Empire Concentration

HIS 8011 American Society in the Colonial Era to 1750

HIS 8016 American Nation 1750-1800

HIS 8061 American Foreign Relations to 1914

HIS 8205 Ancient Mediterranean

HIS 8231 French Revolution and Napoleonic Era

HIS 8248 Early Modern Ireland

HIS 8262 Imperial Russia to 1917

HIS 8272 Europe on the Eve of WWI

HIS 8274 Twentieth Century Europe

HIS 8275 European Imperialism

HIS 8410 Atlantic World 1500-1800

HIS 8425 Modern Japan

HIS 8433 Imperialism and Nationalism in the Middle East

HIS 8436 Women and Gender in the Middle East

HIS 8441 Africa and the Emergence from Colonialism

HIS 8452 History of Modern South Asia

HIS 8454 Empire and Decolonization

HIS 8682 The Cold War as History

Courses that may apply. Please check semester course listings:

HIS 8002 Seminar in North American History
HIS 8033 The Gilded Age, 1865-1900
HIS 8076 Topics in American Economic History

Contact the Program Director

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668


Upcoming Events

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  • Old House, New Discoveries Event
    April 24th at 5:30 p.m. Come peek into the rarely seen service spaces in The Woodlands mansion and learn about the ordinary people who worked beneath the stairs. Graduate students from the Department of History at Villanova University will share new research on the Woodlands mansion.

  • On Friday, April 4, Villanova University will host its 25th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. The conference highlights research from a variety of disciplines, all connected by a focus on gender/women. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Click on the link below for further information: http://www.vuhistoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/
  • Dr. Chris Haas has published the essay "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" in Georgian Christian Thought and Its Cultural Context: Memorial Volume for the 125th Anniversary of Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969), edited by Tamar Nutsubidze, Cornelia B. Horn, and Basil Lourié (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2014), pp, 29-44. 
  • Professor Bernard Reilly’s review of Miriam Shadis, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages (2009) has been published in Speculum 88 (2013), 338-339.
  • In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  ...read more
  • Lynne Ann Hartnett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Russian area studies, was interviewed on CBS Channel 3 News regarding the situation in Chechnya as part of the media reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings.