College of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: Jess Hollenback
401A Wimberly Hall, 608-785-8350
Chavalas, Lee, Potts, Zeisler-Vralsted; Associate
Professors: Hollenback, Sinclair;
Macias-Gonzalez, Teboh, Vandenberg-Daves.
History Major (All colleges) — 40 credits.
Core requirements — Twelve
credits from HIS 210, 230, 240, 250; four credits from 490. Twenty four
(24) credits from the following five categories:
Category I: History of Women —
Three credits from HIS 301, 302, 304,
305, 315, 370,
Category II: Topical Approaches —
credits from HIS 306, 309, 310, 311, 314, 320, 330.
Category III: U.S. History —
Six credits from
HIS 308, 313, 316, 317, 318, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 345.
Category IV: Regional/World Cultural Zones (Asia,
Latin America, Europe) — nine credits total, including: Asia,
three credits from HIS 329, 334, 335, 337, 339; Latin America, 3 credits
from HIS 336, 341, 342, 343, 344, 347, 356; Europe, 3 credits from HIS 346,
348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 354, 355.
Category V: Classical World/Religions
credits from HIS 204, 275, 326, 327, 328, 331, 332, 333, 340, 353, 365,
History Major with Regional World Emphasis
— 40 credits.
Core requirements as listed in the major; three
credits in INS 350; 4 credits in HIS 490. Three credits (3) from each of
the following categories: Category I: History of Women, Category II:
Topical Approaches, and Category V: Classical/World Religions;
from one selected area of focus:
—European Focus: HIS 314, 346, 348, 349, 350,
351, 352, 354, 355
—Asian Focus: HIS 311, 316, 334, 335,
—United States Focus: HIS 301, 304, 306, 308,
309, 310, 313, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325
—Latin American Focus: HIS 336, 341, 342, 343,
344, 345, 347, 356
Focus: HIS 204, 275, 327, 328, 329, 331,
332, 333, 340, 346, 353, 365, 366, 367, 372
Teacher Certification requirements:
GEO 200, EFN 200 and C-I 381.
(All colleges) — 24 credits. Six (6)
credits in core requirements; three credits each from Categories I, II,
III, and V; six credits from any two of the three Regional Cultural zones
in Category IV. All to be selected from lists under major. (History minors
in teacher certification programs are also required to take HIS 307 for a
total of 27 credits.)
History Minor with Regional World Emphasis
— 24 credits. Six (6) credits in core
requirements; three credits each from Categories I, II, and V; nine credits
from one focus selected from Asia, European, United States, Latin America
or Ancient/ Medieval focus. (History minors in teacher certification
programs are also required to take HIS 307 for a total of 27
Social Studies Major (Broadfield)
(Middle Level/Secondary Education). See description of
the broadfield major on p. 71.
Public History Minor
(All colleges) — 24 credits. The public
history minor is an interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum which
prepares students to practice history outside of the academy, in
non-teaching capacities, in the service of select public needs. Required
courses: ENG 307 or 308, POL 211 or MGT 308, and HIS 320, 390, 450 and nine
credits from ARC 250, 435,
ART 354 and POL 313.
Advanced placement is
available for Advanced Placement Examinations in American history or
European history as developed and administered by the Educational Testing
Services (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey. Information is
available from the department chair.
Courses numbered HIS 100-299 are
primarily for freshmen and sophomores, those numbered
HIS 300-399 are open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and to those freshmen
who have appropriate General Education background.
a course number
indicates a General Education course.
HIS 101 Cr. 3
Global Origins of the Modern World
This course explores the origins and development of
the modern world, focusing on the dual dynamics of globalization and vital
indigenous civilizations. The course will critically examine a minimum of
three world civilizations, their ancient antecedents, and will include
multiple themes, such as technology and science, religion, gender, war and
peace, and the environment.
HIS 102 Cr. 3
Global Transition and Change
This course examines world history from the
perspective of one specific theme, such as technology and science,
religion, gender, cross-culture connections, war and peace, arts and
literature, government, or the environment. The course is global in scope,
covering a minimum of three world civilizations. Individual sections will
trace the development of one theme over the course of major changes in
world history, ancient origins to the present. Students will have their
choice of sections, thus of themes.
