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HIS 1101 - World History I ( VII ) - 4 cr.
An introduction to world history from the origins of civilization to 1500. The course focuses on the societies and cultures of Eurasia: Southwest Asia (the Middle East), India, Persia, China, Greece and Rome, and Europe. Major themes include the founding and development of the world's great religions; political ideas, institutions and practices; law and legal institutions; society and economy; war, conquest and empire; the expression and meaning of human dignity in varied contexts; and the richness and diversity of human experience and aspiration in the foundational eras of the world's civilizations.


HIS 1102 - World History II ( VII ) - 4 cr.
An introduction to world history since 1500. The course surveys the societies and cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Themes include Europe's impact on the world, modernization and tradition, imperialism and empire, the great ideologies of the modern era, and growing consciousness of human rights and world citizenship. The course traces global patterns of change and continuity, while striving to understand the particular perspectives of distinct world cultures and the meanings these cultures have given to their historical experiences.


HIS 1110 - History of the United States 1 ( VII ) - 4 cr.
This course examines the history of the region that eventually became the United States from pre-European contact through 1865. Major themes include: encounters between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in the formation of colonial North America; the social, political, economic, religious, and cultural forces that shaped various colonies; the origins and evolution of slavery and racism; the movement for Independence; the development of urbanization and industrialization in the North and the entrenchment of slavery in the South; sectional crisis and party politics; and the Civil War.


HIS 1111 - History of the United States II ( VII ) - 4 cr.
This course explores major themes in United States history since 1865. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of wars on American society and culture; the roles of immigrants and immigration in shaping American identity and distinctiveness; how the nature and meaning of work have changed in a period that witnessed heavy industrialization and de-industrialization; movements for equality and civil rights; the cultural ferment of the Jazz Age and the 1960s; the challenges of the Depression; and the complexities of foreign policy in a global era.


HIS 1112 - Religion in the United States ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Offers students an introduction to the history of religion and culture in the United States from the pre- Colonial era to the present. Explores the varieties of religious life in the United States (e.g. Native American religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and various "non-traditional" religions such as Mormonism, Spiritualism and Christian Science) from a combination of historical, literary and cultural perspectives.


HIS 1777 - History Topics - 0-4 cr.
Topics.


HIS 2201 - American Indian History I ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Political, economic, social and cultural development of the American Indian from pre-contact through conquest.


HIS 2202 - American Indian History II ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Political, economic, social and cultural development of the American Indian from conquest to the present.


HIS 2212 - Medieval Europe ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Traces the political, social, cultural and intellectual development of Europe from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance, emphasizing ideas, institutions and practices that form a major part of modern western societies. Topics include feudalism, the rise of towns, religion and philosophy, church history, the formation of territorial states and the origin of the university.


HIS 2222 - A History of Christian Thought ( VII, X ) - 4 cr.
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HIS 2231 - Cultural Anthropology ( I, II ) - 4 cr.
Comparative and contextual study of the diversity and similarity in human behaviors and sociocultural adaptations as these occur throughout the world. This course studies anthropological concepts as tools of analysis in understanding culture, powerful "roles" of culture, cultural patterns and factors leading to cultural change.


HIS 2403 - The Way of the Pilgrim - 4 cr.
Explores the history and theology of pilgrimage and may include a 100 kilometer hiking pilgrimage on the Camino to Santiago Compostella in Spain, or a 100 kilometer pilgrimage from London to Canterbury; pilgrimages to Rome or Jerusalem are also possible. Beginning with the scriptural accounts of pilgrimage, students will explore the theology and history of pilgrimage. As a cross-listed history and theology course, it will also look to art and art history, and to literature, seeing there the expression of theological ideals, ideas or doctrines. Students of the Spanish language will have daily opportunity to enter into conversation in Spanish and the Galician dialect. Further, the title of Santiago Matamoros, St. James the Moor Killer, will be considered in historical context, with attention to new efforts at understanding between Christianity and Islam.


HIS 2777 - Topics - 2-4 cr.
Topics.


HIS 2999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Independent Study.


HIS 3206 - Historiography/Hist Methods ( VII, WI ) - 4 cr.
Introduction and hands-on survey of the concepts, methods, sources, and tools involved in the writing of history and in other forms of historiography. Includes a review of major historiographical trends, past and present.


HIS 3212 - Ren/Reformation Global Prsptv ( VII, WI ) - 4 cr.
The period from 1400-1650 was one of amazing change in religion, thought and culture, politics and society, science and technology, and worldwide exploration. This course explores religious, political and social transformation in Mesoamerica, Europe, Asia and Africa. It examines the period from a global rather than solely European perspective.


