Courses

110: Ancient World This course is a survey of world history from the Mesolithic era to ca. 500 CE, emphasizing a regional and cross-cultural analysis of varying political, economic, social, and religious systems. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

120: Medieval World This course is a survey of world history from ca. 500 CE to ca. 1400 CE, emphasizing a regional and cross-cultural analysis of varying political, economic, social, and religious systems. (1)  

130: Early Modern World This course is a survey of world history from ca. 1400 CE to ca. 1800 CE, emphasizing a regional and cross-cultural analysis of varying political, economic, social, and religious systems. (1)  

140: Modern World This course is a survey of world history from the American and French Revolutions to the present, emphasizing a regional and cross-cultural analysis of varying political, economic, social, and religious systems. (1)  

200 United States History A broad survey of the forces and structures of American history. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

205 Introduction to Public History This course uses a combination of scholarship, practice, and theory to introduce the bourgeoning field of Public History. Special focus will be given to museums, archives, oral history, cultural landscapes, and controversial topics. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

206 Historical Archaeology The course emphasizes how integration of the archaeological record, the archival record, and oral tradition provides insight into the recent past, focusing on issues of class, gender, ethnicity, and race as experienced by peoples living in an era of the global expansion of capitalism. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

207 American Material Culture This course surveys the origins, functions, and transformations of American material culture. Special focus will be on American housing, furnishings, foodways, adornment, cultural landscapes, and cemeteries. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

208 Archaeology of Slavery This course surveys of the field of African Diaspora Archaeology. Special focus is given to the diverse cultures of enslaved people.  (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

210 Environmental History A survey which explores the relationship between history and the environment, with focus on a specific area of the world, and the connection between a people and its habitat through time. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

212 Ancient Greece A survey of the political, intellectual, and cultural history of the Greek world from the Late Bronze Age to the rise of Alexander the Great (1300 - 336 BCE). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

218 Introduction to Archaeology An introduction to the theories and methods used by archaeologists to reconstruct the cultural practices of past human societies, from religion and authority to domestic life and trade. Case studies introduce students to archaeological sites in places such as Egypt, Greece, Mesoamerica, and North America. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk., Laboratory: 2 hrs/wk.  

223 Medieval England An introduction to the history of Roman and medieval England. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

230 The Renaissance A study of life and thought as reflected in Italian beginnings, transalpine diffusion, and impact upon Europe. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

231 The Reformation The religious reformations of the 16th century and their environment: political, social, economic, intellectual, and religious. (This course counts toward major credit in the Religion-Philosophy major. History 231 and Religion 212 may not both be taken for credit.) (1) (Cross-listed as RELG 212). Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

233 History of Tudor and Stuart England A study of the history and society of Tudor and Stuart England, through lectures and seminars, offered off campus at the Virginia Program at Oxford University only in conjunction with English 333. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

235 The Witch-hunts of Early Modern Europe An examination of the intellectual and legal foundations of the great European witch-hunt, as well as elite and popular concepts of magic, witchcraft, and heresy. Case studies focus on continental Europe, but also include England and New England. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

241 Modern Russia A survey of the cultural, social, political, and economic influences that have shaped modern Russia. Emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries, the Soviet period, and post-Soviet developments. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

242 Modern Germany The course will examine the experiences of the Germans in the modern world, from 1871 the founding date of a unified Germany to the present. Issues of nationality, politics, culture and society will be examined against a backdrop of Germans' engagement with their neighbors and their own identity. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

243 Modern Britain Emphasis is on the emergence of the modern English nation under the Tudors, the evolution of constitutional and parliamentary government, the development of the British Empire and its role in world affairs in the 19th and 20th centuries. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

245 World War II An introduction to the military, strategic, and diplomatic history of the Second World War. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

246 The Holocaust An historical account and a philosophical analysis of the Holocaust, including an examination of theological reactions to this event. (1) (Cross-listed as RELG 246). Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

253 Africa to 1850 A survey of the history of Africa to 1850, including an examination of the sources and methods employed by historians to assess this period. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

254 Africa from 1850 A survey of Africa's history from 1850 to the present, that focuses on the wide-ranging social, political, and economic changes that took place on the African continent. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

255 South Africa A survey of South Africa's history from the colonial period to the present. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

