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Winter 2019 Online Courses

This winter, the UMass History Department is offering four of our most popular online courses: world history, the history of social change in the 1960s, the history of baseball, and 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 280: History of Baseball with Professor Joel Wolfe

This class examines the history of baseball from its earliest days as a game for young men in New York City in the mid-19th century to the present and its professional leagues in the United States and elsewhere in the world. The class studies the rise of sport as a leisure activity and then industry, the creation of the major leagues, the racial integration of baseball, the rise of free agency, the steroid era and beyond. Students are expected to complete the assigned reading for discussions. Evaluation in the class will be based on two quizzes (7.5% each), an analytical book essay (30%), a final exam (35%), and class participation (20%). For more information or to request a syllabus, contact Professor Wolfe: (4 credits, HS 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 Matthew Barlow

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 Barlow: (4 credits, HSU GenEd)