History Courses for Undergraduates

Posted On April 13, 2021
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Registration open March 29, 2021

Courses marked with * have Honors sections available

Courses designated “OA” are Online/Asynchronous

Course Flyer Fall 2021

  • HIST 1111: Survey of World History to 1500

    • Various instructors | Multiple Sections
    • A thematic survey of world history to early modern times.
  • HIST 1112: Survey of World History since 1500

    • Various instructors | Multiple Sections
    • A thematic survey of world history from early modern times to the present.
  • HIST 1141: African-American History I

    • Lisa Shannon | Multiple Sections
    • Maurice Hobson | MW 3:30-4:45pm
    • This introductory survey of African-American history provides engagement with significant topics, themes, and issues in the African-American experience from Reconstruction into the present. (Crosslisted with AAS 1141)
  • HIST 2030: Introduction to Asian Studies

    • Ghulam Nadri | OA
    • This course provides a comparative overview of the historical, geographical, socio-economic, political, and cultural dynamics of Asia as a world region. Students will be introduced to a multidisciplinary framework to study Asia and its peoples, societies, cultures, politics, and economies. They will engage with some major issues and interpretations in the history of Asia and its interaction with Europe and the West, such as “Orientalism,” “Asian modernity,” and “great divergence” debates. (Crosslisted with GLOS 2030)
  • HIST 2110:* Survey of US History

    • Various Instructors | Multiple Sections
    • A thematic survey of US history to the present.
  • HIST 3000: Introduction to Historical Studies

    • Marni Davis | MW 12:30-2:15pm
    • Jacob Selwood | OA
    • Every history major must take History 3000. This course is the “Gateway” to the advanced skills that history majors are expected to master. It will provide students with awareness of different approaches to “doing history.” Students will learn how the writing of historical narrative and argument has changed over time, as well as some of the theoretical, methodological, and sociopolitical issues that are central to historical thinking. Students will become familiar with the practices of historical writing, and will be exposed to a range of scholarly and archival resources.
  • HIST 3210: The US in the Nineteenth Century

    • David Sehat | OA
    • This course examines the broad sweep of American experience in the nineteenth century — from early debates over the role of the state in nation-building, to the traumas of the Civil War, and, finally, through the emergence of the modern United States at the end of the nineteenth century.
  • HIST 3220: The US in the Twentieth Century

    • Alex Cummings | MW 10:00-11:45am
    • This course examines the broad sweep of the American experience in the twentieth century—from Progressive Era battles over economic power, poverty, and immigration to the traumatic period of the Great Depression and World War II; from the crises over race and equality that roiled postwar America in the 1950s and 1960s to challenges of globalization and diversity in recent decades. This is a history course that draws from numerous primary sources, including novels and films.
  • HIST 3270: History of the 1970s and 1980s

    • John McMillian | TR 2:45-4:30pm
    • This course covers American social, cultural and political history from 1974-1991. Topics include the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate, Boston’s busing crisis, urban problems, President Jimmy Carter, the Iranian hostage crisis, the Reagan Revolution, AIDS, and the wind-down of the Cold War. Students will read primary sources, watch films, and conduct an oral history.
  • HIST 3410: The History of Food

    • Jeffrey Trask | TR 12:45-2:30pm
    • This course examines some of the ways that people have historically used food, cuisines, and eating to organize and engage with their social worlds. It also introduces students to the ways in which food has sparked debates over health, industrialization, labor, and power structures. It considers a wide range of topics, including: the history of cookbooks, public eating and restaurants, the history of agriculture from its origins to “urban farms,” hunger, food taboos, global networks of food production, disordered eating and modern food movements.
  • HIST 3530:* Europe Since 1789

    • Greg Moore | TR 2:45-4:30pm
    • Society and politics since the age of enlightenment; special attention to revolution, reaction and reform; class, gender and industrial capitalism; imperialism and nationalism; democracy, fascism, and communism; economic integration: citizenship, immigration, and new social movements.
  • HIST 3625:* War in Europe and America Since 1500
    • Robin Conner | OA
    • This course will explore Western military history from 1500 to the present, with a particular focus on American military history. We will study a variety of conflicts including the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, World Wars I and II, Vietnam, and “small wars”/ counterinsurgencies. Topics will include developments in military strategy and technology; the “face” of battle; ethics, leadership, and morality in war; the relationship between the military and civil society; and war in culture and memory.
    • This course satisfies the ROTC military history commissioning requirement.
  • HIST 3720: Colonial Latin America
    • JT Way | MW 2:30-4:15pm
    • Spain’s and Portugal’s conquests and settlements in the Western hemisphere; the organization and collapse of their colonial systems.
  • HIST 3790: The Middle East since 1800
    • Allen Fromherz | TR 10:00-11:45am
    • Political, cultural, social, and economic developments from Morocco to Iran, including imperialism, nationalism, independence, and religious revival.
    • Crosslisted with MES 4120
  • HIST 3850: China, India, and the World Economy
    • Ghulam Nadri | OA
    • This course addresses the changing position and participation of China and India in the expanding world economy of modern times. China and India were at the forefront of manufacturing and trade before 1800, and they are once again gaining a dominant position. We will explore why, and how, through comparative historical analysis of the role of states, markets, trade networks, economic institutions, commodity production, consumption, and socio-cultural values in Asia and the wider world. We will also examine the impact of the current global pandemic on the world economy.
    • Crosslisted with GLOS 3850
  • HIST 4310: Georgia
    • Glenn Eskew | MW 12:45-2:30pm
    • This class explores the History of Georgia from pre-colonial times to the present, including Native American cultures and contact; colonization; Georgia in the American Revolution and new republic; slavery and antebellum development; Civil War and Reconstruction; the New South era; the civil rights movement; and the emergence of modern Georgia. Students will approach the subject from several perspectives, including those of race, class and gender. Different methodologies are used including the traditional lecture, the printed word, multimedia, and field trips.
  • HIST 4325: Public History and Historic Preservation
    • Chad Keller | R 12:30-3:55pm
    • This course will introduce students to issues in the public preservation and interpretation of the past, with particular focus on stories and sites related to race, place, story, and memory in the United States. Each week we will unite theory and practice by reading thought pieces, examining case studies, exploring historic sites and museums, and evaluating digital resources.
  • HIST 4470: The Founders’ Constitution
    • Robert Baker | OA
    • This course examines the political and social world of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and other Founders. We will also critically examine the intellectual, political, and cultural origins of the Constitution, the Founders’ intentions, and the process of Ratification. The Course will examine the Founders’ Constitution in its operation up through the constitutional crisis precipitated by secession and the Civil War.
  • HIST 4961: British American Cultural Seminar II
    • Glenn Eskew | TR 11:00am-12:15pm
    • Literature and culture of the American South course designed for undergraduate British and GSU students participating in exchange programs, and for GSU History and English majors. Organized around shared heritage of southern colonies with Great Britain. Readings, lectures, discussions, multimedia, and fieldtrips engage the South’s complex past by questioning southern identity. To illustrate the history and culture of the region, samplings of southern literature, music, foodways, and film help explore the South’s fascinating heritage.
    • Crosslisted with ENGL 3266
  • HIST 4990:* Historical Research
    • Departmental permission required: contact rconner@gsu.edu
    • Jacob Selwood | OA
    • Every history major must take History 4990. This course serves as a “Capstone” experience, and it gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as historians. The major assignment of this seminar is a substantive essay (15-20 pages), based on original research. During the semester, students will also complete a number of linked writing assignments that lead to completion of a successful research paper. It is recommended that students take 4990 in their final semester.
    • Theme: Order and Disorder in Early Modern Britain