Undergraduate Europe Courses

These are the courses offered by the History Department to fulfill this requirement.  You may also use cross-listed courses.

Course No. Course Name Description
HIST 118 History of England Survey of England history from 1603 to present, with emphasis on political and social history.
HIST 120 Topics in History Introduction to college-level study of history through discussion of specific events or topics chosen by the instructor. Topics will vary each semester.
HIST 203 The Ancient Mediterranean: Power and Identity This course will focus on the ancient Mediterranean from 800 BCE to the XXX of the Roman Empire in the third century CE, emphasizing concepts of power and identity as demonstrated in politics, gender ideals, material culture and religious practice.
HIST 204 Ancient History: Greek History A political, social and cultural history of Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great.
HIST 205 Ancient Hist: Roman Hist A survey of Roman civilization from the founding of the monarchy to the emperorship of Constantine the Great.
HIST 207 Games and Play in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Games and play are important aspects of all cultures.  They provide entertainment and recreation, but they also reflect, influence, and supply metaphors for many other aspects of life.  We will explore the importance of play in shaping medieval and early modern societies by focusing on four games that have come to symbolize the era—chess, the tournament, hunting, and gambling. Through our examination of these and other games, we will explore the social, political, religious, economic, legal, military, and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe.  We will analyze a wide selection of medieval and early modern literary and historical documents and visual representations, as well as some modern literary, cinematic, and gaming reinterpretations. 
HIST 214B Europe from Revolution to Post-Communism

In in the past two centuries, our world has been shaped by European industrialization, revolutionary movements, nationbuilding, empirebuilding, depression and war, provoking ongoing political, social and cultural challenges and struggles.  Europeans’ working lives, gender, class and race relations, cultural practices and expectations have altered repeatedly.  Europe’s transformation occurred not only due to impersonal forces beyond human control, but because people took action to shape their world, influencing the course of history.  The forces they set in motion continue to mark world events, for good or ill, to this day.  In this course we will examine these events and forces in their historical context, ever mindful of their present-day impacts.

