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History (HIS)

Chairperson: Professor Rollo-Koster

110 (or CLA 110) Ancient Greece: History and Archaeology (3)

An introduction to the history and archaeology of ancient Greece and Greek Civilization from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great. (Lec. 2, Rec. 1)

111 Ancient Rome: History and Archaeology (3)

An introduction to the history and archaeology of ancient Rome and Roman Civilization from the founding of the city through to the death of the emperor Nero.(Lec. 3) (L)

112 History of Medieval Europe (3)

Primarily western Europe. Continuation of 111. Medieval church, feudalism, revival of town life, commerce, industry, and money economy, rise of national states, and development in the arts. (Lec. 3) (L)

113 History of Western Civilization from the Late Middle Ages to 1789 (3)

Introductory course treating Western civilization in its broadest sense from the late Middle Ages to the French Revolution and the beginnings of industrialization. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

114 History of Western Civilization Since 1789 (3)

Continuation of 113. Western civilization of the present time. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

116 History of Western Science (3)

Development of western science from ancient Greece and Rome until the present. Topics include relations of science and religion, emergence of science-based industry, and interaction between science and politics, especially during war. (Lec. 3) (L)

117 History of Medicine (3)

Professionalization of medicine, status of healers in different cultures, creation of scientific medicine, alternative medical practice, effect of changing disease patterns on medical theory/practice. Focus on the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. (Lec. 3) (L)

118 Women in European History (3)

Attitudes toward women, their role in society, women's work, and the feminist movement. Emphasis on 19th and 20th centuries with background material from earlier periods. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

130 History and the Sea (3)

The history of seafaring from ancient times to the 20th century. The course considers the political, military, economic, and social history of the maritime world. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

132 Introduction to Russian and Soviet History (3)

Selected topics in the development of Russian civilization since the ninth century. (Lec. 3) (FC) or (L) [D]

141 History of the United States to 1877 (3)

Colonial and Revolutionary periods, and economic, social, and political development of the United States through the Civil War and Reconstruction. (Lec. 2, Rec. 1) (L) [D]

142 History of the United States Since 1877 (3)

General social, economic, and political development from 1877 to the present. (Lec. 2, Rec. 1) (L) [D]

145 Women in the North American Colonies and the United States, 1500-1890 (3)

Legacies of Native-American, Hispanic, and Anglo-American culture; slavery and abolition; women's work and sexuality; women's rights movements; ethnic and regional diversity, with emphasis on women in the West, the South, and Northeast. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

146 Women in the United States, 1890- Present (3)

Impact of immigration and industrialization; legacy of slavery and segregation; changes in sexuality, reproduction, and work; images of women in popular culture; women's political movements. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

150 (or AAF 150) Introduction to Afro-American History (3)

Survey of Afro-American history from African origins to the current racial confrontation. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

160 Technology and American Life: 1800-Present (3)

Surveys the development and social impact of technology on American life during the past two centuries. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

171 East Asian Culture and History (3)

Introduction to the culture and history of East Asia. Emphasis on the literary, artistic, and philosophical traditions of East Asia, especially those aspects which relate to and influence contemporary developments. (Lec. 3) (FC) or (L) [D]

172 Southeast Asian Culture and History (3)

Broad overview of the culture and history of Southeast Asia. Emphasis on society, culture, and religion and their influence on contemporary developments. (Lec. 3) (FC) or (L) [D]

180 Introduction to Latin American Civilization (3)

Social, cultural, and political history of the Latin American region from the preconquest era to the present time. (Lec. 3) (FC) or (L) [D]

301 (or CLA 301) The Hellenistic World (3)

The history, archaeology, and civilization of the Hellenistic World from Alexander the Great to the Death of Cleopatra VII. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

302 (or CLA 302) The Roman Empire (3)

The history, archaeology, and civilization of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Constantine. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

304 Western Europe in the High Middle Ages (3)

Primarily France and England in the 12th and 13th centuries. Emphasis on the medieval Gothic-Catholic culture, the rise of towns, and the development of a money economy. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

305 The Renaissance (3)

Europe in transition during the 14th through the early 16th centuries. The economic, social, and religious backgrounds of the Renaissance. Emphasis on culture and artistic developments. (Lec. 3) (L) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

