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Courses at Coe

The Americas

  • HIS-145: History of the United States to 1865
  • HIS-155: History of the United States Since 1865
  • HIS-217: The American War in Vietnam
  • HIS-227: The American Civil War
  • HIS-267: The American West
  • HIS-317: Topics in History: United States Pluralism
  • HIS-347: African American History
  • HIS-357: Native American History
  • HIS-368: Latin America
  • HIS-397: Women in America
  • ECO-457: U.S. Economic History
  • HIS-487: American Colonial History
  • HIS-495: United States Diplomatic History
  • HIS-525: Recent American History I
  • HIS-535: Recent American History II
  • HIS-725: Seminar in American History I
  • HIS-735: Seminar in American History II

Europe and the Classical World

  • HIS-115: The History of Western Civilization to 1500
  • HIS-125: The History of Western Civilization Since 1500
  • HIS-275: Ancient Greek History
  • HIS-285: History of Ancient Rome
  • HIS-318: Topics in History: Diverse Western Perspectives
  • HIS-328: Modern France
  • HIS-338: The French Revolution
  • HIS-375: History of Medieval Europe
  • HIS-378: The World at War
  • HIS-388: Renaissance and Reformation
  • HIS-405: History of Modern England
  • HIS-455: 19th-Century Europe
  • HIS-465: 20th-Century Europe
  • HIS-475: Early Modern Europe
  • HIS-745: Seminar in Modern European History

Asia

  • HIS-136: East Asian Civilization
  • HIS-246: History of Modern China
  • HIS-256: History of Modern Japan
  • HIS-286: Modern Middle East
  • HIS-316: Topics in History: Non-Western Perspectives
  • HIS-756: Seminar in Modern East Asian History

Historical Methods & Other Courses

  • HIS-205: The Historian's Craft
  • HIS-895: Internship in History
  • HIS-815: Independent Study

HISTORY

Arnold, Buckaloo, Keenan, Nordmann (Chair), Phifer, Ziskowski.

The history department allows students the opportunity to study history broadly, while also focusing on specific interests. Students learn how to express themselves, both orally and in writing, and, in the liberal arts tradition, are taught to learn quickly, communicate clearly, and build a rewarding career and life in their chosen field.

History Major

  1. Four courses in one of these two combinations:
    HIS-115 The History of Western Civilization to 1500
    HIS-125 The History of Western Civilization Since 1500
    HIS-145 History of the United States to 1865 or HIS-155 History of the United States Since 1865
    One additional U.S. History course
    or
    HIS-145 History of the United States to 1865
    HIS-155 History of the United States Since 1865
    HIS-115 The History of Western Civilization to 1500 or HIS-125 The History of Western Civilization Since 1500
    One additional European History course
  2. HIS-205 The Historian‘s Craft
  3. One of the following:
    HIS-136 East Asian Civilization
    HIS-246 History of Modern China
    HIS-256 History of Modern Japan
  4. One of the following:
    HIS-725 Seminar in American History I
    HIS-735 Seminar in American History II
  5. One of the following:
    HIS-745 Seminar in Modern European History
    HIS-756 Seminar in Modern East Asian History
  6. Three additional history courses

With departmental approval, successful completion of the ACM Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities Program off-campus study experience may be used to satisfy either #4 or #5 above.

History Minor

One of the following combinations:

HIS-115 The History of Western Civilization to 1500
HIS-125 The History of Western Civilization Since 1500
One course in United States history
One course in Asian history
Two additional history courses approved by the department
or
HIS-145 History of the United States to 1865
HIS-155 History of the United States Since 1865
One course in European history
One course in Asian history
Two additional history courses approved by the department


Courses in History

EUROPEAN HISTORY

HIS-115 The History of Western Civilization to 1500
The development of Western civilization from the earliest times to 1500, with primary emphasis on the culture and thought of the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance eras.

HIS-125 The History of Western Civilization Since 1500
The development of Western civilization from 1500 to modern times, with emphasis on the cultural and intellectual development of the West and such topics as the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, and the rise of Totalitarianism.

HIS-275 Ancient Greek History
An examination of the evolution of certain key institutions and traditions in the ancient Greek world—political, constitutional, military, social, and economic—with particular emphasis on the revolutionary changes experienced during the Classical Age, i.e., the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.

