Department of History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Analyzes major political, social, economic, and cultural developments in ancient Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander.
Traces Roman history from early Republic to fall of Empire. A study of a civilization from its inception to its collapse.
History of early Medieval Europe, from decline of Rome to beginnings of High Middle Ages; emphasis on political, social, economic, religious, and intellectual developments.
History of late Medieval Europe, from High Middle Ages to Renaissance period; emphasis on political, social, economic, religious, and intellectual developments.
History of Europe from ca. 1250; rise of commercial city, kings, and pressures on the Christian Church to 1600. Some consideration of technology and voyages.
Greatness of France under Louis XIV; Sweden; Thirty Years’ War; emergence of modern society; French Revolution.
Study of Europe in nineteenth century, with emphasis on the emergence of major thought patterns, Romanticism, Socialism, and Positivism.
Political, economic, and diplomatic trends of Europe since 1900, with major emphasis on causes and results of war and search for security.
In-depth study of Hitler and the Nazi Order: offers an analysis of nineteenth-century origins of Nazi ideology and intensively analyzes domestic and foreign policy (1920-1945), including Holocaust, Resistance, and the postwar Nuremberg Trials.
Survey of growth of English nation, with emphasis on political, social, and economic developments leading to seventeenth-century conflict between Crown and Parliament.
Survey of growth of England as a democratic constitutional monarchy. Attention directed to colonial America and English-U.S. relations, as well as to imperial expansion and England’s role in the twentieth-century world. Cultural history is included.
Development of the Grand Monarchy, brief sketch of Old Regime, concentration on the Revolution and Empire, with emphasis on politics, diplomacy, and economics. Readings and brief papers.
General survey of Russian history, culture, and institutions. Special consideration given to study of historical forces formative of revolution in 1917.
General survey of contemporary Soviet history, culture, and institutions. Special emphasis given to study of communist theory and its place in current Russian historiography.
An approach to learning about non-Western culture; Mohammed, Arabs, Muslims as creators of a great civilization from the rise of Islam to 1800; emphasis on cultural institutions and their interrelationships within the Middle East.
Survey of changes that have taken place in the Middle East and in Islam since eighteenth century and of contemporary problems in that region.
Survey of original thirteen states from their inception within the British Empire to 1763, the eve of independence. Attention given to their political development, economic position within the empire, relations with Indians, and evolution of their social, educational, and religious lives.
Study of United States history from beginnings of revolutionary crisis in 1763 through adoption of the Constitution and the administration of John Adams. Special emphasis is given to the causes and civil war aspects of the revolution and the constitutional-political development of the new nation.
Survey of United States history from 1783 to 1850, with special attention to constitutional, political, and social trends.
Study of failure of American democracy to cope with issues of mid-nineteenth century, followed by political, economic, military, and social developments during war and reconciliation of North and South.
Study of life of people, Indian cultures, conquest by Spaniards and Portuguese, government during Colonial Period, and Wars of Independence.
Study of history of nations which have emerged since independence; emphasis on economic, political, cultural, and social developments of these nations, as well as relations of these nations to others in the hemisphere.
Emphasizes the cultural, economic, political, and social development of our state in various periods from colonial to today. Special attention given to diversity of Pennsylvania’s people and their institutions and problems.
Traces foreign relations of the United States from Independence to emergence as a world power. Topics concentrate on themes of commercial relations, political isolation, expansion, and debate over imperialism.
Treats primarily our twentieth-century involvement in world affairs and domestic debate over that involvement. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of interest groups and increasing power of Executive Department over foreign affairs.
Selected topics in early American intellectual and cultural growth, with emphasis on Puritanism, Enlightenment, Cultural Nationalism, and Romantic Movement.
Selected treatment of historical development of modern American movements in social and political thought, religion, philosophy, fine arts, and literature.
Description and analysis of role of blacks in history of the United States since the Civil War; emphasis on key leaders, major organizations, leading movements, and crucial ideologies of blacks in modern America.
An unfamiliar perspective on a familiar tale. Presents the “new Indian History”—North America from Native American materials and points of view. Identification, analysis, and synthesis of Indian realities and options over time are at the heart of this course.
Surveys of religious, legal, political, social, and popular culture perspectives of womanhood in America from colonial times to present.
Description and analysis of nature and significance of the U.S. working class in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Work settings and communities of workers are examined as well as unions such as the National Labor Union and Knights of Labor.
Description and analysis of the nature and significance of the U.S. working class in the twentieth century. Work settings and strikes are examined and analyzed, as well as unions such as the United Mine Workers and United Auto Workers and leaders including Samuel Gompers, John L. Lewis, and George Meany.
Each semester, courses are offered in interest areas which are not part of the regular course offerings.
Deals with the cinema as social, cultural, and intellectual history from its origins to the present day.
Directed readings of historical materials, focused on a general topic.
Area research, culminating in a formal paper.
Introduces wide range of activities in which public historians engage. Explores theoretical and practical issues associated with historic preservation, historical editing, oral history, the management of archival and manuscript collections, and a variety of other public history activities. Also considers broader conceptual issues associated with the concept of public history.
Focuses on one specific field of public history activity (field varies from semester to semester). Extensive reading in the literature of that field and completion of an appropriate project or paper. Prerequisite: HIST 605.
Investigation of library systems, reference works, bibliographies, how to compile a bibliography, organizing research, use of statistics, style systems in printing.
With departmental approval, students are attached to local or national government or private agencies doing directive, bibliography, archival, or museum work. Advising professor meets with intern regularly and determines what papers or reports will be required.
Student selects topic for individual study with an instructor.
Designed to provide students with an introduction to the archival profession and the practices of the professional. Students will come to understand professional standards and ethical responsibilities in the field. They will also learn of the historical importance of recordkeeping in society and the significance of the archivist’s role in colleting, preserving, and maintaining these records. Finally, students will combine classroom instruction in archival method with practical experience in an archival setting. Prerequisite: HIST 605.
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the history of museums and the field of museum studies. The course will explore the practices of the professional. Students will come to understand professional standards and ethical responsibilities in the field. The course explores the importance of museums and museum professionals in collecting, preserving and presenting history and the human experience for a public audience. Finally, students will combine classroom instruction in museum method with practical experience. Prerequisite: HIST 605 or instructor’s permission.
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the practice of the craft of oral history. Students will learn professional standards and ethical responsibilities in the practice. They will also learn of the historical importance of the preservation of the oral record and the oral historian’s role in collecting, preserving, and presenting these records. Students will also explore the role of oral history in creating collective/community memory. Finally, students will combine classroom instruction in oral history methods with practical experience. Prerequisite: HIST 605 or instructor’s permission.
This course is designed as the capstone for students in the public history track. Students will be required to draw on program experience to conduct a major project, write a research paper, and assemble a professional portfolio. Prerequisites: HIST 605; two courses from the following: HIST 606, 770, 771, 772; and, 6 credits of internship (can be concurrent with HIST 790).
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