Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Courses in History

The Department offers a wide array of courses in History to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.


Roman tabletHIST 101 | Western Civilization to 1715

An integrated survey of the development and interaction of the centers of civilization throughout the Western world to 1715. IAI H2 901. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.


HIST 111 | American History to 1865

Covers the Colonial era, the revolutionary age, internal growth of the Republic, and causes of the Civil War. IAI H2 904; S2 900; HST 911. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.


HIST 112 | American History since 1865

Covers the industrialization of America; the organization of labor; the development of imperialism; the growth of foreign policy. IAI H2 905; S2 901; HST 912. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


HIST 200 | Introduction to American Studies

This course uses elements of fiction and non-fiction in the study of various topics of race, class and gender in American Studies. Topics vary. Cross-listed as GBLS 200 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.


HIST 203 | Historiography

Introduction to the methodology and practice of history and to some of the great historians. Includes an emphasis on world history. Prerequisite: HIST 111, HIST 112. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course.


HIST 205 | American Economic History

Analysis of the growth of the U.S. economy and the role of government, business and labor. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 206 | Modern European Economic History

Analyzes the evolution of manufacturing, agriculture, demography and international trade of Europe since 1500. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 210 | Africa to 16th Century

Surveys early African civilization and formation and development of major kingdoms. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 211 Modern Africa

Surveys the major historical and cultural developments in Africa from the 19th century to the present. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 212 | Colonial Latin America, 1492-1821

Surveys the pre-colonial societies (Olmec, Toltec, Aztec, Maya, Inca) that shaped the Americas prior to the coming of the Europeans, the European conquest of the Americas, the establishment of colonial societies in the Americas, through the nineteenth century wars of independence and ending with the demise of the Spanish empire in the Americas, the Cuban-Spanish War (1895-1898). 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 213 | Contemporary Latin America, 1898-2000

Beginning with the creation of independent nation states in Latin America, this course will survey the social processes, issues and events that have given rise to contemporary Latin America as well as the impact of Latin America on the wider world. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 214 | The African Diaspora in Latin America, 1492-1899

An interdisciplinary course that explores the African diaspora in Latin American from the conquest of the Americans by Europeans through the end of the century. Examines how Africans and their descendants in conflict and in concert with Native Americans, Europeans and Asians have created new cultures, religions and societies in the Americas. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 215 | The African Diaspora in Latin America, 1899-2000

An interdisciplinary course that explores the experiences of people of African descent in Latin America focusing on the fight for independence of Latin American and the continuing struggle for economic and social equality in contemporary Latin America. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 220 | The Mediterranean World

Studies the ancient cultures located around the Mediterranean Sea and the contributions they made to the development of western civilizations to about 500 A.D. Drawing upon the resources of the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, the course explores the theme of "person in community" as reflected in religion, art, philosophy, and social, political, and economic institutions. IAI H9 900. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 223 | Constitutional History of England

The growth and change of the English constitution from late Roman times to the present. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 230 | The Baptism of Europe

Studies the development and Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages (500-1500 A.D.). Drawing upon the resources of the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, the course explores the theme of "person in community" through social structures (religious, political, economic) and through the interactions and/or conflicts between people and cultures (Eastern and Western Christianity; Christianity, Judaism, Islam). IAI H9 900. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 240 | Converging Hemispheres

Studies the increasingly global encounter of peoples, ideas, and cultures from the Age of Exploration (from 1400 A.D.) into the 20th century. Drawing upon the resources of the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, the course explores the shift in emphasis from "person in community" the values of freedom, equality, and responsibility. Examines the construction of the modern era focusing on scientific revolutions, economic transformation, religious reformations, and revolution, resistance and republicanism. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 242 | 19th Century Church History

Studies the European Church's reaction to the French Revolution and scientific theories and the social questions of the 19th century. Analyzes the roots of contemporary developments in the church. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 243 | 20th Century Church History

Analyzes the impact of 19th century developments, the world wars, decolonization, intellectual trends, and Vatican II's origins and results. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 251 | The French Revolution in the Wider World

Examines the intellectual and political dimensions of the French Revolution as well as the intellectual and political ramifications of that revolution in the wider world. The course will focus on the French Revolution as a generative factor in the wars of independence in the Americas, the Haitian Revolution, the European revolutions of 1848 and the Paris Commune. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 252 | 19th Century Europe

 

 

Covers the political, military, economic, social, and cultural development of Europe from the French Revolution to 1900. 3 semester credit hours.


