History Department
History Department

HIS 302C • Introduction To China

37880 • Lai, Chiu
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM WEL 1.316
GC (also listed as ANS 302C)
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Introduction to Chinese Civilization and Culture

Course Description:

This course will provide an introduction to major concepts and ideas from Chinese cultural traditions to construct a course inquiry into understanding Chinese culture and society. A guiding principle in this course inquiry will be to investigate the past to help inform the present.   Lectures and discussion will examine key concepts from art, history, language, literature, and thought that greatly shaped, and continue to influence, “Chinese” cultural and geopolitical entities.  

The course is organized into four periods: I The Early Empire; II The Middle Imperial Period; III The Late Imperial Period; and IV Modern and Contemporary Eras.

Required Text:

Harold Tanner, China: A History: Volume I. Hackett Publishing. Available in Print and Digital editions.

Other sources available on Canvas course site.

HIS 306K • Mid East: Rel/Cul/Hist Fnd-Wb

37885 • Spellberg, Denise
GC (also listed as MES 301K, R S 314K)
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This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the end of the fifteenth century. Students will be introduced to basic aspects of the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Islamic civilization from Spain to Iran as they changed over time. In the midst of mapping this broad view, we will focus our attention on how specific historical figures and events contributed to definitions of Islamic identity, community, and authority. Central themes include the emergence of Sunni and Shi`i identities, the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims, and the unique material and intellectual contributions of Islamic civilization to world history and other societies.

Texts include:
Amira Bennison, The Great Caliphs.
Jonathan A. C. Brown, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
Vernon O. Egger, A History of the Muslim World to 1750, 2nd edition
John Alden Williams, ed., The Word of Islam
Selections of primary documents in translation online on CANVAS
Selections from additional books online on CANVAS

4 essay exams, quizzes, and take-home exercises/questions

HIS 306N • Intro Mdrn North Africa-Wb

37910 • Brower, Benjamin
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
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This course presents the major themes of North African history from the sixteenth century to today. North African history intersects several fields of study (European, African, and Middle Eastern studies) and Muslims, Christians, and Jews have made their homes here, marking the region with multi-religious and multi-linguistic traditions. Looking in particular at that part of North Africa known in Arabic as the Maghrib (today’s Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania), the course begins in the early modern Mediterranean period.  At this time, merchants and privateers linked Europe and the Middle East from the Maghreb's ports, and in the interior, caravans of scholars and slaves linked the region to sub-Saharan Africa. Our attention then moves into to the period of European ascendency, when France in particular established itself as the preeminent power in North Africa, beginning with the invasion of Algeria in 1830 and culminating in the 1912 French protectorate in Morocco.  The period of European colonial rule came to an end in the decades after the Second World War, and the course concludes with the challenges faced by post-colonial states during the Cold War and the rise of Islamist political opposition movements in the 1990s.

1.     Mercedes Garcia-Arenal, A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) ISBN: 0801886236
2.     Assia Djebar, Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade (Heinemann, 1993) ISBN: 1583225161
3.     Albert Memmi, The Colonizer and the Colonized (Beacon Press, 1991) ISBN: 0435086219
4.     Malika Mokkadem, Of Dreams and Assassins (University of Virginia Press, 2000)
5.     Phillip C. Naylor, North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present (University of Texas Press, 2010) ISBN: 0292722915
6.     Muhammad as-Saffar, Disorienting Encounters: Travels of a Moroccan Scholar in France in 1845-1846 (University of California Press, 1992) ISBN: 0520074629

·  Exams: There will be one midterm and a comprehensive final exam.  These exams will consist of analytical ID’s and essays.  A list of potential ID’s and questions will be distributed to prepare for the exams.  SEE CLASS SCHEDULE FOR DATES.
·  Short response papers: you will write three brief papers on the in class readings. You can choose to write on any three of the four primary-source books (i.e. Djebar, Memmi, Mokkadem, as-Saffar). You will summarize and analyze how each reflects and challenges the themes of North African history. Length: 2-3 pp., double-spaced, 12 pnt. font. Proofread carefully: correct use of language is expected and will figure in grading. Due dates: in the class meeting scheduled for discussion of each book.

Midterm                      25%                
Final Exam                  35%
Writing                        25%
Participation               15%
Plus/Minus grading will be used for all grading in this course.  The grade scale is as follows:
100-93% = A; 92-90% = A- ; 89-87% = B+ ; 86-83% = B ; 82-80% = B- ; 79-77% = C+ ; 76-73% = C ; 72-70% = C- ; 69-67% = D+ ; 66-63% = D ; 62-60% = D- ; below 60% = F.

HIS 306N • Introduction To Islam-Wb

37900 • Aghaie, Kamran
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet
GC (also listed as ANS 301M, ISL 310, R S 319)
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HIS 306N • Jewish Civ: Begin To 1492

37905 • Schofer, Jonathan
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 220
GC (also listed as J S 304M, MES 310, R S 313M)
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This course is a survey of Jewish civilization from the origins of Ancient Israel to 1500 C.E.  All materials are in English translation. The course will address both the history of Jews during this long period, and the most influential writings produced during that time.  There will be some focus on the persons and writings that have been most influential for Jewish Civilization over time, including influence in the modern world.  This course is the first half of a two-semester sequence, and another course taught regularly in Spring semester addresses Jewish Civilization from 1492 to the present.


The course will be organized according to an overarching thematic image of “Crisis and Response.”  Jewish Civilization over the time period we study, from origins in the later part of the second millennium B.C.E., to the end of the 15th century C.E., encountered key crises including a memory of enslavement in its sacred sources, the need for sovereignty, the loss of sovereignty and a state of exile, and then continued existence only within larger empires for over two millennia.  Responses to these crises were varied. 

In early legends, centuries of slavery were followed by liberation as The Exodus and the establishment of covenantal law (addressed in Unit 1). 

Later, the need for sovereignty brought the establishment of monarchy and centralized worship at a temple by the kings David and Solomon, and then a continuous period of sovereignty for over four centuries.  This sovereignty ended in 587 B.C.E. and this change initiated the need for continued existence in exile in Persian and Hellenistic polities (addressed in Unit 2). 

The first century C.E. brought a new crisis with the end of Temple worship due to Roman conquest, and then the most enduring and productive response for Jewish Civilization was the legal and other innovations of Classical Rabbinic Judaism (addressed in Unit 3). 

In the Middle Ages, the rise of Christian and Muslim empires brought new contexts for Jewish communities, but also new degrees of persecution, and these crises were intimately connected with responses in intellectual and religious life, including the development of philosophy and the mysticism of Kabbalah (addressed in Unit 4).  



  1. Three short papers, 2 pages each; each 15% of the course grade (45% total)
  2. Midterm exam, closed-book, in-class (20%)
  3. Final Exam, closed book, in-class; location, time, and date are set by the Registrar (20%)
  4. Class Participation (15%)


Required Books (available at the University Co-Op Bookstore):

Alexander, ed., Textual Sources for the Study of Judaism

Jewish Publication Society (JTS), TaNaKh: The Holy Scriptures

Robert Seltzer, Jewish People, Jewish Thought

HIS 306N • Key Ideas/Iss In Lat Amer-Wb

37890 • Fridman, Daniel
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet
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This course is an introduction to key issues in the study of Latin America. The goal is to provide you with some of the main building blocks to understand the region and to prepare you for the dozens of more specific courses on Latin America offered at UT. Latin America is an enormous region with over thirty countries as well as lots of diversity, variation, power struggles, class, gender, ethnic and racial inequalities, as well as fun stuff. Latin American Studies is a huge field of interdisciplinary approaches that studies almost everything that happened in the past and is currently happening in Latin America. Given this breadth and variation both in subject and discipline, the course will focus on giving you a basic toolkit in Latin American Studies, drawing mostly from sociology, history, political science, anthropology, and geography.

HIS 306N • Medieval Material Culture-Wb

37889 • Kaufman, Cheryl
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM • Internet
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HIS 306N • Rus/E Eur/Eurasn Studies-Wb

37895 • Petrov, Petar
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet
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HIS 309J • Roots Religious Toleration-Wb

37920 • Bodian, Marion
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM • Internet
(also listed as J S 311C, R S 306D)
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Religious intolerance seems to be endemic in human societies. It takes different forms, ranging from subtle discrimination to mass violence. There are times when it is less intense than at others. As a social phenomenon, there seems little chance that it can ever be eliminated. 


But historically, political and legal structures have been developed that have ensured a high degree of freedom for religious minorities. These structures have been built gradually and with great effort. They have very particular roots in early modern Europe (sixteenth to eighteenth centuries). In this course we will try to understand in historical perspective how this happened, as well as the impact of this development on contemporary thinking. 


To understand the extraordinary struggles of the early modern period, we’ll first have to understand the basic position and practices of the western Church toward heretics and non-believers as they were formulated in the first few centuries CE and as they were elaborated in the medieval period. We will then turn to the events and changed perspectives of the Reformation period. Finally, we will analyze the range of theoretical ideas about religious toleration proposed by European thinkers, and consider their practical implications. We’ll conclude with some reflections on the persistent problems that have arisen and still arise in the effort to achieve religious toleration, including recent issues particular to the multiculturalism experiment. 


The course, then, has a three-part structure:


Part 1: A survey of the late antique and medieval European background;

Part 2: A look at how new conditions in the Reformation period encouraged the emergence of ideas of religious toleration;

Part 3: A study of a variety of theoretical positions – then and (briefly) now.


You will take an exam after the first two segments of the course (together, 50% of the grade), and a final exam (30%). In addition, you will write a 3-5 page exercise (10%), and attendance and participation will be evaluated (10%).

HIS 309M • Medieval Millennium Eur

37925 • Newman, Martha
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WEL 3.502 • Hybrid/Blended
GC (also listed as AHC 310)
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Our images of medieval Europe are often shaped more by contemporary popular culture and modern politics than by the historical record.  Scholars, however, have broadened their understanding of the period to incorporate material culture, as well as data from climate science, genetics, and archeology, into their traditional analysis of written documents. This class draws on recent studies of European history between 500 and 1500 to explore how the social practices, ideas, and institutions of the European middle ages developed through interactions with Europe’s neighbors. Themes include: climate change and disease; archeological evidence for everyday life; the relationship between trade and political power; the articulation of religious, ethnic, and gendered differences; intellectual interactions between Christians, Jews, and Muslims; and the formation of empires.