HIS-285 History of Ancient Rome
An examination of the evolution of certain key institutions and traditions—political, constitutional, military, social, and economic—in the ancient Roman world, with emphasis on the revolutionary changes during the transition from the Republic to the Empire, i.e., the first centuries B.C. and A.D.

HIS-318 Topics in History: Diverse Western Perspectives
An intensive study of a selected topic (or topics) in history related to Diverse Western Perspectives through lectures or group discussion or directed readings or research and writing. (Offered on an occasional basis)

HIS-328 Modern France
An examination of the major political, cultural, and social developments in France from the end of the French Revolution to present day, with an emphasis on the changes and shifts in French national identity and global relations.

HIS-338 The French Revolution
An investigation of the origins and course of the French Revolution from the Ancien Regime to 1815. The course covers the Enlightenment, the collapse of the Ancien Regime, the opening of the Revolution, the Terror, and Napoleon.

HIS-375 History of Medieval Europe
A survey of Medieval Europe focusing on the intellectual, cultural, religious, artistic, and literary achievements of the High Middle Ages from roughly 1000 A.D. to 1300 A.D.

HIS-378 The World at War
An upper-level course that takes a global approach to the more than thirty years of warfare which comprise World War I, World War II, and the inter-war period. Focus is on political, cultural and social effects through a study of historical documents, period literature, and film.

HIS-388 Renaissance and Reformation
The European experience from the waning of the Middle Ages through the period of the religious wars, with the emphasis on art, the rise of nation states, overseas expansionism, the scientific revolution, and the Protestant and Catholic Reformations.

HIS-405 History of Modern England
A survey of the major constitutional, political, and social developments in England from The Glorious Revolution to the present. Particular attention is paid to the growth of Empire, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of labor, and the effects of The Great War and World War II.

HIS-455 19th-Century Europe
The evolution of Europe from the French Revolution to World War I, with an emphasis on such topics as Liberalism, the Industrial Revolution, Nationalism, Marxian Socialism, Imperialism, and Great Power diplomacy.

HIS-465 20th-Century Europe
A historical survey of modern Europe from 1900 to the present. Emphases are on World War I, the Russian Revolution, the rise of Fascism, Hitler, Nazi Germany, Stalin and Soviet Communism, World War II and the Cold War, as well as the emergence of the European Community (EC) and the collapse of Communism and the Soviet Union.

HIS-475 Early Modern Europe
The history of Europe from 1603-1815 with emphasis on the English Revolutions, the age of Absolute Monarchy, the Enlightenment, the decline of the Ancien Regime, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era, and concluding with the Congress of Vienna.

U.S. HISTORY

HIS-145 History of the United States to 1865
A survey of relations between indigenous, European, and African peoples in places that would become the United States from the colonial era through the Civil War. Topics include European colonization; indigenous resistance; racial slavery; the American Revolution and creation of the United States; westward territorial expansion; and the Civil War.

HIS-155 History of the United States Since 1865
A survey of American history from the Reconstruction to the present. Topics include the changing American economy, the inclusion and exclusion of various Americans defined by race, class, and gender, and the emergence of the United States as a world power.

HIS-217 The American War in Vietnam
Examines the American war in Vietnam from its earliest roots to its latest ramifications and from multiple perspectives. Emphases include the French Indochina War, American policy debate, the sources of American policy, Vietnamese perspectives, and the war in fiction and film.

HIS-227 The American Civil War
An examination of the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War. Topics include slavery; emancipation; race relations; roles of diverse Americans in the conflict; political issues; military strategies; trials and triumphs of Reconstruction; and legacies of the conflict.

HIS-267 The American West
A survey of the history of the trans-Mississippi west and its impact on the rest of the United States. Topics include relationships of power based on race, gender and class, as well as issues regarding the environment, expansion, and settlement.

HIS-317 Topics in History: United States Pluralism
An intensive study of a selected topic (or topics) in history related to United States Pluralism through lectures or group discussion or directed readings or research and writing. (Offered on an occasional basis)

HIS-347 African American History
An examination of changes and continuities in the lives of African Americans from the colonial era to the present. Emphases include the origins and evolving nature of slavery, race, and racism; development of African-American culture, individual struggles for freedom and civil rights; migrations; segregation; and large-scale movements for social and political change.

HIS-357 Native American History
Examines the history of Native Americans and their relationships to Europe and Anglo-America from pre- Columbian times to the present. Emphases include understanding Native cultures, early Anglo-Indian relations, the western ―Indian wars,‖ and the Red Power movement of the 1970s.

