History Courses
GEO 220Human World GeographyHistory3FreshmanExplores the nature of human social behaviors through the study of diverse focus countries" recognizing recurring patterns in behavior and the forces that shape them. Students will understand how people as well as countries communicate ideas and attempt to solve problems. This course is taught through a lens of current events in the 21st century examining various diverse regions around the globe and how the cultures within those regions live and interact. Human elements of population cultural inheritance and accomplishments are studied as these interrelate with the physical elements. Education majors will create a project using the five themes of geography (location place human/environmental interaction movement and regions).
HIS 120United States History to 1877History3FreshmanSurvey of the history of the United States from the 15th century to the end of the Reconstruction following the Civil War. Fall.
HIS 121United States History since 1877History3FreshmanA survey of the history of the United States from the end of the Reconstruction until the contemporary period. Spring.
HIS 200Public HistoryHistory4SophomoreThis course will introduce students to the concept and practice of public history. Students will examine how institutions and communities construct history for public consumption and consider the variety of purposes, problems, methods, and forms that coincide with public history. Some areas of focus might include community/local history, historic preservation, archives, museum studies, oral history, and digital narratives. This course will assist students with their professional development, allowing them to explore career options in the field, introducing them to the conventions of the profession, and providing them with tools to plan an academic path that will support their post-graduation goals. Prerequisite: HIS 120 or HIS 121 or consent of the instructor. Spring.
HIS 205World History to 1750History4FreshmanA systematic introduction to events, ideas, and institutions that shaped world history from the beginnings to 1750. Particular emphasis will be placed on political, economic, social, and cultural developments. Fall, even years.
HIS 210Intro to Latin American History/CultureHistory4SophomoreAn introductory class to the history, arts, economy, and politics of Latin American countries through the lens of popular culture. Some of the topics that students discuss in this class are the pre-Columbian and Colonial foundations of Latin American societies in Mesoamerican, the Andes, the Southern Cone and the Caribbean; the process of state formation on the region in the 19th century, the wave of Military Regimes in South America, and the rise of neo-populisms in the 21st century. In this class, students use a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, they will also watch movies and listen to songs. Satisfies international exploratory. Spring, odd academic years.
HIS 214The South Atlantic World, 1400-1824History4This course is a survey of the evolution of societies in the Southern Atlantic World from 1400-1824 focusing on Africa, Spain, Portugal, Spanish America, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Topics include political and commercial systems, the slave trade, evangelization and the hybridization of religions, gender ideology, and social history. Satisfies diversity exploratory requirement. Spring, even years
HIS 230History of CanadaHistory4SophomoreThis course traces Canada’s historical evolution from colonial times to the present. It introduces students to the political, economical, social, and cultural history of Canada. Same as CAN 230. Satisfies international exploratory requirement. Prerequisite: HIS 120, CAN 130, or consent of instructor. Fall, even years.
HIS 231African American HistoryHistory4SophomoreAn examination of the African American experience in U.S. society from the 17th century to the present. Focuses on African origins and traditions, patterns of slavery, work, religion, freedom, resistance, and civil rights. The course will also highlight the cultural heritage of African American music, literature, and film. Satisfies the diversity exploratory requirement. Spring, even years.
HIS 250Indiana HistoryHistory3SophomoreA study of Indiana history from prehistoric to recent times, with emphasis on the growth of a distinctive Hoosier culture. Particular areas of concentration include Indian, French and English backgrounds, frontier history, the effects of the Civil War on Hoosier social and political life, the rise of industrial and urban Indiana, and political, economic, and social developments in recent times. Prerequisite: HIS 120, 121, or consent of instructor. Spring, odd years.
HIS 300Topics in HistoryHistory3JuniorA topic of current interest in history will be taught. Topics will vary depending on faculty interest. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs.
HIS 310Modern Latin AmericaHistory4JuniorThis course is a survey of the history of Latin America since 1810. Major themes include the emergence of national identities, the legacies of colonialism, urbanization, industrialization, U.S. – Latin American relations, social movements, and revolutionary change. Satisfies international exploratory requirement. Fall, odd academic years.
