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Minor Concentration History (18 credits)

Offered by: History and Classical Studies     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration History introduces students to the study of diverse cultures and societies around the world from antiquity to contemporary times. It is an excellent complement to the major concentrations offered in the Faculty of Arts. The Minor Concentration History is expandable to a Major Concentration History.

Students wishing to complete a history program are encouraged to consult a Program Adviser at the beginning of their first year, and to fill out a departmental program advising/audit form. For more information about the undergraduate programs in history, and for advising information and forms, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/history/undergraduate.

Important note: Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits may not be included in the overall credit requirement for history programs.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of history courses (HIST courses or selected courses offered in other units - see list below), of which no more than 6 credits may be at the 100- or 200-level.

All undergraduate-level HIST courses.

Courses Offered by Other Units

The following non-HIST courses may be counted as complementary courses toward a history program. Faculty regulations stipulate that a course may not be counted toward more than one program.

  • CLAS 304 Ancient Greek Democracy (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Examines the conceptual history of popular government in the context of Greek political culture, from the 6th century BCE to the Roman conquest of Greece.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • CLAS 345 Study Tour: Greece (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : A study of Greek history and culture through the sites and monuments of ancient Greece. Includes preparatory meetings, site and museum visits, and specialized lectures on site. A fee is charged of $2400 to cover certain travel expenses within Greece, accommodation including breakfast and entrance fees to all sites visited throughout the tour.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Prerequisites:Permission of instructor.

    • Course includes preparatory class meetings at McGill followed by study tour in Greece. Typically offered in alternating summers.

    • Students are responsible for all expenses associated with travel, accommodation, food, etc.

  • CLAS 406 Greek and Roman Historiography (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Seminar on the works of the Greek and Roman historians (in translation) who founded a new literary genre for the exploration of past and present events; interpretation of their approaches towards history and theories for their study.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in Classics at the 300 level or up or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken CLAS 490.

  • JWST 240 The Holocaust (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Consideration of the history of the Holocaust and the literary, theological and cultural responses to the destruction of European Jewry.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • JWST 245 Jewish Life in the Islamic World (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Until the early modern period, most of the world’s Jews spoke Arabic and called the Islamic world home. This course explores the Jewish experience among Muslims from the seventh century until the present. Through close readings of primary sources and historical scholarship, students will learn how Jews under Islam shaped modern Judaism, how engagement with Arabic in Islamic Spain led to the revival of Hebrew, and how the Jewish-Muslim relationship fared in the twentieth century. The course also probes themes of history and memory in light of the departure of Jews from the Islamic world in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Terms: Fall 2021

    Instructors: Silver, Christopher (Fall)

  • JWST 303 The Soviet Jewish Experience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Sovietization both fueled the modernization of Russian Jewry and contributed to its eventual suppression. This experience will be examined from two perspectives: history and literature. The interrelationship between culture and politics and the effects of ideology and censorship on literature will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • JWST 311 Gender in Jewish History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : How does the inclusion of women and issues of gender change our understanding of the Jewish past? By examining a broad range of historical sources from around the world—including prayer books, letters, newspapers, novels and diaries to music, art and film— this course examines this question from the Middle Ages to the present day. Major topics to be covered include: religion and spirituality, economic life, the body and sexuality, domesticity, relations with non-Jewish neighbours, and political activism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • JWST 334 Jews and Muslims: A Modern History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : This course examines the modern history of Jewish-Muslim relations beyond just conflict. We will look at the experience of Jews and Muslims -- as individuals and communities -- who charted new cultural territory while navigating colonialism, nationalism, war, and decolonization, through close readings of a wide variety of primary sources (including letters, memoirs, fiction, music, film, and photography) and historical scholarship.

    Terms: Winter 2022

    Instructors: Silver, Christopher (Winter)

  • JWST 366 History of Zionism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : An examination of the development of the Zionist idea, the most influential expression of modern Jewish nationalism, which led to the creation of the Jewish state. The transformation of elements of traditional Jewish messianism into a modern political ideology. Hibbat Zion, Political Zionism, Cultural and Synthetic Zionism will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Faculty of Arts—2021-2022 (last updated Sep. 1, 2021) (disclaimer)
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