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HIST UN1010 The Ancient Greeks 800-146 B.C.E..4 points.

A review of the history of the Greek world from the beginnings of Greek archaic culture around 800 B.C., through the classical and hellenistic periods to the definitive Roman conquest in 146 B.C., with concentration on political history, but attention also to social and cultural developments.Field(s): ANC

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 1010001/27406T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
417 Mathematics Building
Richard Billows451/60

AFCV UN1020 African Civilizations.4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course provides a general introduction to some of the key intellectual debates in Africa by Africans through primary sources, including scholarly works, political tracts, fiction, art, and film. Beginning with an exploration of African notions of spiritual and philosophical uniqueness and ending with contemporary debates on the meaning and historical viability of an African Renaissance, this course explores the meanings of ‘Africa' and ‘being African.' Field(s): AFR*.  NO FIRST YEAR STUDENTS PERMITTED.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
AFCV 1020001/72381M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
347a Macy Hall
Wendell Marsh414/22
AFCV 1020002/10302T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Sarah Runcie415/22
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
AFCV 1020001/74646M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
Wendell Marsh418/22
AFCV 1020002/10621T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
412 Pupin Laboratories
Gregory Mann415/22

LACV UN1020 Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization.4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

It focuses on key texts from Latin America in their historical and intellectual context and seeks to understand their structure and the practical purposes they served using close reading and, when possible, translations.  The course seeks to establish a counterpoint to the list of canonical texts of Contemporary Civilization. The selections are not intended to be compared directly to those in CC but to raise questions about the different contexts in which ideas are used, the critical exchanges and influences (within and beyond Latin America) that shaped ideas in the region, and the long-term intellectual, political, and cultural pursuits that have defined Latin American history. The active engagement of students toward these texts is the most important aspect of class work and assignments.  NO FIRST YEAR STUDENTS PERMITTED.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
LACV 1020001/71273T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Sarah Beckhart413/22
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
LACV 1020001/66156T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Sarah Beckhart417/22
LACV 1020002/29785M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
227 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Mariana-Cecilia Velazquez Perez414/22

HIST UN2026 Roman Social History.3 points.

Social structure, class, slavery and manumission, social mobility, life expectation, status and behavior of women, Romanization, town and country, social organizations, education and literacy, philanthropy, amusements in the Roman Empire, 70 B.C. - 250 A.D. 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2026001/61896M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
411 International Affairs Bldg
Richard Billows323/40

HIST UN2100 Early Modern Europe: Print and Society.4 points.

Standing at the intersection of the religious, cultural, and scientific upheavals within early modern Europe, the study of print and its intersection with culture allows students to learn how shifts in technology (much like those we are witnessing today) affect every aspect of society. This course will examine the signal cultural, political, and religious developments in early modern Western Europe, using the introduction and dissemination of printed materials as a fulcrum and entry point. From the sixteenth century Europeans were confronted with a technological revolution whose cultural consequences were incalculable and whose closest parallel might be the age of electronic information technology in our own day. From the Reformation of Luther, to the libelles of pre-revolutionary France, from unlocking the mysteries of the human body to those of the heavens, from humanist culture to the arrival of the novel, no important aspect of European culture in the sixteen- through eighteenth centuries can be understood without factoring in the role of print: its technology, its marketing and distribution channels, and its creation of new readers and new "republics." This course will examine key political, religious, and cultural movements in early modern western European history through the prism of print culture.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2100001/23268M W 10:10am - 11:25am
834 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Elisheva Carlebach417/30

HIST UN2133 Britain and the World Since World War II.4 points.

This course is a history of Britain and its relationship with the wider world since World War II. We will be discussing the chaotic and violent end of Britain’s empire, the transformation of international politics through institutions such as the UN and Britain’s fraught relationship with Europe. Along the way we will cover the rise and fall of Britain’s welfare state, the transformation of its cities, the new communities and political allegiances formed by mass migration and the new ideas about gender, race, sexuality and youth culture that were formed during these decades. We will also study some of the music, film, literature and architecture produced during this turbulent period. 

HIST UN2215 MODERN RUSSIAN HISTORY (SINCE 1800).4 points.

