Law is a creation of society, and works to enforce social and moral rules. In this course we will explore how crime and punishment were defined and carried out in Europe and the United States from Roman times to the present. The course will take students through a series of case studies, beginning with Roman and Germanic law and ending with an examination of the fictive U.S. court case of the Speluncean Explorers. The course will be entirely discussion-based.


This course will examine the history of Western Europe from the beginning of the Roman Empire to 1550. This 1500-year period was the setting for both large and small changes in the way people in Europe thought of themselves, governed one another, and lived everyday lives. During the course, we will follow a chronological timeline, but we will frequently stop, look, and enjoy the scenery.

This seminar-style course is designed to guide seniors through the process of producing the Senior History Thesis. It explores historical theories, techniques, and historiography, and also allows students to get into the "nuts and bolts" of historical analysis. During the course of the semester, we have two goals: first, to participate together in the writing of senior theses; second, to explore ways of understanding and analyzing the past through source materials and major schools of thought.