Here’s what we will investigate together:
• important events, people, and places within the medieval millennium (500-1500)
• how interactions with peoples, ideas, and material objects from the Middle East, Asia and Africa shaped medieval European culture
• the documents and material objects that scholars use to study medieval Europe, and how to understand the perspectives of their authors and their audiences
• how historians formulate arguments and conversations
• an understanding of how societies change
 the modern fascination with the medieval past, and ways of understandingcultures different from our own
• how to write and speak more clearly, to articulate your position or argument, and to support it effectively and respectfully.

Barbara Rosenwein, A Short History of the Middle Ages (5th edition). University of Toronto Press, 2018
Articles, translated documents and images will be available on Canvas

Midterm  20%
Final Exam 30%
Reading response handouts and class participation 20%
Group research project and oral presentation   30%.  

HIS 310M • Film/Hist Lat Am: Colonial-Wb

37930 • Twinam, Ann
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM • Internet
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This course introduces students to selected topics in Latin American history and culture through film, readings,class discussion and lectures. One goal is to explore significant influences that have molded Latin American history from the conquest through the early twentieth century. Another is for students to develop their analytical capabilities to utilize both visual and written materials as they engage in discussion and  write analytical essays. Topics include but are not limited to: The Conquest, The Colony, Church and Native Peoples, Women, Religious and the Church, Caudillos, Gender and Aristocracy, Nineteenth Century Mexico, The Golden Age of Cinema, The Infamous Decade in Argentina.

All readings are posted on Canvas.


Essays     6/10  (60%)

Outlines 2/10  (20 %)

Discussion 2/10  (20%)

HIS 310R • Latin America And The US-Wb

37935 • Frens-String, Joshua
GC (also listed as LAS 310R)
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Utilizing a combination of secondary literature (scholarly books, journal articles, etc.) and a close reading of primary sources, this course will explore the different social, economic, political, and cultural encounters that have both divided and united the western hemisphere (North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean) over the last two centuries. The focus of the course will include discussions of particularly significant events in the history of U.S-Latin American foreign relations—everything from U.S. military interventions, diplomatic encounters, social revolutions, and political counterrevolutions to important examples of economic and cultural exchange and the hemispheric movement of peoples and ideas. Throughout the course, we will consider the ways in which varying internal conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean have allowed the region to resist U.S. influence—in some cases, even providing Latin American and Caribbean nations the ability to exert considerable power over U.S. politics and culture. Finally, students will be expected to analyze the different ways that Latin America, as a region, has been viewed or represented through North American eyes (and vice versa), and the many political consequences those representations have had over the last two centuries.

Selected Texts:

*Robert Holden and Eric Zolov, The United States and Latin America: A Documentary History (Oxford, 2010)
*Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer, Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, 2nd ed. (Harvard University Press, 2005). [Note: There are older editions of this book but please make sure you purchase the second edition].
*Stephen G. Rabe, The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America, 2nd ed. (Oxford, 2016)
*Additional journal articles and book excerpts will be scanned and uploaded to the course website, via Canvas. Students will be expected to download, print, read and take notes on these readings on their own. Each week’s readings must be brought to class.

Paper #1: 10% (2 pages)
Exam #1: 30%
Paper #2: 20% (3-4 pages)
Exam #2: 30%
Map Quizzes (4 Total) 5%
Reading Quizzes/Course Participation: 5%

HIS 311K • Intro To Traditional Africa-Wb

37940 • Falola, Oloruntoyin
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
GC (also listed as AFR 310L)
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This is an introductory, inter-disciplinary course on the peoples and cultures of Africa, designed for students with a limited background in African studies as well as those who want to improve their understanding of this huge continent. The course is divided into two parts, one on a survey history and the other on aspects of culture. The subjects cover the long historical era known as the precolonial, which terminated at the turn of the twentieth century when Africa came under European rule. Among the main themes are: early history, kingdoms, interactions with external agencies, and various institutions and customs of society. Readings are drawn from two textbooks, two monographs. The books deal with essential outline histories and dense interpretive literature on a few issues. Films provide visual illustrations and additional perspectives.

1)    To use a combination of films, lectures and reading materials to introduce students to a number of themes in African history and cultures.

2)    To enable students to reflect on a number of issues in order to reach independent conclusions.

3)    To provide an adequate background that will prepare students for other courses on Africa.

4)    To improve the writing and analytical skills of students, by introducing them to the craft of history writing.

Required Materials

Toyin Falola, ed., Africa, Vol. 1, African History Before 1885, Durham: Carolina
Academic Press, 2000.

Toyin Falola, ed., Africa, Vol. 2, African Cultures, and Societies Before 1885, Durham:
Carolina Academic Press, 2000.

*** Books are available at Co-op. Students can also use the Internet to order direct from the publishers or through Amazon.com

Evaluation and points--100%

1)    Community Project      25%           September 18

2)    Mid-Term Examination—Take Home          25%            October 18  
     (Two essay questions, at least three pages on each)

3)     Class attendance and participation                  20%          
4)     Final examination—Take Home                   30%    December 10
        (Two essay questions, at least three pages on each)

HIS 314K • Hist Of Mexican Amers In US-Wb

37945 • Zamora, Emilio
CD HI (also listed as MAS 316)
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The reading and lecture course examines the historical development of the Mexican community in the United States since 1848, with an emphasis on the period between 1900 and the present.  The primary purpose of the course is to address time and place specific variations in the incorporation of the Mexican community as a national minority and bottom segment of the U.S. working class.  One of my central concerns is to explain two inter-related historical trends in this incorporation, steady upward mobility and unrelenting social marginalization.  I emphasize work experiences, race thinking, social relations, trans-border relations, social causes and larger themes in U.S. history such as wars, sectional differences, industrialization, reform, labor and civil rights struggles, and the development of a modern urbanized society. Also, I incorporate relevant aspects of the history of Latinos, African Americans, and Mexico.

Manuel G. Gonzales, Mexicanos, A History of Mexicans in the US (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999).
Angela Valenzuela, “The Drought of Understanding and the Hummingbird Spirit,” Unpublished essay in my possession.
Emilio Zamora, Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Workers and Job Politics during WWII (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2009).
Emilio Zamora, “Guide for Writing Family History Research Paper.

Mid-term examination (25%),
Final examination (25%),
Research paper (30%),
Two chapter reports (10%)
Film report (10%).

HIS 315K • United States 1492-1865-Wb

37960-37975 • Mintz, Steven
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
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Survey of United States history from the colonial period through the Civil War.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

The two books required for the class are available for purchase at the University Co-op or online via Amazon, et. al.. One copy is also on three-hour reserve at the PCL.

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History, Volume One, Fourth (Seagull) Edition, (Norton, 2013).

Robert Olwell, ed., The Presence of the Past: Documents in American History, 1492-1865, Second Edition, Kendall-Hunt, 2013).


There will be a mid-term exam in this course and a final exam. The mid-term will address materials covered in the preceding half of the semester. The final will cover the materials from the last half of the course as well as ask students to answer a comprehensive essay drawing upon themes developed throughout. Each exam will also include a list of ten terms drawn from the lectures and readings and you will have to briefly identify and describe the significance of five of those terms. A make-up for the mid-term will be given the Friday of the week following the regularly scheduled exam. There will be no make-up for the final exam.

HIS 315L • The United States Snc 1865-Wb

37980-37990 • Ozanne, Rachel
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The goal of this class is to introduce students to the complexities of understanding the past and to historical thinking and writing, by studying the people, events, and ideas that shaped the United States from 1865-2004. The chronology of the course is divided into three major eras: Reconstruction through World War I (1865-1920); The Roaring Twenties to the Outbreak of the Cold War (1920-1953); and the Civil Rights Movements to the Conservative Resurgence (1940-2004). [There will be some chronological overlap from units 2 to 3.] It is organized around 5 central themes: the economic growth of the US; the struggle for civil rights of African Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, women, and others; the emergence of Protestant fundamentalism; the shift from liberalism to far right conservatism in mainstream American politics; and the emergence of U.S. as a superpower. 

 Course Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major events, ideas, and people in US history between 1865-2004
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of diverse and persistently marginalized cultural groups in US history
  • Identify and analyze primary source documents
  • Craft clear historical thesis statements and write historical arguments

Students will be graded primarily on three take-home unit essays, three group timeline projects, and weekly quizzes over the textbook and lecture material. 

HIS 317L • Colonial America-Wb

37995 • Tully, Alan
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM • Internet
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This course examines the chief characteristics of Anglo-American culture from the initial permanent English settlement of British North America in the early seventeenth century to the emergence of provincial societies in the mid-eighteenth century.  Its theme is the settlement and unsettlement of North America as migrants from Europe and Africa mingled with aboriginals already in the New World.  We will look comparatively at different colonizing experiments in North America and the Caribbean, in order to comprehend the varied and often international context within which colonial history took place. At he same time, we will look for the values that shaped early American institutions and social norms and examine them against alternatives both that other contemporary societies offered and that the circumstances of colonial life suggested.  In doing so we will attempt to understand how environment and experience shaped distinctive new world cultures.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. History component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility. It also carries two distribution flags: Cultural Diversity and Writing.

This course carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. A substantial portion of your grade will come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.

This course also carries the Writing Flag. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor to help you improve your writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and you may be asked to read and discuss your peers’ work. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your written work.


The following books are available at the Bookstore.

Richard Middleton and Anne Lombard, Colonial America. A History, 1565-1776,
4th edition (Oxford, 2011).
Richard Dunn, Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (Chapel Hill, 1972; 2000).
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography. Various editions. [Louis P. Masur ed., (Boston, 2016)].
Anthony S. Parent Jr., Foul Means:  The Formation of Slave Society in Virginia, 1660 -1740 (Chapel Hill, 2003).
John Woolman,  Journal.  Various editions. [Phillips P. Moulton, The Journal and Major Essays (Richmond, IN 1971, 2007]

Alternative books for essay #3
Ian Steele, Warpaths: Invasions of North America  (New York, 1994).
Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeny, Captors and Captives: the 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (Boston, 2003)

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale:  the Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812 (New York, 1990).
Woody Holton, Abigail Adams: A Life (New York, 2009).

Course Requirements

All students will attend weekly lectures and discussions that take place in the third class hour.  Discussions will focus on the assigned readings and students will be expected to participate actively. Participation marks will be based on attendance and the instructor’s evaluation of student contributions to discussion. Students are responsible for lecture material along with that contained in the required readings and for any changes to the syllabus that are announced in class.  Although there is some overlap between texts and lectures, lectures do not simply repeat material in the readings. I do not provide copies of lectures and attendees are prohibited from recording lectures and discussions.  A schedule of the required readings is attached.