An introductory survey of the history of Russia, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union over the last two centuries. Russia’s role on the European continent, intellectual movements, unfree labor and emancipation, economic growth and social change, and finally the great revolutions of 1905 and 1917 define the “long nineteenth century.” The second half of the course turns to the tumultuous twentieth century: cultural experiments of the 1920s, Stalinism, World War II, and the new society of the Khrushchev and Brezhnev years. Finally, a look at very recent history since the East European revolutions of 1989-91. This is primarily a course on the domestic history of Russia and the USSR, but with some attention to foreign policy and Russia’s role in the world.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2215001/25281M W 10:10am - 11:25am
415 Schapiro Cepser
Catherine Evtuhov428/35

HIST UN2447 America, 1918-1945: Prosperity, Depression, and War.4 points.

This course examines one of the most turbulent periods in modern American history: an era that began with the Great War, saw the nation in both its greatest economic boom and its worst economic collapse, led to another, even more catastrophic world war, and ended with the United States as the most powerful nation in the world. This course will provide students an understanding of how Americans navigated these major events and shaped the following developments that created the American experience as we might know it: the rise of the modern federal state in the New Deal; the transformation of work and business from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression and beyond; the crisis of democracy at home and abroad; the rise of the civil rights movement; and the foreign policy struggle between isolationism and internationalism. 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2447001/13279T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
428 Pupin Laboratories
Jarod Roll432/90

HIST UN2478 U.S. Intellectual History, 1865 To the Present.3 points.

This course examines major themes in U.S. intellectual history since the Civil War. Among other topics, we will examine the public role of intellectuals; the modern liberal-progressive tradition and its radical and conservative critics; the uneasy status of religion ina secular culture; cultural radicalism and feminism; critiques of corporate capitalism and consumer culture; the response of intellectuals to hot and cold wars, the Great Depression, and the upheavals of the 1960s. Fields(s): US

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2478001/76474M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Casey Blake384/120

HIST UN2488 Warfare in the Modern World.4 points.

This course is a survey of the transformation of warfare between the American Civil War and 1945. Emphasis will be placed on military strategy, weaponry, and leadership.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2488001/73441M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
310 Fayerweather
Kenneth Jackson467/90

HIST UN2490 US FOREIGN RELATIONS 1775-1920.4 points.

Between 1775 and 1920 the US grew from a disparate set of colonies nestled along the eastern seaboard of North America to a sprawling empire that stretched across the continent and projected its influence into the wider world. In this course we will examine this transformation and evaluate the major trends in US foreign relations that drove it. We will comparatively analyze the competing visions for expansion advocated by various groups inside the US and the impact of expansion on peoples outside the growing nation. We will explore the domestic, economic, intellectual, and political origins of expansionism, survey the methods used to extend the nation's borders and influence, and evaluate the impact of these changes on the nation's values, institutions and history. Lectures and readings will introduce a variety of historical controversies and conflicting interpretations, which students will be expected to analyze critically in writing and discussions.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2490001/70616T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Paul Chamberlin436/49

HIST UN2533 US Lesbian and Gay History.4 points.

This course explores the social, cultural, and political history of lesbians, gay men, and other socially constituted sexual and gender minorities, primarily in the twentieth century.  Since the production and regulation of queer life has always been intimately linked to the production and policing of “normal” sexuality and gender, we will also pay attention to the shifting boundaries of normative sexuality, especially heterosexuality, as well as other developments in American history that shaped gay life, such as the Second World War, Cold War, urbanization, and the minority rights revolution.  Themes include the emergence of homosexuality and heterosexuality as categories of experience and identity; the changing relationship between homosexuality and transgenderism; the development of diverse lesbian and gay subcultures and their representation in popular culture; the sources of antigay hostility; religion and sexual science; generational change and everyday life; AIDS; and gay, antigay, feminist, and queer movements.      

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2533001/67191M W 10:10am - 11:25am
702 Hamilton Hall
George Chauncey445/70

HIST UN2580 THE HISTORY OF UNITED STATES RELATIONS WITH EAST ASIA.4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This lecture course examines the history of the relationship between the United States and the countries of East Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first half of the course will examine the factors drove the United States to acquire territorial possessions in Asia, to vie for a seat at the imperial table at China’s expense, and to eventual confrontation with Japan over mastery in the Pacific from the turn of the century leading to the Second World War. The second half of the course will explore the impact of U.S. policy toward East Asia during the Cold War when Washington’s policy of containment, which included nation-building, development schemes, and waging war, came up against East Asia’s struggles for decolonization, revolution, and modernization.  Not only will this course focus on state-to-state relations, it will also address a multitude of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese perspectives on the United States and American culture through translated text, oral history, fiction, and memoir.


