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In this cluster students explore our complex and interwoven histories. While each of the courses has its own unique focus, they all have in common the use of interpretive tools the humanities and sciences offer us to examine evidence that has come from the past: that is, a prior human culture’s literature, science, technology, and/or art. By concentrating on the pre-20th century world, we investigate the diversity of our shared human past—both the continuities in human experiences across time and space, as well as the profound differences in the lives of people in other times and places. Interpreting continuities and changes in the past give students a necessary context for understanding the present.

Sophomore Inquiry:

The Sophomore Inquiry course for this Cluster is UNST 236.

For a printable PDF that lists the courses offered in this Cluster, click here.

Learning Outcomes:

To find the learning outcomes for this cluster, click here.


Study Abroad Opportunities:

Visit Study Abroad's UNST Resource page to get the most up-to-date information regarding earning UNST credits abroad.


Please see your adviser before registering for any classes.
Departments Associated With Cluster


  • ANTH 319U: Traditional Cultures of Africa (Crosslisted with BST 319U)
  • ANTH 350U: Archaeological Method and Theory
  • ANTH 357U: Archaeology in Popular Culture
  • ANTH 361U: European Prehistory
  • ANTH 362U: African Prehistory
  • ANTH 363U: Egyptian Archaeology
  • ANTH 364U: Pacific Northwest Prehistory
  • ANTH 365U: Archeology of North America
  • ANTH 366U: Mesoamerican Prehistory
  • ANTH 367U: East Asian Prehistory
  • ANTH 368U: Oceania Prehistory

Art + Design

  • ARH 311U: History of Asian Art
  • ARH 312U: History of Asian Art: China and Korea
  • ARH 313U: History of Asian Art: Japan
  • ARH 321U: Survey of Korean Art
  • ARH 339U: History of Architecture
  • ARH 351U: Ancient Art: Prehistoric, Egyptian and Mesopotamian
  • ARH 352U: Ancient Art: Aegean and Greek
  • ARH 353U: Ancient Art: Etruscan and Roman
  • ARH 356U: Early Medieval Art
  • ARH 357U: Byzantine Art
  • ARH 358U: Romanesque Art
  • ARH 359U: Gothic Art
  • ARH 361U: Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARH 371U: Italian Renaissance Art I
  • ARH 372U: Italian Renaissance Art II
  • ARH 373U: Italian Renaissance Art III
  • ARH 376U: Baroque Art: Italy
  • ARH 377U: Baroque Art: The Netherlands
  • ARH 378U: Baroque Art: Spain and the Americas
  • ARH 381U: Nineteenth Century Art I
  • ARH 382U: Nineteenth Century Art II
  • ARH 411U: Chinese Buddhist Art
  • ARH 412U: Japanese Buddhist Art
  • ARH 422U: Chinese Painting
  • ARH 423U: Japanese Painting
  • ARH 426U: African Art

Black Studies

  • ANTH 319U: Traditional Cultures of Africa (Crosslisted with BST 319U)
  • BST 319U: Traditional Cultures of Africa (Crosslisted with ANTH 319U)
  • BST 362U: African Prehistory


  • ENG 301U: Shakespeare
  • ENG 317U: Greek Mythology
  • ENG 318U: The Bible as Literature
  • ENG 319U: Northern European Mythology
  • ENG 320U: English Novel
  • ENG 340U: Medieval Literature
  • ENG 341U: Renaissance Literature
  • ENG 342U: Restoration and 18th Century Literature
  • ENG 343U: Romanticism
  • ENG 344U: Literature of the Victorian Period


  • HST 312U: African History Before 1800
  • HST 314U: Ancient Near East and Egypt
  • HST 315U: Greek History
  • HST 316U: Roman History
  • HST 317U: Jewish History from Antiquity to Medieval Period (Crosslist with JST 317U)
  • HST 319U: Rabbinic Culture in the Roman World (Crosslist with JST 319U)
  • HST 320U: East Asian Civilization
  • HST 321U: Early Modern East Asia, 1300-1800
  • HST 350U: English History
  • HST 351U: History of England II: 18th-20th Century
  • HST 352U: European Women's History to 1700
  • HST 354U: Early Medieval Europe: 300-1100
  • HST 355U: Late Medieval Europe: 1100-1450
  • HST 356U: Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1400-1600
  • HST 357U: Europe from Reformation to Revolutions
  • HST 359U: Early Modern France
  • HST 365U: Latin American History I
  • HST 375U: History of Kievan and Muscovite Russia 800's - 1700
  • HST 378U: Pagans, Christians and Jews (Crosslist with JST 378U)
  • HST 381U: History of Kabbalah: the Jewish Mystical Tradition (Crosslist with JST 381U)
  • HST 385U: Late Imperial Middle East, 1700-1914
  • HST 387U: History of Modern Science

International Studies

  • INTL 350U: The City in Europe

Judaic Studies

  • JST 317U: Jewish History from Antiquity to Medieval Period (Crosslist with HST 317U)
  • JST 319U: Rabbinic Culture in the Roman World (Crosslist with HST 319U)
  • JST 324U: Historical Introduction of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • JST 325U: Retelling the Bible
  • JST 378U: Pagans, Christians and Jews (Crosslist with HST 378U)
  • JST 381U: History of Kabbalah: The Jewish Mystical Tradition (Crosslist with HST 381U)


  • MUS 360U: The Guitar: History and Music


  • PHL 301U: History of Philosophy
  • PHL 302U: Medieval Philosophy
  • PHL 304U: 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHL 319U: Introduction to Asian Philosophy

Theater + Film

  • TA 322U: History of Dress I
  • TA 323U: History of Dress II

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • WS 370U: History of Sexualities

World Languages & Literatures

  • CHN 341U: Topics in Chinese Literature and Thought
  • CHN 342U: Chinese Vernacular Literature (Traditional)
  • DANE 345U: Hans Christian Anderson
  • DANE 347U: Major Works in Danish Literature
  • FR 335U: 19th Century France
  • FR 341U: Intro to French Literature (Taught in French)
  • FR 342U: Intro to French Literature: 17th-18th Century (Taught in French)
  • GER 341U: Intro to German Literature I (Taught in German)
  • GRK 330U: Ancient Greek Literature
  • GRK 331U: Plato as Literature
  • GRK 332U: Greek Religion
  • GRK 333U: Women in Ancient Greece
  • GRK 334U: Greek Ethics
  • GRK 335U: Sophocles and Euripides
  • GRK 336U: Ancient Greek Comedy
  • IT 344U: Italian Literary and Cultural Movements
  • JPN 341U: Topics in Japanese Lit.: Intro to Classical and Medieval Japanese Lit.
  • LAT 330U: Roman Culture
  • LAT 331U: Early Medieval Civilization
  • LAT 341U: Roman Literature in Translation
  • PER 330U: Persian Culture and Civilization
  • RUS 330U: Russian Culture and Civilization
  • RUS 441U: Russian Literature in Translation: 19th Century
  • WLL 319U: Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • WLL 335U: Icelandic Sagas
  • WLL 448U: Major Figures in Literature: Dostoevsky
  • WLL 448U: Major Figures in Literature: Tolstoy
Cluster Coordinator: 
Richard Beyler
Office Number: 
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