History (HIST)

HIST 103. World Views:History. (3 Credits)

HIST 103 presents an overview of the history of Western Civilization‐‐its basic chronology, major events and main themes. Students will explore various eras by reading assorted historical documents.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 151. Amer Civilization I. (3 Credits)

HIST 152. American Civilization II. (3 Credits)

HIST 153. American Civ Survey. (3 Credits)

HIST 153 is a survey of the history of the United States from pre‐Columbian America to the present. It will explore the political, economic, religious, social, ideological, and artistic influences in the American story. American Civilization is designed to help students develop knowledge of broad areas of history and philosophy of history; an appreciation of the major events and themes in U.S. history and historiography; and skills necessary to read, write, and speak about U.S. history and historical writing.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 161. Hist & World Views West World. (3 Credits)

This course provides the student with an examination of the chronology and major themes of Western Civilization through the study of primary and secondary sources. Fulfills core history requirement.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 163. Non-Western World:A History. (3 Credits)

HIST 163 is a survey of the peoples and cultures of Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, the Pacific Rim, and pre-Columbian America, providing the students background to make sense of these increasingly important regions in the world.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 190. Western Historical Perspective. (3 Credits)

presents the narrative of Western Civilization--its basic chronology, major events and main themes. Students will explore various eras by evaluating a range of artifacts (the objects people make and use). Artifacts belong to history and when approached properly constitute valuable sources for developing a better understanding of history. Students will also be introduced to aspects of historical methodology through reading and analyzing selected historical documents. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: None

HIST 203. Historical Methods. (3 Credits)

This course examines the nature of history, philosophies, and methodologies of major historians. Readings include selections from Thucydides to contemporary historians. Student activities, presentations, and essays will include research techniques, examining primary sources, problems in knowledge and explanation, historical criticism, and questions arising from various historical viewpoints.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 205. Faces of Culture. (3 Credits)

Faces of Culture is a foundations social science course in introductory cultural anthropology. Anthropology is presented from a holistic perspective using an integrated approach to race, class, gender, and ethnicity.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 208. History of Christianity. (3 Credits)

HIST 208 offers a broad introduction to the history of Christianity, from its beginnings, through the Reformation, to the denominations of the modern era. Major events, doctrinal developments and distinctions, key figures and problems will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 210. History of Food. (3 Credits)

HIST 210 will examine the history of food, beginning with the Neolithic revolution that gave rise to the agriculture and animal domestication and ending with the quandaries over diet that plague modern society. The course will highlight food economically, socially and culturally, looking at how different societies have procured sustenance, and how they have attached different meanings to what they consume.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 212. Monsters. (3 Credits)

examines monsters and the historical, social, cultural and scientific contexts in which they arose and in which they continue to exist. Monsters have been pivotal to world folk tales, myths, literary texts, and films. These hybrids of living creatures and otherness have endured since the beginnings of time and inhabit both the ancient and modern imagination. Through study of monsters throughout time and around the globe students will develop an understanding of different cultures and the way in which people engage the world around them. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 215. The Civil War. (3 Credits)

explores the period 1861-1865 when the country was rent apart by the most divisive war in American history, the war which has to a large degree shaped current American political, economic, and social realities. Though the course will examine the historical context in which the war unfolded, the military aspects of the Civil War will receive significant attention. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 220. Sports of the World. (3 Credits)

explores global sport and its importance for and impact upon modern international society. The purpose of the course is to help students to frame sport, professional and amateur, in an appropriate historical and cultural context. This permits the student to better understand how sport transcends time and borders, unifies and divides, and creates heroes and goats that are remembered for generations. 3 credits

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 221. The Ancient World. (3 Credits)

examines the major cultures of the ancient Near East (Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, etc.) from the earliest times to development of Archaic Greece, and in so doing offers a backdrop to the ancient world of the Old Testament and the classical era of the Greeks and Romans. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 223. Michigan History. (3 Credits)

