History

HIST 114-C01 Issues in History of Americas: The Transatlantic Slave Trade    
Dawn Flood    CRN 31650    MWF 0930-1020    

The practice of slavery is as old as recorded history and has affected all regions of the world, particularly those that border the transatlantic world. This course focuses on the history of the transatlantic slave trade, especially as it shaped the development of the western hemisphere during the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Three geographic areas will provide comparative context in which the modern history of slavery will be analyzed:
    1. the importation and expansion of slavery in the Caribbean, which helped European powers develop and maintain a powerful colonial presence in the "New World."
    2. the importation of slaves to the American colonies before the revolution and the expansion of the practice in especially the southern United States after the international trade in slaves ended there in 1808.
    3. the development and eventual limitations of the southern slave trade. Unlike the historically more familiar "middle passage" of slaves to the Caribbean or North America, this trade centered around Brazil primarily, and linked West Central Africa to South America via the few European colonial powers who took advantage of southern winds and ocean currents.
Although not intended to be a comprehensive survey on global the history of slavery, this course will introduce students to problems and themes in the history of the Americas: how historians make sense of the practice of slavery and how this “peculiar institution” has shaped different geographies and populations in the western world.

HIST 200-C01 Canada to 1867    
George Hoffman    CRN 31655    MWF 1430-1520  
 
The course is a survey of Canadian history from the pre-contact period prior to 1500 to Confederation in 1867. It includes a study of the role of Indigenous peoples, the arrival of Europeans, New France, the Conquest, the American Revolution, the development of the British North America colonies and the achievement of Confederation.

HIST 231-C01 The United States before 1865    
Dawn Flood    CRN 31658    MWF 1330-1420    

An examination of such topics as colonial life; Anglo-Native relations; the Revolutionary era; economy, politics, religion, reform, and society in the early republic; antebellum America; slavery and race relations; gender and family issues; westward expansion, war, and diplomacy and the American Civil War.

HIST 265-C01 Early Middle Ages 300-1100    
Allison Fizzard    CRN 31660    TR 1000-1115    

This course covers the emergence of medieval Europe out of Roman, Germanic, and Christian influences. Topics include the Viking attacks, the rise of the Christian Church, the decline and revival of urban life, the “King Arthur” controversy, and the development of kingdoms and empires.

HIST 390AF-C01 History of the Jesuits    
John Meehan    CRN 31670    TR 1000-1115  
 
Founded in 1540, the Society of Jesus has aroused admiration and respect, but also fear and suspicion, throughout its eventful history, culminating in the election of Francis, the first Jesuit Pope.  As explorers and missionaries, educators and scientists, confessors and reformers, Jesuits have left an indelible mark on the history of the Catholic church as well as on the modern age itself. This course explores the origin, expansion, suppression and return of the Jesuits, examining their impact on political, religious, sociocultural and intellectual life worldwide.  We will assess the rapid growth of the order, from its beginnings in Reformation Europe to its contact with cultures in Asia, the Americas and Africa. Jesuit contributions to science, the arts, politics and social reform will also be considered.