Fall 2022 Courses

Welcome to the 2022-2023 academic year! This is a great moment to plan and declare your History major, minor, or cluster. The BA in history is a flexible major that consists of 10 courses, although many students exceed that number. The history minor requires 6 courses. The department also offers over sixteen options for the 3-course clusters in History. For more info on declaring, please visit the following page: Declaring a major or minor

History students also have considerable research opportunities through the HOUR Program, the Seward Family Project Digital Archive, the Honors Program, and other initiatives.

First- and Second-Year Students

Students in the Class of 2026 and 2025 should enroll in HIST 200 – Gateway to History. This course is required for the History major and serves as an introduction to historical practice. Gateway courses explore what professional historians actually do and how they do it.

In Fall 2022, the department will offer a Gateway course: The City in History: London (Prof. Weaver). London counts for the European geographic region and covers the cultural and intellectual as well as the social and economic focus areas. The course satisfies both the pre and post-1800 requirements for the major and minor. 

Third- and Fourth-Year Students

Students in the Class of 2024 and 2023 should pursue writing-intensive “W” courses and work of completing their focus area. All majors are required to take two “W” courses, one of which must be at the 300-level. Third-year students interested in the Honors Program should register for HIST 299H – UR Research and pursue a “W” course if they have not done so already.

Transfer students interested in the major or minor should schedule a meeting to talk with Prof. Thomas Fleischman, director of undergraduate studies, by emailing thomas.fleischman@rochester.edu.

Suggested Fall 2022 courses

HIST 149 – America's Latinos

Latinos number more than 60 million people and represent one of the quickest population surges in the history of the American republic. But they include a diverse collection of nationalities and ethnic groups whose variety poses analytical challenges to historians & scholars. Using a case study approach that will emphasize primary sources and monographs, we will analyze a variety of strategies through which recent historians have interpreted the relationship of Latinos to American society. We will ask whether it makes a difference to understand Latinos as immigrants with unique histories, products of empire resulting from American economic expansion, or sojourners with ongoing ties to Latin America. We will consider differences between Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. We will examine how scholars have interpreted the relationship of Latinos to America's other myriad peoples.


HIST 155 –Film as History: Modern Latin America

This introductory course uses film and the film industry to understand several trends and elements central to Latin American society and culture in the twentieth century. Students will engage the tension of film's role in teaching history, and telling untold stories, alongside the medium's limitations. The class will be structured around five main themes: Latin America and the United States; Class, Race and Gender; Revolution and Repression; Underdevelopment and Informality; and (Im)migration. By the end of the course, students will have a strong introduction to modern Latin American history

HIST 150 –– Colonial Latin America

This introductory survey focuses on the Spanish and Portuguese conquests and colonization of the region we now know as Latin America. Contrary to popular belief, the Conquest was constantly negotiated. Indigenous and African rebels, French and Dutch pirates and religious minorities eroded the Iberian hold on this vast territory. Primary source readings are an important component to this class and will introduce you to the writings of Inca nobles, Spanish conquistadors, and free African merchants. Our course focuses on the vibrant societies defined as much by their cultural mixture as by their inherent political, social and economic inequality. The course ends with a brief glimpse at the Latin American independence movements. No prior knowledge of Latin American history or Spanish/Portuguese language is necessary for this course.

The History of Latin America in the Colonial Era 

HIST 191 –Hard Knock Life: Orphans in the United States, 1800-1909

Were children dangerous in the 1800s? If you are interested in the answer, consider enrolling to explore history in a different way. Find out about America’s juvenile underclass and how society reacted to increasing numbers of orphans between 1800 and 1909. Students will engage with historical artifacts like orphan asylum record books, child indenture contracts, letters, and more, as the course is set to utilize resources found in Rare Books and Special Collections. The course also incorporates movie adaptations of nineteenth century novels to encourage student discussion regarding popular representation of orphans and asylums. The aim of this course is that students not only find answers to larger historical questions, but that they depart with highly applicable research skills that continue to encourage curiosity and creativity.

HIST 192 –Vox populi: Medieval Popular Revolts

Throughout time people have revolted against governing bodies and rulers, and the Middle Ages is no exception. In this course, we will use a variety of themes (good governance, heresy, economic stratification, and the daily lives of non-nobles) to contextualize the reasons for and the goals of rebellions such as the Jacquerie in France, the Ciompi Revolt in Florence, and the Peasants’ Revolt in England.

HIST 200 – Gateway: The City in History: London 

This course explores the social, cultural, and political history of the world’s first great modern metropolis: London. Like every History 200 seminar, it is designed as an introduction to historical practice--to what professional historians actually do. To that end, we take up a wide variety of primary source materials--textual and visual--to get at the history of London from the medieval to the modern periods. Special emphasis will be on London's emergence as the metropolitan center of the world's greatest empire. The main work of the seminar is an independent research project culminating in a substantial paper on a specific aspect of London's unique and tumultuous history.

Tower Bridge - Wikipedia  

HIST 324W – History of Emotions

The historical analysis of emotions – anger, fear, love, shame, joy and so on - has blossomed in the past twenty years. Arguing that emotions are at least partially defined culturally (in other words, that they are not universal biological reactions), historians have attempted to determine how past peoples understood and experienced emotions and how these understandings helped to shape historical events and processes. In this course, we’ll read a variety of materials, including theoretical treatises, case studies, and primary sources in order to answer a variety of questions, beginning with: what are emotions and how can they be studied historically? In doing so, we will explore a topic that is central to human experience, but which has received relatively little direct attention until recently. 

HIST 372 – Twentieth-Century American Culture

What ideas, values, and anxieties found expression in the United States during the twentieth century? This seminar will pursue that question by exploring fiction, social commentary, the visual arts, and music in relation to such developments as the conduct and aftermath of war; the emergence of modern consumer culture; changing gender roles; economic hardship and affluence; and technological innovation. Reading will emphasize primary sources. Students will write a research paper reflecting their particular interests.

Women's Suffrage - The U.S. Movement, Leaders & 19th Amendment - HISTORY