Featured Fall Courses


HIST 180: The Life Sciences Since 1750
This course will survey the development of the sciences of living nature from the mid-18th to the late-20th century. Topics include scientific and popular natural history, exploration and discovery, Darwin and evolution, cell theory, the organizational transformation of science, physiology and experimentalism, classical and molecular genetics, and the biomedical-industrial complex. Read more >>>


HIST 166C — Modern France
This course explores modern France and its place in the world. We begin with the French Revolution, one of the truly earth-shaking events in history, and then we follow French history through a series of monarchical, authoritarian, and democratic regimes. In the process, we will also trace the emergence, expansion and decline of a great colonial empire. Read more >>>


HIST 117D — Chinese Bodies: Medicine, Health, Sex, and Gender
This thematic course examines notions of the "Chinese body" as they develop over three main time periods: the early empires (4th c. BCE- 4th c. CE), late imperial China, and China today. As its title indicates, the course focuses on four main perspectives that mutually inform each other: (1) gender constructions; (2) understandings of sexual activity; (3) definitions of good health and well-being; and (4) the healing and medical arts. Read more >>>


HIST 100U — Medieval Sacred Kingship: Embodied Power and the Divine in Europe and Africa c. 500-1500
If contemporary popular culture is any guide, we are fascinated by rulers with super-human abilities: from Black Panther's King T'Challa to Aragorn's foresight and healing power, sovereigns with special gifts loom large in our imaginary realms. This course explores the historical origins of ideas about sacred rulers during the centuries usually called "medieval" (c. 500-1500). Read more >>>


HIST 100D — Calculating Americans: Big Histories of Small Data
The data we collect both reflects our values and shapes them, constraining and defining the questions we ask about our society. This course will use a series of case studies from the history of American data to examine a wide array of political, economic, and cultural issues. Read more >>>