History (HIST)

HIST F100X      Modern World History      (s)
3 Credits

Significant aspects of modern world history, using either a chronological or an issues approach to be announced when offered. The chronological approach will examine major global developments in the twentieth century, while the issues approach will deal with such aspects of the modern world as revolutionary change, the interaction of peoples, ideology and the historical background of significant contemporary events.

Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; or permission of instructor.

Attributes: UAF Core Modern World History, UAF GER Social Sciences Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F101      Western Civilization      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Origins and major political, economic, social and intellectual developments of western civilization to 1500.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F102X      Western Civilization Since 1500      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

This course examines the origins and development of key social, political, economic and cultural trends in Western civilization from 1500 to the present. Topics to be examined include the Reformation, the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment, the French and Industrial revolutions, nationalism, imperialism, communism, fascism, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War. Students will learn how to read and interpret historical documents, how the interplay of historical factors conditions subsequent events and different approaches and perspectives for understanding the past.

Attributes: UAF GER Social Sciences Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F103      History of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta      (s, a)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

The region's history beginning with oral traditions about the creation of the area, and ending with passage of the Alaska Native Land Claims Act in 1971. Concentrates on Yup'ik social, economic and educational changes, including both native and non native accounts. Offered only at the Kuskokwim Campus.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F105      Introduction to the History and Culture of the Seward Peninsula      (a)
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Cultural history of the Seward Peninsula peoples for the last 10,000 years using physical anthropology, ethnography, ethnohistory, linguistics, archaeology, social anthropology, ecology and climatology. Eskimo and Euro-American cultures which have existed in western Alaska.

Cross-listed with ANTH F105.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

HIST F110      History of Alaska Natives      (s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

The history of Alaska Natives from contact to the signing of the Land Claims Settlement Act.

Cross-listed with ANS F111.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F115      Alaska, Land and Its People      (s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A survey of Alaska from earliest days to present, its peoples, problems and prospects.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F121      East Asian Civilization      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Origin and development of the civilizations of China, Japan and Korea from the beginning to 1800, with emphasis on traditional social, political and cultural institutions.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F122X      East Asian Civilization      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring

This is a survey course on the history of East Asian civilizations from 1800 to the present. Multiple approaches to history such as political and economic history will be employed, but the main focus of the course will be intellectual history. Students will be asked to indentify broad historical and ideological trends in modern East Asian history based on the analysis of primary source data from the writings of governmental officials, leaders of political movements, and influential intellectuals in society. Current relations among East Asia countries will also be examined.

Attributes: UAF GER Social Sciences Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F124      African Studies: Introduction to Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

A thematic overview of (sub-Saharan) Africa, covering its geography and environment, early human evolution, social, economic and political diversity, early external influences, European Imperialism and the African responses, transatlantic slavery and its impact, African struggle for independence. Focuses on the challenges and achievements, future trends and prospect in the context of Africa today.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F131      History of the U.S.      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

The discovery of America to 1865. Colonial period, revolution, formation of the constitution, western expansion, Civil War.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F132X      History of the U.S.      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Surveys U.S. history from post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present. It examines challenges faced by the nation as it grappled with transformations and international crises that resulted from industrialization, urbanization, immigration, expanded globalization, economic crisis and two world wars. The U.S. emerged from World War II as a super power, but found itself locked in a Cold War struggle against communism that provided the backdrop to the second half of the 20th century. It influenced cultural, social, political and economic changes that continue to shape American life and foreign policy today. This course develops critical thinking and writing skills: introduces the methods, theories and approaches that inform historical interpretations of this era; and provides opportunities to use qualitative and quantitative data-- the primary source materials-- that historians use to defend their interpretations and arguements.

Attributes: UAF GER Social Sciences Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F202      History of Women in America      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

A chronological approach to the history of women in America. Introduction to major issues of concern to historians of women, as well as different approaches utilized in analysis of women's past; consideration of multiracial backgrounds of American women.

