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Undergraduate Classes - Fall 2015


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 140: 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 171: World History II
Thematic, comparative overview 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 271: The African-American Since 1865
Survey emphasizing the heritage, culture, and historical role of African-Americans and the problems of race relations in our national life since 1865.

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 kingdoms, early Byzantine Empire, and early Islamic caliphate.

HIST 306: Europe in the Later Middle Ages
Continuation of HIST 305. Survey of the renewal of town life, the age of scholasticism, the development of monarchies and parliaments, the flowering of art and architecture.

HIST 311: Early Modern France, 1500-1789
French history from the Renaissance to the outbreak of the Revolution. Examination of France’s monarchic government, court society, noble culture, merchant commerce, and agrarian economy. Special attention to religious wars, state development, imperialism, and Enlightenment movement that defined early modern France.

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 340: Ancient India
Indian civilization from prehistory to the beginnings of European colonialism. Emphasis on the growth of Hindu political, social, philosophical, and artistic traditions; kings and commoners, castes and tribes, gods and temples. Attention will also be paid to the Buddhist and Islamic traditions.

HIST 355: History if Black American Music
Examination and exploration of issues under scholarly debate on the history of black music in the United States. Emphasis on social and political contexts for creation of music by black Americans.

HIST 356: Modern Ireland
Focus on developments since the late 18th century including contemporary Northern Ireland; Anglo-Irish relations; the complex links between religion, nationalism, and identity; and the relationship between uneven economic development and emigration.

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 363: U.S. Sport History
Development of sport in the United States from the colonial era to the present, including the emergence of sport cultures, professional sports, and racial, gender, class, and political issues.

HIST 369: Women in U.S. History
Social, economic, and intellectual roles of women from the colonial period to modern times. Organization and function of the women’s rights movement, and the dynamics of change in the lives of “ordinary” women, particularly in familial and occupational settings.

HIST 373: Strikes, Riots, and Uprisings in U.S. History
Focus on selected strikes, riots, insurrections in U.S. history. Topics vary by semester. Exploration of the meanings of specific events to understand the role of conflict in American life, their causes, and long-term significance.

HIST 374: Latinos in the United States
Historical experiences of people of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent in the United States. Themes include immigration, regional labor markets, formation of internal colonies, and political and cultural developments.

HIST 377: American Enviromental 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 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
Internship in history-related field (e.g., archive, museum, historical society, historical publishing and editing). Minimum of 120 work hours per semester, plus periodic meetings with faculty supervisor. Submission of substantial written and/or oral report, addressing historical significance of project. Projects must be arranged and approved by faculty supervisor and college coordinator of internships by start of semester.  PRQ: Declared HIST major or minor; and 60 credit hours or consent of department.

HIST 398: Intersections East and West

HIST 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 401: Third Clinical Secondary School Experience in History/Social Sciences
Crosslisted as ANTH 401X, ECON 401X, GEOG 401X, POLS 401X, PSYC 401X, and SOCI 401X.Discipline-based clinical experiences for prospective secondary teachers in history and social sciences. Observations, evaluation, and practicum on methods and problems in teaching in the discipline. Includes a minimum of 40 clock hours of supervised and formally evaluated experiences in the particular setting likely for the student teaching experience. S/U grading.  PRQ: Consent of department.

HIST 422: Early Modern Europe
Analytical survey emphasizing the changing role of European nobilities, the construction of absolute monarchies, the rise of capitalism, baroque civilization, and the interaction of learned and popular culture.

HIST 429: Nazi Germany
History of National Socialism from the origins of the party to the end of World War II. Emphasis on the means used for seizing and consolidating power; social, cultural, and foreign policies of the Third Reich; anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

HIST 434: The Russian Revolution
Causes and consequences of the Bolshevik triumph in the Russian Revolution. Emphasis on the conflict of historical forces and personalities in the three revolutions between 1905- 1917, and on the international context.

HIST 475: The U.S. and S.E. Asia and the Indian Subcontinent
Focus on 20th century, including American acquisition and governance of the Philippine Islands, the American response to nationalism and independence movements, the war in Vietnam, the successive tragedies in Cambodia, and U.S.-China rivalries in the region.

HIST 484: History of Brazil
Survey of Brazilian history from first encounters between Europeans and Americans to the present; evolution of Brazil’s politics, economy, society, and culture.

HIST 490: War and American Society 1750-1820

HIST493: Independent Study
Contract through Director of Undergraduate Studies in History, Dr. Garver.

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.