HIS 111-4. Introductory Seminar: Women in America, 1600-1865 (W)
This seminar is an introduction to women's history from colonial times through the Civil War. We will examine a number of different topics such as the status of women in different colonies, the effect of the American Revolution, slave women, the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, and women's contributions during the Civil War. Readings will include biographies, slave narratives, and some of the latest historical scholarship. One of the goals of the course is the improvement of writing skills, thus there will be frequent writing assignments. Not open to students who have completed their writing course (W) requirement. (Writing Requirement (W)) LUCAS

HIS 257-6.  Topics: Reel History: African Americans in Film
This course will examine the ways in which African Americans have historically been represented in American film of the 20th Century. We will explore how Hollywood has depicted African Americans and race relations in the U.S. as well as how independent black filmmakers from Oscar Micheaux to Julie Dash, Spike Lee, and Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) have sought to revise and critique white constructions of blackness. Central to the course will be an investigation of how African American filmmakers, actors, and actresses have dealt with the contradictions of a film industry which has historically marginalized their contributions even as it has contributed to the proliferation of images of blackness, and public perceptions of American race relations. Prerequisite: a Writing (W) designated course. (Humanities) STEWART

HIS 259-1. Travel & Exotic in Premodern World (FYS)
Medieval readers thrilled to the travel tales about Asia, full of monsters, strange customs, and unfamiliar people. Early European explorers to Africa and the Americas told similar stories. In this course, we’ll read Marco Polo, Columbus, and other travel accounts from the Middle Ages and the Age of Exploration (some real-life, some fictional). How did these stories influence readers’ ideas about the world around them? What did travelers consider exotic, and how did they explain unfamiliar cultures to their readers? Students will be expected to enroll in an online learning community and will receive ¼ additional adjunct course credit for their participation during the fall semester. (FYS) HERDER

HIS 331-8. Topics in European History
Prerequisite: junior standing. (Humanities)