HIST 110: Western Civilization To 1500
This course surveys western history from the ancient Near East to the beginning of the modern world. It therefore covers both the ancient and medieval worlds and involves a wide geographic expanse, including Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Special attention will be given to the following themes: gender; law and justice; faith and reason; multiculturalism; and the degree to which all peoples have experienced western civilization equally.
HIST 171: World History II
Thematic, comparative overvew of major problems in human history since c. 1500. Emphasis varies by instructor.
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 305: Europe in the Early Middle Ages
Survey of the formation of Medieval Europe from the decline of the ancient world to the late-10thcentury revival.
HIST 328: Europe 1945 - Present
Culture, diplomacy, policy, and society in Europe since the Second World War, including postwar continuity and change in domestic and foreign policy, the domestic implications of decolonization, student and other radical politics, the changing role of women and family, the fall of Communism, and the move toward European integration.
HIST 344: History of Ancient China
Formation of Chinese society and civilization from its origin to the 10th century A.D.
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 358: Britain Since 1688
Survey of British history from the Glorious Revolution to the present. Changing notions of citizenship, industrialization and its impact on British men and women, and the connections between nation, empire, and identity.
HIST 362: Hunt for "Un-Americans" in U.S. History
Examination of forces in U.S. society that initiated repression of rights and surveillance campaigns against those deemed “un-American” threats to U.S. society. Topics include immigration, labor, and race panics; wars of the 20th century and the construction of the surveillance state; repression of protest movements; response to 9/11.
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 382: Modern Latin America
The Latin American states from the wars of independence to the present. Political, economic, and social institutions examined with attention to patterns of Latin American government.
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.
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 416: The 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 474: History of Immigration and Ethnicity
Survey of the nature and impact of immigration in American history from the colonial era to the present focusing on ethnic group origins, persistence, modification, and interaction. Includes comparative analysis of European, Latino, and Asian immigration. Examination of assimilation, acculturation, and accommodation theories, nativism, immigration legislation, multiculturalism, and minority relations.
HIST 487: The Latin American City
Urbanization and urban life in Latin America from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on rapid rural-to-urban migration in the twentieth century and the rise of mega-cities.
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.
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 170: World History I
Thematic, comparative overview of major problems in human history before ca. 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 303: 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 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 343: History of Southeast Asia Since 1800
The several nations of Southeast Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries with emphasis on their reaction to European imperialism, Western science and technology. Principal topics include nationalism, socialism, the struggle for independence, and problems of modernization.
HIST 351: Japan Since 1600
Survey of modern Japanese history. The nation-building efforts since the Tokugawa Shogunate. Topics include political centralization, encounters with the West, nationalism, imperialist expansion in Asia, and the rise of Japan as a global power.
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 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 386: History of Human Rights
Historical emergence and evolution of “human rights” as idea, aspiration, and socio-political practice. Focus on debates about origins of human rights; whether it expresses Western or universal values; development of human rights advocacy; and roles played by states, non-governmental organizations, individuals, and the media in globalization of human rights over the past two centuries.
HIST 389: Global Climate History
Interaction of climate and humans from the deep past to the present. Topics include the influence of climatic patterns on early human populations, the Little Ice Age, the political and social ramifications of volcanic eruptions and El Niño events, and global warming.
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 470: America and Asia
Relationships between Asian nations and the United States. Topics include cultural and economic exchanges, experiences of Asian immigrants and their descendants in the U.S., competing strategic aspirations and value systems, and U.S. interventions in Asian wars. Emphasis varies according to instructor.
HIST 477: American Foreign Relation Since 1914
Diplomatic aspects of the two world wars, the origins and development of the Cold War in Europe and Asia, and the American response to Third World nationalism, including the war in Vietnam.
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 Section 5/6
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.