a topic of student’s choosing to complete a 20-30 page paper. Students consult with relevant faculty during term, but project is supervised in seminar. Can be taken only once.
Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: C. Koppes
Consent of the Instructor Required:
Yes
Prerequisites & Notes
One 300-level course. Senior History Majors only.

 

M     7:00-9:00pm

 

 

 

HIST 501 - Senior Honors


Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: HONR, 4SS

The goal of the seminar is to provide a forum for discussing progress and problems in carrying out honors projects, and to establish a sense of shared enterprise among honors students. Discussions will include methodology, research methods, and progress reports on individual projects. Consent by department invitation.
Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: R. Romano
Consent of the Instructor Required: Yes

M     2:30-4:20