308 Between Eve and Mary: Women in the Middle Ages (3)

History of women in western Europe from about 500 A.D. to about 1500 A.D. Understanding the variety of medieval women's experiences (rich or poor, secular or religious, urban or rural) and how women were perceived by their society. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

309 The French Revolution and Napoleon (3)

Examination of the Revolution and Napoleonic eras with emphasis on the connections among economic, social, and political developments. Special attention to problems in interpretation. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

310 History of Europe: 1815-1914 (3)

Major political, economic, and intellectual developments in Europe from the defeat of Napoleon I to the outbreak of World War I; emphasis on the revolutions of 1848, unification of Italy and Germany, impact of the Industrial Revolution, nationalism and imperialism, background of World War I. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing. (L) [D]

311 History of Europe Since 1914 (3)

Detailed study of developments from 1914 to present: wars, postwar adjustments, communist and fascist ideologies, history of individual states, and social and intellectual trends. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing. (FC) or (L) [D]

314 Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century European Cultural History (3)

Intellectual and social movements of the Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L)

323 History of Great Britain in the 19th Century /(3)

Politics, culture, and economy of Great Britain in the 19th century: elements of both continuity and change in the social life and organization of its inhabitants, and in their religious and social beliefs: effects of British imperial expansion on the colonizers and on the colonized. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L) [D]

327 German History Since 1914 (3)

Topics in German social and political history from the first world war to the present. Emphasis on the history of National Socialism. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (FC) or (L) [D]

328 The Holocaust (3)

Study of Nazi efforts to exterminate Jews and others in Europe. Focuses on Nazi programs and policies; Jewish experiences; and the responses of the outside world. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

332 History of Imperial Russia (3)

Russian society, politics, and world view from the modernizing reforms of Peter the Great to the installation of parliamentary government in 1905. Emphasis on student writing, analysis of documents, trends, interconnections. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L) [D]

333 Twentieth Century Russia (3)

From Imperial Russia's progress toward modernization to society, economy, and politics in the 1990s. The Soviet experiment is studied from domestic and international angles. Close attention given to the Stalin Revolution, Cold War, and attempts to revitalize the one party state. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L) [D]

335 American Colonial History to 1763 (3)

American history from the founding of the colonies to the end of the French and Indian War, including developments within the colonies as well as their relationship with England. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

336 The American Revolution and Confederation: 1763-1789 (3)

Social, political, and economic aspects of the Revolution and Confederation periods. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

337 Creation of the Union: America from 1789-1848 (3)

The development of the new nation through the Jacksonian years, with emphasis on the transformation of society and politics. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

339 Emergence of Industrial America: 1877-1914 /(3)

Growth and consolidation of business, urbanization, and the Populist and Progressive movements. America's emergence as a world power. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

340 United States History from 1914 to 1941 (3)

Social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. from the onset of World War I through the end of the Great Depression. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L) [D]

341 United States History from 1941 to 1974 (3)

U.S. involvement in World War II. Social, political and economic developments in the postwar era. Equal emphasis on the domestic sphere and America's role in world affairs. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L) [D]

342 United States History from 1968-2001 (3)

From Woodstock to the AIDS crisis, Richard Nixon to George Bush, Vietnam to Iraq, and Bob Dylan to Jay-Z, students will explore the developments that created today’s United States. (Lec. 3) Pre: 142 and sophomore standing.

344 History of the North American Indian (3)

Native North Americans from pre-Columbian times to present. Emphasis on ideological conflict between Indians and whites. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

346 Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in America (3)

History of immigration to the U.S. from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Compares different waves, explores shifting attitudes toward immigrants, and discusses how race and ethnicity shaped immigrants' experiences. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L) [D]

349 History of American Labor (3)

Changes in work, lifestyle, and political consciousness of American workers in the 19th and 20th centuries; conflicts between labor and capital, and relationship to emergence of labor movements. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

351 Historical Perspectives on Women and Health (3)

History of women healers, including midwives, nurses and physicians. Topics in women’s health care will also be addressed. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (L) [D]

352 Topics in the History of Women and Gender /(3)

Themes in women's history, sexual identities, and the construction of gender roles. Primarily deals with United States since 1800. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated.