HIS 202 Cr. 3
Contemporary Global Issues
This course will offer a contemporary multi-
disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues
and trends confronting the global society as it enters the 21st century.
Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin
and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting
modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate
current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and
approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics,
geography, political science and history. (Cross-listed with
SOC/ANT/ECO/GEO/POL; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Sem.
HIS/ARC 204 Cr. 3
Ancient Literate Civilizations
An historical and archaeological study of ancient
Eurasia and North Africa, including a survey of the major archaeological
sites. Topics such as the development of urbanization in the Near East and
Mediterranean, and comparative studies of the Indus civilization, China,
Classical Greece, Rome, and the New World will be discussed. (Cross-listed
with ARC; may only earn credit in HIS or ARC.)
HIS 205 Cr. 3
History of Ethical Values in
This course is a comparative historical survey of
selected religions which focuses upon the distinctive ways that each
religion developed norms of good and bad behavior that it imposed upon its
adherents. What behaviors did each religious tradition label as good or
bad, pure or impure? Why did each tradition place behaviors in those
categories? How did those value judgments concerning good and bad behaviors
change over the centuries? Some of the topics covered in this comparative
historical fashion will include the treatment of women, attitudes toward
abortion, contraception, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, war,
attitudes towards other religions, and environmental ethics. Offered Sem.
HIS 206 Cr. 3
Life in 20th Century America
This course focuses on the individual in a changing
society. It will trace transformations in political and economic
institutions, but will focus on the individual in a time of changing
racial, gender, family, and cultural structures. It will explore the
history of the self in American history. Offered Sem. II.
HIS 210 Cr. 3
Survey of United States History
This course examines United States history from the
period of the revolution to the present. It focuses on the development and
reform of American politics, the evolution of American society and culture,
and the place of the United States in the world. Offered once a
HIS 220 Cr. 3
The United States in the Global Community
A survey of the history of the United States focused
on the ways that its constitutional creations, expressions of
representative politics, growth of empire, racial and ethnic policies,
economic growth and military power have interacted with the global
community. Offered once a year.
HIS 230 Cr. 3
The Ancient Medieval World
An historical survey of the civilizations of West
Asia, North Africa, and Europe from the advent of urbanization in 4000 B.C.
to the beginning of the Renaissance (c. 1300 A.D.). Topics discussed will
be the nature and status of women, ethnic and religious minorities, the
importance of geography and technology. Special emphasis will be placed on
studying historical themes that have survived to the present day. Offered
once a year.
HIS 240 Cr. 3
Survey of Modern Europe
This course will consider the forces of nationalism,
liberalism, imperialism, and totalitaranism, as well as Europe’s
interaction with non-western cultures, the two world wars and the Cold War.
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to place this
period of European history within the context of global history. Offered
once a year.
HIS 250 Cr. 3
The Asian World
This course will introduce students to various aspects
of Asian history with special focus on the Modern period (post-1800). In
particular, it will compare the political, social and economic structures
as well as the religious/philosophical underpinnings of Asian countries,
including China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. Offered every
HIS 275 Cr. 3
Ancient Britain and Ireland
Exploration of the fascinating archaeological heritage
of the British Isles and Ireland from the earliest Stone Age inhabitants to
the end of the Roman Occupation. Prerequisite: ARC 200 or ARC/HIS 204
recommended. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in HIS or ARC.)
HIS 300 Cr. 1-3
Topics in History
Topics selected by the individual instructor or by the
students and instructor together. Special interests of both the bases of
current world crises or areas of historical concern not covered in formal
course work, may be the vehicles for this offering. Credits generated in
this course apply as electives in the major or minor. Prerequisite: HIS 101
or 102. Repeatable for credit.
HIS 301 Cr. 3
Women in the Modern United States:
This course introduces students to key issues in
modern women’s history in the United States. It explores
women’s experiences as workers, activists, consumers, citizens, and
family members. It also examines the various ways in which generations of
Americans have defined “woman’s place” and
“women’s issues”, and raises questions about the
possibility for defining common “women’s issues” today.
Offered Sem. II.
