collage of janis joplin, womens rights, civil rights, war, disco, immigration, Chinese business workers

Fall 2023 Course Guide

Explore Our Digital Catalogue

Do you want to know more about a history class than you would learn from the timetable? We've got you covered!

Below, you'll find a list of "featured courses" that are organized by theme. Scroll down to see the full list of courses the department will offer in Spring 2023. Click on the "course preview" links to find full descriptions of class contents and teaching approach

Browse through available courses for the Fall 2023 semester in the list below.

  • 100-200 level courses will give you an overview of a topic or region and teach you how historians work.
  • 300-400 level classes explore specific themes and help you develop your skills as a critical thinker, writer, and historian.
  • 500-600 level courses specialize in specific topics, help you deepen your understanding, and hone your writing and analytic skills.

Category and Core

Find out which courses qualify for Category I & II (.pdf)

Not sure what fulfills categories I & II?  The best way to see what fits into your course schedule and what prepares you for graduation is to meet with your academic advisor.

The KU History Department has Nicole Evans leading the charge.

Nicole Evans (she/her) is an academic advisor that comes from a queer, first-generational background who works in advising because she loves mentoring students and wants to create a safe space for everyone she meets. Whether it’s help understanding your degree requirements, wanting to add a minor, discuss campus resources or map out a plan for graduation, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
 

Browse through available courses for the Fall 2023 semester in the list below.

  • 100-200 level courses will give you an overview of a topic or region and teach you how historians work.
  • 300-400 level classes explore specific themes and help you develop your skills as a critical thinker, writer, and historian.
  • 500-600 level courses specialize in specific topics, help you deepen your understanding, and hone your writing and analytic skills.

Category and Core

Find out which courses qualify for Category I & II (.pdf)

Not sure what fulfills categories I & II?  The best way to see what fits into your course schedule and what prepares you for graduation is to meet with your academic advisor.

The KU History Department has Nicole Evans leading the charge.

Nicole Evans (she/her) is an academic advisor that comes from a queer, first-generational background who works in advising because she loves mentoring students and wants to create a safe space for everyone she meets. Whether it’s help understanding your degree requirements, wanting to add a minor, discuss campus resources or map out a plan for graduation, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
 


Course Filter Tool 

Still looking for the perfect history course to suit your schedule? Look no further than our Course Filter! 

Featured Courses 

Just a Taste:

an image of a heliocentric

HIST 114

Renaissance to Revolution: Europe 1500-1789


Instructor: Luis Corteguera
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 1.1 | HIST Cat I
an collage of three flags: South Korea, China and Japanese

HIST 119

Modern East Asia



Instructor: James Yao
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 1.1| HIST Cat II
an aerial image of many bright orange and yellow tables on a blue table with people cheersing over it

HIST 150

Intro to Food History: Around the World 8 Dishes


Instructor: Eric Rath
Online | 1st Half
KU Core Goal 4.1| HIST Cat I/II
image

HIST 203

Christianity in American Life



Instructor: Rachel Schwaller
In-Person
KU Core Goal 2.2 | HIST Cat I

Pivotal Moments in US History:

Willy Jaeckel, Schlachtfeld (Battlefield), 1915 Spencer Museum of Art

HIST 334

The Great War: The History of World War I


Instructor: Nathan Wood
In-Person
HIST Cat I
an image of a soldier climbing over a barricade during the korean war

HIST 350

The Korean War



Instructor: Adrian Lewis
In-Person
HIST Cat I
posters of janis joplin, jimmy hendrix, huey newton & womens rights signs "women united"

HIST 383

United States in the 1960s



Instructor: David Farber
In-Person
HIST Cat I
Cleveland school desegregation protest, 1964. People Marching with signs that say "Separate is not equal"

HIST 514

The Civil Rights Movement



Instructor: Nishani Frazier
Online | Synchronous
HIST Cat I

I’ve Always Wondered About:

an aerial image of people standing, shoulder to shoulder, packed into a boat in motion

HIST 376

Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas


Instructor: Sheyda Jahanbani
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 3H, 5.1 | HIST Cat I
A samurai on a horse, depicted from the back as he views a lake with birds congregating around a temple in the mountains.

HIST 399

The Samurai



Instructor: Eric C. Rath
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 1.1, 4.2 | HIST Cat II
a crowd of cell phones raised to a woman, clad in a white hijab, falling back as she speaks to a crowd.

HIST 481

From Harem to the Streets: Gender in the Middle East, 1900-Pres


Instructor: Marie Brown
In-Person
HIST Cat II
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HIST 578

Global Indigenous History



Instructor: Kent Blansett
In-Person
HIST Cat I

Full List of Fall Courses

History Courses: 104 - 128

An illustrated map of africa

HIST 104

Into to African History



Instructor: Hannington Ochwada
In-Person
KU Core Goal 1.1, 3H | HIST Cat II
temp image

HIST 114

Renaissance to Revolution: Europe 1500-1789


Instructor: Luis Corteguera
Online | Second Half
KU Core Goal 1.1 | HIST Cat I
an image of three flags: South Korean, Chinese and Japanese flags

HIST 119

Modern East Asia



Instructor: James Yao
Online, Second Half
KU Core Goal 4.2 | HIST Cat II
collage

HIST 128

History of US Through The Civil War



Instructor: Elaine Nelson
In-Person
KU Core Goal 3H | HIST Cat I

History Courses: 129 - 203

a collage of US History

HIST 129

History of US After the Civil War



Instructor: Sheyda Jahanbani
In-Person
HIST Cat I/II
an aerial image of many bright orange and yellow tables on a blue table with people cheersing over it

HIST 150

Intro to Food History: Around the World 8 Dishes


Instructor: Eric Rath
Online | 1st Half
KU Core Goal 4.1| HIST Cat I/II
Painting of a West African Market that has push carts moving through melon tents, busses, and other market wares.