260 The South This course is designed to be an overview of Southern history with a changing focus on various specific issues. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

261 Civil War A survey designed to examine the causes of the sectional conflict, the course of events, and the consequences of the war. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

262 U.S. Women's History A survey of the history of American women from the colonial period to the present. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

263 American Frontier An examination of the American frontier experience. The survey ranges from the colonial wilderness through 19th century migrations to 20th-century perceptions. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

264 American Presidents and the Presidency A study of the institution of the Presidency, and the lives of the individuals who have this office. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

265 American Military Traditions A survey of America's military experience with an emphasis upon the interrelationship of war and society. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

266 Modern American Diplomatic History An examination of the emergence and development of the United States as a world power, focusing on its evolving foreign policy. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

267 Victorian America A social history survey of Americans and their "private lives,"1880-1920. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

268 The Vietnam War An analysis of America's longest war that concentrates on politics and diplomacy, but examines military and social factors as well. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

269 History of Sports in America A study of the history of sports in America, including examination of statistical evidence, social and cultural attitudes, economic& political factors, and the impact of owners, players, spectators and fans. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

272 Latin America A thematic survey of Latin America's indigenous background, colonization, independence, and national period. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

273 Latin American Revolutions A survey of key revolutionary turning points in Latin America, with a special focus on the twentieth century. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

281 Early East Asia China, Japan, and Korea through the 19th century, with emphasis on social, political, and intellectual developments. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

282 Modern East Asia China, Japan, and Korea since the late 19th century. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

284 Modern Middle East An examination of the modern political, social, religious, and economic sources of tension and growth in one of the most dynamic and unsettled regions of the world. The course focuses on trends and events in the 20th century. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

285 South Asia An introduction to the major themes and topics of South Asian culture and history. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wks.  

290 Special Studies Investigation of a special topic not regularly offered, with the topic determined by the history faculty. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  

300 Historical Methods This course serves as the introduction to the discipline, examining both the theory and practice of history. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: Completion of one 100-level History course, sophomore standing.  

310 Issues in Ancient History An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.

320 Issues in the Middle Ages. An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.

325 Issues in the Renaissance and Reformation An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

330 Issues in Early Modern History An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content.  (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

335 Issues in British History An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

340 Issues in Modern European History An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.

350 Issues in Africa An examination of issues of significance to the field. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

360 Issues in Early America An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

365 Issues in 19th-Century America An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

370 Issues in Modern America An examination of issues of significance to the period. May be repeated for credit with different  content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.

375 Issues in Latin American and Caribbean History An examination of issues of significance to the field. May be repeated for credit with different content. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

380 Issues in East Asian History An examination of issues of significance to the field.   May be repeated for credit with different content.  (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: History 300 or permission of the instructor.  

395, 396 Henry H. Fowler Public Policy Seminar A seminar taught with a scholar-statesperson that deals with a policy issue of public significance. (Made possible by the Henry H. Fowler Endowment. Open to selected students with department permission.) (1, ½)

401 Archives Practicum Experience in the field of archives management, under the guidance of the College archivist. (1) Prerequisite: Permission of the chair or instructor.  

402 Historical Journal Editing Practicum Experience in the field of journal editing in partnership with the book review offices of the Sixteenth-Century Journal, Coordinating Council of Women in History, or Women and Social Movements. (1) Prerequisite: Permission of the chair or instructor.  

403 Museum Practicum Experience in the field of museum management under the guidance of the Salem Museum director. (1) Prerequisite: Permission of the chair or instructor.  

404 Library Practicum Experience in the field of library science under the guidance of the Library staff. (1) Prerequisite:  Permission of the chair or instructor.  

405, 406, 407 Independent Study Supervised reading and research in a selected historical field. (½, 1, ½) Prerequisite: Permission of the history faculty.  

416 Internship Experience in a field of applied history, under the guidance of a member of the history faculty.  (1) Prerequisite: Permission of the history faculty.

490 Research Seminar A seminar approach to selected topics for advanced students. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.  

495, 496, 497 Honors Project A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance. Prerequisite: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the summer prior to the senior year must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. (½, 1, ½)  

 
Student Researches Unmarked Graves

Student Researches Unmarked Graves

In 1871, the first person was buried and Salem residents are still permitted to be buried in East Hill Cemetery.

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