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Undergraduate History Course Descriptions

HIST 195 The Modern Era

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Interprets the development of two centers of civilization, Europe and America, within a global context and extends from at least the Age of Enlightenment through the present. (History majors should substitute HIST 202 for 195 to meet the Liberal Studies humanities requirements.)

HIST 200 Introduction to History

3c-0l-3cr

For History majors and concentrates. Topics include philosophy of history, important schools of history and historians, and methods of historical research. Student is encouraged to become a better historian and to identify with historical profession. For History majors only.

HIST 201 Western Civilization Before 1600

3c-0l-3cr

A survey course presenting in various forms the origin and development of major political, social, religious, and intellectual institutions in Western Civilization to approximately 1600. For History majors or by instructor’s permission.

HIST 202 Western Civilization Since 1600

3c-0l-3cr

Development of Western civilization from the expansion of Europe to the present, including political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural areas. Introduces issues and interpretations encountered in upper-level courses. For History majors or by instructor’s permission.

HIST 203 United States History for Historians

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisite: History majors or instructor permission

Introduces aspiring historians to United States history since 1763. Emphasizes the issues, methods, and problems that currently concern professional historians.

HIST 204 United States History to 1877

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisite: History, History Pre-Law, or Social Studies Education majors

An introduction to United States history from the Colonial period through Reconstruction, covering such main currents as the founding of American society, the American Revolution, the making of the Constitution, the market revolution, westward expansion, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIST 205 United States History Since 1877

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Prerequisite: History, History Pre-Law, or Social Studies Education majors

An introduction to United States history 1877 to the present covering such main currents as industrialization, Progressivism, World War I, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II and the Cold War, the 1960s, the Vietnam War, and post-Vietnam political, social, and economic developments.

HIST 206 History of East Asia

3c-0l-3cr

History of China and Japan from ancient times, Buddhism, medieval Japan, Chinese communism, industrialization. Some consideration of peripheral Asia from 1500. Open to History and non-History majors.

HIST 208 Survey of Latin American History

3c-0l-3cr

A survey course presenting in various forms the origin and development of major political, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual institutions in Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. Introduces issues and interpretations encountered in upper level courses. Open to History and non-History majors.

HIST 210 Ancient Civilization: The Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean

3c-0l-3cr

Not open to History and Secondary Social Studies Education majors. An examination of the development and the spread of ancient civilization in ancient Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. Topics of study include the characteristics of civilization and the development of political, social, economic, and cultural institutions in the river valley centers and the diffusion to the fringe areas.

HIST 212 Ancient and Medieval Europe

3c-0l-3cr

Not open to History and Secondary Social Studies Education majors. An examination of the development of civilization in Europe during the ancient and medieval periods. Focuses on the Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and the medieval European civilization. The characteristics and institutions of civilization are stressed as well as the political history.

HIST 214 Themes in American History

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisite: HIST 195

Open only to non-History majors. Designed to give an appreciation of the basic themes and issues in the making of American society. Examines themes such as the fruition of democracy, the American dream, slavery and freedom, the tensions between liberty and order, and the role of the United States in a world setting.

HIST 251 United States Military History

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisite: Not applicable toward the HIST major

A survey of the history and transformation of the American military from the Colonial period to the present time. American military history is analyzed within the context of the nation’s political, social, economic, and cultural development. Central themes include war-making, civil-military relations, and military professionalism.

HIST 279 The Digital Historian

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Prerequisite: History and Social Studies Education/History majors

An introduction to the changes that digital technologies are bringing to how historians research, write, present, and teach the past. Examines literature on this media and studies closely the state of digital historical work by scholars, teachers, archivists, museum curators, and popular historians. As they examine this work, students will also explore the fundamental philosophical and ethical issues raised by efforts to put history on line. Also provides a basic introduction to some of the most common software used by historians to create digital history.

HIST 281 Special Topics

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Prerequisite: As appropriate to course content

Offered on an experimental or temporary basis to explore topics not included in the established curriculum. A given topic may be offered under any special topic identity no more than three times. Special topics numbered 281 are offered primarily for lower-level undergraduate students.

