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Winter 2018 Online Courses

This winter, the UMass History Department is offering three of our most popular online courses: world history, the history of social change in the 1960s, and the history of modern Latin America, along with our newest online class, the history of modern Boston. Our courses are taught by PhD holding faculty, and each class fulfills one or more UMass general education requirements, including Historical Studies (HS), United States Diversity (U), and Global Diversity (G). All classes are open to UMass students and the general public. Please join us!

For questions about course content, contact the faculty member teaching the course. For general questions about the UMass History Department's online classes, contact For all other questions, including registration and records, contact Continuing and Professional Education. To register, see SPIRE

HIST 111: World History since 1500 with Professor Andrew Dausch

4 Credits • Gen Ed Designation: HSG • Professor Andrew Dausch

111 In History 111, we will explore world history by critically examining the role of European imperialism in forging connections between Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The course is broken into five units, each of which represents a distinct aspect of global development. The first unit focuses on how the discovery of the Americas resulted from shifting patterns of world trade and led to new patterns of exchange. In the second unit, we look at the impact of the British Empire in the Americas, Asia, and especially India as well as the role of gender in world history. Using the example of the Belgian Congo, the third unit explores the European colonization of Africa at the end of the 19th century and relates this experience to contemporary issues of underdevelopment, racism and genocide. The course concludes by looking at major developments of the 20th century—World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and decolonization—in global perspective. For more information, or to request a syllabus, contact Professor Dausch: (4 credits, HSG)

History 121: Modern Latin America with Professor Joel Wolfe

Discussions of Latin America usually fall back upon facile generalizations that emphasize recent changes to explain "current events."  This course will examine in detail the creation of modern Latin America.  We will concentrate on the struggles over land and labor, the creation of nation-states, and the conflicts within those states over issues of citizenship and social justice.  The course will also address the contentious role the United States has played in the region. For more information or to request a syllabus, contact Professor Wolfe: (4 credits, HSG GenEd)

History 154: Social Change in the 1960s with Professor Julia Sandy

This course focuses on the “Long Sixties,” a period stretching from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. We will look in new ways at topics you are probably already familiar with: the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement, counterculture, sexual experimentation, and never trusting anyone over 30. We will also explore aspects of the Sixties you may not know about or associate with a different era, such as the Great Society, a thriving conservative movement, environmentalism, and gay rights. Students will view online lectures, participate in online discussions, and complete assignments which include reviewing music, movies, and books from the sixties. For more information or to request a syllabus, contact Professor Sandy: (4 credits, HSU)

History 385: Modern Boston with Professor Julie de Chantal

This course is a survey and analysis of the origins of modern Boston and its development as a metropolis in the context of Massachusetts and U.S. history, from 19th-century industrial beginnings to present. Subjects explored include: creation of factory towns, women and child labor, Irish immigration, industrial history, urbanization, class conflict, immigration/assimilation, machine politics and reform, urban renewal, the rise of service and high-technology industries, racism, school desegregation, and violence in Boston and the metropolitan area. For more information or to request a syllabus, contact Professor de Chantal: (4 credits, HSU GenEd)