History (HIS)

Robert Givens (chair), Michelle Herder, M. Philip Lucas, Catherine Stewart

Major: A minimum of nine course credits in History, at least five of which must be at or above the 300 level, to include three courses at or above the 300 level in one of the following fields: Europe to 1700 (HIS 304 or 331-336), Europe since 1700 (HIS 315-329), American and Latin American history (HIS 349-358, 364, and 369); and any two courses in History outside the primary field at any level. Only one course credit of Internship (280/380) may be applied to a History major.

Interdisciplinary Majors and Programs: The Department of History cooperates in offering several interdisciplinary majors and programs: Ethnic Studies, International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Russian Studies.

Teaching Certification: For information about secondary certification in history and about a second teaching area in United States or World History, consult the chair of the Department of Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.

101. Europe: 800-1300
This course will trace the development of new ideas and institutions in Europe following the decline of the Carolingian era, examining the interplay between old traditions and new ideas about spirituality, law, and knowledge. Topics to include the Crusades, the culture of knights, universities, and the developing inquisition. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities) HERDER

102. Europe: 1300-1700
This course will open by considering the impact of the Black Death upon European society, and continue through examining the Renaissance and Reformation. Did the Black Death lead to the Renaissance? What effects did these new intellectual and religious ideas have on politics, society, and culture? What role did popular movements play in the Reformation era? We will consider these questions as we explore art, literature, and documents from the period. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. (Humanities) HERDER

104. Modern Europe and Its Critics
Social and intellectual development of Europe since 1700. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities) GIVENS

111 through 120. Introductory Seminars in History
Reading of both primary and secondary sources as the basis for class discussion and papers. See Topics Courses. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. (Humanities)

141. Latin American History
Introduction to Latin American studies, with special attention to major themes and selected countries. Same course as LAS 141. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)

153. Origins of the American Nation
From colonial origins through Reconstruction, with emphasis on the formation of local, sectional, and national communities. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities) LUCAS or STAFF

154. Making of Modern America
The late nineteenth century ushered in a plethora of momentous changes in the economic, political, and social spheres of American life that heralded the birth of modern society. Massive upheavals brought about by revolutions in American industry, transportation systems, immigration patterns, and urbanization fundamentally altered the very structure of American society. This course examines the underlying changes that gave rise to a new era in American history epitomized by the "mass" character of modern life by focusing on mass production, mass consumption, mass culture, and mass movements (including civil rights and women's rights) from the mid-nineteenth century through the late 1960s. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. (Humanities) STEWART

210. Warfare and Society in Modern Times
Changes in military conflict from the eighteenth century to the present. Interaction of warfare and social values. No S/U option. (Humanities) GIVENS

240. Public Memory and Public History The American public has an insatiable appetite for representations of the nation's past, as demonstrated by the popularity of historic sites, museums, historical re-enactments, televised historical documentaries and Hollywood films. Yet, despite its growing audience, the discipline of history seems to be in a state of crisis. Political debates have engendered a public furor over how American history is being taught and remembered. This course will examine the often contentious relationship between popular presentations of the past for the general public and professional historians' scholarly interpretations and provide an introduction to the growing field of museum studies. The course may include the "hands-on" experience of a mini-internship at local historical societies, libraries, and museums and the opportunity for students to create their own online exhibits on different historical topics. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the Instructor. Alternate years. No S/U option. (Humanities) STEWART

251. Federal Indian Policy
Relations between Native American nations and the federal government. Central theme is the clash of cultures in the westward movement. Treaties, removal, land allotment, federal recognition in the twentieth century, and a review of the current scene. Offered subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Humanities)

252. Baseball: The American Game
The relationship of the national game to changes in the country such as industrialization, urbanization, labor unionism, and integration. No S/U option. (Humanities)

255. American Lives
American history through autobiographies, memoirs, and biographies. No S/U option. (Humanities)

257 through 265. Topics in History
Introduction to specific historical problems. Topics vary according to specialization or interest of instructor. See Topics Courses. (Humanities)

290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.

304. Europe: the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
This course focuses on the tumultuous period of the Reformation and religious wars, examining the connections between religion and politics, changing social and family structures, and new spiritual ideas and fears. Readings include primary sources and microhistory to explore the beliefs and experiences of ordinary Europeans in this period. Prerequisite: HIS 102 or permission of instructor. Alternate years. (Humanities) HERDER

315. International Relations in the Contemporary Western World
A history of diplomacy from the end of World War I to the present. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities) GIVENS

316. Enlightenment and the French Revolution
Intellectual, social, and political history of Europe, 1715-1815. Emphasis on France. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Humanities) GIVENS

318. Growth of Industrial Society
Economic history of Western Europe from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution to the end of World War II. Change from a traditional to an industrial society, effect of industrialization on the working class, and impact of the Great Depression. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor; ECB 101 is recommended. Offered subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Humanities)

