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Department of History

Topics Course Descriptions Fall 2017

Each semester, the History Department offers several "topics" courses. These are often new or cross traditional chronological and geographical divides. American History topics fall under HIST 533, European topics fall under HIST 597, and Non-Western topics fall under HIST 598. The KSU catalog does not offer a full description of these topics classes, so we do so below. 


HIST533, Sec A   Top/Hist Of Americas - Top/Immigrant America

M W F        9:30-10:20 a.m.  C 102    Orr, Suzanne Elizabeth

What does it mean to be an American? Beginning with the colonial period and an examination of the origins of citizenship and continuing to present day political debates about identity, we will examine the history of inclusion and exclusion in American society. Topics include how race and gender affect immigrants’ experiences, the development of restriction and deportation policy, and the policing of the U.S. border.

HIST533, Sec B   Top/Hist Of Americas - Top/Gilded Age

T  U        3:55 - 5:10 p.m. C 102     Williams, Gladys F

This course introduces students to America’s cultural conflicts that arose during—-or were exacerbated by-—the Cold War (1945-1991). One focus for the course is domestic affairs in the United States, including analysis of how various social movements (race-based civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, anti-war movements, and youth rebellions) were impacted by America’s global political engagements. Another focus is America’s cultural influence on other societies during the Cold War, as a result of military deployments as well as its deepening economic and diplomatic engagements around the globe. As this course is cross-referenced with the Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, a substantial component of the course will be focused on gender and sexuality history.

HIST586, Sec A Advanced Seminar In History

M 12:30 - 3:20 p.m.          LS 112   Morgan, Morgan J

HIST586, Sec B Advanced Seminar In History

U 12:30 - 3:20 p.m.           C 308   Williams, Gladys F

HIST 598, Sec C    Top/Non-Western Hist - Top/History of Islam

M W F 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.  C 116    Oweidat, Nadia Suhaila

This course offers students a survey of Islam's history from inception, through various stages of expansion and until the present day. The class will mainly focus on developments in the Middle East and North Africa regions but will also touch on others across the rest of the Islamic World. Students will gain a deep understanding of the historical forces that shape the modern debate about Islam, Islamic civilization and many current events.