354 United States Diplomacy in the 20th Century /(3)

Analysis of people, ideas, and institutions that have shaped American relations with the rest of the world from World War I to the present. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

355 (or AAF 355) Black Women in the U.S.: Colonial Times to the Present (3)

Women's experiences in the study of African-American history. Assigned readings familiarize students with the state of scholarship and examine the intersection of race, class, and gender in that experience. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing. (L) [D]

356 (or AAF 356) Black Urban History: Late 19th and 20th Centuries (3)

Examines the historical black experience in urban environments in the U.S. Assigned readings, research, and group discussions examine the issues of migration, community, politics, class, and gender. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing. (L) [D]

357 History of Religion in the United States (3)

Diversity of religious traditions in the U.S. especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis on political, cultural, and ethic/racial dimensions of religion. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

359 (or AAF 359) History of Slavery in America (3)

Origins, development, and demise of slavery, with emphasis on the area that currently constitutes the United States. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

360 American Culture 1865-1940 (3)

Explores the nature and sources of American culture with emphasis on the diversity of its origins and forms of expression. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

361 (or WMS 361) Women’s Lives in New England, 1790-1930 (3)

Social, political and literary history of women in New England with an emphasis on women’s work and how that work shaped gender relations. Theoretical approaches from women’s studies, race and gender studies will inform the treatment of women’s history and the history of material culture in New England. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

362 History of Rhode Island (3)

History of Rhode Island from the first English settlement to the present day. Social, political, and economic aspects of internal development and the relation of the state to the region and the nation. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

363 Public History: Presenting Rhode Island’s Past (3)

The presentation of Rhode Island’s history to the public through such media as museums, historic sites, monuments, documentaries, websites, and social networking media from the state’s colonial beginnings. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

365 Civil War and Reconstruction (3)

American history during the period 1850-1877, giving equal emphasis to the background of the Civil War, the war itself, and the social, political, and economic aspects of Reconstruction. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

366 (or AAF 366) Twentieth Century Black Politics and Protest (3)

Explores the development and evolution of black politics and protest in the twentieth century including the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements and their legacies. (Lec. 3) Pre: 150 or AAF150 or HIS 142 and sophomore standing or permission of Instructor

374 History of Modern China (3)

Political, social, economic, and cultural development of China since 1800 with emphasis on the development of Chinese nationalism and on the rise, theory, and practice of Chinese communism. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (FC) /or (L) [D]

375 History of Modern Japan (3)

Background and significance of the Meiji restoration (1868) and modernization; the development of Japanese militarism, the fall of the Japanese Empire, and the emergence of the "New Japan." (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (FC) or (L) [D]

376 Women in Muslim Societies (3)

Examines gender relations in the modern Middle East through novels, poetry, and oral histories, as well as through historical and anthropological studies. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

377 Revolution in Islam (3)

Examines the history of revolutionary ideology in Islamic thought and places modern revolutions-such as the Iranian revolution of 1978-within a broader context of both Sunni and Shi'i radical activism. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

381 History of Colonial Latin America (3)

The interaction of American-Indian civilizations with European and African elements in the Spanish and Portuguese empires of the New World, concluding with the wars for independence. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

382 History of Modern Latin America (3)

Historical analysis of the political, cultural, and social-economic dimensions of tradition, reform, and revolution in Latin America since 1810. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

384 The Modern Caribbean(3)

Historical roots of the contemporary Caribbean world, emphasizing globalization's powerful influence and the region's efforts toward cultural, political and economic independence. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

385 Revolution and Unrest in Central America and the Caribbean (3)

Historical origins of social unrest in Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions, civil conflict in Guatemala and El Salvador, U.S. policy. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

387 (or WMS 387) Latin American History at the Movies (3)

Latin Americans see themselves very differently than how they are perceived by North Americans. Their self-portrayal, in literature and film, is the key to understanding their history and conflicts. (Lec. 3) Pre: 180 is suggested but not required.

