DepartmentNumberTitle / DescriptionCredits
HistoryHI205 The American Experience

A one-semester survey course designed to provide the student with a broad overview of the American experience. It is especially recommended for students preparing for a career in education. Major topics covered include early America and Americans (beginnings to 1650), settlements, colonies, and the emergence of American identity (1600-1763), the American Revolution creating a new nation (1750-1815), expansion, reform, and economic growth (1815-1861), the Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877), the advent of modern America (1877-1914), the United States and two World Wars (1914-1945), and the contemporary United States (1945- Present). This course may not be applied to the two-course US History requirement for History majors, although it may be used as a History elective.

3
HistoryHI212 Travel Seminar in History

Off campus travel experience sponsored by the Department of History and varying in length from a few days to an entire semester. Offered varying years. Permission of the instructor required.

3
HistoryHI223Colonial and Revolutionary America

The first of four period courses in American history. A survey of America during the colonial and revolutionary periods. Major topics include: early European encounters with North America, growth of English settlements, Native American civilizations, life in provincial America, American colonies in the British Empire, and the War for American Independence. The New England experience and major historiographical interpretations will be emphasized. Offered alternate years.

3
HistoryHI224Forging of a New Nation

The second of four period courses in American history. A survey of the United States from its inception as an independent nation through the crisis of the Civil War. Major topics include: the Constitution and the New Republic, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, American society and culture, westward expansion, slavery, sectionalism, reform, and war. Major historiographical interpretations will be emphasized. Offered alternate years.

3
HistoryHI225History of the US: 1865-1919

The third of four period courses in American history. This is a survey of the United States from 1865 to 1918. Major topics include Reconstruction, industrial expansion, urbanization, immigration, intellectual and cultural trends, Progressivism, Imperialism, and World War I. Major historiographical interpretations will be emphasized. 

3
HistoryHI226History of the US: 1920 to Present

The last of four period courses in American history. This is a survey of the United States from the 1920s to the present. Major topics include: the new postwar era, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II and the Cold War, and American society and culture in flux. Major historiographical interpretations will be emphasized. 

3
HistoryHI227Ancient Mediterranean World

Studies the social and cultural developments, economic and political ideas and institutions of the ancient Mediterranean world including: the political, socioeconomic, artistic, and religious history of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt; the successes and failures of Ancient Greece and Athenian democracy; and the origin, development, expansion, and achievements of the Roman Republic and Empire. Offered alternate years.

3
HistoryHI228Medieval Europe

Examines the social, cultural, religious, and economic development of medieval Europe from the origins of Christianity to the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation. Particular attention is paid to the varying relations between church and state, the birth of urban culture and economy, institutional and popular religious movements, and the early formation of nation states. Offered alternate years.

3
HistoryHI229Early Europe: 1500-1815

Social, cultural, religious, economic, and political developments in Europe from the Renaissance to the Fall of Napoleon. Special emphasis is given to the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the evolution of monarchical power, the rise of European overseas empires, the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Prerequisite: CP195.

3
HistoryHI230Modern Europe: 1815-Present

Overview of European history since the fall of Napoleon: international developments in the age of Metternich, the rise of industrial society, the evolution of national states in Germany and Italy, the Bismarckian system, the age of imperialism, World War I, the rise of Bolshevism, fascism, and Nazism, World War II, the origins and development of the Cold War, the formation of the European Community, and the breakup of the Soviet Empire. Offered alternate years.

3
HistoryHI250Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

The Middle East always was, and continues to be, an area of tremendous strategic, political and cultural importance. In this course we will investigate the historical roots of present-day events: the Islamic empire, the Ottoman and European domination, the establishment of a Jewish state, the discovery of oil, etc. We will also address many of the ethnic, cultural, religious, and political questions of the contemporary Middle East. Special emphasis will be put on understanding the people and cultures of the region, the practice of Islam, the Middle East peace process, and the significance of the region in world affairs. This sophomore level honors course requires permission of the instructor. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: CP195, offered fall.

3
HistoryHI299Special Topics in History

Applies to special courses in History offered at the advanced sophomore level. Prerequisites: Sophomore, permission of instructor.

Varies
HistoryHI310Critical Readings in History

A required course in historical criticism and methods, students will explore the nature of historical inquiry and practice along with questions of historical epistemology and the relationship of the Christian faith to history. Prerequisite: 9 credits of history course work.

3
HistoryHI311Military History

A survey of world military history from Antiquity to the present, with emphasis on strategy, geography, culture, and the philosophy of war. Prerequisite: CP195.