HIS 313Latin American Environmental HistoryHistory3JuniorExplores changes in the landscape and in people’s perceptions of the natural world from 1500 to present in Latin America. Topics include sustainability, agro-ecology, water and energy, the impact of capitalism, industrialism, urbanization, technologies such as the automobile, and the origins of conservation. Satisfies intercultural exploratory requirement. Prerequisites: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Fall, even years.
HIS 314Indigenous Cultures of Latin AmericaHistory3JuniorThis course will introduce students to the Native American cultures and societies of Amazonia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on how indigenous cultural traditions and societies have both continued and changed since the European invasion. The course also addresses such current issues as language rights, territorial rights, sovereignty, and state violence. Satisfies intercultural exploratory requirement. Prerequisites: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Spring, odd academic years.
HIS 320Colonial North America: 1500-1791History4JuniorA study of events in the North American continent from early European explorations and settlements to the final division of the continent following the War of the American Revolution. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the French and English imperial struggles, the foundations of the United States by the adoption of the Constitution in 1789, the beginnings of Canada in the Constitution Act of 1791, and the preservation of English and French heritage in both nations. Prerequisite: HIS 120 or CAN 230, or consent of instructor. Fall, even years.
HIS 325History of American ThoughtHistory4JuniorAn examination of themes in American intellectual history, including systems of ideas such as Puritanism, Enlightenment thought, Transcendentalism, Social Darwinism, and Pragmatism; particular concepts such as vision of the New World, the myth of the West, and liberal versus conservative interpretations of the American experience; the lives and works of outstanding American intellectuals. Prerequisites: HIS 120, HIS 121, or consent of instructor. Spring, odd years.
HIS 332History of Women in the United StatesHistory4SophomoreThis course will survey the history of women in the United States from the colonial era through the civil rights movement of the 1950s –‘60s. The course will focus especially on the role of women in various social movements including: the movement to abolish slavery, the fight for women’s suffrage, reformist movements of the early twentieth century and the modern feminist movement. Students will have the opportunity to pursue a research paper on the social issues addressed in the life/work of an activist of their choosing. Same a WST 332. Satisfies social sciences exploratory requirement. Prerequisites: HIS 120, HIS 121, or consent of instructor. Fall, odd years.
HIS 335United States History Since 1945History3This course examines major political, economic, cultural, and social developments in the U. S. from 1945 to the present. Prerequisite: HIS 121 or consent of the instructor. Fall, odd years.
HIS 340Global Military HistoryHistory4JuniorWhat is war? How have war and conflict shaped the economy and politics of societies from the past and present? What is the relationship between tactics and strategy? Is there a unique Western way of fighting wars? This class discusses the relationship between the military and society across time and in different geographical scenarios, from the Ancient Greeks to the Aztecs and from the Zulu in South Africa to the Pashtun in present-day Afghanistan. The class pays special attention to the role that military innovations such as chariots, the phalanx, gunpowder, steamboats, atomic energy and terrorism, have had in shaping war and conflict, and the spread of military ideas in shaping military interactions across the globe. In this class we will use primary and secondary sources, and we will also watch war movies from different countries. Satisfies intercultural exploratory. Fall, even academic years.
HIS 343Medieval HistoryHistory4JuniorFrom the fall of the Roman Empire in the west (fifth century) to the Age of Reason (18th century), with emphasis on Charlemagne, feudalism, the development of the Church, the High Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and various dynasty struggles. Prerequisite: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Fall, odd years.
HIS 346Emergence of Modern EuropeHistory3JuniorEuropean history from 1350 to 1848, introducing some of the foundational concepts of European development experienced through the Renaissance, Protestant and Catholic Reformations and the Scientific Revolution, up to the age of democratic revolutions. Satisfies intercultural exploratory requirement. Prerequisite: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Fall, even years.
