HIST 481-901 Mexican American Generations in the 20th Century
MW 4:10-5:25 Dr. Armando Alonzo
Mexican Americans constitute a diverse people, some are multi-generation citizens and others are recent immigrants from Mexico. Since the war with Mexico, they have experienced considerable adaptation to U.S. society. One approach to studying their history is to examine key periods of their social and political evolution. Based on a paradigm of generations, this course will focus on four key cohorts of settlers, the original pobladores, the immigrant generation, (1900-1929), the Mexican American, (1930-1960), and the Chicano generation (1968-1970s). The objective will be to understand and assess the key issues, goals, and strategies of leaders and organizations that make up these generations.
Hist 481-902 The Chicana/o in the American Mind
MWF 10:20-11:10 Dr. Carlos Blanton
This course is designed to allow students to think critically about academic discourses in U.S. history that pertain in some way to Mexican Americans or Latinas/os. Students can choose academic discourses from Biology to Sociology, from Eugenics to Immigration, from Art to Education, etc. There will be intensive in-class and out-of-class guidance from the professor to help students immerse themselves in research using primary documents. Students will conduct their own research. There will be rich instructional support in class through workshops, tours, and other exercises, and outside of class in through one-on-one instruction. The end goal is to generate a final product enabling each student to claim expertise that is academically publishable or presentable over some manageable topic.
Hist 481-903 History of the Atlantic World 15th Century – Present
TR 12:45-2:00 Dr. Cynthia Bouton
We will focus on the experience of collective protest and violence, and the emergence of social movements.We will examine how scholars have approached these phenomena and apply their methods to our research in the history of the Atlantic World from the 15thcentury to the present.
Hist 481-904 Maps in History
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. April Hatfield
What constitutes a map? This course will explore multiple ways that people have represented space visually, and how what we have come to think of as “maps” evolved. We will consider the ways that maps have both reflected and produced political and cultural values, as students identify and analyze primary sources (both textual and visual) to produce original research papers.
Hist 481-905 Global 1970s
MWF 11:30-12:20 Dr. Andy Kirkendall
One of the earliest historians of the 1970s titled his book, It Seemed Like Nothing Happened. Yet, in recent years, many historians have begun to view this decade as the time when many of our most urgent contemporary issues have their roots. Students will read about human rights, the opening to China, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and external intervention and war in Afghanistan, among other topics. Students will research and write a lengthy paper that examines the 1970s as a turning point in international affairs.
Hist 481-906 Great Scientists in History
T 5:30-8:00 PM Dr. Anthony Stranges
This seminar will examine the lives and contributions of those scientists whose fundamental discoveries have enabled us to understand the world in which we live today. Students will study key figures such as Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Einstein. The readings will consist of brief biographies of the scientists and selected excerpts for their major works, emphasizing the significance of their scientific breakthroughs and the impact on society.