HIST 235. Rats, Lice & Mice: Hist of Dis. (3 Credits)

examines the global history of medicine and disease from antiquity until the 20th century.  The overall theme is the biological and cultural impact of disease (especially epidemics) on society. The course focuses upon major historical infectious disease outbreaks e.g. plague, smallpox, AIDS, Ebola and examines the course of the disease, medical/health responses to the disease and the political/economic/cultural/social impacts upon the affected societies.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 240. Ancient Civilizations. (3 Credits)

surveys ancient civilizations across the globe, with particular emphasis upon religion, geography and culture. The course examines civilizations located in Asia, India, South America, and North America. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 241. History & Culture of Latin America. (3 Credits)

explores the history and culture of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean from the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas to the present. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 243. Modern Africa. (3 Credits)

examines the political, economic, social and ethnic issues confronting contemporary Africa. Various historical issues are explored in the course, including the Atlantic slave trade, 19th-century imperialism, colonialism, post-war decolonization, ethnic conflicts, AIDS and globalization. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 246. History of Modern Japan. (3 Credits)

History 246 is an introduction to the history of Japan, emphasizing Japan’s distinctive cultural, spiritual, political, educational, artistic, and social life. The antecedents of modern Japan are traced from ancient and feudal times. A comparison and contrast is made between the cultures of Japan and the United States. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement.

Prerequisites: HIST 103.

HIST 250. Modern Middle East. (3 Credits)

surveys the rise and disintegration of the Ottoman Empire as well as later 20th-century developments in the Middle East, with particular emphasis on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 255. Empires: East & West. (3 Credits)

offers an introduction to the political construct of “empire” by studying various empires, from the Romans to the Soviets, using a comparative approach. Students will re-examine imperial imperatives of the past will reconsider contemporary opinions about the respective benefits of empire and nation states. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 265. World of Superheroes. (3 Credits)

will examine the history and culture of superheroes. The world of superheroes includes figures whose histories are drawn from folklore, myths and legends of numerous civilizations. The superhero today should thus be re-conceptualized as part of a local, national and even global culture and should be examined in light of what superheroes reflect about the cultures that created them, particularly in terms of law, politics, religion, philosophy, science, gender and race. The course will highlight not only the hero in history but the roles of superheroes across cultures, e.g., Japan, India, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Mexico. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 270. Asia on Fire. (3 Credits)

surveys the various conflicts (including World War II, the Chinese Civil War, Korean War, etc.) occurring on the Asian continent and Pacific Rim during the 20th century with particular emphasis upon how these conflicts impacted the Asian peoples and their struggles for independence. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 277. Byzantium. (3 Credits)

HIST 277 offers an overview of the history of the Byzantine Empire, starting with the division of the Roman Empire into Eastern and Western halves by the Emperor Diocletian, to the fall of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Political, cultural, religious and social aspects of the Empire will be surveyed and Byzantium’s relations with various regions, particularly Western Europe, the emerging Russia, and the Islamic world will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 282. The Orient: History & Culture. (3 Credits)

This course examines the people of Pacific Asia on a topical basis--geographical and historical background, literature, music and fine arts, ideology, culture, social life, political systems, and religion. An emphasis will be placed on the contrast between Eastern and Western thought, comparing Japan, China, and India with the United States.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 284. Imperial China. (3 Credits)

explores China’s ancient history and introduces students to ancient Chinese culture through a number of cultural activities. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 285. History of Modern China. (3 Credits)

examines China’s modern history from the Qing dynasty to the present. It also introduces students to Chinese culture through a number of cultural activities. Fulfills core cross-culture requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 295. America and Vietnam. (3 Credits)

examines the history of two quite different countries from the period of colonization to the fall of Saigon in 1975. Both countries will be studied in terms of political, economic, religious, social, and diplomatic trends. Particular consideration will be given to the impact the Vietnam conflict had upon the course of history in both the United States and Vietnam. Fulfills core cross-culture requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 309. Early America:1492-1800. (3 Credits)

examines the early heritage of the United States from the Native Americans to the Constitution of 1787. The course explores such topics as the beginnings of our multi-cultural society, the growth of representative government, and the diverse economic and social values in early America. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 322. The Classical World. (3 Credits)

