Our planned history courses for Spring 2022! 

In addition to our traditional survey courses for Spring 2022, the History Program is offering a number of exciting new courses.  Following are descriptions of our courses that are being offered for the first time.  Each is a 3-credit course and has been certified to fulfill our institutional requirement for Humanities courses.

Ships Burning after Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

HIST 211 OM1  The Whys and What Ifs of WWII.  DESCRIPTION: This course analyzes the nature of WWII and explores instances when the outcome of a battle, campaign, or the entire war hung on circumstances that could easily have changed. Why certain factors defined the course of the war and what might have been the consequences of a different decision, different weather, or a different commander on the battle? Using your historical skills and access to crucial information, test your ability to answer those "Why" and ""What If" questions. CLASS INFORMATION:  Tuesday 03:30PM - 06:20PM, School of Business Leadership, Room 308 K. McIntyre

 Archaeologists working on a dig in Maryland

HIST 211 OM2  History and Archaeology: Creating Compelling Stories. DESCRIPTION: This course uses historical examples to illustrate how the disciplines of history and archaeology work together to explain the human record from only fragmentary evidence. Taught by professional archaeologist Chris Sperling, the course focuses on how archaeology and history can work together to create compelling stories that illustrate the human experience in dramatic ways. CLASS INFORMATION: Monday 12:30PM - 03:20PM, School of Business Leadership, Room 306.  C. Sperling

Latin American Women In Ethnic Dress 

HIST 211 OM3  We People Here: Ethnicity, Conflict, and Native Communities in Early Latin America.   DESCRIPTION: "We People Here" is how some Native Americans referred to their communities when faced with European invasion and war. This course considers how the convergence of Indigenous, European, African, and Asian peoples in "Latin America" created many complex and dynamic cultures and societies, from California and New Mexico in the north to Chile and Argentina in the south. We cover a period of over 300 years, from the late fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries (circa 1490-1820), by reading the writings of Latin American men and women who reflected on the peoples, places, events, beliefs, practices, institutions, cultures, and conflicts of their own times. This course demonstrates that one cannot understand "modern" America without studying its colonial past. CLASS INFORMATION: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00AM - 12:15PM, School of Business Leadership, Room 305  R. Dufendach

 African Americans march with US flags as part of a Civil Rights Movement demonstration

HIST 211 OM4 Civil Rights.  DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the history of African American Civil Rights Movements. The exploration will begin with the 1929 "Don't Buy Where You Can't Work Campaign" and

conclude with today's "Black Lives Matter" Movement. How have people of color advocated, agitated and negotiated institutional racism to attain full citizenship in America? How have these efforts impacted the nation's conscience, international reputation, and judicial system throughout the course of American History?  E. T. Johnson

 Stevenson students engaged in archival work at the Baltimore City Archives

HIST 211 01S  The History of Archives and Archival Operations. (Service Learning)   DESCRIPTION: Recommended for all history majors and minors as well as any student contemplating working at a library or pursuing a Masters' of Library Science degree.   Class will meet on the Greenspring campus in the University Archives on Friday mornings.  Although scheduled from 8:00-10:50 AM, classes will usually meet from 9:00-10:50 AM.  Approximately 15 additional hours will be spent on field trips thereby completing the required 45 hrs of instruction..  Students will learn about the history of archives, archives operations, as well as libraries and special collections.  Each class member will learn the PastPerfect 5 digital database system and spend a minimum of 20 hrs operating the Stevenson Archives. CLASS INFORMATION:  HIST 211 01S   Friday 08:00AM - 10:50AM, Learning Resource Center, Room ARCHV   GS Campus  Instructor: G. Johnston

 A photo of actor Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet in 1899.

HIST 211 ON1 Theater History (II)  DESCRIPTION: Studies masterpieces of Eastern and Western theatre from the 17th century to the present and explores their structure and themes, as well as the historical contexts, performance arenas, acting styles, and staging methods that have given these scripts life. Students examine key figures and trends and discover the ways in which theatre both reflects and affects the society that creates it.  CLASS INFORMATION: Monday, Wednesday 11:00AM - 12:15PM, Manning Academic Center, Room S152  L. Snyder

Civil War Era Army field ambulance drawn by four mules.

HIST 211 / 311 ON2 History of Medicine: Combat Medicine of the Civil War.  DESCRIPTION:  Explores military medicine within the US Army during the Civil War. Focuses on the contributions of Jonathan Letterman and the Battle of Antietam. Optional field trips enrich the course.  NOTE: This course should be of interest to all Medical Humanities minors and those pursuing a Nursing degree or a pre-med program.  All students who took HIST 211: Combat Medicine in Vietnam in the past are still eligible to take this course since it is a different topic.  (Cross listed as MDH 211 ON1)  CLASS NFORMATION: Monday, Wednesday 12:30PM - 01:45PM, Manning Academic Center, Room S316   G. Johnston. 

 The Jewish ship EXODUS full of Holocaust refugees blockaded by the British Navy to prevent them from landing in Palestine.

HIST 211 ON3: Holocaust Refugees and Baltimore (1947).  DESCRIPTION:  This course explores the secret and illegal activities undertaken by an armed Jewish underground organization, the Haganah, in Baltimore (1945-1948) that enabled Holocaust refugees to escape confinement from European refugee camps, flee to Palestine, battle the British government, and resulted in the creation of the State of Israel. Optional field trips for educational enrichment purposes are associated with this course.  These activities became the historical source for the best selling novel Exodus, by Leon Uris, and a movie--with the same name-- by Otto Preminger that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and Golden Globe award.  CLASS INFORMATION: Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 01:45PM, Manning Academic Center, Room S325   G. Johnston.

 A picture of the Supremes from 1967

HIST 337 ON1: The United States-- The Sixties in Music.  DESCRIPTION: Explores the history of the US during the 1960s through the lens of the music of the time. During this decade the Civil Rights Movement exploded on the scene as did the Vietnam War. The Women's Liberation Movement came alive as did recreational drugs and "free love." The music of the time reflected it all: from Percy Faith to Woodstock. CLASS INFORMATION: Tuesday, Thursday 02:00PM - 03:15PM, Manning Academic Center, Room S325.  G. Johnston

Credits:  Photos of Pearl Harbor, Civil War ambulance, the Supremes, the Haganah ship Exodus, Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet in 1899. and Native Women in Latin American Ethnic Costumes are posted under the Creative Commons License.  The photo of Stevenson students at the Baltimore City Archives is from Stevenson University.  The photo of the archaeological dig is from the Maryland Department of Transportation and involves a project at the Indian Queen Tavern undertaken by the University of Maryland, Anacostia Watershed Society, & Anacostia Trails and Heritage Area.