HIST 301 History of Ancient Greece

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 302 History of Ancient Rome

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Traces Roman history from early Republic down to fall of Empire. Roman political theory is particularly emphasized.

HIST 303 Medieval Europe I, 400–1000

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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 304 Medieval Europe II, 1000–1300

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 305 Renaissance and Reformation

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

History of Europe from c. 1250; rise of commercial city, kings, and pressures on Christian Church to 1600. Some consideration of technology and voyages.

HIST 306 Early Modern Europe

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 307 History of Europe: 1815–1914

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 308 Twentieth-Century Europe

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 310 Making Italy Modern

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Surveys the principal themes in the transformation of Italian cultural, social, economic, and political structures since the nineteenth century. Topics include Italian unification; the growth of national culture; the development of a modern state, economy, and society; Italy’s role in the Mediterranean; Italian emigration throughout the world; the impact of modernity; Fascism and Anti-Fascism; and Italy in the post-World War II era.

HIST 311 Rise and Fall of Hitler’s Empire

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

An 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 totalitarian policy (1920–1945), including Holocaust, Resistance, and the postwar Nuremberg Trials.

HIST 312 Europe, 1914–1945: The Age of Dictators and Imperiled Democracies

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Surveys the principal themes in the transformation of Europe from 1914 to 1945. Topics include World War I and the Paris Peace settlement; developments in conservatism, liberalism, and socialism; colonial empires; the emergence of communism, fascism, and Nazism; artistic, musical, and literary movements between the two World Wars; the Great Depression and responses to it; antisemitism and the Shoah; the Spanish Civil War, appeasement, and World War II; and the seeds of decolonization and the Cold War.

HIST 313 Europe Since 1945: Division, Revolution, and Unity

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Surveys the principal themes in European history since 1945. Topics include postwar reconstruction, the origins of the Cold War in Europe, the long years of economic growth followed by stagnation, decolonization of the British and French empires, the events of 1968 and their consequences, the experience of communism in the East Bloc, the revolutions of 1989, and progress toward European integration.

HIST 320 History of England to 1688

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 321 History of England, 1688 to Present

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A survey of the growth of England as a democratic constitutional monarchy. Attention directed to industrial revolution and to imperial expansion and England’s role in twenty-first-century world. Attention given to social and cultural history.

HIST 322 French Revolution and Napoleon

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Brief sketch of Old Regime, concentration on Revolution and Empire, with emphasis on politics, social structure, diplomacy, and economics.

HIST 323 France, 1815 to the Present

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Provides a survey of French history from the end of the Napoleonic era to the present. Pays special attention to the revolutionary tradition in politics, changes in the lives of workers and peasants, the French experience in the two world wars, and recent social and political trends.

HIST 324 History of Germany to 1848

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

The study of the development of Germany politically and culturally from ancient times, emphasizing medieval and early modern periods to 1849.

HIST 325 History of Germany: 1849 to the Present

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

The study of the political and cultural development of modern Germany from the Revolution of 1848, including imperial, republican, and totalitarian phases, to post-World War II East and West Germany.

HIST 326 History of Russia

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 327 Soviet Union and Contemporary Russia

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Analyzes the period from 1855 to the present, including the attempts at modernization by Imperial Russia, the creation of the Soviet Union and further modernization, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

HIST 329 The History of the Byzantine Empire

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

An introduction to early Byzantine civilization and history, A.D. 400–1300. Traces the transformation of the ancient world and the emergence of a distinctly medieval Byzantine civilization.

HIST 330 History of the Islamic Civilization

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

An approach to learning about a non-Western culture: Muhammad, Arabs, and Muslims as creators of a great civilization from rise of Islam to 1800; emphasis on cultural institutions of Islam and their interrelationships within Middle East.

HIST 331 Modern Middle East

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 332 History of Early China

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

China from the dawn of history to the Tang Dynasty. Focuses on the creation of the intellectual and political systems that have dominated China and East Asia down to the present. Looks in depth at the origins of Chinese philosophy and the imperial system.

HIST 334 History of Modern China

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

The history of China from the late Ming to the present. The Late Imperial political economic and social systems and the problems they faced in the nineteenth century. Reforming China from Self-Strengthening to Mao. Revolutionary society and its discontents. The Reform era and China today.

