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History

  • Taught by Renowned Historians
  • Explores the Impact of the Past on the Present
  • Examines Political and Economic Systems

In order to understand today’s challenges and conflicts, one must examine the causes and contexts that have created these crises. These courses offer perspective on the ways in which colonization, empire building, and great nation conflicts of the 20th century and earlier have had a lasting impact on today’s world. Additional courses examine the evolution of today’s political and economic systems into their present form.

This Spring, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

An Introduction to the Culture and Structure of the Islamic World

This course will look at Islam’s cultural diversity, touch on its history, and give an overview of Islam today by comparing its main schools.

2021 Spring
1 section

Islamic Art History: A Focus on Cairo

Explore the history, architecture, and artistic importance of Cairo.

2020 Fall
1 section

1914: The History of the Descent into World War I

This full-day course will trace the origins of World War I, from its beginnings in the French Revolution to its volcanic eruption in 1914.

The Muslim Ban and Refugee Crisis in a Historical Perspective

This course will trace how the intertwined histories of the Middle East and United States set the stage for the contemporary moment.