Courses

List of Courses:
  • 111 - Historical Perspectives
    Develops a particular historical theme or subject for the exploration of the nature and purpose of history and what the historian does. Analyzes the connection between historical study and the modern world. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken twice provided the topics differ.
  • 116 - Self and Others
    This course explores how in relationships with others we either create open space to accommodate different people, ideas, attitudes, and values or we erect fences to separate and isolate. Using a historical lens, issues of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, language, and immigration are explored. Explores how individual attitudes shape society and how society shapes individual thought and action.
  • 150 - The Holocaust
    A study of the historical background and causes that led to the attempt by Nazi Germany to exterminate European Jewry and other minorities, and the implications of this experience for Europe in particular and humankind in general.
  • 160 - U.S. in the 20th Century
    The transition from a rural to an urban and industrial society and the emergence of the United States as a world power. Topical treatment of problem areas in modern U.S. history.
  • 189 - Global Religions & History
    The course emphasizes the importance of global religions on the world political scene with greater relevance to the historical roots of religious and political disputes in such hotly-contested areas as Israel, India-Pakistan, Northern Ireland, Sudan, and South Sudan.
  • 195 - People of Courage
    Course explores people of courage who took dramatic initiatives, often facing tradition, hostility, prejudice, and skepticism, and made a lasting contribution to humanity. Students study the people and their times, the conditions and environment within which they worked.
  • 202 - American Revolution
    Discusses the late colonial period, the Revolutionary War, and the emerging republic. Focuses on the issues surrounding the emergence of the new democracy in North America, with emphasis on the period from 1754-1800. Students who take HIST 202 or 203 may not take HIST 205, and students who take HIST 205 may not take HIST 202 or 203.
  • 203 - U.S. Civil War Era
    The great cultural tragedy of 19th-century American experience. Focus is on the causes and effects of divergent growth patterns of South and North including a careful examination of American slavery; personalities of the sections; political, social, and military activities of the war; specific focus on Abraham Lincoln's impact on the crisis. Students who take HIST 202 or 203 may not take HIST 205, and students who take HIST 205 may not take HIST 202 or 203.
  • 205 - American Revolution:Then&Now
    This course looks at the American Revolution as a work in progress from colonial anticipations and concerns through the Civil War which brought contemporary closure to two outstanding issues, slavery and states' rights, and then to more contemporary issues under the Constitution and Bill of Rights: free speech, religious freedom, individual liberty, equal opportunity, the right to bear arms, and privacy. Students who take HIST 202 or 203 may not take HIST 205, and students who take HIST 205 may not take HIST 202 or 203.
  • 216 - Ancient Greece and Rome
    A study of the classical Greek and Roman civilization from the age of Homer to the fall of Rome. Emphasis is placed on Athenian democratic institutions and cultural achievements and on Roman political, economic, and judicial developments.
  • 218 - German History
    A survey of the key persons, events, and issues which have shaped the course of German history from the time of Charlemagne through the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • 220 - Civilization
    The application of historical method to the observation, description, and survey of a national culture. Each time the course is taught, it focuses on a particular nation and the The title will be extended to describe the current civilization studied. May be taken more than once provided the cultures studied are different. Taught only on Principia abroad programs.
  • 221 - Immigration and Acculturation
    Using a historical lens, students are introduced to major periods of immigration in America and the issues of immigration at each point in time. Students examine and use data sets to see how social scientists gather, interpret, and report data on immigration and acculturation at the local, state, and national level.
  • 222 - Latin America
    Background and historical development of Latin American countries of South and Central America. Emphasis is placed on understanding their historic and present importance to the U.S., difficulties they face, and issues of current importance.
  • 224 - Mexico
    The history of Mexican political, economic, and social developments from the Spanish conquest to the present. Emphasis is placed on the 1910-1920 Revolution and issues that affect Mexico-United States relations today.
  • 227 - Women in American History
    This course examines women's lives in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Themes include the private and family experiences of women, the nature of women's work and education, and the political and civic role of women. The class also looks at how differences of class, ethnicity, and race have affected women's experiences.
  • 228 - History of France
    A survey of France's central role in the shaping of European civilization from pre-Roman times to the present day. The course traces France's development through the consolidation and centralization of the nation-state, the French revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, and France's modern struggle to accommodate to a powerful Germany within an increasingly integrated Europe.
