History

History is the study of the past, a process that produces an ever changing view of the past, not a static picture. The History Department therefore strives to make every student his own historian, a task encompassed in the Core Goals of the department:

  1. Content: to acquire a degree of mastery of both essential factual material and conceptual, thematic and comparative knowledge in several geographical areas, diverse cultures, and different time periods in human history, with particular sensitivity to the change over time of a diverse, global society.
  2. The Craft of History: to acquire the habit of the many analytical skills which historians use in recovering, researching, and writing about the past; such as, constructing important questions, making inferences from primary sources, putting sources into larger contexts, and making one’s own interpretations of the past.
  3. Historical Thinking: to develop habits of thinking like an historian: e.g., an appreciation for the complexity of both change and continuity over time and in different ages, cultures, and areas of the world; an awareness of historical interpretation and historiographical schools of thought; and an understanding of how events and ideas from the past affect the present.
  4. Self-Expression: to become competent, confident, and fluent in the oral, written, and group skills necessary to speak and write about and explore historical questions.
  5. Self-Development: to become an independent intellectual inquirer into the past, as well as a lifelong learner of history; and to locate oneself and one’s family, community, and cultural traditions in history.

Requirements for a Major

HIS-101World History to 15001
or HIS-102 World Hist Since 1500
HIS-497Phil & Craft of Hist1
HIS-498Research Seminar1
Two credits from the 300 level2
History Electives4
Total Credits9

Advanced (300 level) courses may include independent studies. Students are advised that their performance in HIS-497 Phil & Craft of Hist, HIS-498 Research Seminar, and Comprehensive Exams will be enhanced by their familiarity with a variety of geographic, temporal, thematic, and topical areas of the field of history.

In addition, majors must maintain a portfolio of selected papers they have written for history courses (details of which are available on the History Department website or from the Department Chair). Evaluation of portfolios will be an aspect of comprehensive exams in the history major.

History majors, especially those planning to pursue graduate historical studies, are urged to gain a proficiency in a least one foreign language. Proficiency is here defined as the ability to read, without undue difficulty, historical works in the appropriate foreign language. Majors are also encouraged to gain experience with overseas cultures through immersion experiences and study abroad.

Comprehensive Examinations

The Written Comprehensive Exam in History is a two-day exam that is designed to evaluate the students’ mastery of the core goals of the department. For one day, students discuss some aspect of history, approach to historical studies, or theories of history with respect to those areas of history the student has studied. The other day generally asks students to act as historians using a selected set of primary and secondary source texts provided ahead of time.

Requirements for a Minor

A minimum of five course credits including

HIS-101World History to 15001
or HIS-102 World Hist Since 1500
One course credit at the 300 level1
Three course credits at the 200 or 300 level3
Total Credits5

History (HIS)

HIS-101 World History to 1500

Exploration of the origins of human societies and the development of their hierarchical structures and the network connections between them across the world. An effort will be made to develop a conceptual framework for analyzing different societies and network interactions comparatively so as to highlight meaningful similarities and differences among them. This course, along with HIS 102, is especially recommended to those students taking their first college-level history course. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-102 World Hist Since 1500

This course traces the increasing interdependence of the world's different societies as improved communications tie more of the world closely together. This will involve explaining the transformations wrought upon different areas by industrialization and the reactions this process has created across the globe. This course, along with HIS 101, is especially recommended to those students taking their first college-level history course. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-132 20th Century Europe

This survey will examine significant events in European history from 1900 to the end of the twentieth century. The course will cover circumstances leading to World War I, the rise of fascism, and World War II. The survey ends with a discussion of the Cold War, its ultimate demise, and nuclear legacy. Since there was more to the twentieth century than military history, the class will also consider how European societies reacted to war and will focus on life on the home front, gender relations, cultural change,and consumerism.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-187 Independent Study

Open to history majors.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-188 Independent Study

Open to history majors.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-200 Topics World Comp History

Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-210 Topics in Ancient History