HIST 322 surveys the history of Greece and Rome during the Classical era, with special attention to political, social, cultural, economic, and religious aspects. The course will also emphasize the history of Christianity in its initial centuries.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 325. The City & American Culture. (3 Credits)

HIST 330. History of Modern Europe. (3 Credits)

HIST 330 studies developments in European social, political, economic, religious, and cultural history from the French Revolution to the present.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 351. Indus America:1865-1920. (3 Credits)

explores the development of the United States from an agrarian to an industrial nation and from a hemispheric to a world power. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 352. U.S.-World Power:1920-Pres. (3 Credits)

studies the political, economic, social, and intellectual development of the United States since World War I. Several important events and representative figures of the period will be studied in depth. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 356. The Middle Ages. (3 Credits)

surveys the political, economic, religious, cultural and social development of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire through the 14th century. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 358. Renaiss/Reform Europe. (3 Credits)

presents an overview of European history from the 13th to the 17th centuries, with especial emphasis upon the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will explore how these movements impacted the development of Western Civilization in general and Europe in particular. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 360. Revolutionary Europe. (3 Credits)

surveys the history of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, a period during which Europe experienced revolutions of all kinds—political, religious, scientific, technological, military, economic—and witnessed some of the greatest political, cultural and intellectual changes in European history. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 363. Women in America. (3 Credits)

introduces students to significant worldviews and major events that affected women’s history in the United States. The students will examine women’s involvement within the major social institutions of America, and what role women have played in economics, education, family, politics, and religion from early settlement to current times. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 364. Americas. (3 Credits)

explores the twentieth-century history of Central and South America and the Caribbean in a multidisciplinary fashion. Fulfills core cross-cultural requirement. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 376. Classical Greece and Rome. (3 Credits)

Classical Greece and Rome is an interdisciplinary study of the civilization of the Ancient Greeks and Romans - their culture, philosophy, and arts - and the continuing heritage of classical thought.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 377. World of Islam. (3 Credits)

This course examines the Islamic religion, Islamic history and the Middle East, where Islam’s impact has been the most pronounced. Specific topics that will be covered will include Islamic art and literature (via websites), Arabia before Muhammad, Muhammad and the beginnings of Islam, peoples of the region and their cultures, Sharia law and its consequences, women and Islam, two forms of jihad, Islamic institutions, competing approaches to Islamic history, and the religious and political significance of Islam in the Middle East.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 378. Africa: History & Culture. (3 Credits)

This course uses methods of geography, history, anthropology, and ethnography to examine political, cultural, and physical evidence to study Africa.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 380. Amer Republic/1800-1860. (3 Credits)

studies the history of the United States from Washington’s administration to the Civil War, exploring the political, economic, social, and intellectual growth of the nation. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 381. Renaissance and Reformation. (3 Credits)

This course presents the history of 16th and 17th century Europe, focusing on the religious, cultural, political, and social developments that contributed to the evolution of Western thought.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 383. Age of Enlightenment. (3 Credits)

This course examines the greater 18th century in the Atlantic World. The course focuses on the importance of the Scientific Revolution and its effect on the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment. It also explores the development of capitalism, the expansion of slavery, cultural trends, including art and music, and the American and French Revolutions, which ended the era.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 385. Historical Methods. (3 Credits)

HIST 385 presents an introduction to the nature and theory of history through the study of past developments in historical research and writing. The course examines methods of reading, teaching, applying, and writing history.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 386. Mediev Wrld: Knghts, Dams, Dem. (3 Credits)

approaches the subject of the Middle Ages in a way different from the traditional approach of either English or History in that it will focus on exploring the medieval worldview through an examination of documents, literary works and artifacts utilizing the disciplinary methodologies of English and History. As an interdisciplinary course, students will use and synthesize methodologies from both academic disciplines to engage the complexities of the medieval period. Cross-listed with ENG 386. 3 credits

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 387. Field Ed in History. (3 Credits)

offers various opportunities for students to gain practical experience through service in the field of History particularly as a student mentor for HIST 103. Student interns will work under the supervision of a faculty supervisor. 3-6 credits.