Participation in weekly discussion sections, which will begin no later than the third week of classes, is mandatory. 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2580001/67348T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
633 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Lien-Hang Nguyen451/60

HIST UN2587 Sport & Society in the Americas.4 points.

This course explores the ways organized sport constitutes and disrupts dominant understandings of nation, race, gender, and sexuality throughout the Americas. Working from the notion that sport is “more than a game,” the class will examine the social, cultural and political impact of sports in a variety of American contexts in the past and present. While our primary geographic focus will be the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean, the thrust of the course encourages students to consider sports in local, national, and transnational contexts.  The guiding questions of the course are: What is the relationship between sport and society? How does sport inform political struggles within and across national borders? How does sport reinforce and/or challenge social hierarchies? Can sport provide visions of alternative conceptions of the self and community? Throughout the semester, we will examine such topics as: the continuing political struggles surrounding mega-events such as the Olympics and World Cup, the role of professional baseball in the rise and fall of Jim Crow segregation, the contradictory impact of high school football in Texas, the centrality of tennis to the women’s movement in the United States, and the role of sports in the growth of the city of Los Angeles. Course materials include works by historians, sociologists, social theorists, and journalists who have also been key contributors to the burgeoning field of sports studies. 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2587001/28082T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Frank Guridy450/70

HIST UN2611 Jews and Judaism in Antiquity.4 points.

Field(s): ANC

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2611001/16806M W 8:40am - 9:55am
302 Fayerweather
Seth Schwartz47/30

HIST UN2618 The Modern Caribbean.4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This lecture course examines the social, cultural, and political history of the islands of the Caribbean Sea and the coastal regions of Central and South America that collectively form the Caribbean region, from Amerindian settlement, through the era of European imperialism and African enslavement, to the period of socialist revolution and independence. The course will examine historical trajectories of colonialism, slavery, and labor regimes; post-emancipation experiences and migration; radical insurgencies and anti-colonial movements; and intersections of race, culture, and neocolonialism. It will also investigate the production of national, creole, and transborder indentities. Formerly listed as "The Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries". Field(s): LAC 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2618001/73027M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
310 Fayerweather
Natasha Lightfoot463/90

HIST UN2660 Latin American Civilization I.4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Latin American economy, society, and culture from pre-Columbian times to 1810. Global Core Approved.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2660001/20976T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
Caterina Pizzigoni475/90

HIST UN2719 History of the Modern Middle East.4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Graduate students must register for HIST G6998 version of this course.

This course will cover the history of the Middle East from the 18th century until the present, examining the region ranging from Morocco to Iran and including the Ottoman Empire. It will focus on transformations in the states of the region, external intervention, and the emergence of modern nation-states, as well as aspects of social, economic, cultural and intellectual history of the region. Field(s): ME

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2719001/63433T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
417 International Affairs Bldg
Rashid Khalidi4164/210

HIST UN2764 History of East Africa: Early Time to the Present.3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

A survey of East African history over the past two millennia with a focus on political and social change. Themes include early religious and political ideas, the rise of states on the Swahili coast and between the Great Lakes, slavery, colonialism, and social and cultural developments in the 20th century.  This course fulfills the Global Core requirement. Field(s): AFR 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2764001/26645M W 10:10am - 11:25am
633 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Rhiannon Stephens331/60

HSME UN2810 History of South Asia I: al-Hind to Hindustan.4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Graduate students must register for HIST G6998 version of this course.

This survey lecture course will provide students with a broad overview of the history of South Asia as a region - focusing on key political, cultural and social developments over more than two millennia. The readings include both primary sources (in translation) and secondary works. Our key concerns will be the political, cultural and theological encounters of varied communities, the growth of cities and urban spaces, networks of trade and migrations and the development of both local and cosmopolitan cultures across Southern Asia. The survey will begin with early dynasties of the classical period and then turn to the subsequent formation of various Perso-Turkic polities, including the development and growth of hybrid political cultures such as those of Vijayanagar and the Mughals. The course also touches on Indic spiritual and literary traditions such as Sufi and Bhakti movements. Near the end of our course, we will look forward towards the establishment of European trading companies and accompanying colonial powers.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HSME 2810001/29344M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
520 Mathematics Building
Manan Ahmed441/50

HIST UN2948 Capitalism in Crisis: A Global History of the Great Recession.4 points.