HIS 302 Cr. 3
Women, Class, and Identity in United States
This course will acquaint students with class as a
feature of women’s identity in American history, focusing primarily
on the experiences and identities of working-class women, and secondarily
on relationships between classes of women. We will explore how
women’s class identities were shaped and expressed in their roles as
workers, consumers, wives, mothers, citizens, activists, etc. We will also
examine the way the larger culture perceived and portrayed working-class
women in politics and in popular culture. Though class and gender will be
the key categories of analysis as we examine American women’s
history, we will also look at the complex intersection of race, region,
sexual identity, and other factors that contribute to women’s
identity. Offered once every three years.
HIS 304 Cr. 3
Women in Early America: 1607-1890
This course provides an historical survey of
women’s lives and women’s status in the colonial, early
national and nineteenth century United States. It explores the varied
experiences of Native American, European American, and African American
women in the contexts of colonization, migration, and slavery, and it
examines the role of women in defining American politics and social
movements in the emerging American nation. Offered once every
HIS 305 Cr. 3
History of Motherhood in the
This course considers motherhood in nineteenth and
twentieth century United States history from a variety of perspectives. It
explores women’s experiences’ as mothers, across lines of
class, race, and relationship status. It also examines the politics of
motherhood in U.S. history, and considers both the restrictive and the
empowering dimensions of ideologies of motherhood. Offered once every three
HIS 306 Cr. 3
History of Ethnic America
The role and impact of immigrants and ethnic
minorities on the political, economic and cultural development of the
United States from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the immigrant
experience — the problems of immigrant adjustment, patterns of
immigrant mobility and assimilation, and the persistence of ethnicity and
ethnic tensions. Offered once a year.
HIS 307 Cr. 3
History with Documents
This course brings students into a study of selected
historical documents as a meaningful way of linking historical research to
the teaching of history. Offered Sem. I.
HIS 308 Cr. 3
Reforming American Society
An exploration of moral and political reform in
nineteenth century America, this course focuses on the reform impulse from
1820-1920. Antebellum reform developed out of a basic moral understanding
of the social fabric, and included many issues that once introduced to
public dialog have remained to this day, such as women’s rights,
antislavery and civil rights, and temperance. Postbellum reform movements
were more overtly political; this course will examine populism and
progressivism. Offered once every two years.
HIS 309 Cr. 3
History of African-American Protest
This course traces the history of African-American
protest strategies and movements, with a focus on the modern Civil Rights
movement. The course examines the ways in which these struggles shaped
American politics generally, but focuses on major themes and and problems
in the history of African-Americans’ struggles for racial justice,
including questions of integration versus separatism, proposals to
“repatriate” to Africa, appropriate responses to the violence
of institutionalized racism, the roles and perspectives of women,
European-Americans, working-class and middle-class African-Americans in
anti-racist politics, and strategies for economic empowerment. Offered once
every three years.
HIS 310 Cr. 3
Native American History
A survey of Indian history in North America from
European contact to the present, with primary emphasis upon the nineteenth
and twentieth centuries. A major theme to be explored will be Indian
patterns of resistance to white-imposed policies. Offered once every two
HIS 311 Cr. 3
History of Peace and War
An examination of the causes, consequences and nature
of both war and peace in a global context. This course will consider war
and peace throughout history and within various cultures. Offered once
every three years.
HIS 313 Cr. 3
Colonial and Revolutionary America
A history of the founding and development of North
American colonies and the era of the American Revolution, with special
attention devoted to the establishment and evolution of Euro-American
culture and the creation and maturation of American politics. Offered every
HIS 314 Cr. 3
This course is designed to introduce students to the
Holocaust from the perspective of historians, writers and poets. Offered
once every three years.
HIS 315 Cr. 3
History of Feminist Thought
An examination of the history of feminist ideas in the
United States and the historical context, both western and international,
from which they emerged. Offered once every three years.
HIS 316 Cr. 3
The history of the Vietnamese civil war with focus on
the involvement of the United States in it. It will examine Vietnam’s
anticolonial revolution, trace developing American foreign policy from
Truman forward, and study its attendant consequences in both the United
States and Vietnam. Offered once every three years.
