Current Courses

Last updated: 7/20/15

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 2015
Course # Title Taught By
001h 1st Year Seminar: The Modern Jewish Experience [pdf] Weinberg
001j 1st Year Seminar: A New History of the Cold War Era [pdf] Murphy
001r 1st Year Seminar: Remembering History [pdf] B.Dorsey
002a Medieval Europe [pdf] Bensch
003a Modern Europe, 1789 to 1918: The Age of Revolution and Counterrevolution [pdf] 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
090b Irish History [pdf] Murphy
090f Fascism: History and Interpretation Bisno
090h Africans Explore/Africa Explored 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: The European Metropolis: Topics in Urban History Bisno
003b Modern Europe, 1890 to the Present: The Age of Democracy and Dictatorship Bisno
004 Latin American History Machuca-Gálvez
008c History of East Africa Burke
009b Modern China Chen
012 Chivalric Society: Knights, Ladies, and Peasants [pdf] Bensch
037 History and Memory: Perspectives on the Holocaust [pdf] Weinberg
044 American Popular Culture B.Dorsey
073 Writing China, Picturing Chineseness Chen
077 Fashion: Theory and History Chen
090i Technologies of the Cold War in Africa Burke
090k Consumer Culture in Modern 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 [pdf] Murphy
Fall 2016
Course # Title Taught By
001a 1st Year Seminar: The Barbarian North [pdf] Bensch
001m 1st Year Seminar: History of Food in America [pdf] A.Dorsey
001y 1st Year Seminar: The History of the Future [pdf] Burke
002a Medieval Europe [pdf] Bensch
003a Modern Europe, 1789-1918: The Age of Revolution and Counterrevolution [pdf] Weinberg
005b The United States from 1877 to the Present [pdf] Murphy
006a The Formation of the Islamic Near East [pdf] Bensch
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 [pdf] 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 [pdf] Murphy
002b Early Modern Europe Azfar
004 Latin American History [pdf] Armus
007a African American History, 1619 to 1865 A.Dorsey
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
057 History v. Hollywood A.Dorsey
090q The Queer Theory of Empire Azfar
Spring 2017 Seminars
Course # Title Taught By
128 Russia in the 19th & 20th Centuries Weinberg
131 Gender & Sexuality in America B.Dorsey
135 Labor and Urban History [pdf] Murphy