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Field Description

The Department of History has three paramount aims for its undergraduates, whether they are majors, minors, or students in the required core courses.

First, we foster an appreciation for studying the past for its own sake, in all its variety, ambiguity, and strangeness. To this end, each course emphasizes the exploration and interpretation of primary sources, the raw materials with which historians construct the narrative of the past.

Second, the faculty aims to help students understand that the past has shaped the present. We ask them to participate in the never-ending dialogue between the past and the present by encouraging them to explore difficult questions: What happened? Why did it happen? What were the consequences? What were the dominant values and the dissident voices? How did different cultures and societies interact? How did contemporaries and later generations differ in interpreting events? What are the context and meaning of the changes that have occurred in business, medicine, economics, politics, religion, culture, urban affairs, and gender and race relations? After exposure to these questions, students enter the world personally enriched and better equipped for whatever profession they choose.

Third, the department understands its role in educating students for effective membership and leadership in a global political, social, and economic community by providing an historical understanding of the major world cultures. In courses that range from ancient to modern times, from Asia to New York City, and from the history of women to African-American history, we try to contextualize the world for students.

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The Major

History majors are required to take at least eight history courses (24 credits) numbered 3000 and above. They must take one course in at least three different areas of the globe; these areas include American, Latin American, European, African, and Asian history. Majors are encouraged, but not required, to take the Capstone Course (History 4900). Majors must also write a substantial research paper (minimum of twenty pages) under the supervision of a professor in one of their courses. Students may take six credits toward their majors in other departments, if the courses are related to their program of study; prior consultation with a history department advisor is required.

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The Minor

The minor in history (completing three courses at the 3000-level or above) is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the discipline for students who are majoring in other academic areas. Students can choose courses from different regions, such as the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and West, South, and East Asia. These courses may focus on urban, intellectual, economic, or political issues. History combines perfectly with studies in international business, economics, business ethics, or finance, as well as many other fields.

To complete the history minor, students take three upper-level courses (9 credits). Two of these courses must be at the 3000-level, followed by HIS 4900, the history capstone course. Interested students should consult with the history department.

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Electives by Area of Concentration


American History

Social Welfare Policy ( POL 3005)

3 credits

Religion and Politics in the United States ( POL 3008), ( REL 3008)

3 credits

Colonial America: From Settlement to Independence

3 credits

The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850 – 1880

3 credits

  The Sixties in America ( BLS 3055) ( LTS 3055)3 credits

African American History ( BLS 3060)

3 credits

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, and Contemporary Controversies ( POL 3102)

3 credits

City and Suburb in Twentieth-Century America

3 credits

History of American Business Enterprise

3 credits

U.S. Economic History

3 credits

American Foreign Relations in the Twentieth Century

3 credits

History of the Cold War

3 credits

History of American Medicine

3 credits

Science and Technology in American Life

3 credits

American Intellectual History

3 credits

Topics in American History

3 credits

American Urban History

3 credits

The Immigrant in American History

3 credits

History of the People of the City of New York

3 credits

The Great Depression, 1929 – 1940

3 credits

History of the Jewish People in America

3 credits

Women in America

3 credits

Latin American History

Afro-Brazilian History ( LACS 3020)

3 credits

History of Civilizations in Latin America

3 credits

History of Caribbean Civilizations

3 credits

European History

Ancient Greece

3 credits

The Ancient World: Rome

3 credits

Europe in the Age of the Renaissance

3 credits

Jesus – A Historical and Critical Approach ( REL 3100)

3 credits

European Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

3 credits

European Intellectual History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

3 credits

Modern Imperialism

3 credits

The Third Republic in France

3 credits

Women in Europe: Ancient to Modern

3 credits

Russia Under the Tsars

3 credits

The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Regime

3 credits

Topics in European History

3 credits

Comparative Revolutions

3 credits

African History

Survey of African History ( BLS 3061)

3 credits

Women in African History ( BLS 3062)

3 credits

History of the African Diaspora ( BLS 3063)

3 credits

History of African Religions ( REL 3815)

3 credits

Asian History

A Survey of Asian History ( AAS 3080)

3 credits

The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad ( REL 3084)

3 credits

The Islamic Middle East and North Africa: 622 – 1789

3 credits

The Modern Middle East and North Africa ( POL 3086)

 

3 credits

Asian American History ( AAS 3345)

3 credits

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs ( AAS 3346), ( POL 3346)

3 credits

Contemporary Islamic World

3 credits

History of Modern Iraq

3 credits

History of Chinese Religion ( AAS 3820), ( REL 3820)

3 credits

Ancient India

3 credits

The Making of Modern India ( POL 3842)

3 credits

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization ( AAS 3851)

3 credits

Modernization and Westernization in Asia

3 credits

The Emergence of Modern Japan ( AAS 3853)

3 credits

China in Revolution ( AAS 3854)

3 credits

Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History

3 credits

General Department Courses

Colloquium in History

3 credits

HIS 3950Special Topics in Global History 3 credits 

Capstone Course: In Search of History

3 credits

Independent Research and Reading in History

variable

History Internship

3 credits

HIS 6001H

History Honors I, II, and III

variable

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Special Program

Honors Program in History

History majors and other interested students will be admitted to the program in their junior or senior year. All students will be required to have had at least 12 hours of history courses with B+ average in history and a general average of B. Students falling short of these requirements may be admitted to the program upon the recommendation of two history faculty members.