HIS 317 Cr. 3
History of the Environmental Movement:
A study of the historical roots of the conservation
movement and how the perceptions of humans toward their environment have
evolved. Beginning with Thoreau’s ideas about nature in the 1950s to
present-day environmental concerns, articulated by groups such as the
Sierra Club, course will trace the development of an environmental
conscience. Offered once every two years.
HIS 318 Cr. 3
The West in American History
A survey of the American West as a significant world
region. In addition to coverage of the frontier process, subjects such as
racial prejudice, religious movements, land use, environmental and social
change, and comparisons with other global themes and areas will be
explored. Offered once every three years.
HIS 319 Cr. 3
Twentieth Century U.S. and World
Social, economic, political and diplomatic history of
contemporary America from the 1890s to the present. Major topics include
the development of the modern bureaucratic corporate state, the rise of
U.S. power and its international effects, and the roles of women and
American social and ethnic minorities in the 20th century. Offered once
every three years.
HIS 320 Cr. 3
An introduction to public history (history outside
academe and public interest) and field experience. Class time will be
devoted to the background, methods and application of history in the public
arena. The class will also feature a team research project in historic
preservation, cultural resource management, public policy, or museum
administration. Offered once every three semesters.
HIS 321 Cr. 3
An exploration of the history of Wisconsin, focusing
on place, people, and the development of regional culture. Special emphasis
will be given to environment, native peoples, ethnicity, the Progressive
transformation of state politics, and community from the territorial period
to the recent past. Offered once every three semesters.
HIS 322 Cr. 3
The American West in
Film and Literature
The American West as portrayed by scholars, novelists
and film makers over the past century. Students will read and analyze the
historical interpretations of Turner, Webb, Nash, Limerick and White and
examine selections from novels that treated the West in a popularized
concept. Students will view, analyze, compare and contrast a series of
commercial, popular films with this literature. Offered once every three
HIS 323 Cr. 3
World War II
This course focuses on World War II, its causes, its
conduct and its consequences. It will examine the war from a global
perspective, exploring all of its aspects – political, diplomatic,
military and civilian — in the broad context of national
differences, rivalries and conflicts extending from World War I and The
Treaty of Versailles (1919) into the third quarter of the twentieth
century. Offered once every three years.
HIS 324 Cr. 3
Civil War and Reconstruction
A study of the Middle Period (1826-1876) in U.S.
History with emphasis on the Civil War and its military implications for
later conflicts. Offered once every two years.
HIS 325 Cr. 3
America in the Cold War
The United States spent almost half of the twentieth
century engaged in a hostile confrontation with the Soviet Union. This
course will explore the origins of the Cold War from its development in
1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It will study the
economic and ideological conflicts between the two countries, as well as
explaining the effects of the Cold War on U.S. domestic
culture. Offered every other year.
HIS 326 Cr. 3
This course surveys the history of Christianity from
the beginning of the Protestant Reformation until the present. Offered once
every three years.
HIS 327 Cr. 3
History of Buddhism
A survey of the historical development of the Buddhist
religion — its doctrines, practices, and institutions
its origins through the 20th century. This course will analyze how Buddhism
first evolved in India and focus upon the distinctive ways that it
developed in southeast Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan. Offered once every
HIS 328 Cr. 3
History of Hinduism
A survey of the historical development of the Hindu
religion from its origins in the early Vedic period through the 20th
century. Some of the topics covered include the evolution of the belief of
reincarnation, the development and significance of the caste system, the
development of Hindu attitudes toward women, and the evolution of the
principal Hindu gods and goddesses. Offered once every three years.
HIS 329 Cr. 3
History of Islam
A survey of the historical development of Islam from
its origins through the present day. It will also analyze the central
beliefs, practices, and institutions of Muslims. Special attention will be
given to the situations of women in the Islamic world. Offered once every
HIS 330 Cr. 3
History of Religions
This course will be a historical and broadly
comparative study of religion, religions, and religious phenomena. First,
it will incorporate a cross-cultural study of such phenomena as myth,
ritual, sacred places, gods and goddesses, mysticism, and the various forms
of religious community and authority. Second, it will also trace the
historical development of the scholarly study of comparative religion.
Finally, it will focus on the historical evolution of a particular
religious phenomenon through many centuries, i.e., the historical evolution
of the devil and the concept of hell in the Old Testament and Christianity.
