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Find the Saint Louis University Department of History’s course offerings for spring 2019 below. See SLU’s Banner course catalog for the most current information.

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

HIST 1110: Origins of the Modern World to 1500 - Check Banner for sections/days/times
A historical approach to understanding the development of the modern world to 1500. The course will examine ancient civilizations, the Hebrews, Greece, Rome, Christianity, Islam, Byzantium, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and encounters between cultures and regions of the globe.

HIST 1120: Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to Present - Check Banner for sections/days/times
A historical approach to understanding the development of the modern world from 1500 to the present. The course will examine the cross-cultural impact of European expansion, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the Scientific Revolution, absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French and Industrial Revolutions, 19th and 20th century though the World Wars, totalitarian and liberation movements, and the challenges of the new global age.

HIST 2600-01, US to 1865, Michal Rozbicki, TR 12:45-2:00 p.m.                                     This course covers American history from the period of contact through the Civil War.  Topics include the collision of European, African, and Native American cultures in the age of contact and settlement; colonial British North America; the American Revolution and the Constitution; geographic expansion and social, economic, and cultural change in the Jacksonian era; slavery and the sectional conflict, and the Civil War. Fulfills U.S. History pre-1865 requirement for majors/minors

HIST 2610-01, US since 1865, Bryan Winston, M 4:15-7:00 p.m.                            HIST 2610-02, US since 1865, Eric Sears, TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.   

This course examines the major historical developments in American history as the United States emerged as a major world power.  The course will cover such issues as the shift from a rural agrarian to an urban industrial nation, the changing view of the role of government in society and the economy, and the evolution of foreign policy from nineteenth century isolation to world super power in the years after World War II.Fulfills U.S. History post-1865 requirement for majors/minors

HIST 2710-1, China and Japan since 1600, Filippo Marsili, TR 11:00-12:15 p.m. 

Follows the political, cultural, and social histories of China and Japan from the seventeenth century to the present.  The course concentrates on the interaction of China and Japan as well as on their respective roles in international exchanges and conflicts.  The class will focus on the impact of traditions such as Confucianism, Buddhism, Shintoism, and Christianity on society and institutions, on organized violence (e.g. warfare, uprisings, and samurai ideology) and on gender relations. Students will learn how to approach historical, literary, and artistic evidence and develop a critical perspective on cross-cultural issues. Fulfills World History requirement for majors/minors. 

HIST 2800-01, Historian’s Craft, Torrie Hester, TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.                     

The course equips students in the basics necessary to conduct important historical research in order to launch them into a career as a historian (whether as a business or NGO leader, lawyer, teacher, librarian, physician, public servant, archivist, museum curator, or professor).  2800 orients students to the academic study of history, enable them to analyze primary and secondary sources, help them organize research projects, write grants, develop public presentations, and write effectively. Students read books and articles on a variety of fields to explore historical methodologies and address different career paths that employ professionals trained in historical thinking, researching, and writing. Required for all majors/minors

HIST 3290-01, Russia Since 1905, Schlafly, MWF 10:00-10:50 p.m.   

The tsar is dead. Long Live the tsar! After defeat by Japan and revolution in 1905, then World War I, Nicholas II and the Russian Empire fell in 1917. The Bolsheviks under Lenin seized power, enforced Communism in Russia, and sought world revolution. Stalin remade society, imposing a reign of terror. Despite horrendous losses in World War II, the USSR expanded and launched the Cold War.  Khrushchev’s and Gorbachev’s reforms failed, and the Soviet Empire collapsed in 1989-1991. Yeltsin’s chaotic rule meant greater freedom but also corruption. Starting in 2000, Putin reestablished authoritarian rule and reasserts Russia’s role abroad. Fulfills European requirement for majors/minors

HIST 3580-01, Slavery in Film and Popular Culture, KatrinaThompson Moore,   M 4:15-7:00 p.m.   