Cross-listed with WGS F202.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F244      Movies: Mirror of the World      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

World history using the medium of film to highlight cultural, economic and political conditions of each country. Films will be from the USA, Mexico, Central America, South America, England, France, Russia, Turkey, India, China, Japan, Australia, Africa and the Arctic.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F275      Perspectives on History
3 Credits

Offered Fall

An introduction to the variety of historical approaches and to the "uses" of history. (Course is required for history majors and should be taken soon after declaring a History major as possible; non-majors are strongly discouraged from taking this course.)

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F305      Europe: 1789--1850      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

The French Revolution, Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, the Revolutions of 1848, their impact on political, economic, social and intellectual history.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F306      Europe: 1850--1900      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

The European Imperium: industrialization, nationalism, imperialism and their impact on political, economic, social and intellectual history.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F315      Europe: 1900--1945      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Europe through two world wars, the Russian Revolutions the depression, the development of fascism, the evolution of Russian communism.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F316      Europe Since 1945      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Germany and problems of the peace, the Soviet Union and the satellites, the Cold War, economic problems and recovery, European integration and the common market, Europe and the world.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F325      The History of Sexuality      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Summer

The history of sexuality from a worldwide comparative perspective. We will consider theories and debates about the history of sexuality, and then focus on the history of sexuality in selected times and places, with an emphasis on the modern period.

Recommended: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; HIST F100X; or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with WGS F325.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F330      Modern China      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

From 1800 to the present: resistance to change, rebellion, reform, revolution and the rise of the People's Republic.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F331      Modern Japan      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

From 1600 to the present: change within tradition, rise to world power and the position of Japan in the modern world.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F333      Foundations of Japanese History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

The history of Japan from earliest times to 1600: the aristocratic culture of classical Japan, the rise of the samurai in medieval Japan, the "warring states" period and national unification. Myths, religion and philosophy, and culture, arts and literature will also be covered from a historical point of view.

Prerequisites: HIST F100X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F361      Early American History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

An advanced survey that examines economic, political and social developments related to the establishment of European colonies, Indian-white relations, slavery, American Revolution, constitutional debate and the Early Republic through the War of 1812.Recommendations: HIST F131; sophomore standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F362      History of the United States 1815-1877      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

An advanced survey that examines economic, political and social developments related to Jacksonian America, western expansion, slavery and sectionalism, the Civil War and reconstruction to 1877.Recommendations: HIST F131; sophomore standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F363      History of the United States 1877-1945      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

An advanced survey that examines economic, political, and social developments related to Gilded Age America, progressive reform efforts, colonialism and the United States during two world wars.

Recommended: HIST F132X; sophomore standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F364      History of the United States 1945 to Present      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

An advanced survey course that examines economic, political and social developments related to the Cold War, Civil Rights movement, rise of a counter-culture, Vietnam war and its legacy, and America after the fall of Soviet Union.

Recommended: HIST F132X; sophomore standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F368      Topics in American Film History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An in-depth study of American film and how it shapes and warps popular perceptions of America's past. A historical contrast according to Hollywood with the views and interpretations of historians. Content will vary depending on the specific genre or period of focus, such as World War II, the Vietnam War, the Great Depression, the Cold War and development of the west, etc. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies.

Cross-listed with FLPA F368; JRN F368.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F401      Renaissance and Reformation Europe      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Political, economic and intellectual developments during the 15th and 16th centuries in Europe.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F402      Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Europe      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Political, social, economic, and cultural developments during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F404      Modern Scandinavia      (W, s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) from the 19th century to the present: the development of parliamentary democracy and welfare systems, cooperation and neutrality, and Scandinavia's experience in the world wars.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F405      Modern Germany      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

The history of Germany from 1848 to the present. Topics include German unification under Prussian leadership; the nature and problems of the Bismarckian Reich; the outbreak of World War I and the war's impact on Germany; the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich; World War II and Germany's defeat; and the postwar division, reconstruction, and reunification of Germany. Special attention given to social developments in Germany.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F411      Environmental History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Discussion of significant works of environmental history. Cultural history of the landscape in world civilization with emphasis on Western Europe and North America. Discussion of interdisciplinary approaches to the history of the environment and cooperative work across disciplines.

