103 Seminars

What is History 103?

The History 103 course is a proseminar on historiography involving close reading and critical discussion. Every history major is required to take at least one History 103, although taking more than one is highly recommended. Multiple 103s are offered each fall and spring term, and the topics are almost never repeated.

  • Students in all majors are welcome to enroll in History 103. Students at all levels are welcome, but some lower division experience in history is expected.
  • Taking more than one 103 in the same semester is not highly recommended, but it is possible. Note that only one seat can be assigned in priority enrollment.
  • Transfer students in their first semester should certainly try a 103 if the topic is of particular interest. Please also have a backup lecture.
  • History 103 is likely to include some research work which can be used later toward a 101 topic.

Spring 2019 Seminars


103H — Africa and the Humanitarians (Bruce S. Hall)


103U.001 — History of Neoliberalism (Christoph Hermann)

103U.002 — Comparative Genocides (Stephan H. Astourian)


103B.001 — Dream Interpretation before Freud (Maria Mavroudi)

103B.002 — The Jews of Eastern Europe (John Efron)

103B.003 — Queen Elizabeth I (Ethan H. Shagan)

103B.004 — Women in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean (Diliana Angelova)

103B.005 — Thinking in Crisis: Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism (Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann)

Latin America

103E.001 — Who Killed Che Guevara: The Right Wing in Modern Latin America

North America

103D.001 — The Body in American History (Sarah Gold McBride)

103D.002 — Panic!: Financial Crises in American History (Robert G. Nelson)

103D.003 — Imagining Eden: Nature and Culture in the American West