  • 234 - Radicalism in Modern America
    The course examines radical organizations on both sides of the political spectrum. Focuses on the individuals and groups that decided only radical actions could solve America's problems. The class covers the 19th century to the present, with a focus on the Ku Klux Klan, the Populists, the Communist Party, and the Weather Underground Organization.
  • 235 - African American History
    This course surveys African American history from the Atlantic slave trade through the present day. Students examine the social, economic, intellectual, and political forces that shaped the lives of African Americans, as well as the ways African Americans shaped the course of United States history. A particular focus is African Americans' long fight for civil rights.
  • 240 - The History of Islam
    This course explores the roots of the Muslim religion in the Middle East and its rich cultural legacy. It also examines the complex and sometimes bitter relationship of Islam to the West. While the course highlights the achievements of the Ottoman and Mughal empires in Turkey and India respectively, it also serves to address the current ideological contest between Western secularism and Islamic fundamentalism as reflected in the current controversies over Jihad.
  • 245 - Oral History & Public Memories
    Examines how oral history and memory studies shed light on how we understand and make sense of our past. Trains students to conduct oral history and memory studies interviews. Prepares students to work for museums and other non-profit organizations that seek to create and sustain memories about the past.
  • 252 - Britain
    A survey of British history from the time of Roman occupation to the 21st century. There is a particular focus on the role of the monarchy, the emergence of Britain's political and social structure in an analysis of the revolutionary nature of British history, and the collapse of the empire at the end of World War II.
  • 255 - The Middle Ages
    The events, ideas, and people that shaped the foundations of Western civilization. This course covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance of the 15th century. Topics include the evolution and legacy of feudalism, the rise of towns, the growth of national monarchies, the medieval church and its influence, the Crusades, and the intellectual contest between faith and reason.
  • 260 - From Renaissance to Revolution
    This survey examines the events and changes in thought that shaped the modern European world and its global impact between the end of the Middle Ages about 1400 C.E. and the American and French Revolutions at the end of the 18th century. Major topics include the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the scientific revolution, the growth of nation-states, Europe's global expansion, the Enlightenment, and the movement toward democracy and industrial society by the close of this period.
  • 264 - Revolutionary Europe 1800-1914
    This course focuses on the dramatic political, economic, and social transformations of 19th century Europe with special emphasis on France, Germany, and Britain. It examines new thought patterns that took form in the many "isms" of these times and their implications for the contemporary world. Covers the period from the French Revolution to World War I.
  • 265 - 20th Century Europe
    An examination of the major developments in Europe since World War I with special emphasis on Germany and the Soviet Union. The course investigates the continuing development of new thought patterns, especially those that result from reactions to World Wars I and II.
  • 270 - History Focus Seminar
    This seminar develops an awareness of major problems/issues in the world today, including a geographical understanding of those problems/issues and an historical understanding of the way in which they are interconnected. May be taken four times up to a total of four semester hours.
  • 274 - Race and Racism in America
    This course examines the historical construction of race and how this system of exploitation and exclusion has developed throughout American history. The course looks at the creation, categorization, cementation, and implementation of racial categories through the experiences of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, and Jewish Americans.
  • 275 - South African History
    The course explores the complicated pattern of race relations in South Africa, intensifying under the apartheid system and the country's emergence as a fully democratic state in the modern era.
  • 281 - China
    Past political, social, and cultural characteristics which help to explain the nature of present-day challenges in China.
  • 282 - German Democracy Before Hitler
    An examination of the reasons for the failure of Germany's first experiment with democracy in 1918-33. Students consider the effects of the Versailles Treaty, German political traditions and attitudes, contemporary cultural and intellectual trends, economic factors, and the international context. They also try to identify criteria that help determine success or failure for a fledgling democracy.
  • 283 - Japan
    Survey of the political, economic, social, intellectual, and foreign policy aspects of Japanese history from 600 AD to the present. Particular focus is placed on Japan's attempts to establish a central government prior to 1600, as well as Japan's quest for national identity and security in the 20th century.
  • 288 - The Age of FDR
    This class focuses on how all Americans endured and eventually prevailed over the dual travails visited on their country between 1929 and 1945: the Great Depression and World War II.
  • 289 - American Biography
    Biographical studies form the core for the study of American history. Lesser known Americans also played pivotal roles in that history, and this class examines four of them. The class also examines how the role of character played out in their lives and if they can serve as role models today.
