Overview of History Courses Engaging with Race and Ethnicity
Almost all of FSU History’s courses include components dealing with race and ethnicity. Below find the courses that address it specifically, sorted by area and whether they carry Liberal Studies credits or not.
Courses with an * will be offered in the Fall 2020 semester.
History’s Liberal Studies Courses addressing race and ethnicity – Modern US history:
- *AMH 2097 Nationality, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States. This course explores the history of immigration to the United States. Topics include the evolution of ethnic cultures and the role of race in adjustment, and related conflicts from colonial times to the present.
- *AMH 2020 A History of the United States Since 1877. This course surveys the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present with emphasis on social, economic, and political problems of the 20th century.
- AMH 2091 The African-American Experience in the United States. This course examines, both chronologically and thematically, the experience of African-Americans in the United States and their role in shaping the nation’s history.
- AMH 2095 American Indians in the United States. This course surveys American-Indian relations with the people and the government of the United States, beginning in the 1760s and continuing to the present. Topics cover the Indians’ diplomatic and military struggles, as well as the Indian perspective on familiar historical events such as the Civil War, the New Deal, and the 1960s.
- AMH 2096 Black Women in America. This course examines (chronologically and thematically) the unique experience of the African American woman in the United States and the role they have played in shaping this nation’s history. Particular attention is paid to the double burden that black women have experienced because of their race and gender.
- AMH 2583 The Seminoles and the Southeastern Indians. This course explores the history of the Seminoles and other Southeastern Native Americans in the territory that is now known as the American South. The course covers the pre-contract era to the present with an emphasis on tribal perspectives.
- *HIS 3205 LGBTQ History. This course traces the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Western Europe and North America from the eighteenth century to the present day. The course showcases the historically contingent nature of homosexuality and gender identity, giving particular attention to the ways that sexual identity intersects with race, class, and gender.
- *HIS 3491 Medicine and Society. This course examines the development of public health and the history of medicine in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Topics cover changes in medical knowledge, the medical profession, government responsibilities, and public responses; how individuals accept, modify, or reject medical authority; how race, class, gender, and ethnicity shape health practices and the delivery of medical care; how the health of a community can be protected; and what constitutes a public health hazard.
History’s Upper-Division Courses addressing race and ethnicity - Modern US history:
- AMH 3310 Social History of the United States. This course offers an analysis of the day-to-day lives of American people. Topics include morals, manners, religion, family, social class, health, and occupations.
- AMH 3352 U.S. Political History from 1877 to the Present. This course studies U.S. political parties and elections from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the presidency and on the groups and issues that have influenced political parties.
- AMH 3470 The Evolution of Organized Crime. This course discusses the evolution of organized crime in the United States, the social and legal factors that contributed to its development, and the ethnic groups involved.
- *AMH 3544 The United States and Vietnam, 1941–1975. This course examines the involvement of the United States in Vietnam from World War II through the fall of Saigon in 1975 and considers the legacy of this experience for American foreign relations and society.
- AMH 4220 U.S. Progressive Era, 1890–1920. This course includes a study of the development of domestic and foreign policy, the revolution of social thought, and the paradoxical path of reform in urbanized, industrial America. Emphasis is placed on the nation’s effort to accommodate old values with the new realities.
- *AMH 4231 The United States, 1920–1945: Prosperity, Depression, and World War II. This course offers an overview of U.S. history from 1920 through 1945. Topics include political, economic, diplomatic, military, social, and cultural and intellectual developments during that period.
- AMH 4270 The United States Since 1945. This course focuses on the political and cultural issues faced by the United States during the period of the Cold War (1945 to 1988). Special attention is given to postwar affluence, suburban America, the mass society, the movement from isolationism to interventionism, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, social conflict in the 1960s, and the rise of postwar conservatism.
- AMH 4273 America in the 1960s. This course examines selective aspects of the era known as “the sixties.” Spanning two decades, it starts in 1954 with the decision to integrate America’s schools as a flash point for the civil rights struggle, and it concludes in 1974 with Richard Nixon’s resignation, the final statement in the Watergate affair. During those years of intense and accelerated change, civil rights, black power, the war in Vietnam, radical politics, and the counter culture divided the country so passionately that at times it appeared as though the nation might come apart.
- AMH 4402 The Political History of the South, 1607-1965. This course explores developments in Southern political history from 1607 to 1965, focusing on the role of the region in shaping national debates. It examines the South as a place inhabited by diverse groups of people, as a laboratory for ideas and political theories and institutions, and as a set of ideologies and images that still impact American life.
- AMH 4420 The History of Florida. This course explores the history of Florida from its pre-Columbian origins to the present.