Written Work:  Students will hand in three short essays.  The first will be a 5-page paper comparing the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and John Woolman. This essay is due on Sept. 18 for peer review, final version due Sept. 25.  The second is a comparison of Richard S. Dunn, Sugar and Slaves and Anthony Parent, Foul Means, due on Oct.16 for peer review, final version due Oct. 23. The third is a comparison of EITHER Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale and Woody Holton, Abigail Adams: A Life (New York, 2009), OR Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeny, Captors and Captives and Ian Steele, Warpaths: Invasions of North America, due on Nov. 13 for peer review, final version due Nov. 27. The second and third papers will be a maximum of 6 pages.
You may choose to hand in ONE of these papers up to a week late. Essays later than one week will be credited as work completed but will receive a mark of zero.
You also may choose to submit a re-written version of paper one.
Examination:  The final examination will cover all material addressed in class and all readings assigned for essays or for consideration in the classroom.  We will discuss the nature of the examinations and essays in class.  

Marking Scheme:

Essay on assigned primary sources (5 pages) – 15%
Comparative essay on Dunn and Parent (7 pages) – 25%
Comparative essay on either Ulrich and Holton or Anderson and Haefeli & Sweeney
(7 pages) – 25%
Class discussion participation - 10%
End-of-Term Examination – 25%
Final marks will include a plus and minus range.

HIS 317L • Era Of Amer Revolution

38000 • Olwell, Robert
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.306 • Hybrid/Blended
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Through a mixture of lectures and discussion (and a few film clips), this course will examine the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution from 1760 to 1800. Assignments will consist of four in-class exams, plus a brief analytical paper based on reading primary sources.

Books that may be assigned:
Robert Gross, The Minutemen and their World
Lawrence Babits, A Devil of a Whipping
Rhys Isaac, The Transformation of Virginia
Woody Holton, Forced Founders

Attendance/Participation 10%
Exams 65%
Research paper 25%

HIS 317L • Est America, 1565-18wb

38025 • Tully, Alan
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM • Internet
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The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough introduction to what is best described as the foundations of American History.  “Establishing America” covers the two centuries of English/British colonization ventures in North America and the ensuing, crucial four decades from the Declaration of Independence in 1775 through the aftermath of the War of 1812.  No later period of United States History compares with these two and a half centuries in contributions to the fundamental shape and character of American society.
    Too often American History courses merely gesture toward a slender list of perspectives on the extremely varied, North American colonial experiences before focusing heavily on the “origins” of the American nation in the Revolution and through the adoption and early implementation of the U. S. Constitution.  What this approach fails to acknowledge properly is that most members of the founding generation grew up in, and were deeply influenced by the colonial/provincial societies their parents and grandparents consciously constructed and adapted to, and that the Revolutionaries inherited. Pre-Revolution experiences and the structures of the various provincial British-American societies mattered in all that ensued. Building on these experiences late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Americans undertook a variety of experiments in politics, economics, social relations and international affairs that – just as the colonial past had done – posed profound questions about ethics and leadership in the nascent American society.
    The establishment of America over the first two decades of Euro-American habitation of North America constitutes a continuum of ethical considerations and choices, which spring from a variety of themes: immigration, both voluntary and forced; the commerce of the Atlantic, both in goods and people; traditional English rights and their metamorphosis in American hands; British and American constitutionalism; experiments with sovereignty, federalism, and the language of rights; the meanings and institutionalization of religious liberty and freedom of speech; claiming, expropriating, and establishing title to land; slavery and various other forms of unfree labor; the role of the slave trade and slavery in the Atlantic economies; native American/Euro-American contact, trade, conflict and demographics; various theatres and experiences of violence and warfare; ethnic and racial distinctions; institutional, cultural, and economic Anglicization and Americanization; patriarchy and equality; family structures and gender roles; imperialism, provincialism, nationalism and exceptionalism; monarchy and subjecthood; republicanism and citizenship.  While these topics will inform weekly lectures, readings and discussion, they will be structured around four basic themes; occupation of the land; slavery; loyalty in the Revolutionary struggle; and the meanings of rights and equality in the new republic. These will require students to reflect on and appreciate perspectives that will enrich their capacity for present-day civic mindedness and engagement.

Geographical literacy. This class will participate in a new History Department initiative to improve student geographical literacy using a digital history tool called Cerego. Along with other conceptual dimensions, geographical literacy helps us deepen our understanding of the complex processes of human interaction. You will be required to complete a series of map exercises this semester that are intended to reinforce your grasp of geographical knowledge. These exercises are accessible through Canvas.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.

This course also carries the flag for Ethics and Leadership. Courses carrying the Ethics and Leadership Flag equip you with the tools necessary for making ethical decisions in your adult and professional life. Courses carrying this flag expose you to ethical issues and to the process of applying ethical reasoning in real-life situations.

For background and some perspectives on American History students might refer to the UT History Department’s website NOT EVEN PAST  (https://notevenpast.org/teaching-us-history-with-not-even-past/).


The following books are available at the Co-op Bookstore:

Eric G. Nellis, An Empire of Regions: A Brief History of Colonial British America, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
Eric G, Nellis, The Long Road to Change: America’s Revolution, 1750-1820, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.
Robert A. Gross, The Minutemen and Their World, revised edition, New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.
Maya Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.  
David Waldstreicher, Slavery’s Constitution:  From Revolution to Ratification, New York: Hill and Wang, 2009.
Book of Primary Sources.

Course Requirements

All students are expected to attend Monday and Wednesday lectures and to have read the assignments listed for that date in advance of each class. Students are responsible for lecture material along with that contained in the assigned readings and for any changes to the syllabus announced in class.  Although there is some overlap between texts and lectures, lectures do not simply repeat material in the readings. A schedule of the required readings is attached.

I do not provide copies of lectures and attendees are prohibited from recording lectures. No cell phones, tablets, e-readers, iPods, iPads, laptop computers, etc. This is an electronics free classroom.  All laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices must be turned off at the beginning of class.

Written Work:  Students will hand in one short essay.  This will be a 5-page paper comparing the analyses in Robert A. Gross, The Minutemen and Their World, revised edition, New York: Hill and Wang, 2001, and Maya Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.  Student’s should read the following article as they think about how to compare these two monographs. John Keown, “ America’s War for Independence: Just or Unjust”, Journal of Catholic Social Thought 6(2009), 277-304.
We will discuss how to structure such written comparisons in class. Late papers will be penalized by one full grade per day.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. After two absences students will be penalized one half mark for each missed class from the assigned total of 5 marks for full attendance.
Test and Examination:  There will be a test made up of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and one longer essay question in the second class period of Week 8. There will be a final examination in this course during the end of term examination period.

Marking Scheme:

Map Quiz 5%
Attendance 5%
Test 20%
Comparative essay on Gross and Jasanoff – 30%
End-of-Term Examination – 40%
Final marks will include a plus and minus range.

HIS 317L • Intro Afr Amer Women's Hist-Wb

37994 • Farmer, Ashley
Meets MW 11:30AM-1:00PM • Internet
CDWr HI (also listed as AFR 310)
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This lecture course examines the experience of African American women in American history. It is designed with the idea that there is not one singular experience of black women in America, but rather a multitude of black women’s voices and perspectives that comprise this history. We will explore black women’s experiences across class, regional, and organizational lines. Themes and issues will include family life, work, political activism, and sexuality. The course will focus on how white and black Americans have attempted to control and represent African American women. We will also foreground how African American women have articulated their perspectives, needs, and emancipatory goals.

HIS 317L • The Black Power Movement-Wb

38020 • Moore, Leonard
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
HI (also listed as AFR 315N)
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The Black Power movement was a distinct period from the late 1960s and early 1970s that emphasized racial pride and the creation of black political and cultural institutions to nurture and promote black collective interests and advance black values, and secure black autonomy. The range of black power ideology ranged from the desire to create an all-black nation-state to the promotion of black economic power. This course will look at the major organizations, key figures, and ideologies of the black power movement.

Exams will be given approximately every 4 WEEKS.
Exam 1: 25%
Exam 2: 25%
Exam 3: 25%
Exam 4: 25%

HIS 317L • The United States/Africa-Wb

38010 • Falola, Oloruntoyin
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet
HI (also listed as AFR 315G)
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This class will look at the history of the political, economic and cultural relations between the United States and Africa from the early origins of the slave trade to the present. It explores the role of the US in historical global contexts. The class is intended to elucidate historical developments both in the US and on the African continent, and should satisfy students with a strong interest in US history as well as those interested in the place of the US in the African Diaspora.  The semester is divided into four parts, each covering a major theme.
Course Objectives
To develop a base of African and US history and increase the level of awareness of the African Diaspora in the US.  
To obtain a well-rounded approach to the political, economic, and cultural connections between the United States and Africa.
To reevaluate perceptions of Africa, to recognize the vibrant nature of African culture, and to apply new knowledge to the different cultural agents active in US popular culture, such as music, dance, literature, business and science.
To help students understand present-day politics in Africa at a deeper level and to obtain a better understanding of racial conditions in the US.
To learn how to assess historical materials -- their relevance to a given interpretative problem, their reliability and their importance -- and to determine the biases present within particular scholarship. These include historical documents, literature and films.

1. Joseph E. Holloway, ed., Africanisms in American Culture  (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005 second edition).
2. Curtis A. Keim, Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind (Westview Press, 1999).
3. Alusine Jalloh, ed., The United States and West Africa (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2008).
4. Kevin Roberts, ed., The Atlantic World 1450-2000 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008).
5. Karen Bouwer, Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: the Legacy of Patrice Lumumba (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
6. Gendering the African diaspora : women, culture, and historical change in the Caribbean and Nigerian hinterland / edited by Judith A. Byfield, LaRay Denzer, and Anthea Morrison. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.    

i. Public Lecture Review 10%     
ii. First  Examination 25%
iii. Book Review 20%
iv.   Book Review 20%
v. Second Examination 25%

HIS 318N • Discovery History

38030 • Martinez, Alberto
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 1.104
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There is a mismatch between popular culture and academia. Some stories that in popular culture are celebrated as bright moments of discovery or insight are instead dismissed in academia as merely popular myths. We will analyze claims from popular books in the light of accurate historical sources. This course will introduce students to the process of making discoveries in historical research.

