The following documents list all offerings that count as "History" courses for a given semester, including those from other departments that have been approved for cross-listing. Please check back periodically for any time changes, deletions or additions to the Fall 2016 course offerings.

For course descriptions and meeting locations, please visit the Directory of Classes, maintained by the office of the registrar.

Please see the following descriptions for newly added graduate courses:

HIST GR8318: New Readings in Italian History
This Seminar examines issues in and approaches to the study of Italian History ina global perspective by revisiting some classics of Italian historiography, reading new works, and integrating both with major works of Italian prose and cinema that have significantly inflected wider cultural debates. The intention here is to enable students with prior research interests in the field ---with good grounding in the Italian language--to deepen their sensitivity to the cultural topoi and historical and political debates shaping the big turns in historiographical trends since the 1960s. The Seminar also addresses the problem of sources for approaches that seek to combine local with national and global perspectives by exploring the use some recently digitalized archival fonts.

HIST GR8461: Native American History
In this survey of some of the latest and most influential books in Native/Indigenous American history, we will emphasize themes of geography, resistance, and sovereignty from colonial contact to the present. While the majority of authors are historians, this course will also consider indigenous studies scholars’ critiques of the historical discipline’s treatment of Native topics.

HIST GR8537: Graduate Readings in America and the World
In recent years, “America and the World” has emerged as one of the fastest growing subfields in U.S. history. This course will introduce graduate students to this still-nebulous field. Beginning with its more traditional U.S. foreign relations history and moving through more recent approaches, we will examine some of the ways historians have sought to explain the U.S. relationship with the wider world. The course aims to introduce students to a wide variety of approaches and topics.

HIST GR8761: Research Seminar in African History
This colloquium is intended to introduce Ph.D. students from History and related fields to contemporary Africanist historiography. The genealogies of the field are multiple and distinct. However, rather than trace those genealogies, the course examines some of the distinctive characteristics and problematics of Africanist historical production over the last generation. Signal elements of Africanist historiography that we will explore include: the tension between historical analysis and work produced in the frame of other social sciences, particularly ethnography, and/or work that engages with the colonial library; the variable weight accorded Africa's deeper or 'pre-colonial' past in contemporary historical analysis (i.e., the balance between historicity and historicism); the privileged place of methodologies, particularly in oral history, within the historiography; the changing relationship between word, text, and object as sources of knowledge about the recent African past; the circumscription of the religious within the rational.

HIST GR8907: Colonial Cities
This seminar will examine colonial urbanism from a comparative perspective. The focus is on the long nineteenth century, an era coined as "the connected world of empires," and the goal is to open a window to understanding colonialism. The case studies are drawn from colonial cities of European empires, as well as the idiosyncratic Ottoman practices. A comprehensive study of examples from Algiers to Damascus, Calcutta, and Hanoi will reveal a rich array of experiments, each raising different sets of issues in the relationship between colonial policies and built forms. Situating urban forms, "the tangible substance, the stuff" of cities, at the center of our discussions, we will investigate political, social, cultural, and economic factors that framed their formation, as well as the subsequent effects the cities made on these webs-both waves working in a continuous dynamic. The interdisciplinary approach will capitalize on the surge of recent literature in the field, but also make use the wealth of untapped primary sources--textual and visual. Please note that the course does not offer a comprehensive survey; it focuses selected case studies in an in-depth manner.

HIST GR8934: The Cold War in the Third World (permission is required)
This seminar will examine conflicting interpretations and analyses of the international history of the Cold War era (roughly 1948-91), focusing primarily on the impact of great power rivalry and competition on the less developed regions of the world. While many of the readings and discussions will focus on the Middle East and Latin America, the areas known best to the instructors, a number of sessions will be devoted to readings, discussion, and experts on other world regions.

HIST GR8943: Law and History (permission is required)
This colloquium examines issues in and approaches to the study of legal history in a global perspective through the reading of important recent work in the field. It aims at broad geographical and chronological coverage, but does not pretend to be a survey. We will instead explore a series themes that cut across time and space, while leaving room for students to pursue their particular chronological and geographical interests. This course is intended principally for graduate students in history (including the MA/Sc in International and Global History), but is open to others preparing for original research or oral examinations in relevant fields.

HIST GR8975: What is a Book in the 21st Century?
This course will introduce humanities and social science graduate students to the Digital Humanities and to the creation of a minimal digital edition using content from the Making and Knowing Project ( It is intended for beginners with no experience in using digital platforms, as well as for students who are familiar with making websites or blogs, for example, or even with creating minimal editions. It will introduce students to current issues in the Digital Humanities, and equip them with sufficient digital skills to collectively create a minimal digital edition of the full English translation of BnF Ms. Fr. 640, an anonymous sixteenth-century compilation of technical recipes that resulted from the assembling of craft knowledge over time and geographical distance, followed by its subsequent “disassembly” in a workshop, as the author-compiler-practitioner experimented on the techniques contained in the recipes.


Beginning Fall 2016, courses in the Department of History will benumbered by type:

  • UN 1xxx - Introductory Survey Lectures (undergraduate students only)
  • UN 2xxx - Lectures (undergraduate students only)
  • UN 3xxx - Seminars (undergraduate students only)
  • GU 4xxx - Seminars open jointly to undergraduate and graduate students
  • GR 5xxx - Courses open to MAO students only
  • GR 6xxx - Survey/Core/Introductory Courses (graduate students only)
  • GR 8xxx - Graduate Colloquia and Seminars (graduate students only)
  • GR 9xxx - Graduate Independent Study Courses (graduate students only)

and field (with some exceptions):

  • x000 - x059 Ancient History (ANC)
  • x060 - x099 Medieval Europe (MED)
  • x100 - x199 Early Modern Europe (EME)
  • x200 - x299 Russia and East Central Europe (MEU)
  • x300 - x399 Modern Western Europe (MEU)
  • x400 - x599 United States (US)
  • x600 - x659 Jewish History (JWS)
  • x660 - x699 Latin America (LA)
  • x700 - x759 Middle East (ME)
  • x760 - x799 Africa (AFR)
  • x800 - x859 South Asia (SA)
  • x860 - x899 East Asia (EA)
  • x900 - x999 Research, Historiography, and Trans-National History (INTL)

* For more information on seminars, please visit the Seminar page or contact the Undergraduate Administrator

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If you have questions about specific courses or see incorrect information in any of the listings, please email the Undergraduate Administrator in the department. New courses will be added as they are approved.