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Undergraduate Program

Spring 2022 Registration

Welcome back! 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 offer 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 2024 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 Spring 2022, the department will offer two Gateway courses: Rise and Fall of Apartheid (Prof. Mandala) and Uncle Tom & Little Women (Prof. Rubin). Apartheid counts for the African geographic region, while Uncle Tom & Little Women counts for the U.S. geographic requirement. Both courses satisfy the post-1800 requirement for the major and minor.

Third- and Fourth-Year Students

Students in the Class of 2023 and 2022 should pursue writing-intensive “W” courses and work of completing their focus area.  All majors are required to take two “W” courses, one if 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. Pablo Sierra, director of undergraduate studies, by emailing pablo.sierra@rochester.edu through December of 2021 or starting January 2022 director of undergraduate studies Prof. Thomas Fleischman, by emaling thomas.fleischman@ur.rochester.edu.  

Suggested Spring 2022 courses

HIST 153 – Women, Citizenship, and Education: Brazil, 1500-2020

This survey explores women’s history in Brazil, one of the most diverse countries in the world, but also one of the most unequal in regards to expectations of citizenship and education by gender, race, and class.

HIST 157 – History of Native America, 1800-present

This course is an introduction of how Native peoples navigated forced migrations and attempted genocide in the nineteenth century up to more recent developments from Standing Rock to Reservation Dogs.

HIST 192 – Queens, Virgins, Whores: Women in Medieval Europe

This course examines the experience of being a woman in the middle ages through the lives of Eleanor of Acquitaine, Joan of Arc, Lady Godiva and other women from less prominent social standings.

HIST 196 – Intro to Digital History: History of Stuff

In this course, you will explore how to use digital media and technology to research and explain the history of commodities through Omeka, ArcGIS, and Tableau as well as podcast, video and videogames.

HIST 200 – Gateway: Rise and Fall of Apartheid

This Gateway seminar emphasizes research, interpretation, argument, and writing by investigating apartheid, South Africa’s policy of racial segregation, and its role in the country’s economic development.

HIST 200 – Gateway: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Little Women

In this Gateway seminar, we will focus on Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott’s seminal books and how they have become touchstones for how Americans think about and race and gender for the last 150 years.

HIST 245/W – Ghosts of America Past

This class will cast a critical eye over early American history to examine the roots of our present-day conflicts over Confederate monuments, oil pipelines and anxieties around America’s democracy.

HIST 265/W – Migration and Citizenship: The Americas

This course centers histories of migration and citizenship in the Americas by considering Mexican immigration to the U.S., the Great Migration, rural-urban migration in Brazil, and the current Central American refugee crisis.

HIST 268/W – The City on Screen: Race & Representation

This course explores how films have shaped historical understandings of American cities by exploring themes such as suburbanization, deindustrialization, the carceral state, and gentrification, among others.

HIST 281 – The Role of the State in Global Historical Perspective

In this class we discuss the role of the state, the free market and the economics of state policy and long-run historical processes that created political and economic conditions. 

HIST 324W – History of Emotions

This advanced seminar advances the analysis of emotions (anger, love, fear, shame, you and so on). We will explore the question: what are emotions and can they be studied historically? 

HIST 387W – Black Mexico

Through film, archival documents, casta paintings, dance, and photography, this multidisciplinary seminar engages the experiences of Africans and their descendants in Mexico from 1520 to the present.