We will place special attention on debunking myths. Each day, as a group, we will develop interesting questions for research. Students will each freely propose topics that draw their curiosity. Our discussions will be guided by those questions. In this course, history will not be presented as knowledge that is prepackaged in books and articles to be memorized. Instead, we will use history as a tool for making discoveries about what really happened. The professor will give examples and anecdotes, from his own research, showing why he became interested in particular puzzles, why they seem fascinating, and how he managed to make new findings. Throughout the semester, the professor will also present findings from his ongoing research projects, to illustrate how historical discoveries are made.

This course is designed for first-year students, and it has no prerequisites. However, upperclassmen are also invited to enroll.

Scott Berkun, The Myths of Innovation (Sebastopol, Canada: O’Reilly, 2007/2010).

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008).

John Stossel, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity (New York: Hyperion, 2006).

Optional Books

James Burke, The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996).

Alberto Martínez, Science Secrets: the Truth About Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).

Participation 20%, Presentation 10%, Research Project 40%, Final Exam 30%

HIS 320W • Thinking Like A Historian

38065 • Frazier, Alison
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.306 • Hybrid/Blended
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Course Description:  In this entry-level seminar for History Majors and friends, you’ll work collaboratively on reading, thinking, and writing as student historians. The course balances attention to skills and content by breaking the semester into four parts, each three weeks long, plus a final research assignment. We’ll concentrate on a range of skill-sets, as well as different historical contexts, research methods, types of evidence, and categories of analysis. You and your group will practice distinguishing and evaluating both primary and secondary sources, posing historical questions, and designing research projects to answer those questions.
This course carries a Writing Flag, which means that we will assess your learning together largely through writing assignments. Some of the writing will be short: we’ll use Hypothesis to write and share marginal comments, for example, and you’ll fill out four reading response forms. In addition, you’ll write three short papers, all to go through peer review and substantive revision. You’ll have one group research project; and you’ll conclude the semester by constructing your own research framework for poster presentation. For this final project you choose your campus archive: the Briscoe Center for American History, The LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the Benson Latin American Library, etc.

HIS 320W • Thinking Like A Historian

38060 • Hardwick, Julie
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 1.126 • Hybrid/Blended
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Thinking Like a Historian is a lower division seminar for History majors/potential majors/interested students of history. Students learn to read, write and think like historians, that is to understand history as a discipline in terms of research methods, evidence, and analysis. We use case studies about the global early modern world (France, London, and South Asia), Jefferson’s America and 19th-century Texas. Students read primary sources and examine how different historians have competing interpretations of particular topics. Students learn important transferable skills that are valuable for a wide range of careers.

Students will write three short papers, several very brief responses to readings, complete two group research projects and develop a research paper framework. Students use on line sources for the group projects and campus archives of their choice (The Briscoe Center for American History, The LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center etc) for research frameworks.

HIS 320W • Thinking Like A Historian-Wb

38075 • Ozanne, Rachel
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet
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In this class, students will practice the reading, writing, research, and thinking skills of historians, developing skills useful to the academic discipline of history and beyond. This course will emphasize this history the University of Texas at Austin, examining three specific incidents of controversy in its history: the conflict between the faculty and regents of the university with Texas Governor Jim Ferguson, which ultimately led to Ferguson’s impeachment; the conflict over racial integration in the 1950s; and finally the recent debate about the presence of monuments honoring Confederate war heroes that led to their removal from campus grounds in the 2010s. Students will ready both primary and secondary sources related to these events and examine competing interpretations of these events. They will write three short papers, four very brief responses to readings, complete two group research projects, and develop a research paper framework. They will use online sources for the group projects and campus archives of their choice (The Briscoe Center for American History, The LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center etc) for research frameworks.

HIS 320W • Thinking Like A Historian-Wb

38070 • Coffin, Judith
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet
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Students learn to read, write and think like historians, that is to understand different historical approaches to crucial questions about the past. Our case study will be World War I (1914-1918), a global conflict, and probably the most decisive event of the twentieth century. We will consider social, cultural, military, and geo-political history. We will study debates about the origins of the war; old and new perspectives on soldiers and the “great” battles; questions of humanitarianism, violence, and genocide; what the war meant for the “home front”; the war’s empire-shaking consequences; and the ambitions and failures of the peace. We will read secondary and primary sources including fiction and film. How (and why) do historians argue? What is in an archive, what can you do it with, and how?

Students will write three short papers, several very brief responses to readings, complete two group research projects and develop a research paper framework.  Students use on line sources for the group projects and online or campus archives of their choice (The Briscoe Center for American History, The LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center etc) for research frameworks.

HIS 321M • Hist Of Rome: The Republic-Wb

38080-38095 • Riggsby, Andrew
Meets MW 12:00PM-1:00PM • Internet
GC (also listed as CTI 327D)
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Covers the period from Rome's foundation through Caesar's murder in 44 B.C.  The emphasis placed on the last two centuries of the Republic when problems accumulated and solutions did not.  All the factors contributing to the Republic's fall will discussed:  political, military, social, economic, religious, etc..

Carries the Global Cultures flag.

HIS 322D • Scntfc Revolutn Of 17th Cen-Wb

38100 • Hunt, Bruce
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The Scientific Revolution of the 17th century produced several fundamental shifts in the way people have viewed the natural world and their own place in it. In this course we will examine the roots and course of this revolution and trace the main outlines of the new world it helped to create. This course carries a Global Cultures flag and we will strive to show how science has become a global pursuit.

Galileo Galilei, The Essential Galileo (ed. Maurice Finocchiaro),

Peter Dear, Revolutionizing the Sciences (3rd edition, 2019),

James Gleick, Isaac Newton,

Michael R. Matthews (ed.), The Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy

plus additional readings to be posted on Canvas.

Course grades will be +/- and will be based on three one-hour essay exams and a short paper on a topic to be assigned (25% each).

HIS 329P • History Of The Atomic Bomb

38105 • Hunt, Bruce
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM WAG 420 • Hybrid/Blended
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In this course, we will examine the history of nuclear weapons from the discovery of fission in Dec. 1938 to the Oppenheimer security hearings of 1954, with a brief look at later events.

This course carries a Writing Flag, and we will emphasize the form as well as the content of your written work. It also carries an Ethics and Leadership Flag, and we will focus closely ethical issues.

Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb,
John Hersey, Hiroshima,
Michael J. Hogan (ed.), Hiroshima in History and Memory,
Herbert York, The Advisors: Oppenheimer, Teller, and the Superbomb,
Richard Polenberg (ed.), In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer,
plus additional readings to be posted on Canvas.

Course grades will be +/– and will be based on a quiz (10%); a 2–3 page draft (5%) and a 10–12 page final paper (45%) on the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japanese cities; a 3–4 page paper on the Oppenheimer security case (15%); an essay exam (15%); and class participation (10%). All students will be expected to attend all class meetings and take an active part in class discussions.

HIS 337N • Germany In The 20th Cen-Hon-Wb

38120 • Crew, David
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet
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           Hitler and the Nazis have given twentieth-century Germany a world-historical significance it would otherwise have lacked. Even from our vantage point, the Nazi regime is still one of the most dramatic and destructive episodes in European, indeed, in world history. Nazism is synonymous with terror, concentration camps and mass murder. Hitler's war claimed the lives of tens of millions and left Europe in complete ruins. The danger resides in the temptation to view all of German history from the end of the nineteenth-century onwards as merely the pre-history of Nazism, thereby failing to deal with each period on its own terms. And what do we do with the more than seventy years of German history since 1945? With the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, the course of German history appears to have experienced a radical break. New political and social systems were imposed upon the two halves of the divided Germany by the victors. The hostilities of the Cold War appeared to ensure a permanent division of Germany, which in 1961 assumed a compelling symbolic form, the Berlin Wall. But in 1989, the dramatic changes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe revolutionized East Germany as well. The Berlin Wall came down, East and West Germany were once again joined together in one nation. What exactly this newest version of the German nation will look like in ten or twenty years is still unclear.


In the first half of the course, we will begin by discussing the origins and effects of World War One(1914-1918), then move on to the German Revolution(1918-1919) and the Weimar Republic(l9l8-l933), the Nazi regime (1933-1945) and the Holocaust. The questions we will focus on here are: Was Germany’s first experiment with democracy between 1918 and 1933 doomed to failure? What factors contributed to the rise of Nazism and how did the Nazi regime affect Germany and Europe? Were all vestiges of Nazism destroyed in 1945? In the second half of the semester we will discuss the history of Germany in the Cold War(1945-1989). We will end by talking about the consequences of the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989 to the present). Here, the main questions will be: Did, West and East Germany follow fundamentally new paths? What clues can be found in the histories of the Federal Republic in West Germany and the German Democratic Republic in East Germany since 1949 that may indicate the possibilities for change in the future? How does the unification of East and West Germany affect Germany's future role in Europe and the world?



Required Reading and Course Materials:(Readings indicated with * are available on-line at the PCL Website)

*Mary Fulbrook, The Divided Nation: A History of Germany

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
*Richard Bessel(ed.) Life in the Third Reich
Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
Peter Schneider, The Wall Jumper
Please also make sure to bookmark the following web-site. We will be working extensively with materials on this site: http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/

We will also be using this site: https://www.ushmm.org/


Film:Available to be streamed from the PCL website

“Goodbye Lenin” (2003)



Neil MacGregor, Germany:Memories of a Nation


As you listen to each of the podcasts assigned, you should also take a look at the images included with the relevant chapters in MacGregor’s book, available on-line at the PCL website:*Neil MacGregor, Germany. Memories of a Nation

Deutsche Well/German Foreign Service TV:

“Meet the Germans with Rachel Stewart”-




This course combines lectures and discussions of secondary readings as well as original historical documents (short selections) and contemporary visual materials such as paintings, photographs, newsreels, propaganda, and election posters. The following assignments are designed to allow you to think and write about each of these different ways of gaining access to the German past. There will be no formal mid-term or final exam. The full range of +/- grades will be used for each assignment and for your final grade.


The requirements are:

(1)that you keep a German History Journal -your goal should be to keep a record of the three most interesting and important things about German history that you have learned each week and explain why. At the end of each month this semester (i.e. September 30, October 31, November 30), you should submit your journal for that month to me via e-mail. This assignment is worth 15% of your final grade.

(2) that you write one essay on any one of the books by Remarque, Bessel, Levi, or Schneider. Each essay should be 4-5 pages typewritten and will be worth 20% of your final grade. These are not book reports. I will hand out specific questions on each of these books which you need to answer in your essays. These questions will also provide the basis for small group discussions in Breakout Rooms of each of these books on the dates indicated on the syllabus. If you are not satisfied with the grade you receive for this assignment, you may re-write your book essay (or write an essay on one of the other books) to see whether you can improve your grade for this assignment. Due dates for each book essay are listed on syllabus.