HIS 3214 - The World Since 1945 ( VII ) - 4 cr.
An introduction to world history from the end of World War II to the present. Major themes include the origins, course and end of the Cold War; the Soviet Union from Stalin to Gorbachev; China under Mao and his successors; decolonization, nationalism and the retreat from empire; the Vietnam War; Africa since independence; democracy, dictatorship and intervention in Latin America; war and peace in the Middle East; the Islamic world; human rights and the struggle for justice; the role of the United States in the contemporary world; and the meaning and responsibilities of global citizenship.


HIS 3300 - Russia:Kievan Beginings - 1917 ( VII ) - 4 cr.
This course is an introduction to Russian history from the first Russian state (centered on Kiev and traditionally dated from 882) to the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917. Over these roughly 1000 years, Russian history is divided into four main periods: Kievan Rus (until 1240), appanage Russia under the Mongols (1240- 1462), Muscovy (1462-1689), and imperial Russia (1689-1917). After considering the historical background, this course will concentrate on the imperial period. Topics and themes include the nature and development of the Russian autocracy, Orthodoxy and religious experience, the growth of empire, serfdom, state and civil society, the intelligentsia, and the revolutionary movement. There will be some emphasis on intellectual and cultural history.


HIS 3301 - Russia Since 1900 ( VII ) - 4 cr.
An introduction to Russian history from late tsarism to the post-communist era. The first half of the course treats the last years of the tsarist autocracy, the Russian Revolution, Lenin and Stalin, the nature of Soviet communism, and the concept of totalitarianism. The second half of the course considers the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras, Gorbachev and perestroika, the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia under Yeltsin and Putin, and the Chechen wars. Cultural and intellectual history is an integral part of the course.


HIS 3302 - Modern German History ( VII ) - 4 cr.
History of Germany from Bismarck to the present day. Topics include Germany and the Great War, the Weimar period, Hitler and the Third Reich, World War II and the Holocaust, occupation and partition, problems of historical memory and national identity, and Germany since reunification.


HIS 3303 - History of Great Britain ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Surveys the development of Great Britain from its Tudor-Stuart foundations through the last days of empire. Major themes include the emergence of the British constitution, the development of empire, relations with the North American colonies, industrialization, the Victorian era, and Britain in the 20th century (including two world wars and development of the welfare state).


HIS 3304 - Modern European Intellectual H ( VII ) - 4 cr.
This course will explore some of the critical issues and currents in European intellectual history from the eighteenth century to the present. Themes and topics include the European Enlightenment and its legacy; the idea of progress; modern social philosophies and ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism; Romanticism and nationalism; communism and fascism; major developments in philosophical, religious, historical, and scientific thought; and recent trends such as feminism, existentialism, deconstruction, post colonialism, and postmodernism. The course will consider thinkers such as Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, Einstein, Heidegger, Adorno, Sartre and Foucault.


HIS 3305 - Issues in Mod European History ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Study of major selected themes and problems in European history since 1789. Topics may include intellectual history, nationalism, liberalism and democracy, religion, revolution and social change, and the role of the modern state.


HIS 3307 - Modern Latin American History ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Provides an introduction to 19th and 20th century Latin American history. Themes and issues will include the colonial legacy, modernization and nationalism, religion and politics, the revolutionary experience of the 20th century, the role of women and the continuing struggles of indigenous people.


HIS 3308 - Ojibwe History ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
History and culture of the Ojibwe people.


HIS 3310 - United States Foreign Relation ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Study of American foreign relations from the emergence of the U.S. as a world power at the end of the 19th century to the present. Examines principles, personalities and politics involved in the creation of modern American foreign policy.


HIS 3315 - Modern German History ( VII ) - 4 cr.
History of Germany from Bismarck to the present day. Topics include Germany and the Great War, the Weimar period, Hitler and the Third Reich, World War II and the Holocaust, occupation and partition, problems of historical memory and national identity, and Germany since reunification.


HIS 3320 - Women- United States History I ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Examines significant topics in U.S. women's history from the Colonial period to 1890, focusing on the roles that women of different classes and races have played in shaping society.


HIS 3321 - Women-United States History II ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Examines significant topics in U.S. women's history from the 1890s through the present, focusing on the roles that women of different classes and races have played in shaping society.


HIS 3324 - African American History I ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Examines significant topics in African American history from the period of forced migration to the Americas through Reconstruction. Analyzes the roles African Americans of different classes and genders have played in shaping U.S. history.


HIS 3325 - African American History II ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Examines significant topics in African American history from Reconstruction through the current experience of diverse members of the African diaspora living in the U.S. Analyzes the roles African Americans of different classes and genders have played in shaping U.S. history.