This course examines the history of slavery in America from settlement through Reconstruction, in a comparative, trans-Atlantic context.  Topics include the origin, character, and institutionalization of slavery in America; slave life, culture, and communities; slave resistance and rebellion; Black and white abolitionist movements; emancipation during the Civil War, and the transition from coerced to free labor during Reconstruction. Fulfills U.S. post-1865 requirement for majors/minors.

HIST 3600-01, U.S. History in Film, Michal Rozbicki, TR 11:00-12:15 p.m.   

This course explores the relationship between depictions of the American past in film and in historical scholarship. We will discuss film at three levels, bearing in mind that any film is a mirror of the times when it was made. First, as a reflection of objective, factual history. Second, as an interpretation of history. Third, as a means of promoting among the public the various agendas of the filmmakers. The aim of the course is to learn to identify and assess interpretations through film, as well as to understand how film has shaped the collective memory of our society. Fulfills U.S. post-1865 requirement

HIST 3660-1, Nature in America, Flannery Burke, MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m. 

Why do so many people feel at peace in the woods?  Who supplies the meat for hamburgers? The course surveys the environmental history of what is now the United States from the fifteenth century to the present.  Students will learn not only about changes in the American environment, but also about the ideological and political development of conservation, preservation, and environmentalism in the United States; the role of resources in economic and geographic expansion; transformations in the landscape; and ways in which some segments of the population have benefited from the control of nature at the expense of other groups. Fulfills U.S. pre-1865 requirement

HIST 3930-01, Seeds of Empires: Introduction to Food History (1500-1800), Fabien Montcher, MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.   

Seeds of Empires examines the history of global interactions, using the history of food to think transnationally about imperial/colonial societies from the Medieval period to Contemporary times. As an expression of culture, a sign of identity, and as an index of social and technological change, food stands at the junction of many contemporary concerns. Its history constitutes a new and exciting way to engage critically with issues related to international relations, environmental degradation, sustainability, public health, social inequalities, gender roles and diasporas. The course will emphasize the impact that Islamic Empires and Western Globalization have had on world trade and transoceanic exchanges. Students will learn how concepts like Taste conditioned individual desires and the collective fears that shaped the history of globalization from the Medieval spice trade to Modern revolutions, including the Fast-food industry and the Slow-food movement.

HIST 3930-01, Global Medicine in the Early Modern Age, Phil Gavitt (co-teacher Beth Petitjean), TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.   

The world became global in the early modern period, 1300-1750. People travelled faster and more frequently to new locations, bringing with them diseases, medicine, and ideas about sickness, healing, and the body. This course investigates interaction and exchange among the world’s medical traditions between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. We will look at medicine in the Americas, Africa, and Asia before the arrival of Europeans and explore how European science and medicine influenced and learned from these different traditions.Some of the topics covered in this course include: epidemics and new diseases; the Ayurvedic tradition of India; Chinese traditional medicine; native healing in the Americas; the medical Renaissance and Scientific Revolution; and Islamic medicine under the Ottoman Empire. 

HIST 4901-01, Mystery Cults in the Ancient World, Doug Boin
W 1:10-2:25 p.m. 

HIST 4901-02 History in the Digital World, Tom Finan
TR 2:15-3:30 p.m.


Graduate History Courses

HIST 5300, Introduction of Medieval Europe, Steve Schoenig,
W 4:15-7:00 p.m.

HIST 5610/5710, Advanced Studies in U.S. History/World History, Lorri Glover
T 4:15-7:00 p.m.

HIST 6810, Research Seminar, Medieval Italy, Tom Madden
M 1:10-4:00 p.m.

HIST 6830, Research Seminar, Early Modern Europe, Claire Gilbert
R 4:15-7:00 p.m.

HIST 6840, Research Seminar, U.S. History, Silvanna Siddali
T 4:15-7:00 p.m.

HIST 6870, Research Seminar, World History, George Ndege
M 4:15-7:00 p.m.

HIST 6901, Professional Writing for Historians, Mark Ruff
T 4:15-7:00 p.m.