(3)that you post blogs on each of the seven assigned podcast episodes by Neil MacGregor, “Germany: Memories of a Nation.” Each blog should be no longer than 150 words in length and should be posted on the Discussion Thread in Canvas no later than 5pm on the day before the in-class discussions of the relevant episode of this podcast is scheduled on the syllabus. Each of these blogs will be worth 5% of your final grade

(4)you will also be asked to write one film blog (up to 250 words in length)on the Discussion Thread in Canvas on this film:“Goodbye Lenin”(2003). This blog will be worth 10% of your final grade.Due Date: No later than 5pm on the day before the in-class discussion of this film is scheduled on the syllabus

(5) The final course assignment is to do the research for and construct your own podcast, no more than 20 minutes in length, on any topic in the history of Germany since 1914 that interests you and to be chosen in consultation with the instructor. If you are especially interested in seeing how German history has been represented in film and TV, I will send out a list from which you could choose one film/TV series as the subject of your podcast. Due no later than the official exam date for this course. This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade

HIS 339Q • Mdvl Mid E Hist 100 Objects-Wb

38125 • Mulder, Stephennie
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM • Internet
GC (also listed as ARH 328L)
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Objects, “things” – whether mundane, everyday household items or great works of art and architecture patronized by merchants, religious leaders, or rulers – have had a profound impact on the course of history. Indeed, recently historians have begun to speak of a “material turn” within the field – a movement away from a purely text-based model of understanding the past. This model acknowledges that things can often reveal a more nuanced and rich picture of past lives, in particular, allowing us to understand how ordinary people lived. And yet, history is often still taught as though our only source of knowledge about the past comes through texts. This course will be a survey of the history of the medieval Middle East, from the period of Late Antiquity (in the seventh century) to the rise of early modern empires of the Safavids, Ottomans, and Mughals (in the seventeenth century), taught by a close examination of the meaning and significance of 100 objects. The objects will come from sources as diverse as archaeological investigations, museum collections, and European Church treasuries, but all of them will tell a vivid story about their time.

Students will learn basic skills of visual analysis and object analysis, and will gain an introduction to theories of seeing and interpreting works of art and architecture – essential skills in today’s increasingly visually-based information economy. At the end of the course, students will not only have a clear sense of the histories of the great medieval and early modern Islamic dynasties, but will also be able to use works of art and architecture, as well as everyday objects, as an effective tool of analysis.

HIS 345L • Am Civ War/Reconstr 1861-77

38140 • Icenhauer-Ramirez, Robert
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM WEL 2.224
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OVERVIEW. This course investigates the political, military, constitutional, diplomatic, and social aspects of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The emphasis will be on the military and political facets of the war while also focusing on how the war resulted in the destruction of slavery. The goal is to provide students with an understanding of the major events and leaders of the war and its aftermath. The end of slavery will be examined with an eye toward the actions of the free African-Americans and slaves themselves in moving emancipation to the forefront of the debate about the war’s objectives. The history of Reconstruction will be considered during the last several class sessions.

The following books will probably be assigned:

The Grand Design: Strategy and the U. S. Civil War, by Donald Stoker

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps, by Amy Murrell Taylor

The Civil War, Library of America (4 vol.) (excerpts from these volumes will be assigned).

Reconstruction: A Concise History, by Allen C. Guelzo 

This is a lecture class.  Questions are welcomed and there will be some discussion. Unless authorized by SSD, no laptop computers or similar devices may be used or open during class. The use--any use--of phones in class is not permitted. 

There will be three exams. The first and second exams will each count 25% of the course grade. The third exam will count 30% of the course grade. These exams will consist of short-answer and essay questions on the material from the classes and readings (including the primary source readings that will come your way from the instructor).  Enrollment in this course constitutes a commitment on your part to be present at all of these examinations.  Exams will not be given ahead of schedule, nor will any make-ups be given, for any reason.  Quizzes, attendance and very short homework assignments will count the remaining 20% of a student’s course grade.

HIS 346J • Colonial Lat Amer Thru Objs-Wb

38145 • Canizares, Jorge
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet
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Objects (furniture, textiles, tools, maps, books, guns, kitchen ware, buildings, settlements, monuments, ships, tombs ) often shed more light about past societies than text themselves. This course explores the past of the colonials Americas (from north to south) by paying attention to the objects these societies left behind. We’ll gain new insights on the history of slavery, education, travel, technology, science, architecture, urbanism  in the Americas.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  et al. Tangible Things: Making History through Objects


3 object analysis (25% each) (three (5) five page essays on three different colonial objects that have to be approved by instructor beforehand)
Participation and class attendance (25%)

HIS 346L • Modern Latin America-Wb

38150 • Del Castillo, Lina
GC (also listed as LAS 366)
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This course introduces students to the history of Latin America from the eve of the wars of independence to the present.  Major issues to be covered include the breakdown of Spanish and Portuguese Empires, the struggle to form independent nation-states, the re-integration of the region into the world economy, the emergence of national politics and mass culture, Cold War cycles of revolution and counter-revolution, the promise of democracy in the region, and implications of immigration from the region to the United States. In addition to highlighting the political history of the past two centuries, the course readings and lectures will examine the importance of ethnicity, race, class, nationality, and gender in understanding the changing characteristics of Latin American societies. A combination of primary sources and scholarly works will shed light on the historical development of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, and Argentina, among other countries.

Over the course of the semester, students will consider the following broad questions: how has Latin America come to be imagined as a particular kind of place? What elements went into forging the imagined national communities of the region? How have different ideas of “progress” and “modernization” been applied over time in Latin America and what impacts have they had in practice? Why have hierarchical social orders proved so durable in Latin America? What have been the motors of reform, revolution, and counter-revolution in the region? And finally, what how has the relationship between the United States and Latin America changed over time?

Through weekly discussions, essays, group work, and examinations, students will hone their talents for historical interpretation, including their critical thinking and writing skills. In addition, the course provides tools for understanding present-day problems in the Americas from a broader historical perspective.

The following texts are available from the UT Co-op.  They may also be consulted on reserve in Perry Castañeda library.

John Charles Chasteen & James Wood, Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations. Fourth edition. ISBN: 978-1-4422-1859-8

Hector Tobar, Deep Down Dark: The untold story of 33 Men buried in a Chilean Mine, and the miracle that set them free (Picador 2014)

i>clicker remote for in class discussions

Course Packet (TBD)

Map quiz                                           5%
Overall Attendance and Participation in Friday Discussions 15%
Mid-Term                                           25%
Paper             30%  (25% paper; 5% prep for paper)
Final Exam    (During Exam Week)                                              25%

HIS 346N • Indian Subcntnent 1750-1950

38155 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ B0.306 • Hybrid/Blended
GC (also listed as ANS 346N)
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Description: The Indian Subcontinent can teach us a great deal about diversity in the cultures of the past. It also teaches us about the conditions under which such diversity can be lost. For these reasons, we need to understand the carving out of the Indian subcontinent into separate political units called India and Pakistan respectively (in 1947-50). The course begins with ‘caste’ and ‘religion’ in the subcontinent, moves to the gradual consolidation of British colonialism, the redrawing of social, economic, religious, political boundaries and identities and ends with the growth of modern political forms such as political parties, and end with the cataclysms of Partition in 1947.
Aims: 1) to acquaint students with basic concepts and a simplified chronology of events, people, and processes.
2) teach students the importance of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ sources in the understanding of any past
3) encourage students to think critically by exposing them to a variety of perspectives on the past, including some key controversies around each of the themes of the course.

Requirements. On days marked ‘Read’ in the syllabus, students are required to read a compulsory number of pages in a given text in each topic before they come to class. They will be required to purchase/borrow/ rent the following
    1    Barbara and Thomas Metcalf, A Concise History of India, (3rd edition) Cambridge University Press, (2012 paperback), ISBN-13 978-1-107-67218-5
All other readings are on Canvas OR on recommended websites for particular days.

Grading is based on attendance and class-participation (40 points), four-page report on five American newspaper reports on an Indian event (10 points), in-class mid-terms and finals (20+30 points respectively). Letter grades of A, B, C, D and F will be assigned on the basis of the performance.

HIS 346P • Indian Republic 1947-Pres

38160 • Guha, Sumit
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM RLP 0.112 • Hybrid/Blended
GC (also listed as ANS 361)
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The republic of India was by far the largest and most diverse of the many Asian and African states that took shape in the retreat of formal Western empire after 1945. One out of every six humans alive today live in it. It emerged in unpropitious circumstances of bloodshed and acute poverty, but has almost uniquely avoided both civil war and dictatorship through the decades that followed. Students in this course will explore the dangers that beset the fledgling democracy and the many efforts to sustain and widen it. They will especially consider the working of the electoral system. They will also study India’s efforts at equitable economic development in a changing world.

Textbook: Ramachandra Guha India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. 10th Anniversary Edition, revised and expanded. New York: Harper Collins, 2018. E-BOOK available at Google Play & elsewhere. Other readings will be available via Canvas.

The course will be taught as a Hybrid course. It requires regular participation and active learning. The class will be divided into two sections; one meeting the instructor on Tue and the other Thu. The Thu section meets each week in the assigned classroom: the Tue section will be conducted via Zoom at the appointed time. Lectures will mainly be delivered via Zoom. Exams, quizzes and tests will conducted via Canvas. Office hours may be remote but will also be held on campus, on Thursday, by appointment.

This course has been assigned a Global Cultures Flag

HIS 346R • Revolutn In Modern Lat Amer-Wb

38165 • Frens-String, Joshua
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet
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Perhaps no part of the world is more often associated with the term “revolution” than Latin America. From Haiti’s Toussaint L’ouverture and Cuba’s José Martí in the 18th and 19th centuries to Che Guevara and Hugo Chávez in the 20th and 21st centuries, Latin America’s modern history has long revolved around leaders and political movements promising transformational change. As a result, Latin America is often been depicted as a place of constant unrest and rebellion. But if we look deeper, we find histories that are filled with questions and complexity: people pursuing radical rupture but also gradual reform; movements demanding change on the streets but through the ballot box as well; political groups at times acting peacefully and in other moments with arms; mobilization for social and economic emancipation on the factory floor as well as in schools, churches, and the most intimate spaces of everyday domestic life. Should we classify all these events, people, and movements as “revolutionary”? If so, revolutions of what kind, through what means, toward what ends, and at what cost? Both historians and revolutionary have discussed and debated these questions, and they are the sorts of queries that we will take up together in this class.

