Department of History

Dr. David Gerlach, Chairperson

The Department of History offers a major and minor in History.

Bachelor of Arts History Major

Degree Requirements

Six of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

HS-121The Western Tradition 13
HS-122World Perspectives in History 13
or HS-123 Special Topics in History
HS-231Main Currents in American History I3
HS-232Main Currents in American History II3
Select one of the following:3
HS-
Group A: Pre-Modern World History Elective
or
History of Greece
History of Rome
HS-Group B: Modern European History Elective3
HS-Group C: United States History Elective3
HS-Group D: Modern Non-Western or Thematic History Elective3
HS-History Electives9
HS-499The Tuleja Seminar3
Total Credits36
1

May count towards the Core History Requirement.

Special Notes on Major Requirements

1

History majors must maintain an average of 2.5 in major courses.

2

Students must take HS-499 The Tuleja Seminar during their last year of study.

3

The Tuleja Seminar may count as a Group A, B, C, or D elective.  In that case, students must take another HS- elective to meet the required number of credits in the major. 

Minor in History

Degree Requirements

HS-121The Western Tradition 13
HS-122World Perspectives in History 13
or HS-123 Special Topics in History
HS-History Electives12
Total Credits18

1     May count towards the Core History Requirement 

Courses

HS-121. The Western Tradition. 3 Credits.

An examination of the origins of early modern history with a special focus on Western civilization.

HS-122. World Perspectives in History. 3 Credits.

A chronological continuation of Hs121 with a greater emphasis on global developments. Prerequisites: HS-121.

HS-123. Special Topics in History. 3 Credits.

An examination of various topics which have significantly impacted the history of the world from the eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisites: HS-121.

HS-231. Main Currents in American History I. 3 Credits.

The formation of the American Republic from colonial times to the present. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-232. Main Currents in American History II. 3 Credits.

The formation of the American Republic from colonial times to the present. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-273. The Islamic World 622-1800. 3 Credits.

A survey of the religious, cultural, and political developments of Islam from its inception and diffusion through the Middle East, Asia, and Africa until the rise of western hegemony in the modern period, exploring the struggles and schisms that still affect the world. Values course. Pre-modern World History. Modern Non-Western and Thematic History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-295. Co-Op. 3 Credits.

HS-300. World of Alexander the Great. 3 Credits.

Starting with a review of the history of the ancient world prior to the appearance of Alexander III of Macedonia (356-323 B.C.) this course consists basically of the study of the political and social history of the tri- continental Hellenistic Ecoumene he founded. Special emphasis will be placed on the types of sources used by historians who study the ancient world. Pre-modern World History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-302. Making of Medieval Eurpoe 300-1100 A.D.. 3 Credits.

The development of a distinctly European civilization as a result of the fusion of the Judeo- Christian religion with the Graeco- Roman inheritance and Germanic institutions. Pre-modern World History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-303. Medieval World 1100-1500 A.D.. 3 Credits.

The rise and decline of feudal society - a political, economic and cultural history. Pre- modern World History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-307. Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the roles of women in pre- modern times, discussing the theological and social attitudes that often hindered their advancement and the accomplishments they achieved nevertheless in politics, society, and culture. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-308. Modern Africa. 3 Credits.

This course studies the indigenous and imperial cultures of Africa since 1800 with emphasis on Anglophone and Francophone regions. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-309. Renaissance and Reformation Europe. 3 Credits.

A study of the forces which produced change and crises in Europe from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. Pre-modern World History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-314. The World Wars. 3 Credits.

A study of World War I and World War II focusing on their causes and effects, their military and home fronts, and the interrelationships of the two conflicts. Prerequisites: HS-121, HS-122.

HS-319. France: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century. 3 Credits.

A largely biographical treatment of leading political personalities of late modern and contemporary France as reflections of the political and cultural values of their times. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-336. Nationalism in Modern Europe. 3 Credits.

This course examines the philosophical foundations for the idea of nations from the late 18th century and studies how nations became the basis for states during the 20th century. Prerequisites: HS-121, HS-122.

HS-339. History of Germany 1815-1945. 3 Credits.

A survey of German history from the Napoleonic Era to the collapse of the Nazi regime. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-340. Tudor-Stuart England 1485-1714. 3 Credits.

The growth of dynastic monarchy and religious extremism which precipitated the struggles for power between the Crown and Parliament. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-342. Britain in the 20th Century. 3 Credits.

The evolution of socialism and the transformation of the empire from 1870 to the present. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-343. Rise and Fall of British Empire. 3 Credits.

Development and disintegration of British naval and colonial power from the pirates of Elizabeth I to the pilots of Elizabeth II. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-360. History of Russia 1613-1917. 3 Credits.