HIST 249 Techn+The Growth Civiliz Surveys prehistory and the history of technology worldwide, ranging from stone tools to semiconductors. Emphasizes the cultural context of technology. Extensively illustrated with slides and film.
HIST 271 History of Christianity This course examines the history of the great diversity of beliefs, practices, ways of life, and forms of authority among Christians, and especially conflicts about these.  Not narrowly theological, the course construes Christianity broadly, treating, for example, society, culture, and art.
HIST 310 The Black Death A lecture course focusing on Europe in the age of bubonic plague (from 1348 to 1720), with emphasis on changes in climate, food supplies, public health, epidemic disease, demography, and economy. The last third of the course will be devoted to the religious and artistic responses to disaster.
HIST 312 Econ+Soc Hist Discourse Compares historical narratives about economic theories in their contexts.
HIST 314A Europe 1870-1945:War, Peace & Social Change European powers' competition for empire intensified in the late nineteenth century, producing twentieth century wars that spread from Europe to span the globe, shaped by and reshaping domestic politics, international relations, gender expectations and social and cultural forms.
HIST 314B Europe Since 1945 In this course we will consider the choices Europeans faced and the paths they took after the second World War, including the loss of empire and the stresses of the Cold War, the construction of welfare states and the European Union, and the rise and fall of Eastern European socialisms and their aftermath.
HIST 317 Hist Modern Ireland Survey of Irish history from the Union in 1800 to the present; the course will emphasize the political, cultural, and religious bases of Irish history.
HIST 320 Reformations and Revolutions in Early Modern Britain, 1485-1714 This course aims at a broad analysis of the enthralling history and legacies of the Tudor and Stuart dynasties that ruled England from 1458 to 1714. The objective is to understand how in a quarter century the radical political and religious events, and figures, transformed the social, political and religious structures of England, giving birth to the foundation of England as a united kingdom, and significant world power. The course begins by focusing on the Tudors with emphasis on Henry VIII and the English Reformation, the return to Catholicism under Mary Tudor, the creation of a new Anglican Church under Elizabeth I and its unforeseen consequences. From there, it explores the Stuarts, with attention to the catastrophic English Revolution culminating in the public execution of King Charles I in 1649, and the rise of the English republic that ended with the restoration of monarchy in 1660. The course then reflects on the transformation of the English state following the elite coup d’etat of 1688, the Glorious Revolution, a fundamental watershed that cleared the way for a constitutional monarchy, parliamentary sovereignty, and religious toleration in England.
HIST 321 Industry & Empire: Britain since 1760 Industrialization has been one of the most significant processes of the past millennium, and its effects remain controversial today. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the mid-1700s and eventually spread to encompass the globe. In this course we will examine the unique preconditions, the unprecedented rise and decline, and the lasting effects of the first industrial revolution and the first industrial society, modern Britain.  We will explore the characteristics distinguishing “modern” industrial societies; how economic upheaval produced struggles over political power among different social groups; and how understandings of government’s legitimate responsibilities and the state’s role in economic systems changed over time. We will also address impacts on the family and gender, and on relations between the state and individuals, as well as Britain’s changing relations with the continent of Europe, its empire, and the wider world.
HIST 325 Hist France:Dev Mod Fren St, 1815-Pres Political, socio-economic, and cultural history of modern France from 1815 to the present day, with emphasis placed on French politics and self-identity.
HIST 329 Jewish-Christian Relat Explores the parallel and intersecting paths that both Jewish and Christian communities have taken toward theologies of self-identity.
HIST 339 Cult Trad, Tech+Business Traces the technological aspects of North Atlantic civilization and culture with emphasis on the role of technology in 19th and 20th century capitalist development.
HIST 356 Global Environmtl Hist This course will examine the ways in which different societies have defined, understood, valued, mapped, and made their livings in their environment. Also, will explore how societies and environments mutually transform one another.
HIST 370A History of the Jews Survey of major political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in the history of Diaspora Jewry; Modern Jewish history.
HIST 374 The Holocaust Socio-economic and intellectual roots of modern anti-Semitism, evolution of Nazi policy, genocide, responses of Axis and Allied governments, and responses of the Jews.
HIST 396A Nature+Practice of Hist This is a writing emphasis course. Course repeatable with consent of instructor.
HIST 403A History of Greece: Democracy, War, and Empire in the 5th Century BCE Beginning with Herodotus’ history of the Persian Wars and concluding with Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War, you will read and discuss various types of ancient sources in order to write your own history of the growth of democracy, the spread of empire, and the persistence of war in Classical Greece.
HIST 403B History of the Hellenistic World By reading and discussing many different ancient texts, including philosophy, Jewish histories and literature, and, especially, papyri from Egypt, you will explore the social and cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean from Alexander the Great until the Roman conquest.
HIST 403C Social & Cultural History of Classical Greece In this class, you will investigate a variety of topics related to people’s lives in Classical Greece:  democracy, economics, family life, gender, slavery, science, religion, and friendship. You will read and discuss ancient texts from the 4th century BCE – histories, court speeches, how-to manuals, and philosophy – in order to figure out for yourself what happened and how people lived.
HIST 404A History of Rome This course will focus on the history of Rome as it expands from an archaic 8th century village to become the dominant power in the Mediterranean, through civil war and the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. Although there is special focus on Roman power as it was distributed, manipulated, and claimed by citizens, warlords and demagogues, we will also be looking at social networks and the family, sub-elites and women, polytheism and ritual practice, the development of the city as a space for civic performances, as well as the dynamics of cultural interaction in the ancient Mediterranean. Students will concentrate throughout on the primary evidence (written and archaeological) and the ways in which historians use literary and material documentation to uncover different perspectives on the Roman past.
HIST 404B History of Rome This course will focus on the history of Rome under the emperors, from approximately the 40s B.C.E. to the deterioration of the western Empire in the fifth century C.E. Special emphasis will be given to concepts of power and how these play out in politics, spectacle, gender ideals, art and urban structures, and religious practices of the imperial period. Students will make use of the primary sources of evidence, both ancient texts and archaeological material, to increase their understanding of the ancient Romans and to gain greater familiarity with the techniques of the historian in analysis and communication.
HIST 405A Medieval Europe Major institiutions and trends in Europe from the breakup of the Roman World to the 14th century.
HIST 405B Medieval Europe Major institutions and trends in Europe from the breakup of the Roman World to the 14th century.
