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Amy K. Bosworth: Courses

HIST 111: Emergence of the Modern World I - Surveys selected aspects of World History from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries. Traces the political, economic, intellectual, and cultural institutions and trends of various world societies of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Western Heritage.

HIST 310: Ancient History - Provides an overview of the history of western civilization between c.4,000 BCE and 500 CE. Topics include political institutions, belief/religion, intellectual culture, interactions between societies, and daily life in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It also traces the transformation from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and the role of the so-called barbarians in this transition.

HIST 312: Early Middle Ages (c.500-1000) - Examines the history of the early Middle Ages from c.5000-1000. It considers whether this era was a “Dark Age” of chaos and catastrophe or a time of transformation and creativity. Topics covered include the creation of the barbarian kingdoms, the Carolingian Empire, the Vikings, intellectual culture and reform, the influence of Christianity, religion, and the cult of saints, gender roles, and daily life. Emphasis is placed on Western Europe, but the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world are also discussed.

HIST 313: Later Middle Ages (c.1000-1500) - Examines the history of the later Middle Ages c.1000-1500. Emphasis is placed on France, Germany, Italy, England, and Iberia. Topics include the growth of cities, the creation of universities, the crusades, monastic and Church reform, the papacy, religious expression and heresy, changing gender roles, and interactions between the West, the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world. The impact of the Black Death, the Renaissance, and the transformation from the medieval to modern world are also covered.

HIST 317: Women in the Middle Ages - Examines the experiences of women in the Middle Ages (c.500-1500) and how their roles in society changed over the course of a thousand years. Topics covered include family life, motherhood, marriage, religion, expressions of piety, public and private power, education, and work. Emphasis is placed on Western Europe.

HIST 420: Readings in History - Permits students to explore historical topics in depth under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: junior or senior history majors or permission of the instructor. Recent topics include religion in the Middle Ages, the Crusades, and the “Dark Ages.”

HIST 460: History Research Seminar - Emphasizes methodological and bibliographical research techniques in the discipline of history. Students research and write on specific topics to meet acceptable standards of historical analysis and style. Prerequisite: junior or senior history majors or permission of instructor.