This is an introductory course that focuses on a specific topic in ancient history and requires no previous work. Course may be repeated as topic changes. Depending on subject matter, this course may be cross-listed.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: CLA-113

HIS-211 Ancient History:greece

A survey of Greek history from the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1100 B.C.) to the time of the Roman conquest of the Greek world (first century B.C.). Emphasis is on the origin, evolution, and problems of the most important Greek political-social-cultural structure, the polis or "city-state." Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: CLA-105

HIS-212 Ancient Rome

A survey of Roman history from the Etruscan period (6th and 5th centuries B.C.) to the transformation of the Roman world to the medieval (4th and 5th centuries A.D.). Emphasis is on the origins, nature, effects, and evolution of imperialism in Roman politics, culture, and society. This course is offered in the spring semester in odd-numbered years.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: CLA-106

HIS-220 Topics Med & Early Mod Europe

Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-230 Topics in Modern Europe

Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-231 19th Century Europe

This survey will cover events in European history from the French Revolution to the end of the 19th century. It will explore nationalism, utopianism, Europe's quest for colonial expansion, and the rise of the Industrial Revolution. In addition to these vast issues, the course also examines developments in social history including family life, change in urban areas, health, medicine, and gender. This course is offered in the fall semester (when offered).
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-232 20th Century Europe

This survey will examine significant events in European history from 1900 to the end of the 20th century. The course will cover circumstances leading to World War I, the rise of fascism, and World War II. The survey ends with a discussion of the Cold War, its ultimate demise, and nuclear legacy. Since there was more to the 20th century than military history, the class will also consider how European societies reacted to war and will focus on life on the home front, gender relations, cultural change, and consumerism. This course is offered in the spring semester (when offered).
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-235 Topics Economic Hist European

The purpose of this course is to study economic issues in European history. A substantial part of the course is devoted to the Industrial Revolution. What caused the Industrial Revolution and why did it occur in England? What effects did it have on living standards? Other topics will vary, but may include: agriculture, demography, Poor Laws, the Great Depression, and the gold standard. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: ECO-101
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Behavioral Science
Equated Courses: ECO-214

HIS-236 History of Economic Thought

Designed for non-majors as well as majors, this course examines the intellectual history of economics. The ideas of great economists (including Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes, Schumpeter, and Knight) are analyzed and compared. Particular emphasis is placed on differing views toward capitalism-especially predictions about its eventual fate. This course is offered in the fall semester (when offered
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Behavioral Science
Equated Courses: ECO-205

HIS-240 Topics in American History

Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-241 US to 1877

An introduction to American history and to the departmental Core Goals in the process of historical investigation and understanding. Students will learn the basic facts and conceptual themes involved in Native Indian cultures, Puritanism, the American Revolution, the New Nation, expansionism, slavery, reform, Civil War, and Reconstruction. The course focuses on significant landmark political events, but also on the everyday experiences and social history of women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-242 Us Since 1877yUS Since 1877

The emphasis is upon some of the major issues in American politics and society since 1877: the growth of big business; changes in the lives of farmers, workers, and immigrants; the rise of the city; and reform movements among rural and urban labor and among minority groups. In addition to studying national history and the emergence of America as a world power, students will have an opportunity to investigate their own family histories. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-244 African American Hist

Emphasis on several crucial periods: slavery; Reconstruction and its aftermath; the civil rights and Black liberation movements of the 1960s; and contemporary African American culture. Relations between Blacks and Whites will be examined through the reading and discussion of classic African American texts by Douglass, Jacobs, Washington, DuBois, Wright, Angelou, Moody, Walker, Malcolm X, King, Baldwin, Gates, and others. This course is offered in some spring semesters.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-245 Topics in Economic Hist, U S

The purpose of this course is to use economics to improve our understanding of history and to use history to improve our understanding of economics. Examples of questions that may be addressed are: Why is the U.S. wealthy? How do government policies affect the economy? How has the role of government changed over the course of U.S. history? How did the institution of slavery and its abolition affect Southern economic development? Is the current U.S. banking system better than the systems that preceded it? What caused the Great Depression?Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: ECO-101
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Behavioral Science
Equated Courses: ECO-213