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HIST 253 | 20th Century Europe, 1900 - Present

Covers the political, military, economic, social, and cultural development of Europe, including the Soviet Union, from 1900 to the present. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 254 | Modern Eastern Europe

Survey of the cultural and historical development of the peoples of Eastern Europe. Covers nationalism, independent states in the inter-war period. Communist control of Eastern Europe, collapse of communism, and the struggle for democracy. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 255 | Modern Russia

Surveys Russia in the 20th century, including the rise of the Communist Party, the 1917 revolution, Stalinism, de-Stalinization, Gorbachev, perestroika, and the break-up of the Soviet Union. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 257 | 20th Century Social and Political Movements in a Global Context

Explores the major social and political movements that have shaped the world in the twentieth century, such as the Mexican, Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions, populist, revolutionary nationalist and liberation movements in Africa and Latin America as well as the contemporary civil rights and women's movements in the United States. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 260 | Women in American Society

Examines women's roles in American life and the ways in which they have shaped society, culture and politics. Topics include the major experience of women from the colonial era to the present; gender ideology and the changing images of women; the diversity of race, class and religion. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 261 | Revolutionary and Jeffersonian Eras: 1763-1828

Analyzes the causes of the Revolution, origins of the Constitution and early development of the new nation. 3 semester credit
hours.


HIST 262 | Antebellum America, 1824-1877

This course examines the economic, political and cultural changes in the United States, culminating in the Civil War. The primary focus of the course is slavery and the battle to dismantle the peculiar institution. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 263 | 20th Century America to World War II

Analyzes the impact of the later industrialization, reform movements, World War I, Depression and New Deal, World War II. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 264 | America Since World War II

Discusses the impact of World War II, the Cold War, the affluent society, and contemporary society. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 265 | African-American History

Surveys the major events in Black history from 1619 to present. Topics include origins of slavery, Blacks in the American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, Depression, and the modern Civil Rights movement. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 266 | Vietnam at War

An intensive, holistic study of the United States' involvement in South East Asia. The course examines the war from the Vietnamese, French and American perspectives, taking into account Vietnamese culture and history, French colonialization, and Cold War ideology and strategy. The course also addresses the anti-war movement and the influence of the counter-culture on U.S. policy. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 267 | Diplomatic History of the United States

The evolution of American foreign policy, emphasizing the domestic and international background of the U.S. expansion from the American Revolution to America's rise as a great power. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 268 | Colonial America to 1763

Course examines the early European settlement of North America and the economic, political and social consequences of colonization for Europe, Africa and the Native Americans. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 270 | Labor and the State, 1877-Present

Examines the growth of industrial America and the struggle of workers to organize. The course follows the labor movement in and its various constituencies, from the AFL-CIO to more radical groups such as the IWW, and their impact on American policy and culture. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 271 | Modern Middle East

An intensive study of 19th and 20th century Middle-East. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 272 | Early Islamic Middle East 500-1258

The first of a three course sequence studying the history of the Middle East. The course covers the pre-Islamic Middle East including the conflict between the Eastern Roman and Sasanian empires and focuses on the development of an Islamic civilization that spread throughout the Middle East, North Africa and into Spain under the rule of the two most important Islamic dynasties of this period, the Umayyads and the Abbasids. Relations with neighboring regions including Europe are highlighted including the crusades which began in the late eleventh century and continued in Syria/Palestine through the 13th century. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