The Financial Crisis that struck the United States and Europe in 2007 is the most severe in history. We are still living with its fall out. This course will explore the history of the crisis and the political reaction to it. We will explore how the crisis radiated out from the Atlantic economy where it originated to the rest of the world economy.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 2948001/86546M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
Adam Tooze467/90

HIST UN3061 ISLAM AND EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE AGES.4 points.

This course explores the encounter between Europe, broadly conceived, and the Islamic world in the period from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries.  While the Latin Christian military expeditions that began in the late eleventh century known as the Crusades are part of this story, they are not the focus.  The course stresses instead the range of diplomatic, commercial, intellectual, artistic, religious, and military interactions established well before the Crusades across a wide geographical expanse, with focal points in Iberia and Southern Italy.  Substantial readings in primary sources in translation are supplemented with recent scholarship.  [Students will be assigned on average 150-200 pages of reading per week, depending on the difficulty of the primary sources; we will read primary sources every week.]

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3061001/11346M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Adam Kosto411/15

HIST UN3111 The Environmental History of the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BC to 700 AD.4 points.

The study of the ancient Mediterranean environment – the material world in which the Greeks and Romans and their neighbors lived – has been making rapid strides in recent years.  The aim of this course is to offer an overview of the impact of a flourishing pre-modern society on its natural environment, and of the ways in which people reacted to environmental challenges. We shall talk about natural resources – water, wood, land, minerals -- and about the sea and the mountains, also about diet, health and pollution, and of course about the climate. We will consider the profound problems of combining historical and scientific methods in the study of a past environment. 

HIST UN3233 From Liberalism to Illiberalism? Economic Ideas and Institutions in Central and Eastern Eu.4 points.

In Central and Eastern Europe liberalism was just one of the major streams of thought in the 19th century, and illiberalism is only one of the doctrines yearning for dominance today. What happened between the two cannot be squeezed into a –  Spenglerian – story of the “decline of the East” because liberal ideas had a triumphant comeback in the Western half of the region in the middle of the 20th century and in its Eastern half before and after 1989. Following the rise of liberal economic thought and practice in the region throughout the 19th century, Central and Eastern Europe chose blatantly anti-liberal (totalitarian) roads of development, national socialism and/or communism for many decades. After World War II, countries that found themselves on the Western side of the Iron Curtain managed to leave these roads, and develop a variety of models relying on the doctrine of Soziale Marktwirtschaft. When in 1989, countries on its Eastern side followed suit, they started flirting with more radical sorts of liberalism than most of their Western neighbors, to return to the concept of social market economy, or to slide back to soft varieties of illiberalism recently.


The course will present some of the leading economic ideas and institutions in the context of cultural encounters between the East and the West. A special emphasis will be laid on frictions between the dominant discourses of the two parties. In Central and Eastern Europe both liberalism and socialism had their powerful national(ist) versions, socialism was offset by communism, conservativism fraternized with state collectivism, and the takeover of Western concepts was often simulated rather than real.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3233001/79279T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Janos Kovacs411/15

HIST UN3326 History of Ireland, 1700-2000.4 points.

This seminar provides an introduction to key debates and historical writing in Irish history from 1700.  Topics include:  the character of Ascendancy Ireland; the 1798 rising and the Act of Union; the causes and consequences of the famine; emigration and Fenianism; the Home Rule movement; the Gaelic revival; the Easter Rising and the civil war; politics and culture in the Free State; the Northern Ireland problem; Ireland, the European Union, and the birth of the “celtic tiger”.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3326001/23582Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Susan Pedersen411/15

HIST UN3335 20th Century New York City History.4 points.

This course explores critical areas of New York's economic development in the 20th century, with a view to understanding the rise, fall and resurgence of this world capital. Discussions also focus on the social and political significance of these shifts. Assignments include primary sources, secondary readings, film viewings, trips, and archival research. Students use original sources as part of their investigation of New York City industries for a 20-page research paper. An annotated bibliography is also required. Students are asked to give a weekly update on research progress, and share information regarding useful archives and websites.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3335001/17439M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
406 International Affairs Bldg
Kenneth Jackson419/20

HIST UN3357 History of the Self.4 points.

This course is one of a series on the history of the modern self. The works of Montaigne, Pascal, Rousseau, Tocqueville, or another Enlightenment thinker are critically examined in a seminar setting.


Fall 2017 the topic is Tocqueville.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3357001/21646M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Mark Lilla414/15

HIST UN3401 Does American Poverty Have a History?.4 points.

