Current Courses

Last updated: 3/16/15

Fall 2014 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2016 | Fall 2016 | Spring 2017

Click number (e.g. 001a) for a course description; click course title (e.g. 1st Year Seminar: The Barbarian North) for a syllabus; or click the professor's name (e.g. Bensch) for a profile of the professor.

NOTE: All courses numbered 011-099 have prerequisites: you must have taken an introductory history course here at Swarthmore (#001-010) OR have proof of an AP score of 4 or 5 or an IB score of 6 or 7 in history.

Distribution Requirements

Fall 2014
Course # Title Taught By
001d 1st Year Seminar: China and the World: A History of Collecting Chen
001e 1st Year Seminar: Past & Present in Latin America: Problems & Researching Tools Armus
003a Modern Europe, 1789 to 1918: The Age of Revolution and Counterrevolution [pdf] Hazanov
005b The United States from 1877 to the Present [pdf] Murphy
007b African American History, 1865 to the Present A.Dorsey
021 London Beyond Control Azfar
039 Picking up the Pieces: Rebuilding Russia after the Collapse of Communism Weinberg
045 The United States Since 1945 [pdf] Murphy
046 The American Civil War [pdf] B. Dorsey
061 Histories of Water Azfar & Cho
078 China, Capitalism, and Their Critics Chen
082 Networks, Simulations, Information: Cultural Histories of Digital Media Burke
083 What Ifs and Might-Have-Beens: Counterfactual Histories Burke
084 Modern Addiction: Cigarette Smoking in the 20th Century Armus
090g Black Liberation 1969 A.Dorsey
091 Senior Research Seminar [pdf] Murphy & Weinberg
Fall 2014 Seminars
Course # Title Taught By
131 Gender and Sexuality in America B.Dorsey
149 Reform and Revolution in Modern Latin America Armus
Spring 2015
Course # Title Taught By
001j 1st Year Seminar: A New History of the Cold War Era Murphy
001r 1st Year Seminar: Remembering History [pdf] B.Dorsey
002b Early Modern Europe Azfar
004 Latin American History [pdf] Armus
008b Mfecane, Mines, and Mandela: Southern Africa from 1650 to the Present Burke
009a Premodern China Chen
027 Living with Total War: Europe, 1912-1923 Weinberg
043 Antislavery in America B.Dorsey
058 Africa in America: Gullah/Geechee Life and Culture A.Dorsey
059 The Black Freedom Struggle: From Civil Rights to Hip Hop A.Dorsey
066 Disease, Culture, and Society in the Modern World: Comparative Perspectives [pdf] Armus
074 The Consuming Passions: Visual and Material Cultures of East Asia Chen
090e On the Other Side of the Tracks: Black Urban Community A.Dorsey
090j INTP Capstone: Discipline + Culture (Cross-listed as ENGL 086 and INTP 091) Azfar & Buurma
090o Digging Through the National Security Archive: South American "Dirty Wars" and the United States' Involvement [pdf] Armus
Spring 2015 Seminars
Course # Title Taught By
116 European Intellectual History: Pathways to the Enlightenment Azfar
128 Russia in the 19th & 20th Centuries Weinberg
135 Labor and Urban History [pdf] Murphy
Fall 2015
Course # Title Taught By
001h 1st Year Seminar: The Modern Jewish Experience Weinberg
001r 1st Year Seminar: Remembering History [pdf] B. Dorsey
002a Medieval Europe [pdf] Bensch
003a Modern Europe, 1789-1918: The Age of Revolution and Counterrevolution Bisno
005a The United States to 1877 [pdf] B. Dorsey
006a The Formation of the Islamic Near East [pdf] Bensch
033 Environmental History of the Soviet Union Weinberg
050 The Making of the American Working Class [pdf] Murphy
090b Irish History [pdf] Murphy
090f Fascism: History and Interpretation Bisno
090h Africans Explore/Africa Explored: A History of Travel by Africans and To Africa Burke
091 Senior Research Seminar Burke & Chen
Fall 2015 Seminars
Course # Title Taught By
111 Muslims, Christians, and Jews in The Medieval Mediterranean Bensch
145 Women and Gender in Chinese History Chen
Spring 2016
Course # Title Taught By
001a 1st Year Seminar: The Barbarian North [pdf] Bensch
001k 1st Year Seminar: Engendering Culture [pdf] Murphy
001z 1st Year Seminar: London and Berlin: Topics in Urban History Bisno
003b Modern Europe, 1890 to the Present: The Age of Democracy and Dictatorship Bisno
008c East Africa Burke
009b Modern China Chen
012 Chivalric Society: Knights, Ladies, and Peasants [pdf] Bensch
037 History and Memory: Perspectives on the Holocaust Weinberg
044 American Popular Culture B.Dorsey
046 The American Civil War B.Dorsey
075 Thinking Hands: Work and Craft in Premodern China Chen
077 Fashion in East Asia Chen
090i Technologies of the Cold War: AK-47, Structural Adjustment, Green Revolution Burke
090k Consumer Culture in European History Bisno
Spring 2016 Seminars
Course # Title Taught By
128 Russia in the 19th & 20th Centuries Weinberg
130 Early America in the Atlantic World B.Dorsey
135 Labor and Urban History Murphy
Fall 2016
Course # Title Taught By
001m 1st Year Seminar: History of Food in North America A.Dorsey
001y 1st Year Seminar: The History of the Future Burke
002a Medieval Europe [pdf] Bensch
003a Modern Europe, 1789-1918: The Age of Revolution and Counterrevolution Weinberg
005b The United States from 1877 to the Present [pdf] Murphy
006a The Formation of the Islamic Near East [pdf] Bensch
007b African American History, 1865 to the Present A.Dorsey
045 The United States Since 1945 [pdf] Murphy
053 Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement A.Dorsey
060 The East India Company, 1600-1857 Azfar
090o Digging Through the National Security Archive: South American "Dirty Wars" and the United States' Involvement [pdf] Armus
091 Senior Research Seminar [pdf] Murphy & Weinberg
Fall 2016 Seminars
Course # Title Taught By
116 European Intellectual History: Pathways to the Enlightenment Azfar
137 Slavery, 1550-1865 A.Dorsey
140 The Colonial Encounter in Africa Burke
149 Reform and Revolution in Modern Latin America Armus
Spring 2017
Course # Title Taught By
001e 1st Year Seminar: Past & Present in Latin America: Problems & Researching Tools Armus
001j 1st Year Seminar: A New History of the Cold War Era Murphy
002b Early Modern Europe Azfar
004 Latin American History [pdf] Armus
014 Friars, Heretics, and Female Mystics: Religious Turmoil in the Middle Ages Bensch
027 Living with Total War: Europe, 1912-1923 Weinberg
038 Russia in the 20th Century Weinberg
043 Antislavery in America B.Dorsey
051 Black Reconstruction A.Dorsey
090l History vs. Hollywood A.Dorsey
090q The Queer Theory of Empire Azfar
Spring 2017 Seminars
Course # Title Taught By
111 Muslims, Christians, and Jews in The Medieval Mediterranean Bensch
128 Russia in the 19th & 20th Centuries Weinberg
131 Gender & Sexuality in America B.Dorsey
135 Labor and Urban History [pdf] Murphy