HIST 160

Intro to West African History



Instructor: Hannington Ochwada
In-Person
KU Core Goal 4.2, 3H | HIST Cat II
Painting of an African American priest in a red robe delivering a sermon to a congregation.

HIST 203

Christianity in American Life



Instructor: Rachel Schwaller
In-Person
KU Core Goal 2.2 | HIST Cat I

History Courses: 300 - 332

Side by side images depicting modern African architectural designs inspired by traditional huts along side bustling city of busses and skyscrapers in the city of Addis.

HIST 300

Modern Africa




Instructor: Hannington Ochwada
In-Person
KU Core Goal 4.2 | HIST Cat II
an image of a small, curvy figurine that represents fertility

HIST 320

From Goddesses to Witches: Women in Premodern Europe



Instructor: Marta Vicente
Online | 1st Half
KU Core Goal 1.1, 3H | HIST Cat. I
18th Century Painting of dancing figures wearing pastel clothing

HIST 321

From Mystics to Feminists – Women’s History in Europe from 1600 to the Present


Instructor: Marta Vicente
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal: 4.2 | HIST Cat. I
an painting of a man shushing the viewer like they're keeping a secret

HIST 332

Sex in History




Instructor: Christopher Forth
In-Person
HIST Cat. I/II

History Courses: 334 - 351

Willy Jaeckel, Schlachtfeld (Battlefield), 1915 Spencer Museum of Art

HIST 334

The Great War: The History of World War I


Instructor: Nathan Wood
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
a black and white image of a dust storm rolling in across a town in the midwest

HIST 345

Hard Times: The Depression Years in America, 1929-1941


Instructor: Jonathan Hagel
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
a black and white photograph watching soldiers amass to climb over a barricade

HIST 350

The Korean War, 1950-1953



Instructor: Adrian Lewis
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
a painting of an an indigenous american couple draped in an american flag.

HIST 351

American Indians and White Relations to 1865


Instructor: Kent Blansett
In-Person
KU Core Goal 4.1 | Cat. II

History Courses: 356 - 383

Black and white image depicting Charlie Chapman, eyes darted to the right, smiling

HIST 356

At the Movies: US History on the Silver Screen


Instructor: Jonathan Hagel
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
soldiers running on the battle field to jump into a moving helicopter

HIST 358

The Vietnam War



Instructor: Adrian Lewis
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
an aerial image of people standing, shoulder to shoulder, packed into a boat in motion

HIST 376

Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas


Instructor: Sheyda Jahanbani
Online | 2nd Half
Core Goal 3H | HIST Cat I
posters of janis joplin, jimmy hendricks, huey p newton and women's rights "our bodies ourselves"

HIST 383

United States in the 1960s



Instructor: David Farber
In-Person
HIST Cat. I

History Courses: 389 - 410

Dual Image of soldiers with muskets next to a modern image of a rocket firing

HIST 389

Muskets to Missiles: A History of US Military Action


Instructor: Titus Firmin
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
a painting depicting a work place full of activity where trucks adorn the background and workers meet in the foreground looking at plans

HIST 394

Made in China: Chinese Business History


Instructor: Megan Greene
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 4.2 | HIST Cat. II
A samurai on a horse, depicted from the back as he views a lake with birds congregating around a temple in the mountains.

HIST 399

The Samurai



Instructor: Eric C. Rath
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 1.1, 4.2| HIST Cat. II
Painting of George Washington on top of a horse with an American flag.

HIST 410

The American Revolution



Instructor: Justin Roberts
In-Person
KU Core Goal 4.1 | HIST Cat. I

History Courses: 475 - 517

students walking at graudation

HIST 475

Professional Skills in History



Instructor: Luis Corteguera
Online | 1st Half
HIST Cat. I
a crowd of cell phones raised to a woman, clad in a white hijab, falling back as she speaks to a crowd.

HIST 481

From Harem to the Streets: Gender in the Middle East, 1900-Pres


Instructor: Marie Brown
In-Person
HIST Cat. II
Cleveland school desegregation protest, 1964. People Marching with signs that say "Separate is not equal"

HIST 514

The Civil Rights Movement



Instructor: Nishani Frazier
Online | Synchronous
HIST Cat. I
John Travolta striking a pose on a disco floor with his iconic disco suit.

HIST 598

The Seventies



Instructor: Jonathan Hagel
In-Person
HIST Cat. I

History Courses: 574 - 578

an aerial image of shackles

HIST 574

Slavery in the New World


Instructor: Justin Roberts
In-Person
HIST Cat. I/II
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HIST 578

Global Indigenous History


Instructor: Kent Blansett
In-Person
HIST Cat. II

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