HIS-397 Women in America
A survey of the role and power of a variety of women in America‘s history from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on understanding the place of women today.

ECO-457 U.S. Economic History
See Economics

HIS-487 American Colonial History
The history of the American colonies from their founding through the American Revolution, focusing on the diverse perspectives of people varying in religion, ethnicity, and gender, as well as economic and political backgrounds.

HIS-495 United States Diplomatic History
Begins with an examination of the relations of the colonies to international affairs. The course focuses attention on topics in American diplomatic history which provide a background for an understanding of the nation‘s present status as a world power.

HIS-525 Recent American History I
An examination of American domestic development from the last quarter of the 19th century to the present. Topics include immigration, workers in a changing economy, the World Wars, the Cold War, civil rights, the changing role of women in society, and the contested post-1960‘s move to the political right. Prerequisite: History of the United States Since 1865 (HIS-155) or consent of instructor.

HIS-535 Recent American History II
An examination of American foreign relations from the 1890s to the present, including the World Wars, the Cold War, and the post-9/11 world. Prerequisite: History of the United States Since 1865 (HIS-155) or consent of instructor.

HIS-347 African American History
An examination of changes and continuities in the lives of African Americans from the colonial era to the present. Emphases include the origins and evolving nature of slavery, race, and racism; development of African-American culture, individual struggles for freedom and civil rights; migrations; segregation; and large-scale movements for social and political change.

ASIAN HISTORY

HIS-136 East Asian Civilization
A survey of East Asian civilization with primary emphasis on China, Japan and Korea, from each nation‘s origins to 1700. Particular attention is paid to cultural and political factors.

HIS-246 History of Modern China
A history of modern China since 1700. Chinese states and society from the height of Qing culture, through the impact of the West and Japan, the rise of Chinese Republicanism and Marxism, the Liberation of 1949, the Great Leap Forward, the death of Mao Zedong, and rule of Deng Xiaoping, up to the present day.

HIS-256 History of Modern Japan
A history of modern Japan since 1700. Historical analysis of Edo period culture, politics and society, rapid Meiji era changes, constitutionalism and imperialism, Japan‘s expansion in Asia, World War II, the post-war social change, and economic recovery and rise to international leadership, up to the present.

HIS-316 Topics in History: Non-Western Perspectives
An intensive study of a selected topic (or topics) in history related to non-Western cultures through lectures or group discussion or directed readings or research and writing. (Offered on an occasional basis)

HIS-286 Modern Middle East
A survey of recent history of the Middle East, from the 1800s to the present with an emphasis on the 20th century. Course focuses on the Middle East in its global interactions.

METHODS AND RESEARCH

HIS-205 The Historian’s Craft
Introduction to the nature and craft of history. Emphases include use of sources, historiography, philosophy of history, and various forms of historical writing. The capstone assignment is a research paper. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

HIS-725 Seminar in American History I
An introduction to historical research in earlier American history (prior to 1865). Critical inquiry is emphasized in detailed examination of specific topics. Prerequisite: The Historian‘s Craft (HIS-205) and junior standing.

HIS-735 Seminar in American History II
An introduction to historical research in later American history since 1865. Critical inquiry is emphasized in detailed examination of specific topics. Prerequisite: The Historian‘s Craft (HIS-205) and junior standing.

HIS-745 Seminar in Modern European History
An intensive reading and research seminar on selected topics in 19th- and 20th-century European political, diplomatic, and intellectual history. Prerequisite: The Historian‘s Craft (HIS-205) and junior standing.

HIS-756 Seminar in Modern East Asian History
An intensive reading and research seminar on selected topics in the 19th- and 20th-century history of China, Japan and Korea. Prerequisite: The Historian‘s Craft (HIS-205) and junior standing.

OTHER HISTORY COURSES

HIS-368 Latin America
Survey of the social, political, economic, and cultural factors of Latin America from the colonial era to the present, with an emphasis on how these factors influence present day Latin America.

HIS-815 Independent Study
Independent work on a selected project under the direction of a faculty member of the department. May be taken for an X status grade with consent of instructor prior to registration. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

HIS-895 Internship in History
Part-time work experience for one term in a history-related field supervised by a faculty member of the department in cooperation with the Director of Internships. A minimum of 140 hours on-site experience is required. S/U basis only. This course does not satisfy any of the requirements for a major or minor in history. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of department chair.