HIS 348Germany & Europe: 1848-1945History4JuniorA probe into the German bid to dominate Europe by force, beginning with the process of creating the modern German state in the mid-to-late 19th century and focusing on the two world wars, the Nazi dictatorship, and the Holocaust. Satisfies international exploratory requirements. Prerequisite: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Spring, even years.
HIS 350Europe Since 1945History3JuniorExplores the importance of the economic integration of western Europe following World War II, the creation of welfare states, the cold-war division of Europe into NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries, the collapse of the eastern block, and the integration of the eastern European countries into the modern European community. Satisfies intercultural exploratory requirements. Prerequisite: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Spring, odd years.
HIS 356Russian HistoryHistory4JuniorSurvey of Russian history with equal emphasis on the imperial and Soviet periods. Russia’s cultural and political relationships with the West, on the one hand, and with its Asian imperial possessions, on the other hand, are prominent themes of the course. Satisfies international exploratory requirement. Prerequisite: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Fall, even years.
HIS 360Public HistoryHistory4This course will introduce students to the concept and practice of public history. Students will examine how institutions and communities construct history for public consumption and consider the variety of purposes, problems, methods, and forms that coincide with public history. Some areas of focus might include community/local history, historic preservation, archives, museum studies, oral history, and digital narratives. Prerequisite: HIS 120, HIS 121, or consent of the instructor. Spring, even years.
HIS 361East Asian HistoryHistory4JuniorThe history of China, Japan, and Korea, with most emphasis on the 20th.- century conflict between China and Japan, World War II in the Pacific, and the Communist regime in China. Satisfies international exploratory requirement. Prerequisites: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Fall, odd years.
HIS 365History of the Middle EastHistory4JuniorThe history of the Middle East from the time of Muhammad to the present. Extensive treatment is given to the 19th.- and 20th.-century roots of the present-day crises in the region. Satisfies international exploratory requirement. Prerequisite: LA 102 or consent of instructor. Spring, odd years.
HIS 370HistoriographyHistory4JuniorAn introduction to the discipline of history through a study of its practitioners in Europe and North America. This course will explore the variety of approaches to the past, the conceptual and analytical tools of historians over time, and the search for patterns and laws of history. The course also includes research and writing methods for historians: choice of project; creation of a thesis question and bibliography; use of primary, secondary, and internet sources; and style and production skills. Prerequisites: LA 102, HIS 120, 121, HIS 200, junior standing or consent of instructor. Fall.
HIS 400Senior SeminarHistory4SeniorThis senior year experience allows majors to complete a substantial and original research project. The project requires students to conduct research based on primary sources, present the findings of their research in the form of an oral presentation in a conference-type setting, and a written paper and read and comment upon another student’s findings. This course fulfills the SNR portion of the professional development requirements. Prerequisite: HIS 370, senior standing or consent of instructor. Fall.
HIS 490History Independent StudyHistory1SeniorDesigned to encourage student initiative and to provide a degree of flexibility in the departmental program, this course may consist of special reading or research in a field of the student’s interest not sufficiently covered or appropriately covered in regular departmental courses. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
HIS 498Senior PortfolioHistory0SeniorStudent will create and maintain their own portfolios to be kept in the department with important written work, resumes, publicity, and any other information necessary and helpful to those from whom they ask references. The content and current nature of this portfolio will be the responsibility of the student.
HIS 499Senior Competency PracticumHistory0SeniorHistory majors are to take both written and oral exams. A panel of three professors will pose written questions for the student and will officiate at the oral exam. The combined grades for the three faculty for the written exam and the oral exam must average a C or better.
WST 332History of Women in the United StatesHistory4FreshmanThis course will survey the history of women in the United States from the colonial era through the civil rights movement of the 1950s –‘60s. The course will focus especially on the role of women in various social movements including: the movement to abolish slavery, the fight for women’s suffrage, reformist movements of the early twentieth century and the modern feminist movement. Students will have the opportunity to pursue a research paper on the social issues addressed in the life/work of an activist of their choosing. Same as HIS 332. Satisfies social sciences exploratory requirement. Prerequisites: HIS 120, HIS 121, or consent of instructor. Fall, odd years.