Over the course of this semester, we will explore the topic of revolution in modern Latin America by tracing (and contextualizing) the many origins, consequences, and meanings of the term. Our primary attention will be on those conceptions of revolution that emerged in the 20th century, after the last colonial outposts of imperial Spain won formal independence. The course will conclude with an examination of Latin America’s “pink tide” governments at the end of the turn of the 21st century, many of which drew upon—and sought to learn from—earlier revolutionary experiments.

Selected Texts:
*Marc Becker. Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions. Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
*Marian Schlotterbeck. Beyond the Vanguard: Everyday Revolutionaries in Allende’s Chile. University of California Press, 2018.
*Additional journal articles and book excerpts will be scanned and uploaded to Canvas. Students will be expected to download, print, read and take notes on these readings on their own. Each week’s readings must be brought to class.

*Participation and Attendance: 10%
*Weekly Reading Responses: 10%
*Book Review Essay: 20%
*Final Paper Description and Annotated Bibliography: 10%
*First Draft of Final Paper: 10%
*In-Class Presentation: 10%

*Revised Final Draft of Final Paper (+1 page revisions memo): 30%

HIS 347N • Urban Slavery In The Amers-Wb

38180 • Canizares, Jorge
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM • Internet
CDIIWr (also listed as AFR 350P)
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We associate slavery with plantations, a rural institution, yet most slaves in the Americas wound up in cities, working as peddlers, artisans, barbers, pilots, healers, soldiers, and a variety of other occupations. Cities afforded slaves relatively more freedoms. In Spanish and Portuguese America it was common for urban slaves to purchase their own freedom through the institution of slave-for-hire, and cities witnessed the development of large free-colored communities.  Although cities enjoyed a larger presence of the government, often entire neighborhood remained outside state control, sheltering maroon communities (runaways slaves). Finally, although port-cities were more connected to the European Atlantic world, they were also connected to the African world. Africa survived in cities just as it did in remote rural plantations. Students will read recent new works on urban slavery in the Portuguese-, Dutch-, French-, British-, and Spanish -American worlds, but also in Africa itself (Sierra Leone, Luanda, Ouida, Anobamo).

Texts (a monograph per week) some examples:
Karl Jacoby The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire
Robert Harms, The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
Jon F. Sensbach. Rebecca's Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World

Weekly papers: 70% grade
Final paper: 30 % grade

HIS 347P • When Christ Was King-Wb

38185 • Butler, Matthew
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM • Internet
II (also listed as LAS 366)
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This seminar focuses on the history of Catholicism in twentieth-century Mexico, often seen as Latin America’s most “Catholic” nation. Chronologically, the course runs approximately from the Revolution of 1910 to the constitutional reforms of the 1990s that restored the Church’s legal standing in Mexico. Conceptually, the seminar will explore both the political and institutional aspects of Catholicism; at the same time, however, we will stress that the Church is a diverse community of believers that is actively engaged in interpreting and transforming the social world on religious lines. Individual seminar topics will include Catholic responses to economic modernisation and the postrevolutionary persecutions of the 1920s and 1930s; the Church’s role both in underpinning and undermining the one-party (PRI) state of the post-1940 period; Catholicism’s contribution (via guadalupanismo) to the creation of a Mexican national identity; the role played by Liberation Theology in driving the neo-Zapatista revolt in the southern state of Chiapas; and Church responses to democratic reform and the onset of religious pluralism. As well as discussing secondary readings, students will analyse a number of significant primary documents in class and also complete a final project using primary documents.

Class reader
Matthew Butler, Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico’s Cristero Rebellion: Michoacán, 1927-1929 (2004)
Jason Dormady, Primitive Revolution: Restorationist Religion and the Idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940-1968 (2011)

In-class participation (20%)
Reading reviews (x4 @ 10%) = 40%
Research for final paper (10%)
Final paper (30%)

HIS 350L • Einstein Age Of Conflict

38195 • Martinez, Alberto
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WAG 201
IIWr (also listed as CTI 371)
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While age-old scientific concepts were being overturned by the rise of modern physics, Europe was torn apart by wars of unprecedented scale. This history course analyzes these developments, examining the rise of the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics against the stage of international political upheavals. Following the life of Albert Einstein, the course focuses on conceptual developments (from the 1880s through the 1940s) and intellectual conflicts. It also studies the lives of physicists such as Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, in the context of changing cultural and political environments. We'll read and discuss various materials: manuscripts, letters, accounts by historians, physicists, essays, and even secret transcripts of controversial conversations. The material will be understandable even to students with no significant background in physics. Among the topics involved are the following: What was Einstein's personal life? How did relativity and the quantum clash with earlier conceptions of nature? Why did physics become so apparently difficult to understand? In Europe and America, how did scientists behave in times of international catastrophe? How were the academic and social orders affected by the development of nuclear weapons?

• Jürgen Neffe, Einstein: A Biography (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
• Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe (Simon and Schuster, 2008).

• Two reading reaction essays, of 650 words each.  
• Final Research Paper, of at least 2500 words. A draft of the introduction or outline of the Research Paper will be expected 3 weeks before the final due date; for critical feedback. The subject of the final Research Paper will be designed by each student under advisement with the Instructor. The writing assignments will equal 50% of the grade for the course.
Class participation                            10%
Presentation                                     10%
Writing Assignments & Quizzes        20%               
Subject Comprehension Exam         30%               
Final Research Paper                       30%               
minus absences     – 0.5 course points per unexcused absence.

HIS 350L • Global Environmntl Hist-Wb

38200 • Reynolds, Aaron
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
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Global Environmental History explores how human societies and natural environments have shaped each other in world history. This semester, we will focus on the theme of climate change. The planet is currently warming at a rate unprecedented in human history, yet historial perspectives can help us face this present-day problem. This course will examine how a variety of human cultures have understood and responded to changing climates in the recent and deep past. By exploring topics from the “Little Ice Age” to melting Andean glaciers, we will consider how both natural and anthropogenic climate variability has historically shaped migration, colonialism, war, technology, perceptions of nature, and cultural values. We will also analyze how historical shifts in practices of land use, industrialization, and capitalism have led to global warming. Finally, we will trace how researchers have pieced together our contemporary understanding of climate science and how politics and culture have shaped societies’ responses.

This course is an upper-division, reading- and writing-intensive seminar. It acts as an introduction to the growing field of environmental history, as well as to a variety of approaches to understanding history at a scale beyond the nation-state. It carries Independent Inquiry, Global Cultures, and Writing Flag designations.

Readings may include books, or selections, such as the following:
Carey, Mark. In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society. Oxford University Press, 2010.
Degroot, Dagomar. The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560–1720. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Fagan, Brian. The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization. Basic Books, 2005.
Malm, Andreas. Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. Verso Books, 2016.
Oreskes, Naomi, and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Bloomsbury press, 2011.
Robin, Libby, Sverker Sörlin, and Paul Warde. The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change. Yale University Press, 2013.
White, Sam. The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Weart, Spencer R. The Discovery of Global Warming. Harvard University Press, 2008.
Zilberstein, Anya. A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Grades will be based on a research project (60% total), several short reflection essays (20%), and participation, which includes signing up and leading class discussion at least once in the semester (20%).

HIS 350R • Black Women On Trial-Wb

38214 • Fourmy, Signe
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet
Wr HI (also listed as WGS 340)
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HIS 350R • Hist Of Islam In The US-Wb

38225 • Spellberg, Denise
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM • Internet
CDIIWr HI (also listed as AMS 370, ISL 372)
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This course is intended to do three things: provide a brief introduction to Islam for those unfamiliar with the religion and its early history; define the role of Islam and early American views of Muslims in the founding history of this country; and introduce students to major issues concerning contemporary American Muslims. The course surveys the presence of Islam in the United States from the colonial era to the twenty-first century through the use of historical documents and contemporary media, with a special focus on the politics of religion and race.  
The course is divided into three sections. The first explores the origins of Islam through primary textual examples. The second section focuses on early American views of Islam in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis on the earliest Muslims in the United States. The final section of the course analyzes the diversity of the contemporary American Muslim population, together with the politics surrounding notions of race, gender, immigration, and citizenship. Special emphasis placed on the challenges faced by young American Muslims in the twenty-first century. The course interrogates the question of whether one can be both American and Muslim in the 21st-century U.S
Objectives and Academic Flags
This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum. The course carries 3 University-approved “Flags”: Cultural Diversity (CD), Independent Inquiry (II), and Writing (WR). The aim of courses with a CD flag is to “increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of American cultural experience as it applies to marginalized communities, their history, beliefs, and practices.” The course is designated also as a Writing Flag, which features assignments designed to improve written communication. The Independent Inquiry Flag focuses on communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.   

Required Readings include:
Moustafa Bayoumi, How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (2008). Jonathan Brown, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (2011)
Edward E. Curtis, IV, Muslims in America: A Short History (2009)
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, A History of Islam in America (2010)
Shabana Mir, Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity (2014).
 Other reading selections posted on Canvas.

Attendance Required: Class participation -unexcused absences result in deduction of points from the final grade.
Quiz 10%
First Essay 20%
Second Essay 20%
Biography final version 20%
Oral presentation 10%
Final Essay 20%

HIS 352L • Mexican Revolution, 1910-20-Wb

38235 • Butler, Matthew
Meets MW 8:30AM-10:00AM • Internet
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This course examines Mexico’s Revolution through both its armed and post-revolutionary phases, from 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 consequences? Did “many Mexicos” just produce many revolutions, or can a broad narrative be discerned? What were the main contours of the post-revolutionary regime, and how different were they to those of the old regime? The course will consist of lectures, group discussions of set readings, primary documents, and folk songs (corridos), and occasional viewings of theater films made during (or about) the revolution. 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?

Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution 
Gilbert Joseph and Jurgen Buchenau, Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution
Martín Luis Guzmán, In the Shadow of the Strongman
Luis González y González, San José de Gracia: Mexican Village in Transition 
Stephen E. Lewis and Mary Kay Vaughan, The Eagle and the Virgin: Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920-1940 
John Womack Jr., Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

Map quiz, 5%
Reading papers, 60%
Final paper, 35%

HIS 354E • Archaic/Classical Greece-Wb

38245-38255 • Campa, Naomi
GCWr (also listed as AHC 325, CTI 375)
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The Greek world between 3000 and 338 BCE witnessed the first philosophers of the west, the birth of the genre history, the creation of the Olympics, the invention of democracy, and the construction of stunning monuments such as the Parthenon. At the same time, the Greeks were responsible for razing the cities of other Greeks, sentencing Socrates to death on a charge of corrupting the youth, and enslaving human beings. However much ancient Greeks might seem like us, they must be viewed as a foreign people, removed in both time and culture. Using a variety of original sources, including ancient texts, inscriptions, and archaeological remains, this course will survey the development of Greek political and social history from prehistory to Phillip II’s conquest of Greece. Special attention will be paid to political and cultural events in Athens in the 6th through 4th centuries.
The format of this course is a mix of lecture and discussion. This means that by enrolling, you are agreeing to take an active role in your education: classes are what you make them!  Being prepared is essential to a successful semester. My lectures are designed to supplement the assigned reading by exploring aspects of it in greater depth or by bringing in additional material and context. They will not simply be summaries of the readings. You are responsible for material in lectures as well as in the readings. Lectures will be punctuated with question/answer sections, which you should be prepared to answer.

HIS 366N • History And Data Tools

38300 • Akhlaghi, Andrew
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 301
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While humans have tried to quantify and mathematically model the world since the start of the Enlightenment, this project has exploded with the expansion of the Internet and computing power. The ability to gather, share, and process data has progressed to a previously unimaginable scale. Our task in this course is to learn how life is quantified and how that effects research and human society. We will do this primarily through digital methods for historical research, although all the methods discussed have applications outside of history. This class will not make you an expert in any given technique, but will give you a sampling and discussion of popular techniques in the digital humanities.
The core of this class will be weekly writing and coding assignments. At the beginning of each week, you will post a response to the week’s readings on Canvas and your solution to a coding tutorial on the class GitHub page. For your final assignment, you will design and complete a small research project using one of the techniques and archives discussed in class.
This class moves quickly, but if you keep up with the weekly assignment you will do well. If you encounter a problem you cannot reasonably resolve on your own, please come to office hours. If you would just like to chat, also come to office hours.

Required Books:
Stephen Ramsay, Reading Machines: Towards and Algorithmic Criticism (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2011)
Cathy O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction (New York: Crown, 2016)

Weekly Writing Responses: 20%
Weekly Coding Assignments: 20%
Project Proposal: 10%
Final Write up and visualization: 25%
Final code: 20%

While class attendance does not factor into your grade, it is almost a certainty that you will not do well in this course if you do not attend class. Further, I will still take attendance and track class participation. Your attendance and contributions to the class will factor into my decision to grant extensions and accept late assignments. Generally speaking, you should not miss more than two classes.

HIS 367D • Gender And Modern India

38315 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM WEL 3.502 • Hybrid/Blended
GC (also listed as ANS 361, WGS 340)
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This is a three-part course that examines the shifting nature of modernity between precolonial and colonial periods in the Indian subcontinent. The first part immerses students in plural ways of thinking, inhabiting and performing gender. They will be asked to read Sufi and Bhakti poetry, distinguish between biological personhood and social selfhood, place relationships of men and women in wider matrixes of kinship, caste-jati, economy and class formations. The second part will enable students to explore British colonial legal, administrative and economic processes in 1700-1900. These processes reconstituted older codes of gender as well as the structures within which women experienced marriage, abortion, inheritance, divorce and death. In the final segment, each student will evaluate how these developments empowered some women while disabling others. They will learn to assess the contradictory movements by undertaking direct research into one of the reform movements of the nineteenth or twentieth century, or by writing a review essay based on the available books on this theme in the UT library.

Required Reading: 1 text book, 1 novel, and multiple articles and primary documents posted by the instructor on Canvas ( Students must buy:  Geraldine Forbes, Women in Modern India (Cambridge University Press, revised edition) and  Bapsi Sidhwa, Ice Candy Man (older title) Cracking India (new title, Penguin Books, 1989, 1991, 2006).

Required Written Work: 1 map quiz (10), 2 short responses (20) , 1 mid-term with IDs (30), 1 final essay (20).

Grading is based on Attendance (10), in-class discussion of a document (10), and all segments of written work (80)

HIS 378W • Capstone In History

38330 • O'Connell, Aaron
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 1.104 • Hybrid/Blended
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“Terrorism & Military Occupation in American History” is the capstone course for history majors. As with other HIS 378W seminars, the primary course goal is to demonstrate mastery of the essential skills of the discipline of History: a critical evaluation of primary sources, active engagement with secondary sources, and the articulation of a cogent argument that is situated within the existing scholarship. In addition to small class discussions, research journal entries, and other assignments, students will engage in a substantial independent research project, conducted in stages,  that culminates in the production of a 15-20 page paper.

The broad subject matter of this capstone course will be to understand how the United States has thought about terrorism (or related terms) throughout its history, and to explore how the US government has responded to terrorism with both non-violent and violent tools (with a focus on military occupations). Potential research topics might explore a specific U.S. effort in the Global War on Terror, or earlier military occupations that resulted in a violent backlash, such as Reconstruction in the American South, or the 20th Century occupations of the Philippines, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Nicaragua, among others. Students will also have opportunity to explore related issues, such as the ways terrorism and occupation have been framed in popular culture or affected specific American communities.

This course carries the Independent Inquiry flag. Independent Inquiry courses are designed to engage you in the process of inquiry over the course of a semester, providing you with the opportunity for independent investigation of a question, problem, or project related to your major. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from the independent investigation and presentation of your own work.

This course also carries the Writing Flag. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor to help you improve your writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and you may be asked to read and discuss your peers’ work. A substantial portion of your grade will therefore come from your written work.



HIS 378W • Capstone In History-Wb

38325 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
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In a self-proclaimed “nation of immigrants” such as the United States, our narratives of migration, race, and ethnicity emphasize themes of acculturation and assimilation symbolized by the metaphor of the “melting pot.”  In this class, we will explore experiences of migration, adaptation, and settlement from the perspective of an emigrant society--China--which has one of the longest and most diverse histories of sending merchants, workers, artisans, diplomats, missionaries, students, sailors, and scientists, overseas to work, manage trade, and foster a multitude of other kinds of connections.  Over the last millennia, Chinese have migrated around the world and made homes under a great range of adversity and opportunity, producing diverse experiences with racial and ethnic differences, adaptations, and the forging of hybrid identities.  For their independent research projects, students will select a Chinese overseas community to investigate for primary sources to explore some of the following topics:  As ethnic Chinese have moved and settled in so many places among such diverse societies, what is Chinese about the Chinese diaspora? What kinds of skills and attributes have helped Chinese to become arguably one of the most successful migrant groups? What do Chinese share in common with other migrant groups? What are varieties of national policies toward multiculturalism, immigration, and citizenship?  How do Chinese adapt their identities and cultures under different circumstances?  What can Chinese experiences of migration contribute to contemporary debates and perceptions of migrants and different kinds of migration?

Required Texts
The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays, Katherine Pickering Antonova (OUP 2020)
Madeline Hsu, Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and Southern China, 1882-1943 (Stanford 2000)
Vivian Louie, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans (Stanford 2004)
Stephen Miles, Chinese Diasporas:  A Social History of Global Migration (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
Wang Gungwu, The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy (Harvard 2000)

Assignments and Grade Distribution:
20% Class participation and attendance
5% Research proposal
15% Annotated bibliography of secondary literature
10% Discussion of primary sources available through UT libraries
10% 15-minute presentation of research
40% 15-page page research report, draft presented in final week of classes

HIS 380K • Hist Of Science And The Env-Wb

38340 • Raby, Megan
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM • Internet
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This seminar will introduce students to the historiography and methods of two fields: the history of science and environmental history. Both historical subfields center on nature, yet the core questions of each field are distinct. Environmental historians seek to understand the dynamic relationship between humans and nature over time. Historians of science are concerned with the production of knowledge about the natural world. This seemingly subtle difference in orientation creates profound theoretical and methodological tensions. Environmental historians draw on science in order to reconstruct environmental change and nature’s active role in human history. In contrast, historians of science take a more critical stance toward science––for them, science is the object of explanation rather than a methodological tool. By interrogating the tensions and intersections of these two fields, we can hone our historical thinking. How should scholars understand non-humans as actors or agents in human history? What position should the natural sciences hold in historical argumentation and narrative? Why does a historian’s stance toward matter matter?

This course will be an exploration of interdisciplinary historical approaches to materialism and the construction of knowledge. It will not focus narrowly on the history of the environmental sciences, although this topic will be addressed in multiple ways. Throughout the course, we will ground ourselves in a selection of foundational texts from each field, while also exploring a wide range of new scholarship that inhabits the growing borderlands between them.

Class presentations (10%), book review essays (20%), participation (30%), historiographic essays (40%)

HIS 381 • Intro To Digital Humanities

38350 • Clement, Tanya
Meets T 3:00PM-6:00PM CMA 3.114 • Hybrid/Blended
(also listed as AMS 391, E 388M, INF 383H)
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This course is a hands-on introduction to the Digital Humanities. In the Humanities,  we study how cultural context shapes how we create, understand, and interact with artifacts and systems. In DH, these artifacts and systems are digital. This course directs students to better understand the digital in terms of the humanities, including questions concerning Why digital: What knowledge systems are prioritized? What digital: What has been captured and what is not included? How digital: How have artifacts of study been produced, how structured, how made accessible? Who digital: Who is represented, by whose authority and for what audience? Where digital: Where does it come from? Where does it reside? Where does it go? When digital: What time periods and corresponding artifacts are represented digitally and what is excluded? 

This course will include learning to evaluate the nature of DH artifacts, projects, and scholarship through project-based exercises in creating and interpreting DH resources, and a close (and critical) look at the infrastructural, institutional, and political issues involved in creating, analyzing, disseminating, and preserving digital resources. As we look at the concepts, methods, and theories of DH through the perspective of practice, we will not only consider how computational methods are being used to further humanities research and teaching but how the humanities can deepen our understanding of computational methods and infrastructures.

HIS 381 • Strat/Decisn-Makg Glob Pol

38360 • Suri, Jeremi
Meets T 9:00AM-12:00PM LBJ 2.104 • Hybrid/Blended
(also listed as MES 385, REE 387)
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HIS 382N • New Persp Mod Chinese Hist

38365 • Li, Huaiyin
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM GAR 0.132 • Hybrid/Blended
(also listed as ANS 381)
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This seminar examines the development of the field in the past five decades or so and the changing perspectives on major historical events and issues in the recent Chinese past.  Focusing on reading and discussion of the significant and innovative works, this course covers the major topics on late Qing and Republican China, including: ethnicity and identity; state-making and local politics; peasant economy and community; women and gender; urban culture and society; and rebellion and revolution.  Particular attention is paid to how the various political forces in China as well as historians inside and outside the country interpret history differently for varying political and academic purposes.

