History Courses

History is the study of the past and of change over time. It is also a discipline - a particular way of learning how to interpret factual evidence and shape it into a narrative that tells us why things happened as they did. Learn more

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HIST 37
U.S. History: High School Completion (5)

Survey of U.S. history that focuses on social, political, economic, and cultural developments from the colonial period to the twenty-first century, also including the founding of the nation as a democratic republic. This course is intended for International Education students. Dual listed as ABE 037. Student option grading.

HIST& 116
Western Civilization I:Ancient/Medieval History (5)

Survey of western civilization's origins in the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe, Byzantium and Islam. An examination of social, cultural, political and intellectual traditions, including major religious and political institutions, medieval society, and urban culture to the Black Death.

HIST& 117
Western Civilization II: The Early Modern World (5)

Survey of western civilization from the thirteenth century to early nineteenth century with emphasis on the Renaissance, the Reformation, the rise and fall of absolute monarchs, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the rise and fall of Napoleon.

HIST& 118
Western Civilization III: The Modern World (5)

Survey of the modern era examining the Industrial Revolution, the development of modern ideologies and imperialism, the World Wars, Cold War, and contemporary global economic, cultural, social, and political institutions.

HIST& 136
U.S. History 1: To 1877 (5)

Chronological and thematic study of U.S. history from Early America to Reconstruction emphasizing its cultural, diplomatic, economic, political, and social elements.

HIST& 137
U.S. History 2: From 1877 (5)

A chronological and thematic study of U.S. history from the end of Reconstruction to the present with emphasis on its cultural, diplomatic, economic, political, and social elements.

HIST& 146
U.S. History I: Early America to 1800 (5)

Chronological and thematic study of U.S. history from Early America to 1800 with emphasis on its cultural, diplomatic, economic, political, and social elements. Major topics: indigenous societies, European conquest and colonization, ethnic and religious diversity, slavery, the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, and republicanism.

HIST& 147
US History II: Nineteenth Century (5)

Chronological and thematic study of U.S. History from 1800 to 1900 with emphasis on its cultural, diplomatic, economic, political, and social elements. Major topics: republicanism, westward expansion, slavery and abolitionism, social and political reform, Civil War, Reconstruction, Indian policy, industrialism, immigration and urbanization.

HIST& 148
US History III: Twentieth Century (5)

Chronological and thematic study of U.S. History from 1900 to the present with emphasis on its cultural, diplomatic, economic, political, and social elements. Major topics: cultural and technological modernization, First and Second World Wars, economic prosperity and depression, social and political reform, multiculturalism, and globalization.

HIST 207
Introduction to Intellectual History (5)

An introduction to the classics of Western social and political thought from the classical ancient writers to modern theorists. Reading of the classics, from Plato to Lenin and beyond, will be studied in their historical context and also how they relate to our modern social and political conceptions.

HIST& 214
Pacific Northwest History (5)

A chronological and thematic study of Pacific Northwest history (focused on Washington and Oregon but including regions from the Pacific Coast to the Rocky Mountains and from northern California to southern Alaska). Emphasizes cultural, economic, environmental, ethnic, political, and social topics.

HIST& 215
Women In U.S. History (5)

Survey of U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present from the perspectives of women of various racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and explores how women helped shape U.S. history. Dual listed with GWS 215.

HIST 218
American Environmental History (5)

This course examines shifting attitudes toward nature during various historical periods by studying how North Americans attached meanings to the physical world and how humans reshaped landscapes and developed environmental policies.

HIST& 219
Native American History (5)

This course examines diverse American Indian histories from before European contact to the present. Emphasis is placed on Indian-European cultural interactions, US-Indian policy development, and the roles Natives played to ensure their survival and cultural integrity into the 21st century. Student option grading.

HIST& 220
African American History: Out of Africa (5)

Survey of African American history from pre-colonial times to the present from the perspectives of African Americans, covering cultural, socioeconomic, and political dimensions and movements which helped shape U.S. history.

HIST 234
Ancient History (5)

An introduction to the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome (Republic and Empire). The course examines political, economic, and social institutions and activities, including religious life and the cultural achievements of the great ancient civilizations. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a 2.0 or better is recommended (may be taken concurrently).

HIST 235
Medieval European History (5)

Examines medieval civilization, from the collapse of Rome to the Black Death, including the rise of political institutions, the development of the medieval church, and the social, economic, and cultural achievements of the middle ages.

HIST 236
Early Modern European History (5)

Traces the political, social, economic and cultural history of Europe from 1500 to 1815. Topics include the Renaissance, the Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, and political revolutions.

HIST 237
Modern European History (5)

Traces the political, social, economic and cultural history of Europe from 1815-1919. Applying an interdisciplinary approach this course emphasizes cultural diversity and multiple national influences in Europe and their reflection on a global world.

HIST 238
Contemporary European History (5)

Traces the political, social, economic and cultural history of Europe from the Treaty of Versailles to the present. Applying an interdisciplinary approach this course emphasizes cultural diversity and multiple national influences in Europe and their reflection on a global world. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a 2.0 or better is recommended (may b e taken concurrently).

HIST 245
History of American Immigration (5)

Multicultural study of immigration to the United States from the era of colonization to the present. Examination of the process of immigration and adaptation to life in the U.S., as well as reaction to immigrants by native-born Americans. Focus includes Asian, European, Latin American, and African immigrants.

HIST 246
African-Amer Hist 1: Ancient Africa to 1877 (5)

This course examines the economic and social development beginning in Africa, throughout the diaspora, with specific reference to the slave experience in the United States. Emphasis is upon the cultural, political, and economic development of America from an African American perspective.

HIST 247
African-American History 2: From 1877 (5)

Historical experiences of African Americans, post Civil War to present day. Emphasis is upon the cultural, political, and economic development of America from an African American perspective. Civil Rights movement will be a major focal point.

HIST 275
Reel History: Film As Historical Text (5)

Much of what we know about the past has been shaped by the film industry. This course examines multiple film genres as well as different periods of history using films as historical texts. Critical viewing of films, readings from professional historical reviews, and historical sources will provide the basis for class discussions.

HIST 295
Special Topics In History (5)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in History. Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics on interest in History. Student option grading.

HIST 297
Individual Project In History (1)

Individual project in a specific area of history. By arrangement with instructor. Student option grading.

HIST 298
Individual Project In History (2)

Individual project in a specific area of history. By arrangement with instructor. Student option grading.

HIST 299
Individual Project In History (3)

Individual project in a specific area of history. By arrangement with instructor. Student option grading.