History Courses

HIST 021: Greek History
4 Credits 
The development of civilization from paleolithic times to the world empire of Alexander the Great.The social, economic, religious, philosophic, artistic, and literary development of the ancient world; the origin of political institutions.
Attribute/Distribution: BUG, SS
 
HIST 031: Empire, War, and Resistance in the Middle East
4 Credits 
Over the past 200 years, empires have fought over the control of strategic trade routes and natural resources in the Middle East. Conflicts in Israel-Palestine, Iraq, and Syria emerged with the redrawing of borders. These geo-political changes shed light on how national identities changed but also on how Middle Eastern men and women resisted foreign occupation and domestic dictators alike. Through diverse media such as fiction, photography, and film, this course introduces students to the region’s rich history and legacy.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
 
HIST/GS/LALS 049: The True Road to El Dorado: Colonial Latin America
4 Credits 
Examines the initial encounters of peoples of Iberian and African origins with the indigenous civilizations of the Western Hemisphere. Explores the development of a colonial economy and its global reach. Focuses on the birth of a distinctive Latin American society and culture, with attention to the Latin American patriots who fought for their freedom. No prior knowledge of Latin American history required.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
 
HIST/ASIA/MLL: Chinese Civilization
4 Credits 
This course reviews the evolution of Chinese culture from the Neolithic up to the end of the imperial age in 1911. While the framework is historical, students are exposed to all facets of what defines civilization, including social traditions, philosophy, religion, material culture, literature, art and architecture, military science, education, law, and institutional history. Students are encouraged to continue their study of China afterwards with the course on Modern Chinese Civilization.
Attribute/Distribution: HU
 
HIST 096: A Divided America: The Coming and Aftermath of the Civil War
4 Credits 
This course will examine how Americans in the North and South came to take up arms against one another in America's bloodiest war. We will study the causes, fighting, outcomes, and historical memory of the Civil War, focusing on the perspectives of political, economic, social, and cultural history. Using lectures, readings, visuals, and film, we will investigate topics and themes such as: labor and capitalism, political and cultural sectionalism, slavery and African American lives, abolition, secession, soldiering and manhood, the role of women in the war, constructions of gender and sexuality, freedom and emancipation, and the Civil War in cultural imagination and historical memory. This course can be used to fulfill elective requirements for the History major or minor.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
 
HIST 097: 20th Century African American History
4 Credits
In this course students will examine the history of African Americans over the course of the Twentieth Century. Using film, literature, speeches, and letters we will explore the development of Radical, Nationalist, and Feminist traditions during the period. We will also study how Black people used these, at times conflicting, ideologies to challenge white supremacy and craft a “more perfect union.” We will also determine the way these traditions influenced the creation of a modern Black Culture, and how that impact has led to the triumphs and tribulations of our current era. This course can be used to fulfill elective requirements for the History and Africana Studies major or minor.
Attribute/Distribution: HU
 
100-level History courses may be available with department permission. Please email Ellen Lewis at ell414@lehigh.edu