History Courses

HIST (GLST) 017: Democracy's Rise and Fall
4 Credits – CRN 45101
The promise and perils of democracy from the ancient world to the present.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
HIST (CLSS) 021: Greek History
4 Credits – CRN 43721
The development of civilization from paleolithic times to the world empire of Alexander the Great.The social, economic, religious, philosophic, artistic, and literary development of the ancient world; the origin of political institutions.
Attribute/Distribution: BUG, SS
HIST 043: The United States Since 1941
4 Credits – Two sections offered - CRNs 44997, 44491
World War II; Cold War at home and abroad; Civil Rights movement; the 1960s: Vietnam, the welfare state and social upheavals; new forms of cultural expression; feminism; rise of neoconservatism.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
HIST (GLST, LAS) 049: The True Road to El Dorado: Colonial Latin America
4 Credits – CRN 42761
Examines the initial encounters of peoples of Iberian and African origins with the indigenous civilizations of the Western Hemisphere. Explores the development of a colonial economy and its global reach. Focuses on the birth of a distinctive Latin American society and culture, with attention to the Latin American patriots who fought for their freedom. No prior knowledge of Latin American history required.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
HIST (AAS) 097: Black Radical Thought
4 Credits – CRN 45106
It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness, —an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” Dr. William Edward Burghardt DuBois 1903 The Souls of Black Folk In 1903 Dr. William E.B. Dubois named the experiences of the decedents of kidnapped Africans living in America, “double-consciousness”. At the age of 35, the sociologist, historian, Pan Africanist and author used but two words to explain the struggle of over four million US citizens. Dubois’ term implied questions for women and men of color. These questions, How to remedy this “two-ness”; How to escape the burdens it laden on women and men; How to reconcile and ultimately feel safe; and How, ultimately to find home helped shape the social, spiritual, political and recreational lives of women and men of color in the United States and the globe. Throughout this course, we will explore how African descended people attempted to reconcile their displacement and longing for a home through their own words, music, films, and material culture.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
HIST 097: History of Rock and Roll
4 Credits – CRN 44478
This introductory seminar explores American culture through the history of Rock & Roll. Approaching rock music as a rich historical text, it surveys the mid to late-twentieth century through critical analysis of musical greats like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and an array of other influential artists. Students will examine written sources, podcasts, film, and the music itself to understand how Rock & Roll both mirrored and moved modern society.
Attribute/Distribution: HU
100-level History courses may be available with department permission. Please email Ellen Lewis at ell414@lehigh.edu