HIS 383 • Global French Revolution

38370 • Hardwick, Julie
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM GAR 1.126 • Hybrid/Blended
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The French Revolution was an event of world historical importance and its historiography has been discipline defining across regions and time periods.  The course will be divided into roughly five roughly chronological in terms of historiography units: the classic historiography of the French Revolution; revisionism; the French Revolution as a global phenomenon (regions to include Haiti, early America, West Africa and India, Latin America); French Revolution scholarship now; student projects on specific aspects of historiography and the French Revolution in the context of individual region/thematic interests.


We will read some historiographical essays as well as important books and articles both to give you overviews and to provide some explicit models.

HIS 383 • Stalinist Russia-Wb

38375 • Wynn, Charters
Meets F 9:00AM-12:00PM • Internet
(also listed as REE 387)
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Description: This graduate seminar will examine the history and historiography of the Stalinist period. Much of the course will focus on the interaction between the party-state and society: both how government policies affected people's daily lives and how social and economic realities, as well as popular resistance, shaped and constrained state policy. We will also focus on the brutal war on the Eastern Front, including its origins and legacy.

Khlevniuk, Oleg. Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator.
Fitzpatrick, Sheila. On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics.
Viola, Lynne. Peasant Rebels under Stalin: Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant
Cameron, Sarah. The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence and the Making of Modern Kazakhstan.
Fitzpatrick, Sheila. Stalin's Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village
after Collectivization.
Viola, Lynne. The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Special Settlements.
Kotkin, Stephen. Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization. 
Fitzpatrick, Sheila. Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times.
Hellbeck, Jochen. Revolution on My Mind: Writing a Diary under Stalin.
Getty, J. Arch. The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the
Bolsheviks, 1932-1939.
Khlevniuk, Oleg. The History of the Gulag from Collectivization to the Great Terror.
Viola, Lynne. Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine.
Martin, Terry. The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union,  

Written Work/Grading: On alternate weeks you will be required to write book reviews of the readings, two pages in length each, or four questions and a peer review.  The final grade will be based on class participation (50%) as well as on the written work (50%).

HIS 385P • Digtl Mthds For Historians

38380 • Ravina, Mark
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.132 • Hybrid/Blended
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This class will cover five different aspects of what is commonly called "digital humanities": data visualization (dataviz), descriptive statistics, text mining, web scraping, and mapping (GIS). Dataviz is the craft of depicting quantitative and qualitative data on the page or screen. In descriptive statistics, we will survey the basics of correlation and regression (or OLS). Text mining is the practice of finding and describing patterns and trends in corpora, collections of texts. Web scraping is a technique use to extract large amounts of data from websites. Finally, we will survey the creation of digital maps and basic spatial statistics.

We will examine both theoretical questions, such as how digital methods can change humanistic inquiry, and technical questions of data management processing. The course will focus on the computer language R and the RStudio interface.

You do not need any special background in mathematics or computer science, just curiosity and a lack of “math anxiety.” If you have a strong math, stats, or coding background, you will learn to apply those skills to real world data. If not, this is a great introduction to data science.

HIS 386K • Postcolonial Brazil-Wb

38385 • Garfield, Seth
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM • Internet
(also listed as LAS 386)
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This course examines the history of Latin America's largest and most populous nation, shedding light on Brazil's political history, economic development, and cultural formation. The course looks at principal topics in postcolonial Brazilian history: Independence and Empire, slavery and post-emancipation society; formation of racial, class, and gender identities;  urbanization and industrialization; foreign relations; frontier expansion; and bureaucratic-authoritarianism.  We begin with the fundamental premise that nation-states are sociocultural constructions whose inclusiveness, legitimacy, and viability vary from one historical moment to another.  The challenges to nation-building that confronted Brazil--with its oligarchic, patriarchal, and slavocratic heritage, economic "underdevelopment," multiethnic population, and pronounced regionalism--are the matters to be interrogated through the readings.
In this readings course we will focus closely on questions of argumentation, evidence, and historiography.

Over the course of the semester, students will write eleven book reviews (2-3 pp. each). The essay should highlight the factual, methodological, and historiographical contributions of the text.    The final paper  (8 pp.) will consist of a comparative/historiographical essay that examines at least four texts to analyze divergences or overlaps in the treatment of a given historical theme..

HIS 388K • Middle East Cops/Criminals-Wb

38395 • Aghaie, Kamran
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM • Internet
(also listed as MES 385)
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This course will consist of two equal components, a research/writing workshop, and a reading seminar. Throughout the semester, approximately half of each course session will be spent on each of these two aspects of the course. By “workshopping” their research projects, students will learn how to carry out the different stages of a research project. 1) the evidentiary stage-collecting, processing and analyzing primary evidence, 2) conceptually formulating the project-culminating in a detailed prospectus, 3) presenting their research in a conference-style presentation, 4) writing the actual research paper, and 5) discussing, commenting on, and editing each other’s work in the stages listed above. The second component of the course will consist of reading and discussing scholarship on crime and criminals, as well as police and law enforcement across the Middle East. Students will learn how crime and law enforcement have evolved over the past few centuries in the Modern Middle East.

Requirements: Weekly reading assignments, substantial classroom discussions and presentations, a short analytical paper on the readings, a graduate level research paper, a prospectus for this research paper, and comments on each other’s work.

HIS 389 • Race/Religion In Americas-Wb

38399 • Graber, Jennifer
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM • Internet
(also listed as LAS 381, R S 392T)
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This seminar considers classic texts in the field of race and religion in the Americas, discusses more recent work on the subject, and guides students through the process of researching, writing, and presenting a paper. The seminar is interdisciplinary and will draw on works in religious studies, history, anthropology, and critical race studies.

HIS 389 • Watershed Decade: The 1970s-Wb

38398 • Davis, Janet
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM • Internet
(also listed as AMS 390)
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HIS 392 • African Amer Intellectual-Wb

38405 • Joseph, Peniel
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM • Internet
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HIS 392 • Race And Medicine-Wb

38409 • Farmer, Ashley
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM • Internet
(also listed as AFR 380P)
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This course explores how race has played an outsized role in the history and practice of American medicine. The course examines the historical context out of which racist medical practices arose and how modern medical training has perpetuated these inaccuracies in both scholarship and clinical training. This interdisciplinary class will familiarize students with modern African American history and modern medical literature with the goal of critically engaging them in questions of race, ethnicity, biology, and medical treatment. It will be open to graduate students as well as students at the Dell Medical School.


  • Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present 
  • Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
  • Keith Wailoo, How Cancer Crossed the Color line 
  • Diedre Cooper Owens, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
  • Lundy Brawn, Breathing Race into Machines:The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics 
  • Vence L. Bonham, JD; Eric D. Green, MD, PhD; Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, “Examining How Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry Data Are Used in Biomedical Research,” Journal of the American Medical Association, September 24, 2018 
  • Dorothy Nelkin, PhD, “Sex, Race, and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South.” Journal of the American Medical Association,August 2, 1995
  • V. Wiesenthal, M.D.,Case of a Negro Whose Skin Has Become White,” The New England Journal of Medicine, January 1, 1819.

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  • Presentation/ Discussion leading- 15%
  • Class Attendance and Participation- 15%
  • Personal Race/Medicine Reflection 15%
  • Weekly Reflections 20%
  • Annotated Bibliography- 10%
  • Final Paper- 25%

HIS 392 • Southwestern Borders-Wb

38415 • Buenger, Walter
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM • Internet
(also listed as MAS 392)
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Course Description:


Think of a borders approach to the past as a tool that can open up new ways of understanding the past.  This tool helps you see connections between people and places, and it helps you envision the networks that both bind together and separate groups.  It is simply a beginning point in understanding and a way to ask new questions and evaluate evidence.


One example of this approach is to examine how linguistic and cultural traits persist over time and how they change to fit new circumstances.  You might ask, for example, why the Comanche changed and did not change as they marketed more buffalo hides to European descent people.  The answer might lead you to examining changes in how they treated captives or the evolving role of women.  A borders approach is a window to the past that leads in many exciting directions.


This course focuses on two types of borders–borders between places and borders between groups.  Another way to phrase this is to say physical borders such as lines on the map and cultural borders such as religious differences or differences in myths and memories. It assumes that borders divided, united, and helped define both places and groups. It also assumes that borders were fluid, constructed, and reconstructed. 


The core area of the course includes places today called Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Northern Mexico, but the flow of goods, peoples, habits, cultures, and ideas to and from this core region includes movement north and south between the Southwest and Mexico, back and forth on the Atlantic, from and to the South, the Mid-continent, and the West of North America.


Thus the key groups included Indian peoples, Mexicans and Tejanos, Anglos, African Americans, and European ethnic groups such as German Texans or French Louisianans.  Groups and the borders between them also included such things as gender and class.  We will explore how each group helped define another, how, for example, white became not black.


This is a course then about borders between and within a region from roughly 1700 forward, and how those borders shaped and defined a region’s culture, economy, politics, and identity.  The goal is for all in the class to come to a working definition of this broader meaning and the impact of borders. It is a course meant to open up the historical imagination and equip you with a tool for research, writing, and thinking. Along the way it offers much about the history of the Southwest and its peoples.

HIS 392 • US Capitalism And Culture-Wb

38419 • Beasley, Alex
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM • Internet
(also listed as AMS 390, WGS 393)
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HIS 394H • Intro To Historical Inquiry

38425 • Di-Capua, Yoav
Meets F 12:00PM-3:00PM GAR 4.100 • Hybrid/Blended
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HIS 394H - Introduction to Historical Inquiry
Fall 2020                               Yoav Di-Capua, Professor and Lina Del Castillo, Associate Professor

This course is designed to introduce all incoming history graduate students to a variety of theoretical, methodological, or historiographical approaches to the past.

Readings will represent a range of approaches: micro- and macro-, local and transnational, cultural, political, intellectual, and economic.

Grades will be based on class participation and several short to medium writing assignments.

HIS 397L • Monasticism/Monastic Sourcs

38430 • Newman, Martha
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM PMA 5.116 • Hybrid/Blended
(also listed as R S 390T)
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.