HIST 337 History of Modern Japan

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

The history of Japan from the beginning of the Tokugawa period to the present. Japan’s early modern political, economic, and social systems, their transformation in the Meiji era, and the Japanese people’s struggles and successes in the twentieth century.

HIST 340 Colonial America

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A survey of original thirteen states from their inception as colonies within the British empire to 1763, the eve of Independence. Attention is given to their political development; economic position within the empire; relations with Indians; and evolution of social, educational, and religious life.

HIST 341 American Revolution

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

An examination of Whig-Tory participants of American Revolution. Examines events from 1763 to 1783. Changing interpretations of the causes and effects of the revolution are discussed.

HIST 342 The Early Republic

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A survey of United States history from 1783 to 1850, with special attention on constitutional, political, economic, and social trends.

HIST 343 Civil War and Reconstruction

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

The study of the 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 344 Industrializing America

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A study of the industrial revolution and its consequences in America through 1917. Topics include new technology and entrepreneurship, the development of middle and working class consciousness, immigration and ethnicity, gender, urban growth, the beginnings of consumer culture and commercialized leisure, intellectual developments, protest movements, and the Progressive Era’s political reforms.

HIST 345 America in War and Depression, 1914-1945

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A study of the social, economic, political, and cultural response to war and depression in America. Topics include the First World War, the 1920s, the Depression, the New Deal, and the Second World War.

HIST 346 Recent United States History

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Examines the major political, economic, social, and cultural changes in America since 1945 with a focus on their causes, character, and significance; also explores the role of the United States in global relations.

HIST 350 History of Latin America Colonial Period, 1450–1820

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 351 History of Latin America: National Period, 1820–Present

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A study of the history of nations which have emerged since independence; emphasis on economic, political, cultural, and social developments of these nations, as well as relationships of these nations to others in the hemisphere.

HIST 355 African History I: Antiquity to 1600

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A survey of the sociocultural, political, and economic life of precolonial African societies. Focus is on ancient kingdoms and cultures, precolonial states, internal and Atlantic trade networks.

HIST 356 African History II: 1600 to Present

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A survey of African sociocultural, political, and economic developments during the colonial and modern periods. Covers imperialism, the struggle for control for Africa, the two global wars and their repercussions for Africa, decolonization, and modern African states.

HIST 360 History of Pennsylvania

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Emphasizes the cultural, economic, political, and social development of our state in its various periods from colonial to today. Special attention given to diversity of Pennsylvania’s people, their institutions and problems.

HIST 361 History of American Diplomacy, 1775–1900

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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 362 History of American Diplomacy, 1900–present

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Treats primarily our twenty-first-century involvement in world affairs and domestic debate over that involvement. Special emphasis is on the role of interest groups and increasing power of Executive Department over foreign affairs.

HIST 363 Thought and Culture in Early America

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Selected topics in early American intellectual and cultural growth, with emphasis on Puritanism, Enlightenment, cultural nationalism, and Romantic movement.

HIST 364 Thought and Culture in Modern America

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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

HIST 365 History of Black America Since Emancipation

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Description and analysis of the role of blacks in the 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 366 African-American Women

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Major economic, social, and political issues which have affected black women since their introduction into North America to the present.

HIST 367 Native American History

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

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 369 Women in America

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A study of the activities of women from the colonial era to the modern era–evaluating cultural, societal, religious, economic, and political frameworks. Reviews women’s involvement in movements for feminism, social reform, unionism, and the abolition of slavery.

HIST 370 Religion in America

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

A history of religious belief and practice in the United States from the colonial period to the present, with an emphasis on the last one hundred years.

HIST 372 History of the Early American Working Class

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Description and analysis of the nature and significance of the working class of the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The work settings and communities of workers are examined as well as unions such as the National Labor Union and the Knights of Labor.

HIST 373 History of the Modern American Working Class

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Description and analysis of the nature and significance of the working class of the United States in the twenty-first century. Work settings and strikes are examined and analyzed as well as unions such as the United Mine Workers and the United Auto Workers and labor leaders including Samuel Gompers, John L. Lewis, and George Meany.

HIST 374 History of Organized Crime

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Studies the relationship between urban, entrepreneurial crime and the evolution of industrial America.

