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
Take one course from each of the following:12
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Group A: Pre-Modern World History Elective
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Group B: Modern European History Elective
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Group C: United States History Elective
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Group D: Modern Non-Western or Thematic History Elective
HS-History Electives9
HS-499The Tuleja Seminar3
Total Credits36

Special Notes on Major Requirements

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-221. Twentieth Century Europe. 3 Credits.

Europe in the twentieth century was supposed to represent progress and the height of civilization. Two world wars, communism and the Holocaust suggested otherwise. This course explores the sharp contrasts between their ideas of Europe.

HS-222. Ancient Civilizations. 3 Credits.

This course traces the rise of ancient civilizations from their earliest roots to the early modern era. It places these civilizations in their global contexts and uses archeology, anthropology, and other methods to compare and study them.

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-251. The American City Through the Wire. 3 Credits.

Very few television shows have captured the realities of the American city and the imaginations of the American public more than the Wire. More than a crime drama, the Wire reminds the viewer that all the pieces matter, as each of the five seasons focuses on a particular facet of the city: the illicit drug trade, working class employment, municipal government and bureaucracy, children and the education system, and the print news media. Using the Wire as the primary text, this course will look at the history of American cities, paying close attention to each season's theme.

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-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-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 AND 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-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-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-477. End of 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-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.