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Degree Programs

Undergraduate Classes - Spring 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 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.

HIST 112: 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.

HIST 141: Asia since 1500
Major developments in Asia since the arrival of the Europeans, with emphasis on the changes in Asian civilizations resulting from European technology, political ideas, and economic relations.

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 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 303: History of Ancient Rome 
Survey of the rise of Rome from a small Latin village to a cosmopolitan empire embracing large parts of Western Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.

HIST 342: History of Southeast Asia to 1800
Development of several Southeast Asian civilizations from the earliest known history through the end of the 18th century. Emphasis on the old Indonesian kingdoms and the states of the Mekong River valley with attention given to the cultural influences associated with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

HIST 345: History of China Since the T'ang Dynasty
Chinese civilization at its height and its crisis in the modern world under the impact of the West.

HIST 349: African History Since 1600
Modern African history. Emphasis on colonization and the colonial empire. The fight for independence and liberation; the development of economic dependence and neocolonialism; and the emergence of modern African nations.

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 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 371: The American West 
History of the American West since 1500, emphasizing sociocultural, economic, environmental, technological, and political change, with attention to the West as myth and reality.

HIST 375: Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1974 
The African-American civil rights movement and the interrelationships among organizations, leaders, communities, and governments.

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

HIST 387: History of Genocide
Examination of the intertwined issues of genocide and human rights focusing on the causes, course of events, and consequences since the advent of the twentieth century. Specific case studies will be examined along with the historical and political foundations.

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 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 402: Gender and Sexuality in History
Evolution of gender and sexual identity, roles, and occupations in the industrializing world. Topics include the production of femininities and masculinities, sexual difference, interpersonal desire, kinds of friendship, romantic love, sexual ethics, and sexual orientation in history.

HIST 407: Medieval Women
Social, religious, cultural and economic history of women during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages c. 200 to c. 1500. Topics include effects of Christianity upon women in the Roman world, motherhood, religion, life cycle, education, medicine, work, power, and comparisons to Jewish and Muslim women.

HIST 416: Age of Enlightenment
Various main aspects of the intellectual revolution that preceded the American and French Revolutions, including the growth of secularism and rationalism, the rise of scientific thought, the formulation of political liberalism and radicalism, and the enrichment of the humanist tradition.

HIST 435: Stalin and Stalinism
Stalin’s role as a revolutionary before 1917, his career to his death in 1953, and his legacy in Russia today. Focus on the political, economic, cultural, and moral issues associated with Stalin’s rule over the Soviet Union.

HIST 440: Islam and Colonialism in Africa
Islamic encounters with and resistance to European imperialism from the colonial conquest and partition of Africa to the eve of African independence.

HIST 444: Japanese Empire
Rise and fall of Japan as an imperial power, ca. 1870-1945. Emphasis on strategic, economic, and ideological motivations for imperial expansion; mechanisms of formal empire in Korea, Taiwan, and Micronesia; informal empire in Manchuria, China, and Southeast Asia; Pan-Asian collaboration; and Asian nationalist resistance to Japanese rule.

HIST 445: The Chinese Revolution
Intellectual and social backgrounds of the Nationalist revolutionary movement; political history of the revolutionary period to the present.

HIST 463: Antebellum America
United States’ economic, political, social, and cultural expansion in the mid-19th century, and the explosive tensions that would plunge the nation into civil war.

HIST 481: Indigenous Mexico
Maya and Aztec cultures from European contact to the end of the colonial period in 1821. Focus on indigenous culture, religion, political life, conquest and resistance, disease and population decline, and changes and continuities of precolonial and colonial indigenous thought.

HIST 490: Special Topics in History: LGBT History

HIST 490: Special Topics in History: Game of Thrones
Medieval with COMS493

HIST 492: Intro to Public History
Introduction to the practical application of historical knowledge in such areas as historic preservation, manuscript and archival management, editing, genealogy and family history, oral history, and museum work.

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.