In most societies, some are rich and many more are poor.  So it has been through most recorded history – and so it remains in the United States, where an estimated 43 million Americans are living in poverty as you read this.  The project of our seminar will be to construct a history of America’s poor as vivid and precise as the histories that have long been written of the wealthy and the powerful.  We will look at the experiences of being poor and at changes in the processes of falling into and climbing out of poverty.  We will look at changes in the population of the poor, changes in the economic organization of cities and the countryside, and changes in the general distribution of wealth.  We will look at ideas of poverty and their impact on history.  And we will look, finally, at changes in the treatment of the poor: from charity to modern welfare policies.  At semester’s end, students will be able to interrogate the enduring presence of American poverty in light of its history and transformations.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3401001/77996W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Christopher Florio419/20

HIST UN3410 Food and Inequality in the Twentieth-Century U.S..4 points.

This seminar examines the social, cultural, and political history of inequality in the food system of the twentieth- century United States, from field to table. We trace the rise and expansion of industrial farming and food processing, and the commercialization of food preparation, looking at the ways racism, gender, class, immigration, empire, and globalization have shaped the political economy of American food. This course also investigates the intersection of agriculture, migration, and U.S. capitalism in the food system, and asks why modern food work has been marked by precarious working and living conditions. It provides a detailed knowledge of U.S. labor, immigration, agricultural, and political history in the twentieth century, with a focus on gender and racial disparity. Upon completion of the course, students will have a complex understanding of the history of the U.S. food system, which will allow them to engage broadly with different areas of American history, including the emergent history of capitalism, labor and immigration history, and environmental history. The course will also enable critical engagement with contemporary food movement issues, food planning, farm policy, and activist initiatives against the inequalities that continue to haunt our fields, packinghouses, and kitchens. The semester will culminate in a final paper that concentrates on one of the course themes and develops historical writing skills across the course of the semester. A strong base of knowledge about the history of the U.S. in the twentieth century is useful, but not prerequisite for the course.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3410001/67498M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Lindsey Dayton414/15

HIST UN3490 The Global Cold War.4 points.

The superpower competition between the US and the USSR dominated international affairs during the second half of the twentieth century. Though this Cold War was born from ideological differences and initially focused on Europe, it soon became entangled with the concurrent global process of decolonization. In this way, the US-Soviet rivalry shaped events on every continent. This course will examine the intersection of the superpower competition and the emergence of the postcolonial world. Through course readings and class discussion, students will examine the global dimensions of the Cold war. Each student will prepare a research paper on a topic to be chosen in consultation with the instructor.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3490001/77292M 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Paul Chamberlin415/15

HIST UN3500 John Jay & the American Revolution.4 points.

This seminar explores themes from the American Revolution that pertain to the career of John Jay (King’s College class of 1764 and first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court). Themes will include: law and diplomacy, the American Enlightenment, slavery and abolition, women in the Revolution, Spain and the American West, the Constitution and the Supreme Court, early-national politics, and the “Jay Treaty” of 1795. Each student will write a research paper on a related topic over the course of the semester.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3500001/23752T 10:10am - 12:00pm
502 Northwest Corner
Benjamin Lyons49/15

HIST UN3577 Culture and Politics in the Progressive Era, 1890-1945.4 points.

This class begins during the fabled "Gilded Age," when the nation's capitalist expansion created the world's largest economy but splintered Americans' ideals. From the fin-de-siècle through the cataclysms of World War II, we will explore how Americans defined, contested, and performed different meanings of American civilization through social reform movements, artistic expressions, and the everyday habits and customs of individuals and groups. The class will pay particular attention to how gender, race, and location--regional, international, and along the class ladder--shaped perspectives about what constituted American civilization and the national discourse about what it should become. Field(s): US

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3577001/16526M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Hilary-Anne Hallett48/15

HIST UN3645 Spinoza to Sabbatai: Jews in Early Modern Europe.4 points.

A seminar on the historical, political, and cultural developments in the Jewish communities of early-modern Western Europe (1492-1789) with particular emphasis on the transition from medieval to modern patterns. We will study the resettlement of Jews in Western Europe, Jews in the Reformation-era German lands, Italian Jews during the late Renaissance, the rise of Kabbalah, and the beginnings of the quest for civil Emancipation. Field(s): JWS/EME

HIST UN3766 African Futures.4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

The premise of the course is that Africa's collective past - that which has emerged since the ending of the Atlantic slave trade - might usefully be thought of as a sequence of futures that were imperfectly realized.  Those "futures past" represent once-fixed points on the temporal horizon, points toward which African political leaders and intellectuals sought to move, or towards which they were compelled by the external actors who have historically played an outsized role in the continent's affairs.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3766001/88529Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Gregory Mann42/15

HIST UN3807 Walking In and Out of the Archive.4 points.

