History Courses

HIS115 American History Survey (2)
Introduces main political, constitutional, social and economic developments in American history from time of discovery to present. Prerequisite: education major. Does not count toward History major.

*HIS121 Historical Perspectives on Culture, Belief and Civilization (4)
Examines culture building, development and change, and interaction of diverse peoples across a broad swath of history. Explores Christianity from its Middle Eastern roots through Renaissance/Reformation to global cultures of contemporary world in political, technological, social and cultural contexts. Investigates Christian traditions, missionary endeavors, reform movements, and relationships between adherents of different world religions. Introduces critical evaluation of historical  evidence. Does not count toward History Major. Core common course.

HIS213 History of Egypt and the Ancient Near East in the Bronze Age (4)
Explores growth and interaction of first “international world” in Ancient West: Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Hittite Asia Minor, Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece. Examines fall of these cultures after 1200 B.C.; interconnections between biblical and Bronze Age history. Various readings from original sources.

HIS214 History of Ancient Greece (4)
Explores Greek history from Minoan and Mycenaean cultures through Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic ages. Examines place of Greek culture in world of Rome; Greek political and social experiments, art, cultural life, athletics, and warfare. Various readings from original sources. (Alternate years.)

HIS216 History of Ancient Rome (4)
Surveys Roman political and cultural history from earliest Latin settlements through Etruscan and Republican periods to Roman Empire. Emphasizes origins of modern Western culture; multicultural, unified Mediterranean setting in which Christian Church emerged. Various readings from original sources.

HIS219 Medieval Europe (4)
Surveys European history fourth–14th centuries; transition from Mediterranean to European civilization, growth of the Church, revival of towns, Crusades, empire and feudal monarchies, scholasticism, Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture.

HIS221 Renaissance and Reformation Europe (4)
Studies 14th–16th centuries; changes in medieval institutions and ideas, rebirth of culture in Italy, role of art in society, Reformation movements within the Church, and overseas expansion of Europe.

HIS226 Early Modern Europe, 1555-1789 (4)
Studies origins of modern Europe including Scientific Revolution, royal absolutism, constitutionalism, religious wars, and Enlightenment. (Offered periodically.)

HIS227 Modern Europe, 1789-Present (4)
Studies French revolution, 19th century ideologies of liberalism, nationalism, socialism, and imperialism, 20th century world wars, rise of communism and Fascism, Holocaust, Cold War, decolonization, European unity, collapse of Communist bloc and Soviet Union, and emergence of multi-polar world. (Offered periodically.)

HIS231 Introduction to African American History (2)
Surveys history of Blacks on North American continent; African origins and background; history and problems of Afro-American in the United States from 17th century until present. (Offered periodically.)

HIS232 America 1492–1846 (4)
Explores American history including Age of Exploration, European colonization of North America, birth of American slavery, Native American relations, religious developments, American Revolution, new national government, market and industrial revolutions, reform and revivalism, development of political parties, and movement to abolish slavery. (Alternate years.)

HIS234 America 1846–1941 (4)
Studies American history including War with Mexico, crisis over slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, growth of industry, labor strife, Spanish-American War, progressive reform, World War I, 1920s, Great Depression, New Deal, and World War II. (Alternate years.)

HIS237 America 1941–Present (4)
Explores American history including World War II, Cold War, Korean War, postwar culture, major Supreme Court decisions, civil rights movement, Vietnam War, 1960s counterculture, Watergate scandal, economic difficulties of 1970s, Reagan revolution and problems of post–Cold War superpower status, and roots of global “war on terrorism.” (Alternate years.)

*HIS240 Christianity and the Modern World: A Historical View (4)
Examines changes and continuities in Christian belief, theology, and practice since the Enlightenment, Age of Democratic Revolution, and Industrial Revolution. Particular emphasis placed on modern Western civilization, but emergence of “global Christianity” and general impact of modernity on religious traditions also considered. Fulfills core Global Understanding theme. (Alternate years.)

HIS245 History of Africa (4)
Studies three major themes of sub-Saharan history: indigenous cultures, foreign influences (Arab and European), and emergence of modern nation states; interaction of these themes in contemporary Africa. (Offered periodically.)

HIS247/POL247 Britain and America in the Middle East (4)
Explores British and American involvement in modern Middle East, focusing on the period since 1900. Significant attention given to Zionism and rebirth of Israel in 1948, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran hostage crisis, beginnings of anti-American terrorism, and 9/11 Commission Report. (Alternate years.)

HIS250/SP250 History of Latin America (4)
Surveys Latin American experience from pre-Columbian days to present; formation of political institutions, pattern of economic development, and role of religion and church. (Offered periodically.)

HIS291 International Seminar: History of Ancient and Modern Greek Culture and Christianity in the Aegean (4)
Summer Study and travel program. See department information. With COR210, 211 fulfills core Global Understanding theme.

HIS292/ECB291 International Seminar: Development of Modern China (4)
See departmental information. With COR210, 211 fulfills core Global Understanding theme.

HIS310/POL310 American Foreign Policy (4)
Examines factors shaping international behavior of United States from end of World War II to present, analytical importance of international system, domestic interest groups, governmental actors, public opinion and ideology, dilemma of reconciling moral principles with exercise of world power. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing

HIS315 Ancient Belief and the Earliest Christian Church (4)
Explores history of religious faiths, intellectual life and cultural transitions of Israel, Greece, and Rome before and after the coming of Christianity. Surveys growth of Christian Church through breakup of Roman world. Emphasizes readings from original sources. (Alternate years.)