HIST 408 The Renaissance Europe between the 14th and 16th centuries with special emphasis on Italy as the seat of the Renaissance. Topics include the city states, humanism, the Church in an age of Schism and secularization, Renaissance art, the New Monarchies and European exploration and imperialism.
HIST 409 The Reformation The Reformation in thought and action both from the perspective of its religious origins and of the political and social conditions. Analysis of its impact on 16th century Europe including the spread of Protestant reformation and its comparnion movement, counter-reformation.
HIST 412A European Enlightenments Topics include philosophy, science, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, political economy.
HIST 412B The Role of the Intellectual in 20th-Century Europe Examines how twentieth-century writers debated the role of the intellectual: whether to be politically committed in order to advocate positive change, or to remain “above the fray” and strive for objectivity?  Considers how historical context (war and genocide, social transformations) shaped the role of the intellectual in European societies.  Readings may include Woolf, Sartre, De Beauvoir, Arendt, Havel, Said.
HIST 414 Cult Hist Ger to 1714 The political, social, economic and cultural history of Germany from the late Middle Ages to about 1800.
HIST 415 Cult Hist Ger 1714-1989 The political, social, economic and cultural history of Germany from the period of the French Revolution to the present.
HIST 416A Rise+Fall Europe Empires The rise and fall of European empires from the fall of Rome to the present, a process involving Europeans with the non- European world and its people, continues to shape global events.
HIST 419 The French Enlightenment Cultural history of France in the 18th century, with emphasis on the works of the philosophers.
HIST 420 Revolution + Napoleon The origins and progress of the Revolution in France.
HIST 421 Hist Russia: Early Period Political, socio-economic, and cultural history of Russia in medieval and early modern times.
HIST 422 Hist Russia:Mod Period Political, socio-economic, and cultural history of Russia in the modern era until the Bolshevik Revolution.
HIST 423 Intellectual Hist Russia Historical significance of social, political and scientific thought in 19th and 20th century Russia.
HIST 425 History of Soviet Union The Bolshevik Revolution and problems of Soviet and Russian history from 1917 to the present.
HIST 427 Work, Culture, Power Most of us spend our lives working, yet what is work and why do we do it?  Is work what makes us human or is work that which we do not want to do?  What is the relationship between work and power?  Can goofing off be a political act?   What about sabotage?  Violence?  What is the relationship between work and culture?  Can work be gendered?  Raced?  When we speak of "class," what do we mean?  Do "exploitation" and "alienation" describe anything, really?  Is migrant labor something new?  Are slavery days a thing of the past?  What are sweatshops and why do they exist?   How can there be too much work but not enough jobs?  In pursuit of answers, we will be reading, analyzing and discussing texts by historians, philosophers and other scholars, and, yes, even some actual workers!  We will examine the relationship between work, daily life, and values in both rural and urban settings, and how these have changed over time.  We will also consider various political movements organized around work or class identities in Europe and elsewhere over the past several centuries.
HIST 453 Women & Work Statement of purpose: Why should we study women's work? Is work the key to women's power or to their continuing subordination? What defines "women's work" and do only women do it? Are gendered divisions of labor an inescapable fact of nature, or do they have a history? What types of work have women performed from society to society, across time and space? How have historical and cultural contexts affected women's work? In this course we will examine women's work in a variety of societies in the past and present, asking how women's lives were shaped by their work, and how their work in turn made a difference in shaping their societies. We will also attempt better to understand what may be common to women and their work in different places and times, and how to account for the many differences. Like other upper-division history courses, this one demands substantial reading and writing. Graduate students will do additional readings for their papers, and meet with the instructor periodically to discuss them.
HIST 454 The Spanish Inquisition The Inquisition in Spanish, European, and ethnic history; its bureaucracy and procedures; it's festivities, its victims, New and Old Christians; and witches. Social, economic, and demographic context.
HIST 455 History of Women in Europe This course will examine the history of women in Europe from the Roman Empire to the present, exploring women's participation in social and family labor systems as well as religious, political and cultural life.  We will explore how women simultaneously participated in and coped with historical processes such as changing religious and political systems, commercialization and industrialization, and state formation.  We will examine major areas of human activity--economic, political, cultural, social, religious, intellectual, to see how they shaped and were in turn shaped by women's activities and women's experiences.  We will consider what this has implied for women's autonomy, choices, and power.
Hist 456A History of Anarchism / Europe This course examines anarchism's birth, growth, and development in various parts of Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
HIST 465A History of Spain Salient features of Spanish history beginning with the conquest of the Iberian peninsula by the Moors in 711 and concluding with the consolidation of democracy in the 1980's and 90's.
HIST 465C Hist Spain Salient features of Spanish history beginning with the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors in 711 and concluding with the consolidation of democracy in the 1980s and 1990s.
Hist 465E Early Modern Spain 1100-1700 This course will focus on the various elements of Spanish culture that contribute to its cultural distinction. It will examine Spain's cultural life from various spiritual, literary, athletic, and culinary perspectives and the history of their development. As such, its central focus will change each time it is offered.
HIST 477 Comparative World Revolutions This course examines the historical context against the theoretical, cultural, political, social, and economic elements of sudden revolutionary upheaval. Revolutions from the French Revolution of 1789 to the Cuban Revolution of 1959 will be studied.
HIST 486

The Ancient World in Film

This course explores the ways in which events and narratives drawn from the ancient Mediterranean have been represented in film, focusing on such issues as the role of the archaeologist in connecting to the ancient past, the depiction of Egypt as a font of mystic (and doomed!) power, and the presentation of Roman spectacle as an emblem of ruthless imperialism.
HIST 488 History of Byzantium Political, social, and cultural history of Byzantium from AD 325 to 1453, including the Byzantine legacy in Europe and the Middle East.
HIST 490 Philosophy of History Introduction to historical thinking from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on ideas in European and North American historical writings during the modern and contemporary eras.
HIST 495A Studies in Early Europe The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may/may not be required of course registrants.
HIST 495C Top in Mod European Hist The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may/may not be required of course registrants.
HIST 496C Women+Lit of Identity Through the developemtn and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports and/or papers.

Performance, Sport, and Spectacle in the Ancient Mediterranean


Students explore major spectacle and performance events through readings in primary and secondary sources, discussion, workshop, AND adaptation for re-enactments in a modern setting. By engaging with the historical past on a personal level, by re-experiencing key elements of past societies, students will gain powerful and lasting insights on Mediterranean antiquity and on the human experience.


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