HIST 273 | Gun Powder Empires: Middle East 1200-1800

Introduction to the history of the Islamic world in the half-millennium before the rise of Europe following a chronological and thematic frame. Beginning with the Mongol invasions of the 13th century then the emergence of Turkish war bands of the 14th and 15th centuries while the era of bubonic plague (the 'Black Death') in the middle of the 14th century influences economic and social policies. The final chronological segment is the "imperial age" (from its zenith in the late 16th century to its passing the 18th). Cross-listed as HIST 373 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


HIST 280 | The World of Alexander the Great

Course examines the major economic, cultural and political developments during the age of Alexander the Great. The course places Alexander within a global context and also explores the enduring legacy of the period in art, architecture and the development of the ancient world. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.


HIST 291 | Topics

A study of various persons, events, trends, and institutions in European, American or non- Western History. 3 semester credit hours. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


HIST 295 | Independent Study

Designed to encourage the superior student to study in-depth and to research an area beyond the undergraduate course offerings. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.


HIST 303 | Historiography

Introduction to the methodology and practice of history and to some of the great historians. Includes an emphasis on world history. Prerequisite: HIST 111, HIST 112 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course.


HIST 305 | American Economic History

Analysis of the growth of the U.S. economy and the role of government, business and labor. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 306 | Modern European Economic History

Analyzes the evolution of manufacturing, agriculture, demography and international trade of Europe since 1500. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 310 | Africa to 16th Century

Surveys early African civilization and formation and development of major kingdoms. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 311 | Modern Africa

Surveys the major historical and cultural developments in Africa from the 19th century to the present. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 312 | Colonial Latin America, 1492-1821

Surveys the pre-colonial societies (Olmec, Toltec, Aztec, Maya, Inca) that shaped the Americas prior to the coming of the Europeans, the European conquest of the Americas, the establishment of colonial societies in the Americas, through the 19th century wars of independence and ending with the demise of the Spanish empire in the Americas, the Cuban-Spanish War (1895-1898). 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 313 | Contemporary Latin America, 1898-2000

Zulu tribal maskBeginning with the creation of independent nation states in Latin America, this course will survey the social processes, issues and events that have given rise to contemporary Latin America as well as the impact of Latin America on the wider world. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 314 | The African Diaspora in Latin America, 1492-1899

An interdisciplinary course that explores the African diaspora in Latin American from the conquest of the Americans by Europeans through the end of the century. Examines how Africans and their descendants in conflict and in concert with Native Americans, Europeans and Asians have created new cultures, religions and societies in the Americas. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 315 | The African Diaspora in Latin America, 1899-2000

An interdisciplinary course that explores the experiences of people of African descent in Latin America focusing on the fight for independence of Latin American and the continuing struggle for economic and social equality in contemporary Latin America. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 320 | The Mediterranean World

Studies the ancient cultures located around the Mediterranean Sea and the contributions they made to the development of western civilizations to about 500 A.D. Drawing upon the resources of the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, the course explores the theme of "person in community" as reflected in religion, art, philosophy, and social, political, and economic institutions. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 323 | Constitutional History of England

The growth and change of the English constitution from late Roman times to the present. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 342 | 19th Century Church History

Studies the European Church's reaction to the French Revolution and scientific theories and the social questions of the 19th century. Analyzes the roots of contemporary developments in the church. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 343 | 20th Century Church History

Analyzes the impact of 19th century developments, the world wars, decolonization, intellectual trends, and Vatican II's origins and results. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 351 | The French Revolution in the Wider World

Examines the intellectual and political dimensions of the French Revolution as well as the intellectual and political ramifications of that revolution in the wider world. The course will focus on the French Revolution as a generative factor in the wars of independence in the Americas, the Haitian Revolution, the European revolutions of 1848 and the Paris Commune. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 353 | 20th Century Europe, 1900 - Present

Covers the political, military, economic, social, and cultural development of Europe, including the Soviet Union, from 1900 to the present. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 354 | Modern Eastern Europe

