Fall 2024 Courses

Looking for an exciting course this coming fall? Check out a few of our upcoming history courses.

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Highlighted Fall 2024 Courses

HIST 187

Murder Most Foul:  US History through 'Flashpoint' Murder Cases

Instructor: Prof. Katie Hemphill
Fully online, full semester

Exploring Perspectives (Humanist)

What can murder teach us about history? How can we understand high-profile murders from a historical perspective? In this course, we’ll examine several murder cases from the colonial period to the twentieth century in order to explore the major social, political, and cultural issues illuminated by the homicides and the resulting trials. Some of the cases covered will likely be familiar to you; others have lapsed into historical obscurity over the course of centuries. Each of them, however, was a “flashpoint” murder at its time—that is, a murder that took place during a period of social upheaval and that generated a great deal of public attention and controversy. In what sense can we understand these crimes and their prosecutions as a product of their times, and what can the crimes tell us about the values and attitudes of people in the past? 


HIST 187: Murder Most Foul Course Flyer_Spring 2024

HIST 102

Tucson Matters:  Making History with Community Museums

Instructor: Prof. Katherine Morrissey

M/W 10-11:15. 406 Chavez

Exploring Perspectives (Humanist)

Tucson Matters flyer


This new experiential learning course brings you into the practice of public history through your active involvement in a community museum collaborative history project.

Whose history should be told through museums? How should the diverse histories of multi-ethnic and multi-racial communities be represented, interpreted, and explored in public history institutions? Museums, as dynamic institutions that engage and reflect societies, have undergone tremendous change over the past twenty years. These questions are among those that have fostered critical debates, enriched the content and direction of history museums, and generated new museums. Public historians—historians who work beyond the walls of a traditional classroom and are in direct dialogue and partnership with the publichave been deeply involved in these transformations. 

The course introduces you to how public historians think, the types of questions they ask, the methodologies and techniques they use to approach those questions, and how disciplinary knowledge informs their ways of reasoning and doing. It explores issues of power, privilege, and marginalization by working with a community museum that centers the experiences, voices, and perspective of one or more historically excluded and/or marginalized population. 


HIST 498 Capstone 

Three options for Fall 2024:

  • M/W 2-3:15pm      Prof. Erika Perez

  • T/Th 11-12:15         Prof. John Senseney

  • Online                     Prof. Benjamin Lawrance

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