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

HIST 388. The Romantic Age. (3 Credits)

This course will cover the highlights of the Romantic Era – from 1770 through the 1850s. Its purpose is to recreate the texture of the era and to introduce its key figures and concepts. Most of the concepts you will learn will fit into one of the following headings: Revolution (idealism, reform, civil disobedience), Individualism (heroes, heroines, villains, monsters, victims), Nature (adventure, quest, wilderness, journey), and Emotion (passion, love, introspection, hope).

Prerequisite: None

HIST 389. America's Game:Football & Soci. (3 Credits)

offers perspectives on American society by examining a sport that from small town high school fields, through historic college stadiums to the majesty of the Super Bowl has captured the American spirit. The growth in the popularity of the sport coincided with the rise of the U. S. as a global power. Students will examine the rise of the NCAA, development of professional football, standardized rules, urbanization, race relations, and team relocations. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 390. Baseball in America. (3 Credits)

Surveys the history of the United States through a very distinctive lens, that of baseball. Besides examining the game itself, the course will explore baseball’s experience with race and gender issues, urbanization and industrialization, immigration and labor issues, professionalization, community loyalty and the role of the individual in American society.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 392. Travel: Civ Renaissance Italy. (3 Credits)

offers the student a chance to explore civilization, culture and history through an academic course combined with a travel experience. The topics of the travel-study will rotate each year, but can include study of the Renaissance or Roman civilization with a trip to Italy; the history of modern and classical Greece with a trip to Greece; or the history and psychology of war, with a trip to England and France. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 394. Contemporary Studies. (3 Credits)

This course is a review and exploration of the cultural condition within the Western tradition through the present day. It approaches the contemporary scene as a discourse: by examining samples of critical and scientific theory as well as samples of visual art and literature, it attempts to trace the mutual influence each has felt from and exerted upon the other.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 401. Hist Ed in West Tradit. (3 Credits)

surveys the history of education in the West, beginning with classical Greece and Rome and proceeding through various periods of history to 20th-century American education. Students will read selections from landmark figures in the history of education, such as Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Vergerius, Luther, Melanchthon, Rousseau, and Dewey, and will examine the objectives, ideals, theories and historical contexts of education over time and place. This study will provide the context for an evaluation of education in the contemporary Western world. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 420. European National History. (3 Credits)

HIST 420 examines the history of a specific European country (England, France, Germany or Russia), exploring political, social, economic, religious, and other factors. The course will examine one nation; the nation under study will rotate from year to year.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 463. Spec Topics Western Hist. (3 Credits)

provides the student with the opportunity to explore a theme, question or topic in Western history in an in-depth fashion in a seminar-style course. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 464. Topics in American History. (3 Credits)

This course provides the student with the opportunity to explore a theme or question in American history in an in-depth fashion in a seminar-style course.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 465. Special Topics:Global History. (1-3 Credits)

HIST 465 Rats, Lice & Mice: History of Diseases & Epidemics examines the global history of medicine and disease from antiquity until the 20th century. The overall theme is the biological and cultural impact of disease (especially epidemics) on society.

Prerequisite: None

HIST 466. The American Idea. (3 Credits)

surveys the intellectual history of the United States as it intersected with American society, and will feature particular groups in the country’s history, from the Puritans to the conservative movement of the late 20th century. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 475. The Reformations. (3 Credits)

consists of an in-depth study of the Reformations of 16th-century Europe, including the Lutheran, Calvinist and Catholic. The student will be given the opportunity to explore in depth the ideas (theological, political, educational, etc.) and the major themes (salvation, individualism, fracturing of the Catholic Church into different denominations, education, religious war, religious toleration, etc.) through directed readings of selected texts, individual research and group projects. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 or consent of the instructor.

HIST 480. History Internship. (1-6 Credits)

provides the student with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of History through such activities as working with a local historical society, or engaging in an advanced research project. The student will work under the supervision of a faculty advisor. 3-6 credits.

Prerequisites: HIST 103 and HIST 385 and consent of the instructor.

HIST 490. History Seminar. (3 Credits)

HIST 490 is a culminating undergraduate experience in which the student will study history by researching, writing, and presenting a piece of original historical work.

Prerequisite: None