a collage of images depicting a range of images from john brown to charlie chapman to rosie the riveter.

Spring 2024 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 2024. Click on the "course preview" links to find full descriptions of class contents and teaching approach

Browse through available courses for the Spring 2024 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 Mikhayla Sheeley leading the charge.

To make an appointment with Mikhayla please head to the JAA's drop in page https://advising.ku.edu/drop-in-advising

Browse through available courses for the Spring 2024 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 Mikhayla Sheeley leading the charge.

To make an appointment with Mikhayla please head to the JAA's drop in page https://advising.ku.edu/drop-in-advising


Course Filter Tool 

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

Featured Course Menu 

Delectable Appetizers:

an illustrated map of africa depicting different cities by their most prominent landmarks

HIST 104

Introduction to African History



Instructor: Hannington Ochwada
In-Person
KU Core Goal 1.1, 3H| HIST Cat II
a painting of lady liberty with her french flag held high, leading the people in revolution

HIST 115

French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789-Present


Instructor: Katie Price
In-person
KU Core Goal 1.1, 3H | HIST Cat I
a cartoon where the octopus, which represents the capitalist state, has wrapped its tentacles around a man.

HIST 125

The History of Global Capitalism



Instructor: Roberts, Justin
In-Person
HIST Cat I/II
an aerial image of a group of friends cheersing various beverages over a table of brightly colored foods

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

American Fare:

Painting of enslaved people during a moment of leisure on the plantation.

HIST 316

Ministers and Magicians: Black Religion from Slavery to the Present


Instructor: Rachel Schwaller
In-Person
HIST Cat I
an image of rosie the riveter on a cake

HIST 319

History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S.


Instructor: Tiffany González
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 4.1 | HIST Cat I
a black and white image of mountains, forrest and a small cabin in the foreground

HIST 357

History of the American West



Instructor: Elaine Nelson
In-Person
KU Core Goal 3H | HIST Cat I
Soldiers in a field watching military helicopters arrive.

HIST 362

The American Way of War Since WWII


Instructor: Adrian Lewis
In-Person
HIST Cat I

Global Cuisine:

Painting of World Map

HIST 308

Themes Modern Global History


Instructor: Eric Funabashi
Online | 1st Half
HIST Cat II
painting by Eugenio Lucas Velázquez (1817-1870)

HIST 325

The Spanish Inquisition


Instructor: Luis Corteguera
In-Person
HIST Cat I
a colorful array of sushi on s black slate platter

HIST 395

History of Sushi


Instructor: Eric Rath
Online | 1st Half
KU Core Goal 1.1, 4.2 | HIST Cat II
an illustration of people working in a field, The Heroines, 2012, oil on canvas, 96 x 160. Oakland Museum of California.

HIST 604

Contemporary Greater China


Instructor: Megan Greene
In-Person
KU Core Goal 4.2 | HIST Cat II

Dessert Specials:

A boy saves a few books from the rubble of his home

HIST 337

History, Ethics, Modernity


Instructor: Elizabeth MacGonagle
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 5.1 | HIST Cat I/II

Full List of Spring 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
a painting of lady liberty with her french flag held high, leading the people in revolution

HIST 115

French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789-Present


Instructor: Katie Price
In-person
KU Core Goal 1.1, 3H | HIST Cat I
a cartoon where the octopus, which represents the capitalist state, has wrapped its tentacles around a man.

HIST 125

The History of Global Capitalism



Instructor: Roberts, Justin
In-Person
HIST Cat I/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 - 300

an satirical image of uncle sam standing over the united states scooping up cuban missles in the sea

HIST 129

History of US After the Civil War



Instructor: Tiffany González
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
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

History Courses: 308 - 325

a painting of a world map

HIST 308

Themes Modern Global History



Instructor: Eric Funabashi
Online | 1st Half
HIST Cat II
Painting of enslaved people during a moment of leisure on the plantation.

HIST 316

Ministers and Magicians: Black Religion from Slavery to the Present


Instructor: Rachel Schwaller
In-Person
HIST Cat I
an image of rosie the riveter on a cake

HIST 319

History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S.


Instructor: Tiffany González
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 4.1 | HIST Cat I
painting by Eugenio Lucas Velázquez (1817-1870)

HIST 325

The Spanish Inquisition



Instructor: Luis Corteguera
In-Person
HIST Cat I

History Courses: 337 - 356

A boy saves a few books from the rubble of his home

HIST 337

History, Ethics, Modernity



Instructor: Elizabeth MacGonagle
Online | 2nd Half
KU Core Goal 5.1 | HIST Cat I/II
Painting of a line of tanks headed into the distance. The foreground depicts troops surrendering.

HIST 340

The History of the Second World War


Instructor: Adrian Lewis
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
Depiction of John Brown with a rifle in one hand, bible in the other.

HIST 348

History of the Peoples of Kansas



Instructor: Rachel Schwaller
In-Person
HIST Cat. I
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

History Courses: 357 - 396

a black and white image of mountains, forrest and a small cabin in the foreground

HIST 357

History of the American West



Instructor: Elaine Nelson
In-Person
KU Core Goal 3H | HIST Cat I
Soldiers in a field watching military helicopters arrive.

HIST 362

The American Way of War Since WWII


Instructor: Adrian Lewis
In-Person
HIST Cat I
a colorful array of sushi against a slate background

HIST 395

History of Sushi



Instructor: Eric Rath
Online | 1st Half
KU Core Goal 1.1, 4.2 | HIST Cat II
a cartoon image of Heinrich Vogeler's portrait of the Third Reich.

HIST 396

Hitler and Nazi Germany | Honors



Instructor: Andrew Denning
In-Person
HIST Cat. I

History Courses: 400 - 604

a black and white photograph of plains indigenous americans in ceremonial head gear set atop horses

HIST 400

Indigenous People of the Great Plains


Instructor: Andrew Isenberg
In-Person
KU Core Goal 3H | HIST Cat. II
Digital Collage that depicts the fall of the Soviet Union

HIST 568

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union



Instructor: Rebecca Johnston
In-Person
KU Core Goal 4.2 | HIST Cat. I/II
a painting by Arjan Martins, Atlantico, 2016 | a map of brazil

HIST 579

The History of Brazil



Instructor: Robert Rose
In-Person
HIST Cat. II
The Heroines, 2012, oil on canvas, 96 x 160. Oakland Museum of California.

HIST 604

Contemporary Greater China



Instructor: Megan Greene
In-Person
KU Core Goal 4.2| HIST Cat. II

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