Hist 280-901 – WWII in Asia and the Pacific
TR 5:30-6:45 Dr. Olga Dror
This course will cover different aspects of World War II, such as the origins and development of hostilities, wartime societies, culture, collaboration, resistance, colonialism, nationalism, and the outcomes of the war. We will also address certain effects of the war in the United States upon Asian-Americans and upon American attitudes towards Asians.
Hist 280-902–History of Space Exploration and Exploitation
TR 2:20-3:35 Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith
This course will explore the history of the American space program from the 1940s to the present from a variety of perspectives. Our major concerns will be the cultural, economic, social, military, and political factors shaping – and shaped by – humanity’s first step to the stars. We definitely will not ignore the scientific and technological accomplishments, but place them in context, including the paths not taken and the roles of national security. A major goal will be to acquaint and equip you with the tools to do research. The focus of this course will be your research paper.
Hist 280-903-The Japanese Colonial Empire
MWF 12:40-1:30 Dr. Hoi-eun Kim
This course is designed to improve students’ presentation and writing skills, using the Japanese colonial empire (1894-1945) as a case study. Topically, this course will introduce students to theories of imperialism and colonialism; economic, social, and political backgrounds of Japanese imperialism as well as its consequences; “colonial modernity” in Korea; debates over war responsibility and memories; and finally, a comparison of the Japanese case to historical (European) and contemporary (American) ones.
Hist 280-904 –U.S. – Mexico Borderlands
MWF 9:10-10:00 Dr. Sonia Hernandez
Students will learn about the process of border-making, the emergence of the nation-state, identities, state-sanctioned and non-state sanctioned violence, the way in which gender, labor, race, ethnicity and space has been defined/used/negotiated and contested in the U.S. Mexico borderlands. Emphasis will be given to the historiography and research methodologies of this topic.
Hist 280-905-The Global Sixties
MWF 10:20-11:10 Dr. Andy Kirkendall
The 1960s was a period in history in which many parts of the world were undergoing many of the same experiences, including student protest, cultural revolution (as well as Cultural Revolution), and also an intensification of the Cold War. Students will discuss memoirs, films, music, and scholarly readings which will help us understand what scholars are calling the Global Sixties. We will talk about what historians do and how they do it and ponder the value of a liberal arts education. For much of the remainder of the semester, students will research and write a lengthy paper based on primary sources.
Hist 280-906-History of American Business
TR 11:10-12:25 Dr. Harold Livesay
In this course we will consider the role of history and historians in our society. We will examine what historians do, why they do it, and how they conduct these studies in the context of American business history.
Hist 280-907 – World War II in Film, Memoir and History
MWF 1:50-2:40 Dr. Joseph Dawson
This course is designed to explore aspects of the United States during World War II, with stress on Europe and the U.S. Home Front. For class discussions, students will read assigned books, history journal articles, and view selected documentary films. Students will write several short papers evaluating selected readings and films.
Hist 280-908 – Famous Trials in American History
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. Katherine Unterman
Why does a white Bronco speeding down the California highway capture the attention of a nation or why do American schoolchildren still learn about the Salem witchcraft trials of the 17th century? In this course we will consider some of the great public trials of American history and what they tell us about changing social understandings of justice.