321. Muscovite and Imperial Russia
Topics in the history of Russia from its beginnings to 1917. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered every third year. No S/U option. (Humanities)

322. Revolutionary and Soviet Russia
The 1917 Revolution and the resulting Soviet state to the beginning of World War II. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered every third year. No S/U option. (Humanities)

323. Russia from 1941
From the beginning of World War II to the present. Particular attention to successive attempts to reinterpret the revolutionary legacy in the light of contemporary problems. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered every third year. No S/U option. (Humanities) GIVENS

324. Modern Germany
German history between 1740 and 1945, with an emphasis on important events, such as the rise of Prussia, the Napoleonic Period, Bismarck and German unification, Hitler and the Third Reich. Prerequisite: HIS 104 or junior standing. Offered subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Humanities)

331 through 336. Topics in European History
Topics vary according to specialization or interest of instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. See Topics Courses. (Humanities)

349. Topics in Latin American History
Same course as LAS 349 (see for course description). Prerequisite: HIS/LAS 141. Offered subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Humanities)

350. Colonial America
The English colonies in North America to 1760. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)

351. The Age of Revolution in America
The causes of the American Revolution, the writing and the implementation of the Constitution, and the War of 1812. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)

352. The United States in the Middle Period
America from 1815 to 1850, with emphasis on the growth and consequences of political and economic stability. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)

353. Civil War and Reconstruction
America at war with itself. The causes of the war and the attempt to rebuild the Union. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities) STAFF

354. United States Social History Since 1940
World War II as a turning point in civil rights, gender issues, class, foreign policy, and the consumer revolution. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. (Humanities) No S/U option. STEWART

356. African-Americans in U.S. History
Selected topics on the nature of the Black experience in America. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Alternate years. No S/U option. (Humanities)

357. Seminar in American History
Examination of a particular theme or set of themes in American history. Topics vary from year to year. Not offered every year. May be repeated for credit. See Topics Courses. No S/U option. (Humanities)

358. Work and Leisure in Modern America
Examines the relationship between Americans' working lives and their pursuit of leisure in the transformation from the Industrial to the Post-Industrial Era (1880s-1980s). Topics will include women's changing role in the workforce; the impact of popular and mass culture (such as film, radio, and television) upon the separation of work and leisure; the decline of public culture and the rise of privatized forms of leisure; the disappearance of industrial jobs in the emerging service-information economy; and the rise of corporate cultures, such as Disney, in the global context of the current economic revolution. We will explore how the forces of urbanization, immigration, production and consumption, technological innovation, and class stratification, contributed to the bifurcation of culture into "high" and "low" as well as engendering the evolution of popular to commercial to mass culture. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered every third year. (Humanities) No S/U option. STEWART

364. The Documentary Imagination During the Great Depression
Explores the relationship between historical truth and fiction through an examination of documentaries made of Depression Era America. Through our examination of different types of documentary expression (e.g., photography, ethnography, literature, film, and oral history), students will learn to interpret these texts as historical sources. Students may experience first-hand the stages of documentary production by conducting oral history interviews, which they videotape and edit into a final documentary narrative. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered every third year. No S/U option. (Humanities)

366 through 368. Topics in Modern Middle Eastern History
Topics vary according to specialization or interest of instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. See Topics Courses. (Humanities)

369. Chicago: The Transformation of America's Second City, 1880-1940
This course offers students the opportunity to explore the history of Chicago and complete an original research project based upon a first-hand exploration of the city and the holdings of the Newberry Library. The seminar will examine the crucial years in Chicago's evolution from regional center to metropolis by looking at the related themes of urbanization, industrialization, and immigration. All of these developments are richly documented in the Newberry's collections, which include archival materials pertaining to urban planning and architecture, immigrant life, African American communities, industrial growth and labor relations, political development, and diverse civic and commercial cultures. Drawing upon the Library's collections, students will discover how the spatial formation of contemporary Chicago still reflects its historical origins, and will have the opportunity to use these rare materials in crafting their individual research papers. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered every third year. No S/U option. (Humanities)

380. Internship in Public History
Application of historical concepts to an agency in the public sector (a museum, historical society, historic preservation program), a government agency, or a corporation with a history program. Prerequisites: junior standing and three courses in American history, at least two of which must be at the 300 level. See Courses 280/380. No S/U option.

394. History and Theory
Survey of the influences in the field of history of Marxism, feminist theories, and theories of race and ethnicity. Prerequisites: junior standing and three courses in History, at least two of which must be at the 300-level. Offered subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Humanities)

485. Research Tutorial
A project, taken after any 300-level History course, enabling a student to engage in additional research on a theme related to that course. Prerequisites: a 300-level History course and permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)