HIS318 Women, Religion and the Family in the Early Modern Period (4)
Great social, political, and religious shifts of the early modern period brought changes to lives of individuals and families. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation altered opportunities for religious life and devotional expression. Catholics defended traditional forms of female sanctity and developed new venues for women to teach, serve, and pray. For Protestants, female status as wife and mother received added emphasis. Covers impact of scientific discovery on practices of birth and rearing children and effect on religion and family in American colonies.

*HIS321 American Thought and Society (4)
Surveys great texts by American thinkers from Puritans to postmodernists. Writers include John Winthrop, Benjamin Franklin, R. W. Emerson, H. D. Thoreau, Mark Twain, William James, John Dewey, and Richard Rorty. Themes include individual in relation to society and problem of cultural relativism. Fulfills core Human Person theme. (Alternate years.)

HIS331 History of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (4)
Surveys region from end of Roman period to Reformation. Themes include Christianization, medieval kingdoms, constitutional developments, Reformation and church history, cultural achievements, and gender roles. (Alternate years.)

HIS332 Modern Britain (4)
Examines British history, 1800–present, focusing on industrialization, Victorian society and culture, development of parliamentary government, two world wars, and modern welfare state. Special emphasis on rise and fall of British Empire. (Offered periodically.)

HIS335 Modern Germany (4)
Introduces students to history of modern Germany, 1871 to present. Topics include national unification, World War I, Weimar and Nazi periods, Holocaust, World War II, postwar division, and reunification. (Alternate years.)

*HIS341 Eastern Europe, Byzantium and the Caucasus (4)
Explores cultures and societies in Eastern Europe and Western Asia, including Balkans, Georgia, Armenia, and Byzantine Empire from founding of Constantinople to emergence of Muscovy (fourth–15th centuries). Examines ethnic and religious identities, structure of political authority, literary and artistic expression, and life in rural and urban communities. Fulfills core Global Understanding theme. (Alternate years.)

*HIS344 Medieval Islam and the Middle East (4)
Explores context for rise of Islam, its expansion, intellectual flourishing in Middle Ages, and encounters with Westerners during crusades. Special attention paid to religious, cultural, social, and economic environment of early and medieval Islam and relationship of Islam and Christianity as Abrahamic religions. Students read and analyze the Qur’an, visit local mosque for Friday prayers, meet and interact with Muslims. Fulfills core Global Understanding theme. (Alternate years.)

HIS371 Selected Topics (2–4)
Explores various historical themes or periods. Designated as repeatable with different topic.

HIS378 Evolution and Society (4)
Historical survey of modern biological evolution idea and its interactions with social thought, particularly in Britain and America. Covers Charles Darwin, his antecedents and his work; development of evolutionary thought up to 1960s; and recent controversies including creation science and intelligent design. Substantial attention given to interactions with earth and life sciences, biblical interpretation, and social and anthropological thought, including ideas about human evolution and race. Fulfills core Natural World theme. (Alternate years.)

HIS381 Independent Study (2 or 4)
Independent semester-long course in topic not available in existing curriculum; provides curricular enrichment. Limited availability subject to faculty workload. May require lab fee. Prerequisite(s): Minimum cumulative average of 2.75, adequate background to support topic, permission of instructor, advisor, department chair and registrar.

HIS390 Public History and Museum Studies (4)
Explores professional applications of historical methodology to archives, museums, document conservation, government, and corporate record management. Includes lectures by professionals in field, on-site observations, and possible internships.

HIS391 Museum Management (4)
Introduces operations of a museum and challenges faced by contemporary museum administrators. Students study local museum operations, identify issues and challenges, and evaluate museum’s response based on texts and readings from current field of public history. Prerequisite: HIS390.

HIS425 Internship (2 or 4)
Supervised internship in a library, archival, or museum location combining on-the-job work experience with related academic study. Ordinarily involves 8–10 hours per week at off-campus field assignment. Must be prearranged and approved by instructor and Registrar’s Office. Prerequisite: minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

HIS471, 472 Research I, II (4, 4)
Research into topic of mutual faculty and student interest resulting in history honor thesis. Oral presentation and defense of thesis as well as written paper required in spring term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Consult department chair.

HIS491 Advanced Seminar: American History (4)
Reading and research in American history using both historiographic and primary sources. Topics include Colonial American, Postwar Presidents, 1945–1974 and Post-Watergate Presidents, 1974–2000. Designated as repeatable with different topic.

HIS492 Colloquium in Historiography (4)
Explores way humans have approached writing and understanding of history from Greco-Roman historians to contemporary schools of historical inquiry. Focus on worldviews of historians and ways worldview shapes perception of past and how the past is used to influence the present. Open to advanced students and junior and senior history majors.

HIS493 Advanced Seminar: Modern European History (4)
Readings and research in special topics in modern European history. Topics vary; check with instructor. Designated as repeatable with different topic.

HIS494 Advanced Seminar: Medieval and Early Modern History (4)
Reading and research on special topics of medieval and early modern history. Topics vary; check with instructor. Topics include: Desert Spirituality, Medieval Celts, Medieval Pilgrimage, Art and Spirituality in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages and Jews in the Medieval World. Designated as repeatable with different topic.

HIS495, 496 Advanced Seminar: Ancient History (2, 2)
Reading and research on special topics in ancient history. Two of these two-credit courses meet requirement for senior research and writing project. Designated as repeatable with different topic. Topics include: Writing Ancient History, Ancient Celts, Citizenship in Antiquity, Travel, Trade and Education, History of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Ancient World; Military History, Strategy, Leadership and Cost in the Ancient World.


GEG210 Principles of Geography (2)
Instructs students to think geographically about the world. Covers historical development, terminology, and major themes of geography; current geographical issues in world's regions. Special emphasis placed on skill of teaching geography and geography's role in education. (Alternate years.)

* Fulfills Core Curriculum requirement.