Stacked with NORS F611.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F414      Women and Gender in East Asian History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An in-depth seminar on the history of East Asia, with a special emphasis on the experiences of women and on the issue of gender. This seminar will focus on the modern period, and on China and Japan especially, though other regions of East Asia may also be considered.

Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; HIST F100X; or permission of instructor.

Recommended: HIST F122X and/or HIST F275.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F424      Topics in Women's History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An in-depth seminar on a specific topic of current interest. Topics may change and may cover the history of European or American women from the 18th century to the present.

Cross-listed with WGS F424.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F429      History of the Modern Middle East      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An advanced survery of the modern Middle East from the 19th century to the present. It will focus on the birth of the modern Middle Eastern states out of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Oajar Dynasty, and the impact of the Western colonial powers on Middle Eastern societies and culture. Special attention will be given to the birth of modern secular Turkey, Egypt under military governments for the past half-century and the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the partition of Palestine. The origins of the Jewish state and the impact of the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the political dynamics of the entire Islamic world will also be carefully examined. The contestation between secular nationalisms and the religious nationalisms as well as trans-national Islamic movements will also be given special attention. The impact of radical Islam on the other non-Western countries will be discussed.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F434      Topics in History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An in-depth seminar on various topics in History. Approach will vary depending on the subject of the study, but will emphasize reading, critical analysis and writing on a major issue in history. Content will vary to take advantage of different directions in history, such as cultural, intellectual or economic history. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F442      History of the American Military      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

The military's place in American life and society from the Colonial era to the present. Role of the military institution in shaping the nature of American society while reflecting the character of the society it serves.

Prerequisites: HIST F275 or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with MILS F442.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F445      History of the American West      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Seminar with emphasis on readings and analysis of primary and secondary sources dealing with the American West to present. Major themes include historiography, expansion, the Federal government, environment, ethnicity and economic development.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F446      American Indian History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered as Demand Warrants

Seminar with emphasis on readings and analysis of primary and secondary resources related to American Indians from the pre-contact era to present. Major themes include historiography, inter-cultural relations, subsistence and environment, federal policy and contemporary issues.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F455      Military History      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Warfare from classical times to the present: the interrelationships of warfare and society, the role of technology and the development of tactics and strategy.

Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F461      History of Alaska      (W, s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Alaska from prehistoric times to the present, including major themes such as Native Alaska, colonial and military Alaska, statehood, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and the Alaska National Interest Lands Act of 1980.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; HIST F275; or permission of instructor.

Stacked with HIST F662; NORS F661.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F463      Imperial Russia, 1700-1917      (s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

This course covers Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great (1682-1725) until the collapse of the Tsarist regime in February 1917. Topics will include Russia's complex relationship with Western Europe, the challenges posed by modernization, and the emergence of the revolutionary movement.

Stacked with HIST F663; NORS F663.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F464      Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia      (s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Russia from the 1917 Revolution to the present. This course examines the attempts to build a socialist utopia in the former Russian empire and its impact on the peoples of that region and the modern world. We will consider the political, economic, social, and cultural nature of the Soviet state. Major themes include cultural transformation, industrialization, Stalinism, the Soviet Union as a multi-national empire, the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet state, and the new Russia of Yeltsin and Putin.

Stacked with HIST F664; NORS F664.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F467      Political Development in Latin America and the Caribbean      (W, s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Exploration of major issues and concepts in the development and governances of modern Latin America and the Caribbean region, including the legacies of colonialism, revolution, military rule, economic challenges and the quest for democratic stability. Includes a historical overview of the region and cases drawn from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; HIST F275; or permission of instructor.