  • 290 - World History
    This course explores the concept of global civilization and studies the patterns and trends found in the emergence, development, and fall of civilizations in an increasingly interconnected world.
  • 297 - Historical Thinking & Research
    Students are introduced to the discipline as a way of thinking and an evolving body of research. The development of history as a field of study is explored through the following topics: what is history; an introduction to historiography, the theory of history, the practice of history, locating sources, using quantitative data in historical research, bridging the disciplines, utilizing a multicultural lens with cultural sensitivity, recognizing moral issues, the ethics of the profession. Open only to history and religion majors and minors.
  • 301 - Social Issues and the Courts
    This course looks at current social issues such as free speech, abortion, privacy, affirmative action, crime, hate speech, "taking," and states' rights from the perspective of evolving discussions of the meaning of the United States Constitution/Bill of Rights in society and in the courts. The focus is on legal reasoning in U.S. Supreme Court cases and the attempt to balance historical and evolving interpretations of the Constitution with the contemporary circumstances that generated the legal cases.
  • 302 - Seminar: American Revolution
    Investigation and analysis of the historiography of the American Revolution relating to specific historical issues. Focus is on researching, writing, and discussing major political, economic, and social problems of 18th century America.
  • 303 - Seminar: Civil War & Reconstr
    Investigation and analysis of the historiography of the Civil War and Reconstruction period. Focus is on researching, writing, and discussing major political, economic, and social problems of the United States during the period from 1820 to 1895.
  • 305 - Seminar: 20th Century America
    Investigation and analysis of the historiography of 20th century America relating to specific historical issues. Focus is on researching, writing, and discussing major political, economic, and social problems of 20th century America.
  • 310 - The Cold War
    An examination of the causes, development, and eventual resolution of the U.S. - Soviet confrontation from the breakdown of the World War II alliance to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Topics include the division of Germany and Europe, the Korean conflict, the nuclear arms race, superpower competition for the Third World, detente, and the reasons for the Soviet Union's ultimate collapse.
  • 313 - Africa
    A survey of ancient civilizations, to the European conquest and colonization of the continent, to contemporary liberation and modernization. Source readings include anthropological studies.
  • 333 - Russia
    A survey analyzing the origins of Russian nationality, the rise of the Muscovite Tsarist state, Imperial development from Peter the Great to the Revolution of 1917, the Soviet System and its fall.
  • 335 - Middle East
    Past political, social, and cultural circumstances which explain the nature of present problems.
  • 354 - 20th C U.S. Foreign Relations
    This course concentrates on the emergence of the U.S. as a great power and its growing global role in the 20th century, especially regarding major junctures such as World War I, World War II, and post-war arrangements arising from these conflicts. Considers the U.S.'s economic influence as well as more traditional political and security issues.
  • 363 - Conflict in Amer: The 1960s
    Analysis of the history of the United States during the 1960s, with emphasis on events reflecting social, cultural, and political conflict and protest. Analyzes pre-1960s trends and post-1960s effects. Covers social movements, political protest and radicalism, Vietnam, civil rights, music, and the counterculture.
  • 382 - Modern China
    A study of the major historical events in China from WWI to the present. Culture, politics, economics, and social factors are some of the key focal areas of concern.
  • 386 - India
    Past political, social, religious, and cultural characteristics which help to explain the nature of present-day problems.
  • 397 - Interdiscp Research History
    Students explore the disciplinary sources of the data historians; incorporate them in their narratives; and are able to ask the pertinent questions about the source of the underlying data, methods of analysis, and strengths and limitations of the generalizations for the specific situation the historian is addressing. Students do this through participation in a group research project.
  • 402 - Reading in History
    Individual reading in student-selected and faculty-approved topics in history. Designed for majors seeking to deepen their knowledge of a specific field of history.
  • 431 - Historiography
    Critical readings of a selection of historical works focused on a common theme. Seminar conducted by the entire history faculty. Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA.
  • 497 - Designing Capstone Research
    Advanced research methods in history for senior history majors as they initiate their capstone research. Includes topic selection, research techniques including use of Internet resources, bibliographic development, and library skills.
  • 498 - Capstone Research & Writing
    Advanced research methods for senior history majors as they conduct their research and complete their history capstone requirement.