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Spring 2016 Credit Courses: History

Music of Protest
A survey of the past 50 years of popular protest music, with a preparatory examination of early 20th-century blues and socialist “magnet” songs. Students study the power of popular music and the artist’s role in shaping contemporary society, with a focus on three eras of social upheaval in the U.S.: the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and the emergence of punk and hip-hop. Includes readings, musical analysis, and listening. The ability to read musical notation is not required, but a working knowledge of contemporary popular music is critical.
MTH3115 / 4 credits
Harold Fein
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 20–May 4
Humanities building, room 1044 

American History and Society Through Music
A narrative survey of U.S. history from the colonial period to the present through an exploration of its musical history. The course investigates America’s fundamental principles of politics, its primary social issues, and its wealth of aesthetic musical initiatives. Students examine the unity, diversity, originality, and adaptability of significant political, social, and musical institutions.
HIS3130 / 4 credits
Edmund Cionek
Tues., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 26–May 10
Humanities building, room 2053

World War II and America
Examines the impact of World War II on U.S. culture, society, and politics, and explores why and how U.S. foreign policy evolved from the stance of neutrality to belligerency during the 1930s. Students consider how the war was fought on two fronts and its effects on American society and culture through the early years of the Cold War.
HIS3140 / 4 credits
Joseph Verdicchio
Mon., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 25–May 9
Humanities building, room 1039

America’s Theatre of Protest
Examines the means by which leading, contemporary American playwrights have tackled many burning social issues, including racial discrimination, gender bias, corporate abuse, and violence against gays and lesbians. Kushner’s Angels in America is used as a model for discussion of several important writers whose dramas have had an impact on American culture and effected change.
THP3160 / 4 credits
Michael Taub
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 20–May 4
Humanities building, room 1044

The Blue and the Gray: U.S. Civil War
The Civil War was arguably the most controversial and traumatic event in American history. This course considers how and why the war developed, its long-term results, and why it is such an important part of America’s cultural heritage. Through an examination of novels, films, diaries, and letters written by Civil War participants, students analyze the impact of this war and our continuing fascination with it.
HIS3535 / 4 credits
Joseph Verdicchio
Thurs., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 21–May 5
Humanities building, room 1042

Updated Jan. 20, 2016

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