Survey of the cultural and historical development of the peoples of Eastern Europe. Covers nationalism, independent states in the inter-war period. Communist control of Eastern Europe, collapse of communism, and the struggle for democracy. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 355 | Modern Russia

Surveys Russia in the 20th century, including the rise of the Communist Party, the 1917 revolution, Stalinism, de-Stalinization, Gorbachev, perestoika, and the break-up of the Soviet Union. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 357 | 20th Century Social and Political Movements in a Global Context

Explores the major social and political movements that have shaped the world in the 20th century, such as the Mexican, Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions, populist, revolutionary nationalist and liberation movements in Africa and Latin America as well as the contemporary civil rights and women's movements in the United States. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 360 | Women in American Society

Examines women's roles in American life and the ways in which they have shaped society, culture and politics. Topics include the major experience of women from the colonial era to the present; gender ideology and the changing images of women; the diversity of race, class and religion. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 361 | Revolutionary and Jeffersonian Eras: 1763-1828

Analyzes the causes of the Revolution, origins of the Constitution and early development of the new nation. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 362 | Antebellum America, 1824-1877

This course examines the economic, political and cultural changes in the United States, culminating in the Civil War. The primary focus of the course is slavery and the battle to dismantle the peculiar institution. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 363 | 20th Century America to World War II

Analyzes the impact of the later industrialization, reform movements, World War I, Depression and New Deal, World War II. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 364 | America Since World War II

Discusses the impact of World War II, the Cold War, the affluent society, and contemporary society. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 367 | Diplomatic History of the United States

The evolution of American foreign policy, emphasizing the domestic and international background of the U.S. expansion from the American Revolution to America's rise as a great power. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 368 | Colonial America to 1789

Course examines the early European settlement of North America and the economic, political and social consequences of colonization for Europe, Africa and the Native Americans. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


HIST 370 | Labor and the State, 1877-Present

Examines the growth of industrial America and the struggle of workers to organize. The course follows the labor movement in and its various constituencies, from the AFL-CIO to more radical groups such as the IWW, and their impact on American policy and culture. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours.


HIST 371 | Modern Middle East.

3 semester credit hours.


HIST 372 | Early Islamic Middle East 500-1258

The first of a three course sequence studying the history of the Middle East. The course covers the pre-Islamic Middle East including the conflict between the Eastern Roman and Sasanian empires and focuses on the development of an Islamic civilization that spread throughout the Middle East, North Africa and into Spain under the rule of the two most important Islamic dynasties of this period, the Umayyads and the Abbasids. Relations with neighboring regions including Europe are highlighted including the crusades which began in the late eleventh century and continued in Syria/Palestine through the 13th century. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


HIST 373 | Gun Powder Empires: Middle East 1200-1800

Introduction to the history of the Islamic world in the half-millennium before the rise of Europe following a chronological and thematic frame. Beginning with the Mongol invasions of the 13th century then the emergence of Turkish war bands of the 14th and 15th centuries while the era of bubonic plague (the 'Black Death') in the middle of the 14th century influences economic and social policies. The final chronological segment is the "imperial age" (from its zenith in the late 16th century to its passing the 18th). Cross-listed as HIST 273. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.


HIST 380 | The World of Alexander the Great

Course examines the world of the Mediterranean 360 BC- 320 BC and the rise and fall of Alexander the Great. Course focuses on the cultural, economic, political and social history of the period. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.


HIST 391 | Topics

Directed readings and research to be used in discussions pertaining to specific topics in European, American or non-Western history. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major, Junior or Senior standing. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Department Consent Required.


HIST 395 | Independent Study

Designed to encourage the superior student to study in-depth and to research an area beyond the undergraduate course offerings. Prerequisite: Social Science or History major. 1-3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


HIST 397 | Internship

Practical experiences in a related career field under the supervision of the History Department. Prerequisite: 3.00 GPA, Social Science or History major. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.


HIST 399 | Senior Thesis

Senior capstone experience. Prerequisite: GBLS 101 and GBLS 102 or senior standing. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.