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HIST: History

Department of History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 501 History of Ancient Greece 3 cr.

Analyzes major political, social, economic, and cultural developments in ancient Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander.

HIST 502 History of Ancient Rome 3 cr.

Traces Roman history from early Republic to fall of Empire. A study of a civilization from its inception to its collapse.

HIST 503 Medieval Europe I, 400-1000 3 cr.

History of early Medieval Europe, from decline of Rome to beginnings of High Middle Ages; emphasis on political, social, economic, religious, and intellectual developments.

HIST 504 Medieval Europe II, 1000-1350 3 cr.

History of late Medieval Europe, from High Middle Ages to Renaissance period; emphasis on political, social, economic, religious, and intellectual developments.

HIST 505 Renaissance and Reformation 3 cr.

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.

HIST 506 Early Modern Europe 3 cr.

Greatness of France under Louis XIV; Sweden; Thirty Years’ War; emergence of modern society; French Revolution.

HIST 507 History of Europe, 1815-1914 3 cr.

Study of Europe in nineteenth century, with emphasis on the emergence of major thought patterns, Romanticism, Socialism, and Positivism.

HIST 508 Twentieth-Century Europe 3 cr.

Political, economic, and diplomatic trends of Europe since 1900, with major emphasis on causes and results of war and search for security.

HIST 511 Rise and Fall of Hitler’s Empire 3 cr.

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.

HIST 520 History of England to 1688 3 cr.

Survey of growth of English nation, with emphasis on political, social, and economic developments leading to seventeenth-century conflict between Crown and Parliament.

HIST 521 History of England, 1688-Present 3 cr.

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.

HIST 522 French Revolution and Napoleon 3 cr.

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.

HIST 526 History of Russia 3 cr.

General survey of Russian history, culture, and institutions. Special consideration given to study of historical forces formative of revolution in 1917.

HIST 527 History of Soviet Russia 3 cr.

General survey of contemporary Soviet history, culture, and institutions. Special emphasis given to study of communist theory and its place in current Russian historiography.

HIST 530 History of Islamic Civilization 3 cr.

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.

HIST 531 Modern Middle East 3 cr.

Survey of changes that have taken place in the Middle East and in Islam since eighteenth century and of contemporary problems in that region.

HIST 540 Colonial America 3 cr.

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.

HIST 541 The American Revolution 3 cr.

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.

HIST 542 The Early Republic 3 cr.

Survey of United States history from 1783 to 1850, with special attention to constitutional, political, and social trends.

HIST 543 Civil War and Reconstruction 3 cr.

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.

HIST 550 History of Latin America: Colonial Period, 1450-1820 3 cr.

Study of life of people, Indian cultures, conquest by Spaniards and Portuguese, government during Colonial Period, and Wars of Independence.

HIST 551 History of Latin America: National Period, 1820-Present 3 cr.

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.

HIST 560 History of Pennsylvania 3 cr.

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.

HIST 561 American Diplomacy, 1775-1900 3 cr.

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.

HIST 562 History of American Diplomacy 1900+ 3 cr.

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.

HIST 563 Thought and Culture in Early America 3 cr.

Selected topics in early American intellectual and cultural growth, with emphasis on Puritanism, Enlightenment, Cultural Nationalism, and Romantic Movement.

HIST 564 Thought and Culture in Modern America 3 cr.

Selected treatment of historical development of modern American movements in social and political thought, religion, philosophy, fine arts, and literature.

HIST 565 History of Black America Since Emancipation 3 cr.

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.

HIST 567 Native American History 3 cr.

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.

HIST 569 Women in America 3 cr.

Surveys of religious, legal, political, social, and popular culture perspectives of womanhood in America from colonial times to present.

HIST 572 History of the Early American Working Class 3 cr.

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.

HIST 573 History of the Modern American Working Class 3 cr.

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.

HIST 581 Special Topics in History 3 cr.

Each semester, courses are offered in interest areas which are not part of the regular course offerings.

HIST 591 Film as History 3 cr.

Deals with the cinema as social, cultural, and intellectual history from its origins to the present day.

HIST 600 Readings in History 3-6 cr.

Directed readings of historical materials, focused on a general topic.

HIST 601 History Seminar 3-6 cr.

Area research, culminating in a formal paper.

HIST 605 Introduction to Public History 3 cr.

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.

HIST 606 Topics in Public History 3 cr.

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.

HIST 614 Research Methods 3 cr.

Investigation of library systems, reference works, bibliographies, how to compile a bibliography, organizing research, use of statistics, style systems in printing.

HIST 681 Special Topics 3 cr.

HIST 698 History Internship 1-6 cr.

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.

HIST 699 Independent Study 3 cr.

Student selects topic for individual study with an instructor.

HIST 770 Archival Principles and Practice 3 cr.

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.

 HIST 771 Museum Studies 3 cr

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.

 HIST 772 Oral History Theory and Method 3cr

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.

 HIST 790 Seminar in Public History 3 cr.

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).

 HIST 795 Thesis 3-6 cr. 

 

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