History Minor Program Requirements

The 18-credit History minor is offered by the HGEP Department. Upon completion of the History minor, students will be prepared to understand the role of the past in causing current events, conflicts, and problems, and its richness as a source of possible solutions.

Complete one of the following (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

HIS 1125

The Ancient World

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This course explores continuity, change, connections and comparisons within and between societies that developed in different regions of the world before the rise of Islam in the 7th century. We examine the historical texts and contexts in which humans communicated, complained, dreamed, prayed and made meaning of their lives in worlds that were very different from, and yet surprisingly similar to, our own.

Fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

HIS 1135

Global History

This course introduces students to the discipline of history in general and to the field of global history in particular. It examines the roots and expansion of globalization - broadly defined as the growing interconnectedness of our world - from the rise of Islam to the 21st century.

Fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

and complete one of the following (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

HIS 1215

Survey of Early U.S. History

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The European colonization of the Americas and the subsequent emergence of the United States held tremendous consequences for the peoples of the modern world. Colonial regimes set in motion a chain of events that destroyed unique Native American cultures, and the demands of merchants and planters in the Americas fueled the African slave trade, one of the largest forced migrations in human history. At the same time, political elites and ordinary people participated in a transatlantic Age of Revolutions that introduced to the world new ways of organizing government and thinking about human rights. Students in this introductory survey course will study these foundations of national life in the United States. The topics to be considered include Native American cultures and colonialism; slavery and its destruction; the role of race and gender relations in American life; and the emergence of liberalism and nationalism in the modern world.

Fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

HIS 1225

Survey of Modern U.S. History

The emergence of the United States as a global power represents one of the most significant developments in recent world history. This introductory survey course will trace America's growing engagement with the world over the course of the long twentieth century. At the same time, the course will consider the development domestically of a modern centralized state that has increasingly concerned itself with the rights and well-being of individual citizens. Topics will include industrialization and its critics, imperialism, the two World Wars, the development of a social safety net, movements for civil rights and social justice for women and minorities, and the origins of America's engagement with the Middle East.

Fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

and complete 12 additional credits in History (HIS) at the 2000-level or above.

Note: No more than 3 credits of Independent Study, and no more than 6 credits in other disciplines cross-listed under History, may be used to fulfill the requirements of the History Minor.