The seminar seeks to engage with a set of methodological concerns about the practices and probabilities of archives and history writing. It does so via close readings of key historical texts which engage and rearrange the documentary furniture of the archives, from both within and without. The concerns can be broadly articulated as: How statist is the mainstream archives, and how have historians attempted to mine and undermine it? With what apertures and techniques and disciplinary practices to capture the lives and deaths of those who produce goods and services, not documents? What is meant by ‘Historical Fieldwork’, and what are some of the ways in which historians have practiced it, whether writing about well-archived events, or the longue duree of a single village. What transpires when oral tales are written up from within the same cultural milieu as literary stories? What are the peculiarities of Oral History? And what have some of the best Oral Historians been able to accomplish? These questions will guide us through a set of important historiographic works, writings on archives, community histories. The students will develop a close appreciation of the challenges of doing and thinking historically from the margins and listening to the small voices in history.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3807001/78441Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Shahid Amin46/15

HIST UN3838 Senior Thesis Seminar.4 points.

A year-long course for outstanding senior majors who want to conduct research in primary sources on a topic of their choice in any aspect of history, and to write a senior thesis possibly leading toward departmental honors. 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3838001/27001W 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Elizabeth Blackmar413/15
HIST 3838002/26289M 10:10am - 12:00pm
511 Kent Hall
Matthew Connelly411/15
HIST 3838003/14755F 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Marwa Elshakry413/15

HIST UN3911 Medicine and Western Civilization.4 points.

Priority given to majors and concentrators, seniors, and juniors, but other majors are welcome.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

This seminar seeks to analyze the ways by which medicine and culture combine to shape our values and traditions. To this end, it will examine notable literary, medical, and social texts from classical antiquity to the present.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HIST 3911001/76278M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301m Fayerweather
David Rothman, Rose Bailey417/22

HIST UN3930 The Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age.4 points.

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Issues concerning the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in biotechnology and biomedicine are increasingly arising both in the United States and abroad. From stem cell research to healthcare reform, these topics involve critical dilemmas at the intersections of law, society, culture, public policy, philosophy, religion, economics, and history.

Scientists, healthcare providers, and policy-makers confront how to approach these complex questions, yet scientific and technological advances have far outpaced our ability to understand or make key decisions about these issues.

The Master of Science in Bioethics, part of Columbia University’s Programs in Bioethics, which also include an Online Certification of Professional Achievement and Online Noncredit Courses, grounds students in historical, philosophical, legal, and social-scientific approaches and models to address bioethical challenges. The program prepares students to work in various capacities within this new and ever-growing field, and includes a concentration in global bioethics – the first of its kind in the United States.

Students study with faculty from across the University, drawing on the extraordinary resources of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry. Through elective coursework on campus, students may study with faculty from the schools of Law, Journalism, Nursing, International and Public Affairs, and Arts and Sciences.

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Online, students use a highly collaborative and interactive social learning platform to connect with their instructors and fellow students. All online courses have weekly live web classroom meetings with their professors to enable dynamic interaction around course content. Additionally, students participate in discussion groups, collaborative and independent coursework, interactive forums, and prerecorded videos.

Our programs are designed for maximum flexibility, and students enrolled on campus or online have access to rigorous coursework, world-class instruction by Columbia faculty, career and professional development, and personal feedback on written assignments.

Depending on your interest and schedule, on-campus students may also take courses online. International students on a student visa who were planning to do so may only enroll in one online class each semester.

Switching between on-campus and online is possible. If you enroll in the online format, you can switch to the on-campus format after your first semester with administrative approval.

Note: International students who are interested in switching from online to on campus should consult with us about visa and other requirements as soon as possible in their decision making process. They will also need to consult with ISSO for detailed information related to visa requirements and CPT (Curriculum Practical Training) eligibility.

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Most students at the School of Professional Studies use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. However you choose to finance your education, consider it an investment in your future, and know that we, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Planning, are here to help and advise you along the way.

For more information on available funding please visit the website: http://sps.columbia.edu/applied-analytics/master-of-science-in-applied-analytics/tuition-and-financing/financial-resources

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