388 (or AAF 388) History of Sub-Saharan Africa (3)

Ancient and medieval Africa, and the impact of Islam; the "Glorious Age" of the Sudanic empires; the slave trade and the age of exploration; the period of European partition and the rise of African nationalism. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

389 Exploration, Commerce, and Conflict in the Atlantic World, 1415-1815 (3)

The Atlantic world from the 15th to early 19th centuries. Voyages of exploration, cultural contact, Atlantic economy, piracy, smuggling, fishing, naval warfare, imperialism, migration, and life at sea in the Age of Sail. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

390 The Atlantic World in the Age of Iron, Steam, and Steel (3)

The Atlantic world in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Maritime technology, seaborne commerce, naval warfare, imperialism, migration, whaling, the slave trade, piracy, and life at sea. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

391 Directed Study or Research (3)

Special work arranged to meet the needs of individual students who desire advanced work. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of instructor and chairperson.

393 Topics in History (1-3)

Subject, course content, and years offered will vary according to expertise and availability of instructors. (Lec. 1-3) May be repeated for credit with permission of chairperson. Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

396 Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology Field School (3)

Usually, but not exclusively, taught in Bermuda. Students may select an archaeological diving option, an archaeological non-diving option, or an archival research option. Pre: junior standing and those students who select the archaeological diving option will be required to go through the URI research diving certification process prior to departure.

397 The Historical Landscape of Britain (3)

Taught in England. Examines the impact of political, military, religious, economic, and social change in the past six or seven centuries on the landscape of village and field and town and country. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Usually taught in conjunction with ENG 397. Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

398 History Through Science Fiction (3)

Ideas about history in popular culture as seen in the literary genre of science fiction. (Lec. 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

401 Advanced Topics in European History (3)

Subject and course content will vary from semester to semester. Student work will emphasize historiographical analysis and the use of specialized research materials. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior, senior, or graduate standing in history or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of chairperson.

441 Advanced Topics in American History (3)

Subject and course content will vary from semester to semester. Student work will emphasize historiographical analysis and the use of specialized research materials. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior, senior, or graduate standing in history or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of chairperson.

481 Advanced Topics in Asian or Latin American History (3)

Subject and course content will vary from semester to semester. Student work will emphasize historiographical analysis and the use of specialized research materials. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior, senior, or graduate standing in history or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of chairperson.

482 (or NRS 482 or EVS 482) Innovative Sub-surface Remediation Technologies (4)

Innovative remediation technologies for treating contaminated groundwater and sediments: theory, applications, and limitations of selected methods. Discussion of case studies. (Lec. 4) Pre: permission of instructor. In alternate years. Not for graduate credit.

490 (or APG 490) Underwater Historical Archaeology (3)

Methodological and theoretical foundations of underwater historical archaeology. Examines the contribution of shipwrecks and other inundated sites to our understanding of the global nature of modern life. (Seminar) Pre: at least 3 credits of course work at the 300-level in history, anthropology, or art history, or permission of instructor.

495 Seminar in History (3)

Development of skills in historical research and writing and in the critical analysis of historical works. Topics vary. (Seminar) Pre: completion of 401 or 441 or 481, with the same instructor, or permission of the department. This course is required of undergraduate history majors. May be repeated for credit with different topic with permission of instructor.

502, 503 Special Readings in European History (3 each)

Intensive tutorial work, research, and readings in European history. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing, permission of instructor, and concurrent audit of parallel 300-level course. May be repeated.

506 Seminar in European History (3)

Selected topics in European history, with intensive reading of important secondary and/or primary sources; critical written analysis of historical method, research, and modes of interpretation. May be repeated for credit with different topics. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

507 Seminar in United States History (3)

Selected topics in United States history, with intensive reading of important secondary and/or primary sources; critical written analysis of historical method, research, and modes of interpretation. May be repeated for credit with different topics. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

508 Seminar in Asian or Latin American History /(3)

Selected topics in Asian or Latin American history, with intensive reading of important secondary and/or primary sources; critical written analysis of historical method, research, and modes of interpretation. May be repeated for credit with different topics. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

536, 537 Special Readings in American History (3 each)

Intensive tutorial work, research, and readings in American history. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing, permission of instructor, and concurrent audit of parallel 300-level course. May be repeated.

544 Colloquium in Worker History

See Labor and Industrial Relations 544.

588 Special Readings in Asian or Latin American History (3)

Intensive tutorial work, research, and readings in Asian or Latin American history. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing and permission of instructor. Concurrent audit of parallel 300-level course. May be repeated.

591 Directed Study or Research (3)

Directed readings, research, or study designed to meet the particular needs of individuals or small groups of graduate students. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.


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