Political, social, and cultural history of Russia from the Time of Troubles to the Bolshevik Revolution. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-361. The Soviet Empire. 3 Credits.

Internal change and development of Russia in the Soviet period. Modern Western History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-371. Comparative Revolutions. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the British, American, French, Russian and Chinese revolutions because they produced major changes still affecting the world. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-375. History of the Environment. 3 Credits.

This course examines humankind's relationship to the environments-natural and 'man-made'-that we inhabit. Prerequisites: HS-121, HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-383. Bearing Witness to War and Genocide. 3 Credits.

This course considers the history and interpretation of violence, destruction, ethnic cleansing, genocide and war what does it mean to bear witness? Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-438. Western Science and Occult. 3 Credits.

A look at astrology, alchemy, magic, and witchcraft from the ancient world to the Scientific Revolution, their place in the intellectual life, and how they were affected by new philosophical trends. Prerequisites: HS-121, HS-122.

HS-450. Colonial Experience to 1763. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the background and political, social and economic developments of the North American colonies to 1763. United States History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-452. American Revolution and Federalist Era 1763-1800. 3 Credits.

A study of the causes, events and effects of this vital period in American history. Was it radical or conservative? Was it even a "revolution"? Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-453. Women in American History. 3 Credits.

This course will cover the history of American women from the colonies to second-wave feminism of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond. Prerequisites: HS-231 HS-232.

HS-459. The Era of the Civil War. 3 Credits.

A study of the period 1860-1865 with emphasis on the war itself and events leading to it. How did Americans end up killing one another on such a massive scale? The course will focus on the slavery debate, suffering, death, Lincoln, gender, black families, and the "fog of war." Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-460. Wounds of War: The Reconstruction Era. 3 Credits.

Investigation of the political, economic, and cultural upheavals in the wake of America's most devastating war. Course will emphasize themes of emancipation, free labor, labor unrest (North and South), the "Lost Cause," and the violent struggle to redefine America from 1865 to 1900. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-464. History of Amercan Immigration. 3 Credits.

Examination of the migration of various peoples to the U.S., and the development of the policy on emigration from the progressive era to the present. United States History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-466. The Long Civil Rights Movement in America. 3 Credits.

The campaign for civil rights in the broad context of 20th Century social movements, with particular emphasis on the African American struggle and how the work of individuals and organizations impacted American discourses on gender, labor, religion, sexuality and foreign policy.

HS-468. American Republic 1919-1945. 3 Credits.

The triumphs and travails of urban industrialism, with emphasis on the politics, economics, and social changes of the Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. United States History. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-469. American Republic Since 1945. 3 Credits.

An analysis of American society and institutions since World War II. United States History. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-472. History of Latin American: Encounter to Present. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the social, cultural and political history of Latin America, from the eve of the fifteenth-century "Encounter" to the twentieth-century rise of neoliberalism and its malcontents. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.

HS-473. Religion in the U.S.. 3 Credits.

Explores the hothouse of religious experimentation and debate that followed the Revolution and that continues to shape modern America. This course will span from early American Calvinism to antebellum Utopian movements, to the influx of Catholicism and other ethnic religions, to the rise of the Evangelical Right. Grace, Polygamy, Anti-Catholicism, Perfectionism, Creationism, Sin, Slavery, Darwin, Jerry Falwell, Abortion. This class will explore the strange contours of the most "religious" nation in the modern world. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-475. Britain Asia and the Americas 1558-1815. 3 Credits.

Development of the British Empire in Asia, North America, and the Caribbean from the reign of Elizabeth I to the Congress of Vienna. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

HS-476. Britain and Global Power Since 1815. 3 Credits.

The zenith and decline of British naval, economic, and colonial power from 1815 to the present, with emphasis on India and Africa.

HS-477. End of the Empire: Decolonization and Cold War. 3 Credits.

This course will use the theme of end of empire to provide insight into the history of the 20th century and the Cold War.

HS-488. Bloody, Crooked, and Hopeful: Gilded Age. 3 Credits.

1877-1917: In the Gilded Age and Progressive Era America experienced massive dislocation and violence from industrialization, the conquest of Native Americans and the terror of the Jim Crow South. In this time of fabulous wealth for the few, and poverty in both city and countryside, other Americans set out to reshape the world and reduce human suffering.

HS-499. The Tuleja Seminar. 3 Credits.

Named to honor Professor Emeritus Thaddeus V. Tuleja, the seminar stresses historical methodology as it relates to a particular historical topic chosen by the professor offering the seminar. Prerequisites: HS-121 AND HS-122 OR HS-123.