2010 - 2011 History Courses

HIST 112–113 Western Civilization, LE (3–3)
Introduces students to the major themes, ideas, and forces shaping Western Civilization through lecture, discussion, and reading of classic works from various periods of Western history. These courses may be taken independently. HIST 112 covers the Ancient World through the Renaissance. HIST 113 covers the Reformation to the Cold War. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.
 
HIST 200/300 Special Topics (1–4)
Special topics focusing on shifting regional and thematic studies, e.g., History of England, History of the Crusades, Popular Culture, The Nineteenth Century, and Film as History. Courses classified under the HIST 200/300 designation are taught on a rotating basis. Prerequisites will vary with course content.
 
HIST 212 World History to 1500, LE (4)
Explores the history of the major world civilizations to about the year 1500. Beginning with early historical cultures, the course examines Eastern, Western, and Middle-Eastern people and ideas as states formed and developed. Emphasizes the themes of shared fundamental ideas and ways of life, as well as significant differences among the world’s great cultures.
 
HIST 213 Modern World History (4)
Examines dominant themes in world history, from 1500 to the present.
 
HIST 220 United States History, LE (3)
A survey of American History from its foundation as a British colony through World War II. Emphasizes the recurring themes of the frontier experience, sectionalism and the emergence of the U. S. as a world power. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.
 
HIST 301 Early Modern Europe: Renaissance and Reformation as Gateways to the Modern Era (3)
An analysis of Europe from the 15th through 18th centuries, with special emphasis on how the cultural and religious developments during the Renaissance and Reformation contributed to the English, American and French Revolutions, to the rise of the Enlightenment and of the modern world. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 302 Modern Europe: Revolution and Reaction in Modern Europe (3)
A survey of European History in the 19th and 20th centuries that focuses on the development of radical social theories and political ideologies, Western domination of the globe, and the growth of modern secular society. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 305 History of England (3)
A survey of the history and culture of England from Roman times onward. Seeks to discover what is truly influential about English history, as well as the unique nature of British life, e.g., what, precisely, was “Great” about Queen Elizabeth’s person and reign, the ‘How-Question’ concerning the genesis of modern democracy in England, the relationship between British Literature and its historical context. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 311 Classical History of Greece and Rome (4)
Surveys Greek and Roman history from the dawning of Western Civilization in Homeric literature, through the spectacular successes—and equally colossal failures—of Athens, Sparta, the Roman Republic, through the disintegration of the Roman Empire. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 312 History of the Middle Ages (4)
Examines major figures (like Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine) and important movements (like the origins of representative democracy), beginning with the formation of medieval Europe during the fourth through tenth centuries A.D., and continuing through the rise of feudal kingdoms, universities, cathedrals and crusades. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 313 United States History Since 1945 (4)
Focuses on the emergence of the United States as a global power, the domestic repercussions of that status, and the social issues that have captivated Americans since 1945. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 314 Exploration through Early Republic (3)
Focuses on the history of North America from European exploration through the Jeffersonian era. Subjects of emphasis include the establishment of colonial settlements; interactions among Europeans, Native Americans and the environment; the establishment and growth of slavery; the War for Independence; the creation of a new nation; and the political and economic growth pangs of the new republic. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 315 The Age of Jackson (3)
Explores American history from 1815 through 1860. Concentrates on the emergence of paradoxical dialectics through conflict, synthesis, and violence, including: North and South; Reformism and Conservatism; Immigrant and Nativist; Romantics and Scientists; do-gooders and exploiters; men and women. The course stresses the chaos, change, creativity, morality and mendacity of Jacksonian America. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 316 The Civil War through 1890 (3)
Examines U.S. history in its most violent and divisive period. Emphases include the experience of enslaved African Americans; the growth of the anti-slavery movement; the division of the nation; the military course of the Civil War; the results of the war; the failed experiment of Reconstruction; and economics, politics and society in the Gilded Age. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 317 The U.S. as a World Power, 1890-1945 (3)
Explores the metamorphosis of the United States from a provincial, continental power to an industrialized and urbanized world power. Emphases include the Industrial Revolution and its impact on foreign policy; the Spanish-American War and the acquisition of empire; the growing power of the executive branch; the Progressive Era; the 1920s; the Depression; and U.S. participation in two world wars. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 318 American Popular Culture (3)
An exploration and discovery of American popular culture, or the culture of mass appeal, within a twentieth century chronological framework. Examines the nature of popular culture and establishes a model for its study. Subjects of study include best sellers, music, film, sports and popular culture icons/iconoclasts. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 319 American Women’s History (3)
An overview of the economic, social, and political roles women have played in American history, from the colonial period to today. Investigates women’s work in the household and market economies, women and the family, and women’s legal and civil rights and liabilities across time. Prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 320 Environmental History of the United States (3)
An exploration of how men and women have thought about and acted upon the land in what is now the United States from before the European exploration to the present day, including how the land and its resources shaped how people live, how the ways that people view the land changed over time, and how people have changed the earth and some of the consequences of those changes. Prerequisites: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 326 African History Since 1500 (4)
Analyzes changes in Africa from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the present day. This course is especially concerned with the forces that propelled the Trans-Oceanic slave trade, European colonialism and Independence movements in Africa; it also looks at African issues since independence. The thematic tentacles of this course are economics, politics, gender, and genocide.
 
HIST 330 Middle Eastern History (4)
An inquiry into Middle Eastern history from the early civilizations to our own day. The course deals with conflicts as well as quests that have created peace; developments in the three monotheistic religions and their cultures (with an emphasis on Islam); late 20th-Century issues. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 340 Latin American History: Discovery of the Americas (3)
Surveys the Latin American experience from pre-Columbian society through independence, and emphasizes the recurring themes of authoritarianism and exploitation. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 341 Latin American History: Revolution in the Americas (3)
Surveys Latin American history from Independence (1810) to the contemporary period, focusing on revolution as a solution to the chronic instability, poverty, and dependency that plagues the Latin American nations. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 343 History of Mexico: The Quest for Stability (3)
A chronicle of Mexican history, beginning in the pre-Columbian period and continuing through 1940, examining the conquest and subsequent colonial legacy as the foundation of political and economic instability. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 365 Utah and the West (3)
A general survey of the history of the State of Utah and its place in the region. Includes the early explorers, the arrival of the Mormons and non-Mormons, the relationship to the Federal Government, statehood, and the development of Utah in the 20th century. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 381 History of Russia (4)
A survey of Russian history from the 9th century through the 1917 Revolution, focusing on Russia’s endemic problems of autocratic and repressive rule; attempts to modernize; and its enigmatic and problematic foreign policy. Prerequisite: HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220. Offered alternate years.
 
HIST 390 Research Seminar in History (3)
A required capstone course for senior history majors, which combines historiography and research, resulting in the production of a senior thesis based on original research. Prerequisite: History major or minor or consent of instructor.
 
HIST 401 Directed Studies in History (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the History Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
 
HIST 440 Internship (1–8)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.
 
HIST 490 Research Seminar in History (3)
A required seminar for history majors, continuing the work begun in HIST 390. Prerequisite: HIST 390.