Offered once every three years.
HIS/ARC 331 Cr. 3
The Ancient Greek World
A historical and archaeological survey of the ancient
Greek world (Greece proper, the Aegean Islands, southern Italy, western
Turkey). Periods discussed will include Cretan (Minoan), Mycenaean,
Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Early Greek Christian. Offered once
every three years. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in HIS or
HIS/ARC 332 Cr. 3
Ancient Rome and Mediterranean
A historical and archaeological survey of the ancient
Mediterranean area (with emphasis on the Italian peninsula) from the
founding of the city of Rome to the collapse of the western Roman Empire in
the fifth century A.C.E. Periods discussed will include: Italy in the
Neolithic period, the founding of Rome, Etruscan Domination, the Roman
Republic, the Roman Principate/Empire, and the advent of Roman
Christianity. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in HIS or ARC.)
Offered once every three years.
HIS 333 Cr. 3
Christianity to 1517
This course surveys the history of Christianity from
its origin up to the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
Topics to be covered will include the following: question of the
reliability of the Gospels as historical sources, early heresies,
Christological and Trinitarian controversies, the conversion of Western and
Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages, the evolution of the papacy and
monasticism, the Crusades, and the status and treatment of women in ancient
and medieval Christianity. Offered once every three years.
HIS 334 Cr. 3
Aspects of Chinese History
Each semester this course will examine a specific
aspect of the history of China from earliest times to the present. Included
will be the Chinese family; the role of ideology in Chinese history
(Confucianism, communism, etc.); the revolutionary period (1800-1949); and
China since 1949. Offered once every three years.
HIS 335 Cr. 3
History of China
A survey of the history of China from earliest times
to the present. Included are the study of traditional China, the impact of
western civilization on that traditional society, and the rise of
communism. Offered once every three years.
HIS 336 Cr. 3
Hispanics in the United States
This course will introduce students to the diverse
experiences of Hispanic peoples in the United States through an
interdisciplinary survey of their social, historical, political, economic,
and cultural experiences. Offered once every three
HIS 337 Cr. 3
Modern China and Japan
This course will explore Chinese and Japanese history
from the late 19th Century to the present, giving careful scrutiny to the
political, economic, and cultural relationship between these two nations.
Offered once every three years.
HIS 339 Cr. 3
History of Russia and the Soviet Union
The origins and development of the Russian state from
Kievan Rus through the collapse of the Soviet Union. This course will also
examine the global impact of Russian interaction with Asian, Islamic and
Western cultures. Offered once every three years.
HIS/ARC 340 Cr. 3
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations
A historical and archaeological study of the nature of
origin of ancient civilizations and causes for decline and fall. Numerous
case studies will be surveyed, including the rise and fall of Sumerian,
Egyptian, Iranian, Hittite, Harappan, Israelite, Chinese, Minoan, Classical
Greek and Roman and New World civilizations, among others. (Cross-listed
with ARC; may only earn credit in HIS or ARC.) Offered once every three
HIS 341 Cr. 3
Nineteenth Century Latin America
Study of the problems of political instability,
economic underdevelopment and social disunity from the Wars of Independence
(1810-1825) to World War I. Attention also to the non-Hispanic Caribbean
region. Offered once every two years.
HIS 342 Cr. 3
Twentieth Century Latin America
The struggle for economic development, political
democracy, and social justice in the period of developing nationalism since
World War I. The Non-Hispanic Caribbean is included. Offered once every two
HIS 343 Cr. 3
This course will focus on the Hispanic frontier in
North America from California to Florida and the interactions between the
United States and Mexico (and Spain) from 1521-1990. Offered once every
HIS 344 Cr. 3
Colonial Latin America
This course will analyze Iberian society as a way to
understand the establishment and evolution of Hispanic institutions and
culture in Latin America from 1492 until 1821. Offered once every three
HIS 345 Cr. 3
U.S.-Latin American Relations
This course will explore U.S. relations with the Latin
American republics from 1776 to the present day. It will devote careful
attention to the economic and political goals of U.S. foreign policy in
Latin America and explore how these goals have fueled anti-U.S.