- AMH 4530 U.S. Immigration History. This course explores the histories of different immigrant and migrant groups and how they have shaped and been shaped by the United States.
- AMH 4561 Women in 19th-Century America. This course examines the experiences of women in nineteenth-century America, focusing upon the ways gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and region interacted to shape women’s lives. Examines women’s family, work, social, and political roles. Also examines women’s contributions and quest for equality.
- AMH 4562 Women in Modern America. This course examines the experiences and contributions of women in twentieth-century America, with particular attention to the forces that served to differentiate the opportunities and roles of women from those of their male peers.
- AMH 4572 Black America Since 1877. This course traces the social, economic, cultural, and political activities of African-Americans from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement.
- AMH 4585 History of the Seminole Indians. This course offers an ethnohistory of the Seminole Indians in Florida from prior to their formation, in the eighteenth century, to present. The course focuses on the Indians themselves and their experiences, exposing students to the history of the Seminole’s culture, lifestyles, religions, economy, and tribal community.
- AMH 4684 Women and Children in the Civil Rights Movement. This course examines the role of women and children in the modern-day Civil Rights Movement in the United States with the underlying themes of race, class, and gender.
History’s Special Topics Courses addressing race and ethnicity – Modern US history:
- AMH 3930 Studies in U.S. History – Racial Violence in the US. Racial violence has shaped America and Americans’ perceptions of themselves and their country’s history since settlement. After the Civil War, African Americans struggled to claim their full rights as citizens and the equality that the abolition of slavery seemed to promise. Although Abraham Lincoln spoke of “a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” in reality, the defeat of the Confederate States did not liberate African Americans from the multitude of shackles that entrapped them. In this course, we will examine how racial violence has influenced modern American history and shaped the civil rights struggles of African American communities. The horror of racial violence has discouraged many from admitting or examining this painful part of our nation’s history. However, it is important to turn a lens on racial violence in order to honestly explore the ways in which African American communities have been repressed in the US. Additionally, leaving the legacy of racial violence in America unexamined allows for false narratives to emerge wherein aggressors may recast themselves as victims.
- AMH3930 Studies in U.S. History – This is your Life: The US since 2000
- *AMH3930 Studies in U.S. History – Black History through Film. Films and documentaries will be used to explore the history of African Americans in the United States through the lens of race, class and gender. Although some portions of the course are topical, cutting across chronological divisions, there will be a general chronological progression from the African Slave Trade to contemporary America.
History’s Liberal Studies Courses addressing race and ethnicity – US to ca. 1877
- AMH 2010 A History of the United States to 1877. This course introduces students to the history of British North America and the United States through the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
History’s Upper-Division Courses addressing race and ethnicity – US to ca. 1877
- AMH 3351 U.S. Political History to 1877. This course covers the colonial and revolutionary background of U.S. politics. Topics cover U.S. political parties and elections from the 1790s to 1877, emphasizing the presidency and the groups and issues that have influenced political parties.
- AMH 4110 Colonial America to 1763. This course studies and compares the founding and development of the English colonies in North America.
- AMH 4130 Revolutionary America, 1760-1788. This course examines the political, social, and economic history of British America from the end of the Seven Years War to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Emphasis is placed on the origins, course, and aftermath of the colonial rebellion that became the American Revolution and led to the founding of the U.S. The course considers the fundamental causes of the Revolution and the many ways in which the former colonies were transformed by the experience.
- *AMH 4172 The Civil War Era. This course offers an in-depth study of the twenty years from 1845 to 1865. Emphasis is placed on the coming of the Civil War, the secession crisis, and on both the military and nonmilitary events of the war years.
- AMH 4571 Black America to 1877. This course begins with the African background of Black Americans and ends with the final curtailment of Reconstruction in 1877. Although some portions of the course are topical, cutting across chronological divisions, there is a general chronological progression from colonial times to the end of Reconstruction.
History’s Liberal Studies Courses addressing race and ethnicity – Europe, Asia, Latin America, and World:
- *EUH 2000 Ancient and Medieval Civilizations. This course provides a survey of Western traditions from the beginnings through the end of the Middle Ages. Emphasis is on patterns of thinking and on those institutions most distinctive for the Western tradition. Students who have previous college credit in Western civilization courses covering the same general chronological period cannot receive credit for EUH 2000. May not be taken by students with test credit in European history.
- *LAH 1093 Latin America: A Cross-Cultural History. This course is a cross-cultural history of Latin America focusing on women, Native Americans, African-Americans, mestizos, and mulattoes in historical context. The course does not count as credit toward the history major.