HIS 3327 - U.S. Economic History - 4 cr.
Uses historical events as case studies for basic economic principles. Students use historical analysis to investigate economic concepts and use economic theories to analyze U.S. history. Requirements: develop critical thinking skills so that students can evaluate the influences and trends that have shaped the economic institutions and events of the United States, both past and present.


HIS 3333 - Issues United States History ( VII ) - 4 cr.
Specialized study of topics in United States history. Issues considered may include the role of race, class, and gender in the shaping of the nation state, movements for reform or liberation, and the lived experience of people and communities.


HIS 3335 - Issues in Asian History - 4 cr.
Focuses on historical and cultural movements in the Asian region. Themes will vary from traditional Asian society and culture to the modern era with an emphasis on a multilayered perspective of these complex societies.


HIS 3340 - The Shaping of Modern China ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
An introduction to modern Chinese history, from the foundation of the Qing dynasty in 1644 to the present day. The course begins with an exploration of the Confucian worldview and the imperial tradition, before turning to major 19th-century developments: the Opium Wars and impact of imperialism, the Taiping Rebellion, Qing efforts at reform, and the Boxer Rebellion. The second half of the course is devoted to 20th century China: Nationalist China, establishment of the People's Republic of China, the Cultural Revolution, and China since Mao.


HIS 3342 - Issues in Asian History - 4 cr.
Focuses on historical and cultural movements in the Asian region. Themes will vary from traditional Asian society and culture to the modern era with an emphasis on a multilayered perspective of these complex societies.


HIS 3350 - Feminism & Globalization - 4 cr.
Explores how European imperialist accounts of non- European women's experience have been crucial to culturally dominant ideas about feminism, globalization, and the legacy of the colonial state throughout the so-called "third world." Beginning with a critical and historical overview of feminist theory and practice, the course will trace recent studies, both historical and ethnographic, of how terms such as " women," "religion," and "the body" were radically changed by the colonial projects of the 19th century (e.g. in South Asia and Africa) - projects that are intimately related to contemporary debates on transnational women's movements and globalization.


HIS 3355 - Islam & the Modern World ( VII ) - 4 cr.
An introduction to Islam from its founding to the present day. The course traces the establishment of Islam as one of the world's great religions and explores the fundamentals of Islamic belief and practice (in theology, mysticism, law and way of life). The focus is on Islam in the 20th century, including topics such as the colonial legacy; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the Iranian revolution; militant Islam, jihad, and terrorism; the diversity of Muslim cultures; and the liberal tradition in Islam.


HIS 3356 - History of Modern India ( I, VII ) - 4 cr.
Examines the history and culture of modern India from the origins of British colonialism in South Asia to the present. Beginning with a brief introduction to ancient, medieval and Moghul history (Muslim rule), the course focuses on British rule in India and the colonizing logic of its various forms of knowledge, from efforts by British Orientalists to study Indian languages and law to anthropology and the history of religions. Topics and critical issues include the vexed relations between Hindus, Shikhs and Muslims, the invention of authentic Indian religious "tradition" by British interpretations of ancient Hindu scriptures, the colonial history of the caste system, representations of Indian women by British missionaries and colonial officers, the role of Gandhi's rise to power and other indigenous nationalist movements, the origins of independence and the partition of the subcontinent between India and Pakistan in 1947, and the religious politics of contemporary Hindu nationalism.


HIS 3555 - Independent Study - 1-4 cr.
Internship.


HIS 3777 - Topics - 2-4 cr.
History courses not a part of the regular curriculum but which are occasionally taught by guests or regular faculty on special topics. Each course taught under "Topics" will also have a specific course title listed on the schedule and transcripts.


HIS 3999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Independent Study.


HIS 4402 - Seminar in World History - 4 cr.
In-depth study of special historical topics or problems in World history.


HIS 4403 - Seminar in American History - 4 cr.
In-depth study of special historical topics or problems in American history.


HIS 4404 - Seminar in Asian History - 4 cr.
In-depth study of special historical topics or problems in Asian history.


HIS 4405 - Seminar in European History - 4 cr.
In-depth study of special historical topics or problems in European history.


HIS 4555 - History Internships - 1-8 cr.
Internships are an opportunity for students majoring in history to gain first-hand experience in history related fields. Internships can vary and are not limited to work with museums, historic sites, archives, historic preservation agencies and libraries. Prior approval of the host institution or agency is necessary along with a learning agreement for the history internship. Prerequisite: approval of the chair of the History Department.


HIS 4777 - Topics in History - 0-4 cr.
Topics.


HIS 4999 - Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Self-determined program of study under faculty direction for the student whose interests extend beyond the curricular offerings of the History Department.