Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. Students and Faculty should log in to workday.simmons.edu and view the live course listings for the current semester. The current semester listings below are updated weekly. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Spring 2024 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 07/21/2024 06:02AM

History

HIST 101 - World History Since 1500

From an explicitly multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective, the course examines a variety of civilizations since the time of the Columbian exchange, with a particular focus on the rise of the West to world dominance. Evaluating many cultures and societies that have experienced colonialism and post-colonialism, a variety of different sources will be used including literature, film and primary documents. Trips will be arranged to different sites around Boston to better understand subjects such as the environmental change, cross-cultural contact and western hegemony, and independent projects will be developed by students to enhance their research skills.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Richard Balzano
4
Main Campus

HIST 128 - Modern European History 1789-1989

Examines the development of Europe from the French Revolution to the colonial struggles and political uprisings of the 1960s. Focuses on the impact of democratic revolution, industrialization, imperialism, fascism, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. Sources include art, film, autobiographies, and other primary documents.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Monday, Wednesday
5:00PM - 6:20PM
Sarah Leonard
4
Main Campus

HIST 141 - Modern American History

Surveys transformations in American society, politics, and culture, from Reconstruction through the 20th century. These include industrialization, immigration, and urbanization; social protest; the expansion of citizenship, suffrage, and civil rights; the rise of the U.S. to world power; and the revolutionizing effects of science, technology, visual arts, and the written word.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Friday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Caroline Radesky
4
TBD

HIST 205 - Global Environmental History

Examines the ways in which humans have perceived, interacted with, and shaped the non-human environment. Looks at the influence of different cultural perspectives in establishing environmental practices. Areas of inquiry include the impact of agriculture and the effects of European colonialism on different habitats.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
8:00AM - 9:20AM
Stephen Berry
4
Main Campus

HIST 207 - Family, Gender, and Sexuality in Chinese Historya

This course explores the dynamic world of family, gender, and sexuality in China<br />from ancient times to the twentieth century. We cover a wide range of topics including<br />family and marriage patterns, women and political power, gender and law, gender and<br />medical care, gender and arts, femininity and masculinity, and same-sex relations. We<br />incorporate diverse approaches like political, legal, spatial, and intellectual history,<br />using historical biographies, personal writings, legal documents, as well as literary<br />and visual sources.<br /><br />We will discuss questions such as: What were the continuities and changes of the<br />normative gender roles in different historical periods? How did these changes relate to<br />the political and social environment, laws, and religions? How did actual gender<br />practices conform to or deviate from the normative? How did gender, class, and age<br />intersect with one another? In what ways was gender presented in different genres of<br />writing, and how should we critically read these sources?<br />This course will be useful for students interested in China and gender studies as<br />well as those seeking to understand cultural diversity and social issues from multiple<br />perspectives.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Yunxin Li
4
TBD

HIST 260 - Interpreting the Past: The Craft of History

Studies the methodological, theoretical, and practical questions involved in the writing of history. Explores the relationship between past and present, the use of primary sources, and the interpretation of history by drawing on the work of the most creative practitioners of the discipline.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Caroline Radesky
4
TBD

HIST 350 - Independent Study

Consent of department required. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Yunxin Li
4
TBD

HIST 361 - Topics in World History: Transnational Labor History

Consent of department required. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Concentrates on forms of contact between people in different parts of the world. Examines how encounters across borders inform, affect, and relate to issues such as trade, the environment, conflict, notions of other, gender perceptions, and colonialism.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Caroline Radesky
4
TBD

HIST 368 - Seminar of Public History: Sites of History

Consent of department required. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Examines the theory and practice of public history for those who plan to apply their academic historical studies in public settings. Focuses on the rich, complex, and sometimes fraught relationship between academic historians and public historians, as seen in public venues.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Kristen Vogel
4
Main Campus

HIST 369 - Early and Medieval China: History and Material Culture

This course examines the history and material culture of China from the Neolithic Age (ca. 10, 000 BCE) to the Tang-Song transition (around 1000 CE). Students will develop an understanding of China�s early and medieval history, primary sources and archives for doing research on these periods, and recent scholarly debates.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Yunxin Li
4
Main Campus

HIST 372 - Race and Gender in the Atlantic World

At least two courses and consent of the department for undergraduates. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate student. This course will focus on the racial and gendered discourses in the developing Atlantic World and how those discourses shaped the experiences of women and Africans. The class will also investigate the ways that participation in the Atlantic systems offered people of color and women to transcend culturally created roles.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Stephen Berry
4
Main Campus

HIST 377 - Topics in Modern European History

Consent of department required. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Provides an intensive study of a specific topic in modern European history varying from year to year. Takes advantage of current issues in historiography and faculty expertise. Topics include the history of obscenity, intellectual and cultural history, Weimar Germany, and 19th century Europe.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Sarah Leonard
4
Main Campus

HIST 400 - Virtual Orientation

This required orientation course introduces all graduate students in the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities to the full range of academic, administrative, and social expectations for students, and the environment in which they must meet those expectations. This course describes program requirements; university, college, and program policy; and offers information about the full range of resources available to the students in support of their program. It also offers basic tutorial and instruction related to the use of Moodle (our learning management system), library resources, and other key tools used to support student learning.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL TBD TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD

HIST 455A - History Thesis

Involves independent research based on archival primary sources culminating in a paper of approximately 60 to 80 pages under the supervision of two historians with expertise in the subject area. Requires consent from the history archives management director and a proposal approved during the semester before the course is taken. See program director for guidelines and due dates to submit proposals.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Yunxin Li
4
Main Campus