HIST 390 History of Women—World Cultures

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Explores religious, legal, political, economic, and mythic dimensions of women in society from ancient to modern times, including Western and non-Western experiences.

HIST 391 Film as History

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

Particularly concerned with probing the relationship between cinema and society. History of film is explored and student is given some background in film interpretation and cinematography, the western, science fiction, police films, and great foreign and American detective films.

HIST 394 Introduction to Classical Archaeology

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Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (nonmajors)

An introduction to the archaeology of the Classical world. A variety of sites, artifacts, and monuments will be examined with an emphasis on archaeological problems such as the recording and interpretation of archaeological evidence, the relation between historical and archaeological events, and the use and misuse of ancient texts. Attention is given to developments in theory and methodology and to the history of the discipline of Classical Archaeology from antiquity to the present day.

HIST 401 Topics in United States History

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: HIST 200 and junior/senior History, History Pre-Law or Social Studies Education majors or by instructor permission

An upper-division course emphasizing lecture, reading, discussion, and writing on specialized topics relating to historical issues of the United States of America. The theme varies from semester to semester according to the expertise of the faculty member teaching the course.

HIST 402 Topics in European History

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: HIST 200 and junior/senior History, History Pre-Law or Social Studies Education majors or by instructor permission

An upper-division course emphasizing lecture, reading, discussion, and writing on specialized topics relating to European historical issues. The theme varies from semester to semester according to the expertise of the faculty member teaching the course.

HIST 403 Topics in Non-Western History

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: HIST 200 and junior/senior History, History Pre-Law or Social Studies Education majors or by instructor permission

An upper-division course emphasizing lecture, reading, discussion, and writing on specialized topics relating to non-Western historical issues. The theme varies from semester to semester according to the expertise of the faculty member teaching the course.

HIST 404 Topics in Comparative History

3c-0l-3cr

Prerequisites: HIST 200 and junior/senior History, History Pre-Law or Social Studies Education majors or by instructor permission

An upper-division course emphasizing lecture, reading, discussion, and writing on specialized topics relating to comparative historical issues. The theme varies from semester to semester according to the expertise of the faculty member teaching the course.

HIST 480 Senior Seminar

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A regimen of research resulting in a written paper. Work on a program selected by the instructor. For History majors or by instructor’s permission.

HIST 481 Special Studies in History

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Prerequisite: As appropriate to course content

Each semester, courses are offered in interest areas that are not part of the regular program. Some examples of courses of this type are the Victorian Age, the History of Love, World War II, the Great Depression, the Adams Chronicles, and the History of New York City. Students may schedule as many of these courses as desired, but two per semester is the usual limit.

HIST 482 Independent Study

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Prerequisites: Prior approval through advisor, faculty member, department chairperson, dean, and Provost’s Office with 12cr in history; a 3.0 GPA in history classes; permission of a faculty member. Approval is based on academic appropriateness and availability of resources.

Involves directed reading or research for qualified students. Experimental projects and personalized learning are encouraged.

HIST 483 Honors Thesis

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Prerequisites: History, History Pre-Law, or Social Science Education/History Track major; 3.25 cumulative GPA; 3.5 GPA in History courses, departmental permission. Approval is based on academic appropriateness and availability of resources.

A two-semester sequence of research and writing, culminating in an honors thesis. Honors theses are completed individually under the direction of a department professor who specializes in the student’s area of interest and are approved by a thesis committee comprising the director and two others, one of whom may come from outside the History Department. May be taken twice for a total of 6cr. Completion of 6cr of HIST 483 substitutes for HIST 480.

HIST 487 Honors Colloquium in History

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Colloquium emphasizing reading, discussion, and writing on an announced historical topic or theme which varies from semester to semester according to the expertise of the faculty member teaching the course. Open to all Honors College students who have completed HNRC 201 and, with instructor permission, to junior and senior History, History/Pre-law, and Social Studies Education majors who have at least a 3.5 GPA in history classes.

HIST 493 Internship

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With departmental approval, students are attached to local or national government or private agencies doing directive, bibliographical, archival, or museum work. Advising professor meets with intern regularly and determines what papers or reports are required.

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