Upcoming Courses

Fall 2017

Introduction to African Studies / Global Perspectives (Africa)

This course is a general introduction to the interdisciplinary study of Sub-Saharan Africa and a four-credit Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) designed to serve as a gateway to the upper-division Global Perspectives cluster. Focusing on three regions (Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the Mande region of West Africa), we critically examine a number of myths that have and continue to complicate productive engagement with the continent. A central aim of the course is to explore how Africa has been an integral part of world history, culture, and affairs and how - far from exotic or distant - the African experience illuminates core principles of intellectual inquiry and debate.

INTL/BST 211A  & UNST 233L   I   T/TH 11:00 - 12:15 I   Cramer Hall 228

African History to 1800

This survey of the African past offers an introduction to the major themes of African History in early eras. Beginning with human evolution and the peopling of the planet and extending to the period prior to the advent of the Transatlantic slave trade, the course will examine a number of African empires, states, and societies and how African peoples shaped not only their own past, but also the history of the world.  

HST 312U / BST 305U I   T/TH  2:00 - 3:50 I   Lincoln Hall 339 

Spring 2018

African History Since 1800

This survey of African history offers an introduction to the major themes of African history in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will examine the recent history of the second largest continent in one term by focusing on central themes and specific regions including the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Emphasis is placed on Africa’s connections to the world through the slave trades, European imperialism, and finally, in the post-colonial age, through the neo-liberal order. The course aims to illuminate  the roots of contemporary political, social and economic inequalities that define relationships between the peoples and societies of the continent and the world at large.

HST 313U / BST 306U

Past Courses

Comparative World History: Colonial Medicine and Global Health

Beginning with the advent of germ theory, this course will examine the history of disease, public health and medicine in the imperial and neo-imperial contexts of India, Latin America, and Africa. From tropical medicine and colonial health services to more contemporary programs of disease eradication, prevention, and control, the course will examine the imperial antecedents of global medicine. A dual aim of the course will be to explore the role of medicine in imperial expansion and the impact of colonization on global health and the emergence of unequal burdens of disease in three areas of the world.

HST 495 / 595 

Historical Imagination

Historical Imagination offers an introduction to the historian’s craft. Students majoring/minoring in history will have an opportunity to master the research and writing skills needed to succeed in upper-level research seminars—while also becoming acquainted with the major theoretical and methodological debates that have and continue to drive historical inquiry. Our examination will focus on debates over the transnational antislavery movement through a graphic novel. This visual engagement with the history of slavery and abolition will provide a launching point for students to imagine and develop their own historical research projects. 

HST 300

World History: 1500 - Present


This introductory survey of world history from 1500 to the present will explore the major historical developments that have shaped human history over the past five centuries. Through a global and environmental approach attuned to the inadequacies of Eurocentric narratives, we will interrogate past explanations for current global inequalities. Primary materials and guest lectures from historians of specific world regions will allow us to consider the diversity of the human experience and the forces that have increasingly connected disparate global populations.

HST 106 

History of Women and Gender in Africa


The history of women and gender (and increasingly sexuality) has been a strength of Africanist scholarship since the 1970s. This course examines how African women have shaped all spheres of life, and how gender and the reconfiguration of gender over time has figured in the African past. Beyond restoring the visibility of African women and their contributions to the making of African histories, we will query gender as a crucial category of historical analysis. Students will have an opportunity to explore an aspect of this history in greater depth through a final research paper and final presentations of their work. 


HST 412 / 512 I BST 450 / 550

 Courses Taught:

·      UNST 124, Freshman Inquiry (Three-Term Sequence), Sustainability

·      UNST 211/INTL & BST 233, Sophomore Inquiry – Global Perspectives (Africa)/Introduction to African Studies

·      HST 300, Historical Imagination

·      HST 312U, Africa before 1800

·      HST 313U, Africa since 1800

·      HST 405, Undergraduate Reading Colloquium: Africa and the Abolition of the Slave Trade

·      HST 405/505 & 407/507, Research Seminar Sequence: Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

·      HST 412/512, Topics in African History: Health and Healing in Sub-Saharan Africa

·      HST 412/512, Topics in African History: Women and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa

·      HST 412/512, Topics in African History: East Africa Through a Thousand Years

·      HST 495/595, Comparative World Hist: Colonial/Tropical Med & Global Health in Africa, India & S. America

·      HST 514, Graduate Research Colloquium