nationalism, thereby compromising Washington’s efforts to forge
closer ties with the Latin American nations. Offered once every three
HIS 346 Cr. 3
History of the Middle Ages
The emergence and flowering of medieval European
civilization — in its political, religious, socio-economic and
cultural aspects — from the Germanic invasions to the Renaissance
era. This course will also examine the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations;
their interaction with the West; and the contributions made by the Muslim
and Byzantine peoples to medieval Europe. Offered once every
HIS 347 Cr. 3
A History of Greater Mexico
This course examines the Mexican experience in the
United States as an integral part of Mexican history. Offered once every
HIS 348 Cr. 3
Renaissance and Reformation
The broadening of European political, social,
cultural, geographical and religious horizons from A.D. 1300 to 1648. This
course will also examine European interaction with Asian, Islamic and
American cultures, and the impact such interaction had upon Europe. Offered
once every three years.
HIS 349 Cr. 3
History of Modern Europe (20th Century)
The emergence of Europe as a political, cultural,
social, industrial and military power during the 19th and 20th centuries.
This course will also explore European interaction with non-Western
cultures, the two world wars, the Cold War, decolonization, the decline of
Europe as a premier world power, and the break-up of Eastern Europe and
Soviet regimes. Offered once every three years.
HIS 350 Cr. 3
Episodes in French History
An examination of various episodes in French history
that illustrate major social, intellectual, political, and economic trends.
Each semester will examine a specific aspect of French history since 1750.
These will include: the French Revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848, 1870, and
1968; war and occupation in France; and French intellectual development
since 1750. Offered once every three years.
HIS 351 Cr. 3
History of France: 1750-Present
A history of France since 1750 incorporating major
social, intellectual, political, and economic trends. Offered once every
HIS 352 Cr. 3
History of Modern Germany
Development of Germany through wars of
unification and emergence as a world power, World War
I and Weimar Republic, Nazi rule and World War II, and changes in the
post-war Germanys. Offered once every three years.
HIS/ANT/ARC 353 Cr. 3
The course presents an overview of the Maya culture
located in southern Mexico and Central America. The class is organized
chronologically into several sections that focus on the origins,
adaptations to various environments, social, political, and religious
organizations, and the belief systems of the Maya beginning at around 3000
BC. Emphasis will be on Prehispanic Maya; will also explore lifeways of
contemporary Maya people. (Cross-listed with ARC/ANT; may only earn credit
in HIS, ARC or ANT.) Offered once every three years.
HIS 354 Cr. 3
Spain to 1700
This course will examine political, religious,
socio-economic and cultural developments from the beginnings of Visigothic
rule to the decline of Spain in the 17th century. Particular attention will
be paid to Muslim and Jewish contributions to Spanish culture, as well as
Iberian voyages of exploration and imperial ventures in the “New
World.” Offered once every three years.
HIS 355 Cr. 3
England to 1603
This course will examine political, socio-economic and
cultural developments in England from the Anglo-Saxon invasions of the
fifth century through the reign of Elizabeth I. Particular attention will
be paid to the development of the English monarchy and of Parliament, as
well as interaction with other European nations. Offered once every three
HIS 356 Cr. 3
History of Mexico
Survey of Indian and Hispanic roots of Mexican history
on both sides of the border. Emphasis on events in Mexico which have
affected the United States. Offered once every two years.
HIS/ARC 365 Cr. 3
A historical and archaeological survey of ancient Iraq
(Syro-Mesopotamia) from its prehistoric origins in the neolithic period to
the Seleucid period. Ethnic groups discussed will include the Sumerians,
Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Kassites, Amorites, Chaldeans, and
Elamites. Topics will include the rise of urbanism, cuneiform writing,
religion, literature, displaced persons, gender relations, and social
structure. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn credit in HIS or ARC.)
Offered once every three years.
HIS/ARC 366 Cr. 3
A historical and archaeological survey of coastal
Syria and Palestine from the neolithic period to the Roman conquest.
Various ethnic groups discussed will include the Eblaites, Phoenicians,
Philistines, Canaanites, Arameans, Israelites, Samaritans, and Judeans.
Special emphasis will be placed on putting biblical history in its
Palestinian context. Topics will include social structure, gender
relations, religion, and literature. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn
credit in HIS or ARC.) Offered once every three years.
