Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


History 298. Experimental Courses

Modern China

Surveys China’s modern history from Qing rule and the “century of shame,” to civil war and everyday life in the “People’s Republic,” up to its re-emergence as a global political and economic power. Through lectures, readings, and discussion, students will gain a command of the historical landscape and formulate their own arguments about the relations between China’s past and present.


Prostitutes, Mothers, and Midwives: Working Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Today’s society often contrasts stay at-home moms with working women. Did such a dichotomy exist in the past? How did gender affect occupational identity? Were women excluded from the professional class? This course investigates the role of gender in the workplace, looks at gender-specific employment, and considers how families functioned in medieval and early modern Europe.


U.S. Environmental History

Focuses on relationship between peoples and “nature” in North America from 1500 to today by exploring cultural differences regarding how humans should relate to “nature,” industrialization and urbanization, rise of conservation and environmental movements, environmental racism, and US global environmental footprint.


My name is East; My name is West: Modern Turkey

One’s of world’s most populous Muslim majority countries today, Turkey is a member of NATO and a candidate for the European Union. Many see Turkey as a bridge between Europe and Asia. The founders of modern Turkey were former military officers, bureaucrats and intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire that spanned three continents and lasted over six centuries. Mapping the political, socio-economic and cultural landscape since the late 19th century, this course examines the formation of modern Turkey until the present day. We will particularly explore secularism, Islam, sexuality, the Kurdish question, recent political protests, memory, and arts and music. The course will consist of lectures and discussions and could also be taken as an upper level writing course.