HIST 481-901 Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll
M 5:35-8:20 PM Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs
Every hundred years or so, America seems to undergo a revolution: from the Sons of Liberty in the 1760s, to slavery’s abolition in the 1860s, to the counterculture movements of the 1960s. Each time, the nation has come closer to its ideals, though at the cost of extraordinary turmoil. In this class, students will explore the major domestic controversies of the 1960s and write their own original histories. Texas A&M is an ideal place to do this. In the 1960s, the university opened its doors to African-Americans and women for the first time, and made participation in the Corps of Cadets voluntary rather than mandatory. Students will write capstone papers on some aspect of Aggie, Texas, or American history as it pertains to the decade that is still popularly remembered for sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll.
HIST 481-902 History of Space Exploration
MWF 10:20-11:10 Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith
This course will explore the history of the American space program from the 1940s to the present. Our major concerns will be the cultural, social, military, economic, 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 paths not taken.
HIST 481-903 The Sanctuary Movement
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. Felipe Hinojosa
This course will examine the history of the Sanctuary Movement from the 1980s to the 1990s. Started by John Fife and Jim Corbett in Tucson, Arizona, this course seeks to analyze factors such as U.S. foreign policy, refugee policy, undocumented immigration, religion, and churches that gave rise to a national wide movement that worked to protect refugees from Central America seeking asylum in the United States. We will explore the factors that eventually strengthened the movement in the 1980s, the U.S. government’s intent to stop it, and the theology of radical hospitality that emerged out of this movement of religious organizations.
HIST 481-904 Remembering (and Forgetting) War
TR 2:20-3:35 Dr. Jonathan Brunstedt
This course looks at how societies have “remembered” war–through monuments, public holidays, commemorative rituals, reenactments, popular culture, and so on. More specifically, we will focus on how collective war memories have shaped and sustained notions of group identity. In the process, students will produce an original research paper, based on primary and secondary sources, which incorporates the theoretical insights gleaned from class discussions.
HIST 481-905 Women of the West
MWF 12:40-1:30 Dr. Verity McInnis
This seminar will explore relationships of gender, class, race, and ethnicity to better understand the complex historical space of the U.S. West of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many women challenged the traditional distribution of power to construct a new social reality. In studying this female empowerment, a greater understanding emerges that helps to more accurately explain the American past.
HIST 481-907 – Civil Rights, Cold War, Politics, and Decolonization, 1940-1975
TR 11:10-12:25 Dr. Erin Wood
This course explores the relationships between the mid-twentieth century civil rights struggles in the United States, the Cold War, and Asian and African decolonization and liberation movements. While the civil rights movement has typically been historicized as a southern and/or national phenomenon, it can be more fully understood within a transnational context.