HIS/ARC 367 Cr. 3
This course is a survey of the history, archaeology,
culture, and civilization of ancient Egypt from the prehistoric periods,
the Pharaonic periods, as well as the Greco-Roman periods (to the advent of
Christianity). Special attention will be given to reading historical texts
in translation. We will also explore various aspects of Egyptian religion,
and the treatment of woman and non-Egyptian ethnic groups. (Cross-listed
with ARC; may only earn credit in HIS or ARC.)
HIS/W-S 370 Cr. 3
The History of Black Women’s Activism
An historical overview of the thoughts, actions, and
creative products of Black women activists in the United States, from
slavery to the present. Students will examine historical analyses,
speeches, essays, economic activities, organizational styles, political
issues, and various forms of artistic expression that women of African
descent have produced in order to query, resist, and defy the interlocking
oppressions of racism, sexism, and classism in the United States.
Prerequisite: W-S 100 or 210 or 230. (Cross-listed with W-S; may only earn
credit in HIS or W-S.) Offered once every three years.
HIS/W-S 371 Cr. 3
Women, Agriculture, and the Environment
Beginning with the ancient notion that the earth was
both alive and female, a concept indigenous to western as well as other
cultures, this course will examine subsequent ideas that have historically
shaped attitudes and actions toward women and the earth, especially as
those values and actions have affected agriculture in the U.S. The course
will examine such topics as the roles of women as builders of community in
the rural world; the impact of the industrializing of the production of
food and fiber on concepts of femininity; the development of the modern
corporate state and its impact on women and agriculture; and how women and
men are working to re-shape the way we see, think about, and act on, and
interact with the earth. Prerequisite: W-S 100 or 210 or 230. (Cross-listed
with W-S; may only earn credit in HIS or W-S.) Offered once every three
HIS/ARC 372 Cr. 3
History of Women in the Ancient World
A history of the nature and status of women in the
ancient world as derived from textual sources, including works of
literature, private letters, economic documents, and tomb inscriptions.
Areas studies will be Syro-Mesopotamia, Israel, Iran, Anatolia, Egypt, and
the Mediterranean world. Also discussed will be the study of women as
derived from archaeological sources. (Cross-listed with ARC; may only earn
credit in HIS or ARC.)
HIS 390 Cr. 3
Public History Research
An intensive research field school in historic
preservation, cultural resource management, oral history, or museum
studies. Students will complete one active research project in one of the
above specialities. Both the specialty and the project will vary from
semester to semester. Offered as arranged with instructor.
HIS 400/500 Cr. 1-3
Investigation of areas and topics of current
historical interest not covered in the regular curriculum, ranging from
local and regional to global issues. Credits generated in this course apply
as electives in the major or minor. Repeatable for credit — no
HIS/M-S 402 Cr. 3
American Military History
An historical review and analysis of the development
of military strategy and weapons, a detailed study of the history of the
United States military, an analysis of contemporary, post World War II
issues, and a study of selected battles. (Cross-listed with M-S; may only
earn credit in HIS or M-S.) Offered once a year.
HIS 450 Cr. 3-12
The internship is intended to provide a student with
an on-the-job experience which is related to academic studies in history. A
student who applies for an internship and is accepted, will be placed in a
carefully selected position and will be supervised by a committee of three
members. At least two members of the committee shall be members of the
history department. A maximum of 6 credits may be counted toward the
history major and 3 credits toward the history minor from HIS 450.
Prerequisite: overall grade point average of 2.75 with a minimum GPA of
3.00 in history. An open evaluation session between the committee and
intern will be held before a grade is assigned by the faculty members of
HIS 490 Cr. 4
History Research Seminar
A capstone course in historical research and writing:
Themes and techniques of historical inquiry, research methods, use of
primary sources, interpretation, and composition. Requires completion of a
significant research and writing project. Prerequisite: 12 credits in
history, excluding current registration.
HIS 497 Cr. 1-3
Individual Study in History
Directed readings and research under the supervision
of an assigned instructor. No more than six credits in HIS 497 may count in
the major and no more than three credits in HIS 497 may count in the minor.
Prerequisite: 20 credits in history (including current registration) and
written permission of the instructor. Repeatable for credit