Department of History

Premodern Era Courses

History concentrators must take at least two courses in the "Premodern" era (P).

With few exceptions, the two "P" courses must be listed or cross-listed in the History Department and/or taught by a History Department faculty member. Courses taught in other Brown departments that do not meet these conditions cannot satisfy the "P" requirement (but may have other applicability to completing the concentration requirements as permissible non-Hist courses). Relevant to transfer students or students studying abroad, it is possible to satisfy the "P" requirement with History courses taught in other institutions; approval is at the discretion of the concentration advisor and generally requires submitting the relevant syllabus for evaluation. The "P" status of current History Department courses is typically indicated in the courses@brown listing, or on this spreadsheet of all departmental offerings. 

Fall 2023

None Offered

None Offered

  • HIST 0233 Colonial Latin America, Jeremy Mumford
  • HIST 0253A Colonial America: A Global History, Linford Fisher 

  • HIST 0270A From Fire Wielders to Empire Builders: Human Impact on the Global Environment before 1492, Brian Lander
  • HIST 1101 Chinese Political Thought, Cynthia Brokaw
  • HIST 1200C History of Greece: From Alexander the Great to the Roman Conquest, Kenneth Sacks
  • HIST 1825F Nature, Knowledge, Power in Early Modern Europe, Tara Nummedal 
  • HIST 1931L Women, Gender and Feminism in Early Modern Europe, Caroline Castiglione
  • HIST 1931L Women, Gender and Feminism in Early Modern Europe, Caroline Castiglione

  • HIST 1961D Heaven Above, Suzhou and Hangzhou Below: Urban Culture in Early Modern China, Cynthia Brokaw

  • HIST 1963Q Sex, Power, and God: A Medieval Perspective, Amy Remensnyder

  • HIST 1964F Early Modern Ireland, Tim Harris 

Spring 2024

None Offered

None Offered

None Offered 

  • HIST 1031 Southern Africa before Segregation: A History From the Earliest Times to 1885, Nancy Jacobs 

  • HIST 1141 Japan in the Age of the Samurai, Kerry Smith 

  • HIST 1211 Crusaders and Cathedrals, Deviants and Dominance: Europe in the High Middle Ages, Amy Remensnyder 

  • HIST 1262M Truth on Trial: Justice in Italy, 1400-1800, Caroline Castiglione 

  • HIST 1266D British History, 1660-1800, Tim Harris 

  • HIST 1501 The American Revolution, Seth Rockman 

  • HIST 1512 First Nations: The People and Cultures of Native North America to 1800, Linford Fisher 

  • HIST 1964D Women in Early Modern England, Tim Harris 
  • HIST 1964K Descartes' World, Harold Cook 

  • HIST 1974M Early Modern Globalization, Adam Teller

Additional Course Information

In their content and their objectives, Race, Power, and Privilege (RPP) courses examine issues of structural inequality, racial formations and/or disparities, and systems of power within a complex, pluralistic world
The History Department offers a wide variety of courses that can fulfill the College's Writing Designated (WRIT) requirement.
A brief guide to some of the history department’s course offerings for the academic year.