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Undergraduate Classes - Fall 2014


IDSP225: Introductions to Medieval Society and Culture
Interdisciplinary orientation and introduction to medieval studies including study of different cultural forms (literature, music, art, philosophy, science, and religion) and the "way of life" of different strata of society.

HIST 110: Western Civilization To 1500
Examination and interpretation of major historical developments in the Ancient Near East, Classical Greece and Rome, and Medieval Europe.

HIST 111: Western Civilization: 1500-1815
Examination and interpretation of the major historical changes which took place in Europe between the time of the Renaissance and the Age of the French Revolution.

HIST112: Western Civilization Since 1815
Examination and interpretation of the European historical developments since the French Revolution which have molded the world as we know it today.

HIST140: Asia to 1500
Political and cultural history of India, China, and Japan with discussion of the origins, development, and importance of major Asian religions.

HIST 170: World History I
Thematic, comparative overview of major problems in human history before ca. 1500. Emphasis varies by instructor.

HIST 171: World History II
Thematic, comparative overvew of major problems in human history since c. 1500. Emphasis varies by instructor.

HIST 260: American History To 1865  
Central developments in American history from Old World backgrounds through the Civil War

HIST 261: American History Since 1865
Central developments in the history of the United States since the end of the Civil War.

HIST 295: Historical Methods
Introduction of the basic tools required by all history majors in researching and analyzing historical materials and understanding historiographical trends.

HIST 304: Late Antiquity and the Fall of Rome 
History of the third to sixth centuries A.D., traditionally associated with the Fall of Rome throughout the Mediterranean basin.  Transformation of vibrant classical and near eastern heritages of the late Roman Empire, first barbarian kingdom, early Byzantine Empire, and early Islamic caliphate.

HIST 312: France Since 1815
French society, government, and culture from the fall of Napoleon I to the present, emphasizing the revolutionary heritage, the coming of industrialism and democracy, the rise and fall of the French colonial empire; the ordeal of France in the 20th century.

HIST 323: History of Science to Newton
Science in the ancient Near East; Hellenic and Hellenistic science; the Arabs; medieval science; the Copernican revolution; the new physics; and the new biology.

HIST 338: History of Russia: 1917 - Present
Political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Russian Revolutions of 1917, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation.  Issues of empire, class, gender, and promises of women's equality.

HIST 344: History of Ancient China
Formation of Chinese society and civilization from its origin to the 10th century A.D.

HIST353: Women in African History
History of African women from ancient times to the present, including gender roles in social, economic, and political institutions.

HIST 355: History of Black American Music
History of black American music.

HIST 359: History of Illinois 
Society, economy, and politics of Illinois from prehistory to the present. Topics start with Native Americans and the beginning of French exploration and colonization, and end with Illinois in the 21st century.

HIST 368: History of Chicago
Survey of the history of Chicago, emphasizing the city's social structure, its economic, political, and cultural development, and the changing meaning of locality and community.

HIST 370: Introduction to American Indian History 
Introduction to traditional and contemporary American Indian cultures. Emphasis on religion, literature and arts, Indian-white contact, the Indians’ unique relationship to the federal government, and contemporary issues facing American Indian reservations.

HIST 377: American Environmental History 
History of the ecosystems of the United States, 1600 to the present, and of the 20th century conservation and environmental movements.  Topics include Indian ecology, farming and ecology, and the urban environment.

HIST 379: American Military History
History of the American military experience from colonial times to the present.

HIST 381: Colonial Latin America
Spanish and Portuguese colonial empires in America from their foundation through the wars for Latin American independence.

HIST 395: Internship in History

HIST399: University Honors Seminar: World War 1

HISTORY 400: Student Teaching (SECONDARY) in History/Social Sciences
Student teaching for one semester. Assignments arranged with the department’s office of teacher certification. S/U grading.

HIST 441: The African Diaspora
Major themes in the historical study of the African diaspora in the trans-Atlantic, trans-Saharan, and Indian Ocean regions.  Development of African communities, cultures, ethnicities, religions, and identities under conditions of enslavement or forced migration, and processes of identification in the diaspora with the African homeland; New World developments such as creolization, the construction of mulitple identities, and the positioning of enslaved Africans within the dynamics of the emergent Atlantic World.  Geographic focus may vary depending on instructor.

HIST 468: America Since 1960
Analysis of social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual trends from the Kennedy years through the post-Cold War era.  Topics include the civil right movement, the Kennedy-Johnson foreign policies toward Cuba and East Asia, the Great Socity programs, the Vietnamese civil war, the "counterculture," Nixon and Watergate, the Reagan years, and the Persian Gulf conflict and the 1990s.

HIST 486: Poverty and Progress in Latin America
Exploration of the persistent gap between rich and poor in Latin America and the poverty of Latin America relative to the developed world.  Inquiry into how Latin America fell behind and other issues, including the legacy of colonialism, opportunities and limitations of the 19th century export booms, industrialization and urbanization in the 20th century, and distribution of burdens and benefits in Latin American society, polity, and economy.

HIST490: Special Topics in History: Knights and Samurai
Medieval and Asian fields are offered.

HIST493: Independent Study

HIST 494: Oral History
Introduction to the theory and practice of interviewing as a way of creating, documenting, and interpreting historical evidence. Attention given to systematic analysis and the practice of editing, indexing, recording, preserving, and transcribing tapes and to the application of oral history to historical research and writing.

HIST 495: Senior Thesis  
Capstone of the history major, involving advanced practice in the craft of the professional historian. All sections of course organized as seminars, and participants engage primarily in writing and presenting a paper based on their own research. Extensive library/ archival work. In addition, each student meets with his or her research advisor.

HIST 496: History and Social Science Instruction in Grades 6-12
Crosslisted as ANTH 496X, ECON 496X, GEOG 496X, POLS 496X, PSYC 496X, and SOCI 496X. Organization and presentation of materials for history and social science courses at the middle school, junior high, and senior high school levels.