HIS-250 Topics Latin American History

Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-252 Peoples & Nations of Latin America

A survey of the history of Latin America from Pre-Columbian times through the Wars of Independence and the national period to the current day. This course will examine the various internal dynamics and external influences that have shaped the experiences of the countries of Latin America since independence. Emphasis on socioeconomic structures as the conditioning environment for political and cultural developments. A major focus will be historical analysis of scholarly monographs and primary source documents. This course is offered in the spring semester (when offered).
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-260 Topics Asian History

Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-262 Modern China 1911 to Present

A survey of modern China. The class will examine the end of the Ch'ing Dynasty and the emergence of Nationalism through the end of the Second World War, the rise of Chinese Communism through the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and contemporary China to the present. This course is offered in the spring semester (when offered).
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-270 Special Topics: African History

Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-272 Africa Since 1885

The period from the European Partition of Africa in 1885 to Post-independence was one of the most significant and drastic eras of change for Africans, drawing them into a global wage labor economy, and seeing them interact in new ways with migration, the World at War, and the Colonial Endeavor. This course is offered in the spring semester (when offered).
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-287 Independent Study

Open to history majors.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-288 Independent Study

Open to history majors.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-300 Adv Topics:World&Comp History

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in world and comparative history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: 0.5 credit from HIS
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-301 Craft & Theory of World History

This is an upper level course in world history. Students will read secondary literature about world history and will read world history textbooks more for historiographical analysis than for content. Emphasis will therefore be on the theories and practices of world history; students will be expected to produce a significant term paper focusing either on a curricular proposal for a world history course or on an historiographical analysis of current trends and developments in the field. This course is offered in the apring semester (when offered).
Prerequisites: HIS-101 or 102
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-310 Advanced Topics:ancient History

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in ancient history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: .5 credits HIS HIST CLA
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: CLA-212

HIS-320 Adv Topics:Med&Early Mod Eur

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in medieval and early modern European history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: .5 credit from HIS HIST
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-330 Adv Topics: Modern Europe

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in modern European history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: HIS-230, 231, or 232
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-340 Advanced Topics: American History

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in American history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: 1 CR from HIS.
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-350 Advanced Topics Latin America

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in Latin American history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: .5 credit from HIS HIST
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-360 Advanced Topics in Asian History

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in Asian history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: 1 course from HIS
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-370 Advanced Topics in African History

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in African history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: .5 credits from HIS HIST
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-387 Independent Study

Open to history majors.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-388 Independent Study

Open to history majors.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-487 Independent Study

Enrollment Through Instructor and Department Chair.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-488 Independent Study

Enrollment Through Instructor and Department Chair.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-497 Phil & Craft of Hist

This course is required of all majors in history and should be taken in the junior year. Students have an opportunity to read different examples of historical writing and to examine the philosophical and methodological assumptions which underlie the historian's craft. This course is offered in the fall and spring semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-498 Research Seminar

All history majors must take this course in the fall semester of their senior year, while other juniors or seniors are welcome to enroll with the consent of the instructor. Emphasis on research techniques, conferences with the instructor, and independent development of individual projects focused on a topic with a global or comparative component. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HIS-IND Independent Study

Students may enroll in independent study courses for 0.5 or 1 course credit(s), with the approval of a supervising faculty member, the appropriate department/program chair, and the student's advisor. Registration forms for independent study are available in the Registrar's Office.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

Stephen R Morillo (chair)

Ann-Michelle K Rhoades

Sabrina Thomas

Sundara Vadlamudi

Richard Warner

Secondary Licensure Program

The Department of Education Studies offers a minor in Education Studies, and an additional licensure preparation program for students interested in becoming licensed to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school grades 5-12). With a major in this department and a minor in Education Studies, students may also choose to complete the licensure preparation program by applying in the spring of the junior year. For more information about the licensure program, students are advised to meet with faculty in the Department of Education Studies. Requirements for the minor and licensure preparation program are outlined in the Department of Education Studies section of the Academic Bulletin.