3
HistoryHI315The History of Rock and Roll

This course will survey the history of rock music from 1955 to the present. It will trace the emergence of interracial pop, the rise of the genre during the postwar American economic boom, and the development of a new youth culture. Throughout the semester students will be encouraged to think critically about the roots of rock music and how the genre has shaped American culture. 

3
HistoryHI320
Cross listed as SO320
Seminar in Globalization

Examines globalization from the perspective of politics, history, sociology, and theology. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Cross-listed as SO320. Usually offered annually

3
HistoryHI337History of Science and Christianity

Explores the interaction of two of history’s most powerful forces - science and Christianity - from the Middle Ages to the present. Prerequisites CP195, CP325

3
HistoryHI340History of International Relations 1945-Present

The causes and consequences of the Soviet-American Cold War from its origins in Europe to its extension to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The rise of the multi-polar international system, the emergence of the nonaligned blocs, and inter- and intra-alliance conflicts. Offered varying years.

3
HistoryHI341Holocaust

An intensive survey of the history of the Holocaust, beginning with the growth of anti-Semitism in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and ending with the legacy of the Holocaust today. Individual topics will include Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust, the Nazi rise to power, implementation of the Final Solution, the response of collaborators and rescuers, the role of the Church, questions of responsibility, and the problems of survivor memory. This course does not fulfill an intercultural literacy requirement. Offered varying years.

3
HistoryHI346America in the 1960s

This course analyzes the political, cultural, and intellectual history of America in the turbulent 1960s.The African-American freedom struggle, the Great Society, the rise of the New Right and the New Left, the controversies surrounding America’s involvement in Vietnam, student radicalism, sexual liberation, the counterculture, and conservative backlash will be examined. The course will emphasize changes in liberalism and the revitalization of conservatism. Studying popular music, film, literature, and works of history, students will focus on the tensions between integration and separatism, between youth culture and traditional society, and the massive transformation of the US. 

3
HistoryHI347History and Culture of the American South since 1865

A comprehensive and critical view of the American South. The South will be studied as a distinct geographic location that shaped American politics and culture. In addition, the course will chart the South’s history as an idea that altered how Americans perceived race, conservative politics, gender and sexuality, religion, and economics. A major theme of the course will be the southernization of American society. Students will become familiar with interpretive historical literature on the South and will examine representations of Dixie in popular music, film, collective memory, literature, and political culture. Offered varying years.

3
HistoryHI350Topics in Non-Western History

Applies to courses taught on a rotating basis that explore various aspects of and themes in non-Western history, including Asian, African, and topical courses. Prerequisites: CP195 and approval by the department.

3
HistoryHI353History of the Civil Rights Movement

Explores the history of the African- American freedom struggle from the 1890s to the late 20th century. This course will grapple with the basic inequalities and legal restrictions faced by people of color in the U.S. over a hundred year period. It will also cover the major attempts of whites and blacks to overcome institutional and social race prejudice. Students will study the rise of the NAACP, the formation of the liberal coalition, massive white resistance, the post-1950s civil rights movement, and the lives of a number of men and women who campaigned for and against racial justice. 

3
HistoryHI371
Cross listed as GO371
The Conservative Imagination

Explores the conservative imagination in political thought and culture with special focus on the various types of conservatism that emerged during the 20th century. Prerequisite: GO210 or instructor’s permission. Offered alternate years.

3
HistoryHI372
Cross listed as GO372
The Liberal Imagination

Explores the liberal imagination in political thought and culture with special focus on the various types of liberalism that emerged during the 20th century. Prerequisite: GO210 or instructor’s permission. Offered alternate years.

3
HistoryHI399Special Topics in History

Applies to special courses in History offered at the junior level. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor.

Varies
HistoryHI410Seminar in American History

A senior-level seminar focusing on major interpretations and trends in American historiography. Offered annually.

3
HistoryHI420Seminar in European History

A senior-level seminar focusing on trends and topics in European historiography. Options include religion and society, Seminar in European History, or modern France. Prerequisites: HI223, HI224, HI225 or HI226. Offered annually.

3
HistoryHI430Seminar, Christian Faith and Historical Inquiry

A senior-level seminar focusing on the impact of Christian faith and thought on historical inquiry. Offered varying years. Prerequisite: HI310 or permission of the instructor.

3
HistoryHI493Department Thesis

A seminar devoted to the research and writing of a significant historical thesis based heavily on primary source materials. Students defend and make a public presentation of their theses at the end of the course. Offered annually.

3-4
HistoryHI496Independent Study

Students with satisfactory academic records are encouraged to propose to the department a program of independent study for 3 credit hours. Offered varying years.

Varies
HistoryHI499Special Topics in History

Applies to special courses in History offered at the senior level. Prerequisites: Senior standing, permission of instructor.

3
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