Recommended: SPAN F221.

Cross-listed with PS F467.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F470      Seminar in Alaskan History      (W)
3 Credits

Advanced seminar in Alaskan history on various themes and topics, stressing the use of original, archival research. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; HIST F275; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1.5 + 3 + 0

HIST F475      Historiography Capstone      (W, s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Seminar discussions and lectures introduce philosophical approaches to history. Examines various methodological approaches to historical inquiry. Includes the nature of historical evidence, questioning of the role of truth and objectivity in history, an examination of the role of the historian in interpreting historical evidence, and different interpretations of historical events and actions. Designed for history majors and minors, and graduate students seeking to conduct historical research.

Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; HIST F275; history major with senior standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F476      Senior Thesis Capstone      (O, W, s)
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Preparation and writing of a senior thesis using primary research materials on a topic of the student's choosing.

Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; HIST F475; permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F481      Polar Exploration and its Literature      (s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A survey of polar exploration efforts of all Western nations from A.D. 870 to the present and a consideration of the historical sources of this effort.

Stacked with HIST F681; NORS F681.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F483      20th-Century Circumpolar History      (W, s, a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A comparative history of the circumpolar North, including Alaska, Siberia, Scandinavia, Greenland and Canada. Focus on social, economic, political and environmental issues of the 20th century, such as exploration, aboriginal land claims, subsistence, military strategy, transportation, oil development, Arctic haze and scientific research in the Arctic.

Stacked with HIST F683; NORS F683.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F490      Researching and Writing Northern History      (W, a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Exploration of the craft and methodology of historical research in the North. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies.

Stacked with NORS F690.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 3 + 0

HIST F600      Perspectives on the North      (a)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Basic knowledge of the circumpolar North--the social, economic, political and scientific facets of northern life. Consideration of major cultural groups of the north and their histories, the environmental settings and patterns of settlement and development in northern regions and systems of governance in different northern countries. Broad overview of the major policy issues of the North in education, justice, health care, and environmental and wildlife protection. Course is also available online.

Cross-listed with NORS F600.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F662      History of Alaska      (a)
3 Credits

Alaska from prehistoric times to the present, including major themes such as Native Alaska, colonial and military Alaska, statehood, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and the Alaska National Interest Lands Act of 1980.

Cross-listed with NORS F661.

Stacked with HIST F461.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F663      Imperial Russia, 1700-1917      (a)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

This course covers Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great (1682-1725) until the collapse of the Tsarist regime in February 1917. Topics will include Russia's complex relationship with Western Europe, the challenges posed by modernization, the Russian Empire as a multinational state, and the emergence of the revolutionary movement.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with NORS F663.

Stacked with HIST F463.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F664      Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia      (a)
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Russia from the 1917 Revolution to the present. This course examines the attempts to build a socialist utopia in the former Russian empire and its impact on the peoples of that region and the modern world. We will consider the political, economic, social, and cultural nature of the Soviet state. Major themes include cultural transformation, industrialization, Stalinism, the Soviet Union as a multi-national empire, the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet state, and the new Russia of Yeltsin and Putin.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with NORS F664.

Stacked with HIST F464.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F681      Polar Exploration and its Literature      (a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A survey of polar exploration efforts of all Western nations from A.D. 870 to the present and a consideration of historical sources of this effort.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with NORS F681.

Stacked with HIST F481.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

HIST F683      20th Century Circumpolar History      (a)
3 Credits

A comparative history of the circumpolar north, including Alaska, Siberia, Scandinavia, Greenland and Canada. Focus on social, economic, political and environmental issues of the 20th century, such as exploration, aboriginal land claims, subsistence, military strategy, transportation, oil development, Arctic haze, and scientific research in the Arctic.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with NORS F683.

Stacked with HIST F483.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0