The honors program may consist of two tutorials taken consecutively and devoted to reading and researching an area of the students choice. For College requirements for honors, see the Honors Programs section of this bulletin.

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Courses

Courses in History (HIS)

Themes in American History

3 hours; 3 credits

Themes in Global History to 1500 C.E.

3 hours; 3 credits

Themes in Global History Since 1500 C.E.

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern American History

3 hours; 3 credits

Introduction to the Religions of Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

Medieval Civilization

3 hours; 3 credits

Europe in the Eighteenth Century

3 hours; 3 credits

Europe in an Era of Revolution

3 hours; 3 credits

Nineteenth Century Europe

3 hours; 3 credits

Europe in the Early Twentieth Century

3 hours; 3 credits

Europe and the World Since 1945

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern America, 1880-1945

3 hours; 3 credits

Recent America, 1945 to the Present

3 hours; 3 credits

The Third World in the Modern Era

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Chinese Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Welfare Policy ( POL 3005)

3 hours; 3 credits

Religion and Politics in the United States ( POL 3008), ( REL 3008)

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in the History of Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits

Central America: A Regional Study

3 hours; 3 credits

Ancient Greece

3 hours; 3 credits

The Ancient World: Rome

3 hours; 3 credits

Europe in the Age of the Renaissance

3 hours; 3 credits

Afro-Brazilian History ( LACS 3020)

3 hours; 3 credits

Colonial America: From Settlement to Independence

3 hours; 3 credits

The Civil War and Reconstruction

3 hours; 3 credits

The Sixties in America ( BLS 3055), ( LTS 3055)

3 hours; 3 credits

African American History ( BLS 3060)

3 hours; 3 credits

Survey of African History ( BLS 3061)

3 hours; 3 credits

Women in African History ( BLS 3062)

3 hours; 3 credits

History of the African Diaspora ( BLS 3063)

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Civilizations in Latin America

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Caribbean Civilizations

3 hours; 3 credits

A Survey of Asian History ( AAS 3080)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad ( REL 3084)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Islamic Middle East and North Africa: 622-1789

3 hours; 3 credits

The Modern Middle East and North Africa ( POL 3086)

3 hours; 3 credits

Jesus - A Historical and Critical Approach ( REL 3100)

3 hours; 3 credits

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, and Contemporary Controversies ( POL 3102)

3 hours; 3 credits

European Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

3 hours; 3 credits

European Thought in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern Imperialism

3 hours; 3 credits

The Third Republic in France

3 hours; 3 credits

Women in Europe: Ancient to Modern

3 hours; 3 credits

Asian American History ( AAS 3345)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs ( AAS 3346), ( POL 3346)

3 hours; 3 credits

Russia Under the Tsars

3 hours; 3 credits

The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Regime

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in European History

3 hours; 3 credits

Comparative Revolutions

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in European History

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Islamic World

3 hours; 3 credits

City and Suburb in 20th Century America

3 hours; 3 credits

History of American Business Enterprise

3 hours; 3 credits

U.S. Economic History

3 hours; 3 credits

American Foreign Relations in the Twentieth Century

3 hours; 3 credits

History of the Cold War

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Modern Iraq

3 hours; 3 credits

Health Care in America: 1800 - Present

3 hours; 3 credits

Science and Technology in American Life

3 hours; 3 credits

American Intellectual History

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in American History

3 hours; 3 credits

American Urban History

3 hours; 3 credits

Colloquium in History

3 hours; 3 credits

The Immigrant in American History

3 hours; 3 credits

History of the People of the City of New York

3 hours; 3 credits

The Great Depression, 1929-1940

3 hours; 3 credits

History of the Jewish People in America

3 hours; 3 credits

Women in America

3 hours; 3 credits

History of African Religions ( REL 3815)

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Chinese Religion ( AAS 3820), ( REL 3820)

3 hours; 3 credits

Ancient India

3 hours; 3 credits

The Making of Modern India ( POL 3842)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization ( AAS 3851)

3 hours; 3 credits

Modernization and Westernization in Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

The Emergence of Modern Japan ( AAS 3853)

3 hours; 3 credits

China in Revolution ( AAS 3854)

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History

3 hours; 3 credits

HIS 3950Special Topics in Global History 3 hours; 3 credits 

Capstone Course: In Search of History

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study History I

Variable hours and credits

Independent Study History II

Variable hours and credits

Independent Study History III

Variable hours and credits

Independent Study History IV

Variable hours and credits

History Internship

6 - 8 hours; 3 credits

Honors History I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Honors History II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Honors History III

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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