- *HIS3263 Pirates and Patriots in Atlantic. This class surveys the connections that together formed an Atlantic world between the Americas, Africa, and Europe in the era from 1500 to 1800. It focuses upon two foundational patterns: 1) patriotism, and related efforts to build identities, nation-states and empires, and legal/constitutional orders, and 2) piracy, including efforts to detach and/or reconfigure those empires and orders. Topics include smuggling, slave revolts, manumission, diplomacy.
History’s Upper-Division Courses addressing race and ethnicity – Europe, Asia, Latin America and World:
- *ASH 3382 The History of the U.S. and East Asia: 1850 to the Present. This course investigates the history of the U.S. and modern East Asia from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, covering political interactions and cultural encounters between Americans and Japanese, Koreans, and Chinese.
- EUH 3206 20th-Century Europe: A Survey. This course covers European history from the turn of the century through the two world wars. Particular attention is paid to the major powers in this period when Europe declined from its preeminent position.
- EUH 3293 Twentieth-Century Europe Through Film. This course uses film in combination with texts to introduce questions about some of the main themes in 20th-century European history. The course uses film to explore the relationship between modernity and 20th-century Europe, particularly the changing relationship of individuals to state and society, and attitudes about ethnicity, class, and gender. Topics include the possibilities and limitations of the individual in mass society, paying particular attention to themes of heroism, despotism, war, and lifestyle values.
- *EUH 4241 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective. This course details the background and career of the Holocaust as well as the continuing problem of “Holocaust denial.” Special emphasis is given to the ideas of such racists as de Gobineau and Hitler.
- EUH 4282 Europe Since 1945. This course focuses on the post–World War II era in Europe, tracing occupation policies, the division of Europe East and West, the development of the major European states, and the efforts to arrive at detente in respect to East-West tensions.
- EUH 4331 East Central Europe, 1815 to Present. This course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural development of the lands traditionally known as Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Baltic States from the Congress of Vienna to the present. Wherever possible, attempts are made to present issues within a comparative framework.
- EUH 4332 Balkans Since 1700. This course on Balkan history emphasizes the penetration of the Hapsburg and Russian empires, the decay of the Ottomans, and the emergence of the Balkan states after the wars of liberation, with stress on the cultural peculiarities of the various ethnic groups.
- *EUH 4452 The Age of the French Revolution, 1715–1795. This course is a study of the 18th century and its transformation by the forces unleashed by the French Revolution. The radicalization of the Revolution is traced to the Terror and the overthrow of Robespierre’s dictatorship.
- EUH 4465 Weimar and Nazi Germany. This course examines the background of the Nazi regime, the character of Hitler’s dictatorship, and the origins and course of WWII in its European context. Also examined is National Socialism’s impact on German institutions and racial consequences.
- EUH 4544 Sex and Class in England, 1750–1914. This course offers students a perspective on the critical relations between class and gender in industrializing England, 1750–1914. Examines the lives and activities of English women, from the poorest to the wealthiest classes, against the background of the major dislocations occurring in British society during this period.
- LAH 3411 History of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. This course covers the history of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean nations of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico from the Indian civilizations of the remote past to the social conflicts of the present.
- LAH 3500 History of South America. This course is an introductory survey from the Inca Civilization to modern Chile, Peru, Argentina, etc. Emphasis is placed on the contrasts and conflicts between Indian and European culture and on basic social, economic, and political evolution. The persistence of “underdevelopment” and poverty are also explored.
- LAH 4430 History of Mexico. This course covers the history of Mexico from the great Indian empires to the present, emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries. Deals with cultural and social history as well as political movements.
- LAH 4470 History of the Caribbean. This course focuses on Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean societies. European and United States colonialism and local Caribbean forces are studied to help understand the area’s social, economic, and political problems and prospects.
- LAH 4600 History of Brazil. This course focuses on Latin America’s largest and most populous nation. Themes include the evolution of Brazil’s multi-ethnic society, the struggle for economic development, and the search for a viable political regime.
- LAH 4723 Race and Class in Colonial Latin America. This course is a comprehensive examination of Latin America from 1492 to 1830, with emphasis on native and African reactions to colonial rule and the creation and growth of multi-ethnic groups and their solidification into classes.
History’s Special Topics Courses addressing race and ethnicity – Asia, Europe, Latin America, World:
- *ASH3930 - The History of North Korea from Colonial Times to the Present. In this lecture course with group discussions and activities, we will examine a crucial period of Korean history from the late 19th century until the present, where the role of fierce cultural pride alongside near-constant foreign pressure often influenced Korean relations with outsiders. Dubbed the "Hermit Kingdom" by past Western observers, Korean leaders have alternately embraced and repelled the outside world.