History Department
History Department

HIS F306K • Intro M East: Rel/Cul/Hist Fnd

Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM WAG 101
(also listed as MES F301K, R S F314K)
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A survey of the history and civilization of the Middle East from the sixth to the fourteenth century.     

HIS F315K • The United States, 1492-1865

83200 • Seaholm, Megan
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM JGB 2.218
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The course will cover all aspects of American history to the end of the Civil War.
The basic themes of the course will be the emergence of an American identity, the evolution
of American self-government and the expansion of American territory.

HIS F315L • The United States Snc 1865-Wb

83205 • Suri, Jeremi
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HIS F317L • Intro To Asian American Hist

83210 • Bhalodia-Dhanani, Aarti
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GDC 4.302
(also listed as AAS F312)
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Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

Course Description
This course covers the history of people of Asian descent in the United States from late 16th century to present day. Students will be introduced to key themes in Asian American history by exploring the crucial roles Asians have played in framing American ideas and institutions regarding citizenship, national belonging, border control, and multiracial democracy. For each Asian American ethnic and national group we will examine the causes of migration and the development of Asian American communities over time. Through the semester the course will highlight diversity within the Asian American community. Course material will also focus on shared experiences of oppression, marginalization, and political activism.

Course Objectives
Students will be able to identify major concepts in the field of Asian American history and connect them to broader themes in U.S. history. Through historical works, primary sources, films, and class meetings, students will study the historical changes and continuities in the lives of Asian Americans. On successful completion of the course students should be able to understand how race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality have shaped the Asian American experience. This class will compare experiences of different Asian American groups and highlight the similarities and differences. Students will also study how the Asian American story intersects with experiences of other racial and ethnic groups in American society.

Required Readings
Textbook: Erike Lee, The Making of Asian America: A History (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2015). PCL Reserves and Center for Asian American Studies Library Burdine Hall 556.
Articles on Canvas – These are mainly primary source documents.
Assignments and Grading
Attendance and participation: 10%
Exam 1: 30%
Exam 2: 30%
Exam 3: 30%

HIS F352L • Mexican Revolution, 1910-20

83215 • Butler, Matthew
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM GAR 1.126
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Course description

This upper division option examines the life-course of Mexico’s Revolution through both its armed and post-revolutionary phases, from about 1910-1940. During the semester we will focus on several key questions. What kind of revolution was the Mexican Revolution: an agrarian, political, social, cultural, or even mythical process?

What caused and drove it? What did ordinary people think about the revolution and how far did they shape its course or simply suffer its progress and consequences? Did “many Mexicos” just produce many revolutions, or can broad narratives be discerned? What were the main contours of Mexico’s post-revolutionary regime, and how different were they to those of the old regime?

To do well, you will need to develop your analytical skills (e.g. concerning different interpretations of the Revolution, not just factual recall); your compositional skills (by presenting a reasoned, opinionated case on paper); and your communication skills (by contributing to discussions). By the end of the course you will have a broad theoretical sense of what constitutes a social revolution and a detailed knowledge of Mexico’s revolutionary history that will help you to make up your own mind about the $64K questions: did twentieth-century Mexico truly experience a revolution? If so, how “revolutionary” was it?

Set texts

Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution

New York: Penguin, 2008)

David Brading (ed.), Caudillo and Peasant in the Mexican Revolution

Cambridge: CUP, 1980)

Leslie Bethell (ed.), Mexico since Independence (Cambridge: CUP, 1994)

Luis González y González, San José de Gracia: Mexican Village in

Transition (Austin: UT, 1974)

Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz (New York: Farrar,

Strauss, & Giroux, 1991)

Stephen E. Lewis and Mary Kay Vaughan, The Eagle and the Virgin:

Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920-1940 (Durham: Duke,


John Womack Jr., Zapata and the Mexican Revolution (New York:

Vintage, 1969)

Grading policies

Map quiz (10%)

Reading papers (collectively 40%)

Mid-term quiz (10%)

Final paper (40%)

HIS F363K • Politics Of Food In Latin Amer

83230 • Zazueta, Maria
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM BEN 1.106
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Topics in Latin American History

HIS F364G • Islam Early Mod World:rel/Cult

83235 • Moin, A
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM CMA 3.114
(also listed as ISL F372, MES F342, R S F358)
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In this course, we will examine the religious and cultural developments across the Islamic world between the thirteenth and the eighteenth centuries, stemming from the rise of the Mongols and the end of the caliphate. After the Mongols destroyed the Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad in 1258 and established their rule in large swathes of Asia, the Islamic world entered an era of momentous change. In Iran, Central Asia, and parts of the Middle East, Muslim religious identities experienced a phase of “confessional ambiguity,” marked by the widespread veneration of saints and shrines. To explore the significance of these shifts, we will focus on three themes: the spread of a new type of devotional, shrine-centered, Sufi Islam across Muslim Asia and the Indian Ocean world; the development of a new style of Islamic sovereignty that replaced the caliphate; and the rise of new forms of knowledge, both scientific and artistic, sponsored by the early modern Muslim empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and the Mughals.


  • Stephen Dale, The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals
  • Nile Green, Sufism: A Global History
  • Giancarlo Casale, The Ottoman Age of Exploration
  • Additional readings provided by instructor



  • Attendance: 10%
  • Quiz:10%
  • Essay: (6 pages) 20%
  • Mid-term: 30%
  • Final: 30%

HIS F364G • The Dead Sea Scrolls

83240 • Kaplan, Jonathan
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM PHR 2.114
(also listed as AHC F330, MEL F321, R S F353D)
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For almost seventy years, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has influenced significantly our understanding of Second Temple Judaism, the formation of the Bible, and the origins of the religious movements of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. This course presents an in-depth study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in order to understand better the development of law, interpretation, ritual, messianism, apocalypticism, and prayer in the late Second Temple period. This course will include discussion of the archaeology of the Qumran community, textual production and transmission in antiquity, scribal practices in antiquity, and pseudonymous authorship.


  • VanderKam, James C. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today. Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. Vermes, Geza.
  • The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. London: Penguin, 1998.


  • Class attendance and participation 10%
  • Quality of midterm examination 20%
  • Quality of final examination 30%
  • Quality of two “5 page papers“ 40%.

HIS F365G • US Lesbian/Gay His, 20th-C

83245 • Richardson, Matt
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM BUR 228
(also listed as AMS F370, WGS F335)
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What can we learn from U.S. history about gender and sexuality? This course will use lectures, readings, films, class discussion, and written assignments to explore this question as we trace the social, cultural, and political history of same-sex desire in the U.S., primarily in the 20th century. Major topics include the growth of lesbian and gay communities or sub-cultures and the persistence of racial, class and gender differences within and among them. The course will familiarize students with some of the classic texts in the field as well as recent and varied writings on the history of sexuality, focusing on the experiences, ideas, and conflicts that have shaped modern lesbian, gay and transgender identities.



  • To introduce you to historical approaches to studying lesbian and gay history in the U.S.
  • To encourage you to think critically about the central role of sexuality in shaping 20th-century American culture
  • To help you identify, analyze, and respond to major topics in lesbian and gay life in a culturally sensitive and historically informed manner.
  • To give you opportunities to examine how gender, race, and class create intersectional identities for LGBT people.

HIS S306N • Intro M East: Adj/Chg Mod Tm

Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as GOV S314, MES S301L)
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The responses of the societies of the Middle East and North Africa (Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel, and the Arab world) to Western cultural and political challenges, primarily since about 1800.     

HIS S317L • Regarding The Alamo In History

83325 • Olwell, Robert
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM MEZ B0.306
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Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.