HIST 455B - Thesis Extension #1

Involves independent research based on archival primary sources culminating in a paper of approximately 60 to 80 pages under the supervision of two historians with expertise in the subject area.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Sarah Leonard
4
TBD

HIST 455C - Thesis Extension #2

Involves independent research based on archival primary sources culminating in a paper of approximately 60 to 80 pages under the supervision of two historians with expertise in the subject area.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Sarah Leonard
4
TBD

HIST 561 - Topics in World History: Transnational Labor History

Concentrates on forms of contact between people in different parts of the world. Examines how encounters across borders inform, affect, and relate to issues such as trade, the environment, conflict, notions of other, gender perceptions, and colonialism.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Caroline Radesky
4
TBD

HIST 568 - Seminar in Public History: Sites of Hist ory

Examines the theory and practice of public history for those who plan to apply their academic historical studies in public settings. Focuses on the rich, complex, and sometimes fraught relationship between academic historians and public historians, as seen in public venues.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Kristen Vogel
4
Main Campus

HIST 569 - Early and Medieval China: History and Material Culture

This course examines the history and material culture of China from the Neolithic Age (ca. 10, 000 BCE) to the Tang-Song transition (around 1000 CE). Students will develop an understanding of China�s early and medieval history, primary sources and archives for doing research on these periods, and recent scholarly debates.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Yunxin Li
4
Main Campus

HIST 572 - Race and Gender in the Atlantic World

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Stephen Berry
4
Main Campus

HIST 577 - Topics in Modern Europe

Provides an intensive study of a specific topic in modern European history varying from year to year. Takes advantage of current issues in historiography and faculty expertise. Topics include Post- 1989 Europe, history and memory, and war and society.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Sarah Leonard
4
Main Campus

Honors Courses

HON 190 - Talking in the 21st Century

Membership in honors program required. A one-credit seminar for all first-year students. Sophomore-entry students take this course in the spring of their sophomore year. The course develops critical thinking skills learned in HON-101 and 102, now applying them to public speaking. The class meets once a month for workshops on extemporaneous speaking, formal presentations, and the use of sources to make strong arguments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Valerie Geary
1
Main Campus
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Valerie Geary
1
Main Campus

HON 325 - History and Material Culture

Membership in honors program required. This course will engage students with Marxian theory's critique of capitalism and economic theories that have no class. Unlike mainstream economics, Marxian theory interweaves economics, politics, and philosophy. We will examine what class has to do with the mutual generation of wealth and poverty, the anti-labor effects of productivity growth, business concentration, the household economy, globalization, and economic instability.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Masato Aoki
4
TBD

HON 395 - Honors Capstone Project

Membership in honors program required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Diane Grossman
TBD
TBD

Health Professions Education

HPED 521 - Learning Theory and Practice

This course provides an overview of the major research and theories related to how adults learn. Students read and discuss key concepts in this area, relating the ideas to their specific health professions education areas of focus. Students design and facilitate an online lesson and a creative professional project that provides them with experience teaching online and creating resources for future use. This course models several key principles of adult learning, including relevancy, connecting to prior learning, Universal Design, integrating choice, reflection, and project-based learning.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
3
TBD

HPED 531 - Teaching Methods, Course Design, and Assessment

In this course, students develop the knowledge and skills needed to design, deliver, and assess effective courses and training programs for both in-person and online learning environments. Students discuss research on a variety of evidence-based, inclusive, equitable, learner-centered teaching strategies, including problem-based learning, discussion, interactive lecture, and other innovative approaches, as well as a variety of techniques for assessing learning, and will then apply this knowledge to designing a course and lesson plan using the backward design model. This course also includes an applied component in which enables the student to design, deliver, and assess a short online lesson for the class on a topic related to teaching methodology, design, and/or assessment.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL02 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Jennifer Herman
3
TBD

HPED 670 - Proposal Development

Students will develop and defend a proposal for dissertation research according to the posted dissertation guidelines. The proposed research may be qualitative or quantitative or a combination of these. During this course, students will identify potential members for a dissertation committee. The proposal is an independent endeavor completed with course faculty and dissertation committee members� critical review and support. Students should expect iterative and numerous substantive revisions to the dissertation proposal. Course deliverables include the written dissertation proposal, the oral defense of the dissertation proposal, and IRB application submission if applicable. A letter grade will not be assigned if the proposal is not successfully defended, rather a placeholder of �S� for satisfactory progress will be applied.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
3
TBD

HPED 690 - Dissertation

During this course, the student will complete the research and pass an oral defense of the dissertation. Students enter this phase when ready for data collection, meaning that a written dissertation proposal has been defended, approved, and revised, if needed, and all IRB permissions have been obtained. The six credits for this course are generally spread over two semesters.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
3
TBD

HPED 699 - Dissertation Extension

If the dissertation is not defended after the completion of the allotted dissertation credits and the student has exhausted the 48-credit program of study, the student will be required to register for 1 credit per semester of Dissertation Extension for each semester of continuation. This fee is beyond the 48 credits assigned to the PhD program. Such students will register for CNBH 699-Dissertation Extension each semester until the dissertation is successfully defended and following time limits as defined in the HPED Handbook.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
TBD
TBD

Humanities

HUM 370 - Humanities Internship

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Valerie Geary
8
TBD
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