Second Year - Global and Historical Studies
Two courses taken in the second year, chosen from a list of
To employ a conceptual framework for global and historical
studies which appreciates cultures as dynamic,
heterogeneous, and constantly in conversation with one another.
To draw on a variety of sources and disciplines - including the
arts, the humanities and the social and natural sciences.
To recognize both the benefits and challenges of living in a
culturally diverse and increasingly globalized world.
To continue development of skills of expository writing.
GHS201 - "South Asian Civilizations"
This course will provide an overview of South Asian
civilizations in comparative perspective, and will focus on the
subcontinent's geography and history, its cultures and religions,
its arts (i.e. music, dance, literature, and film), its notions of
virtue and gender, its economic realities and role in the global
marketplace, and its political development. Though covering the
entire region, the course will pay particular attention to Pakistan
and India, which, because of their religious demographics, provide
an interesting contrast and a history of conflict. Nevertheless,
the course will also draw attention to the ways in which religious,
ethnic, communal, gender, and political lines have been blurred in
South Asian history.
GHS202 - "Postcolonial Studies: The Caribbean"
Ever since Toussaint-L'Ouverture led the first successful modern
slave rebellion in Haiti in the late eighteenth century, defeating
the armies of France, Britain, and Spain, the Caribbean has been a
pivotal region in understanding the legacy of colonialism in the
Americas. In this course, we will examine, from an
interdisciplinary and comparative framework, the long history of
interaction between the Caribbean and the West. Beginning with
Christopher Columbus's "discovery" of the New World, Europe's
development of the Atlantic slave trade, and the world-changing
Haitian Revolution, we will follow the efforts of formerly
colonized people of this region to forge new nations, cultures, and
identities in the aftermath of European imperialism. Topics likely
to receive particular emphasis this semester include Black
Nationalism and Pan-Africanism, Rastafarianism and Obeah (Voodoo),
Bob Marley and Jamaican popular music, international capitalism and
the tourist industry, and the role of Caribbean women in the
struggle for postcolonial identity and the development of a
GHS203 - "Modernizing and Contemporary Europe"
This course will study the early modern establishment of nation
states, the Enlightenment advocacy of human rights and
constitutional government and the revolutionary movements to
realize those ideas, the World Wars and the Cold War, and the
establishment and expansion of the European Union."
GHS204 - "Frontiers in Latin America"
This interdisciplinary course explores the historical
development of the notion of "frontiers": in Latin America though
three units of study: 1) The Frontier as Contact Zone: The Amazon
2) The Promise of Modernization in the Southern Cone, and 3)
Crossing Frontiers: Mexico and the United States. The themes of
social and cultural identity, citizen participation, sustainable
development and migration will be interwoven through the
GHS205 - "East Asian Interactions"
This course explores the interactions among China, Korea, and
Japan. It will examine how each of the three states has contributed
to the evolution of a common tradition, how each of them has
benefited from the interactions, and how some of the interactions
have caused destruction in the regions.
GHS206 - "Resistance and Reaction: Colonialism and
Post-Colonialism in Africa"
This course intends to explore the more complex realities of
African responses to the imposition of European military, cultural,
and economic domination in the colonial era and the effects of such
responses continuing into the postcolonial period up to the
GHS207 - "Resistance and Rights: Global Women"
In this course, we will examine the means by which women around
the globe work individually and collectively to gain basic human
rights. Issues of culture, religion, tradition, beauty, tourism,
health, war, immigration, and the media will be explored as we
consider the possibilities for activism and resistance to
GHS208 - "China and the Islamic Middle East"
This course examines the roots of the oldest continuing
civilization today, China, and the origin and emergence of Islam as
a major world culture and religion. It addresses the challenges of
modernity for these two traditional cultures, particularly as they
have responded to a world increasingly influenced by the West.
(This course was previously listed as ID201 and CC208)
GHS209 - "Revolutionary Europe and Nigeria""
The course examines the cultural traditions of Europe and
Nigeria and their confrontations with modernity in the 19th and
20th centuries. The old order ends in violence, replaced by the
beginnings of democracy, science, capitalism and imperialism. (This
course was previously listed as ID202 and CC209)
Students cannot fulfill the 6-hour requirement with both
GHS209 "Revolutionary Europe and Nigeria" and GHS203 "Modernizing
and Contemporary Europe" due to an overlap in course