HIS 101 (3 credits)
Western Civilization: Antiquity to the Renaissance
This course covers the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods, and looks at the evolution and development of Western Civilization from the Fertile Crescent through the Greeks and Romans, and onward to feudalism and the Renaissance.
HIS 102 (3 credits)
Western Civilization: Reformation to the Cold War
This course looks at the development od Western Civilization during the Reformation, the age of Revolutions, the era of European empires, and the 20th century.
HIS 112 (3 credits)
The Study of American History
Introduces student to the chronology of American history, a broad selection of key documents, appropriate secondary reading materials, and descriptions of selected key events in the evolution of American history.
HIS 121 (3 credits)
The Study of European History
Introduces student to chronology of European history, a broad selection of key documents, appropriate secondary reading materials, and descriptions of selected key events in the evolution of European history.
HIS 230 (3 credits)
Women in History
Focused study of women in history through analyses of women’s roles or comparative studies between cultures or biography. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
HIS 240 (3 credits)
Topics in Global History
Study of the different aspects of the past of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Emphasis is placed on introducing students to the very diferent cultures which have occupied the American continents for tens of thousands of years and which continue to influence Euro-American cultures to an extraordinary degree. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
HIS 245 (3 credits)
Topics in Native American History
Study of the different aspects of the past of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Emphasis is placed on introducing students to the very different cultures which have occupied the American continents for tens of thousands of years and which continue to influence Euro-American cultures to an extraordinary degree. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
HIS 250 (3 credits)
Introduction to the historical aspects of a particular discipline such as business, economics, social work or criminal justice.
HIS 255 (3 credits)
The study of a prominent individual or individuals in order to understand not just their lives, but the issues and contexts with which they had to deal. The courses also seek to understand the challenges which all people, not just historians, face in reconstructing past events and evaluating them. Some possible lives to study include: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Florence Nightingale, or Queen Elizabeth I.
HIS 260 (3 credits)
Pennsylvania and Local History
Traces and coordinates Pennsylvania and local history by following the key events of state and local histories; the goal of the course is to familiarize the student with both the historical nature of their local environment and provide insights into that history.
HIS 281 (3 credits)
Topics in Military History
The study of war and military history. The course looks at the battles and fighting and investigates the underlying economic, social, and cultural factors that have driven and influenced war over the centuries. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated under different topics.
HIS 300 (3 credits)
Traces Anglo-Spanish and Anglo-French struggles for control of North America, the transplanting of European peoples and institutions to the original 13 British colonies, and development of those 13 colonies into semi-independent states before 1763. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or unior-level standing.
HIS 303 (3 credits)
20th Century World History
This course covers world history in the 20th century, focusing on major changes from the end of Word War I to the present.
HIS 307 (3 credits)
Covers the growth of the classical civilizations of the West, from the Minoan/Mycaenean civilization through the rise of Greece, the transformation of Greek civilization into the Hellenistic civilizations, and the triumph and decline of Rome. Prerequisite: HIS 121 or junior-level standing.
HIS 308 (3 credits)
American Revolution and Constitution
Examines late colonial era including causes of the Revolutionary War, emergence of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, and special emphasis on origins and ratification of the Constitution. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or junior-level standing.
HIS 319 (3 credits)
Late Antiquity and Early Medieval
Traces fusion of classical civilization, Christianity and German tribes into the first Europe. Emphasizes understanding transition from the Ancient World to birth of European civilization of the High Middle Ages. Prerequisite: HIS 121 or junior-level standing.
HIS 322 (3 credits)
Early National and Jeffersonian America
Follows development of American society and culture as Americans sought to define precisely what their revolution had won for them and what an “American” was. Traces Federalist and Jeffersonian periods and the emergence of the Jacksonian age. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or junior-level standing.
HIS 323 (3 credits)
The High and Late Middle Ages
The High Middle Ages was the burst of development which formed Western European civilization. It was followed by a partial collapse known as the Late Middle Ages which served as the transition to the Renaissance and to modern Europe. Traces this coalescing of Western European civilization and the period of collapse. Prerequisite: HIS 121 or junior-level standing.
HIS 334 (3 credits)
Jacksonian and Ante-Bellum America
Traces development of America from the Battle of New Orleans to the sectional breakdown of the early 1850s. Covers late Jeffersonians, age of Jackson, era of Manifest Destiny, Mexican War, and the growth of the North/South conflict after the Mexican War. Also examines the old South. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or junior-level standing.
HIS 337 (3 credits)
Early Modern Europe
From the Renaissance to the Elizabethan Age to the court of Louis XIV, this course follows fragmenting of the medieval world and emergence, through upheaval, of new religious, political and intellectual styles. Prerequisite: HIS 121 or junior-level standing.
HIS 344 (3 credits)
The Era of the Civil War
Covers the development of the sectional crisis from the Compromise of 1850, through the crisis of the 1850s, to the Civil War itself, and to the passing of Reconstruction. Course ends with the disputed election of Hayes and the North’s abandonment of Reconstruction. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or junior-level standing.
HIS 349 (3 credits)
The Age of Revolutions (1610-1815)
Traces political, intellectual, and socio-economic upheavals associated with such figures as Galileo, Newton, Cromwell, Louis XIV, Locke, Montesquieu, Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adam Smith, Voltaire, Robespierre and Napoleon. Concentrates on interplay of individuals and trends. Prerequisite: HIS 121 or junior-level standing.
HIS 352 (3 credits)
America’s Industrial Revolution and the Age of Reform
Examines America’s Industrial Revolution, westward expansion, immigration, urbanization, and attempts to control rapid change through reform. Also covers America’s growing involvement in world affairs through World War I and the Versailles Treaty. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or junior-level standing.
HIS 353 (3 credits)
The European Century (1763-1914)
Follows Western European civilization as it approached its apogee and spread across the world. Focuses on European civilization as it developed its mature forms of political, intellectual, and socio-economic thought. Prerequisite: HIS 121 or junior-level standing.
HIS 364 (3 credits)
America’s Trial: The Depression through the Korean War
Studies 24 years that covered Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, and the Korean War, and how these years affected American institutions. Examines upheavals of the “Jazz Age’ and the 1920s. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or junior-level standing.
HIS 426 (3 credits)
Intensive study in research methodology followed by a major research paper on a topic approved by the department chairperson.
HIS 461 (3 credits)
Social Studies Methods: Pennsylvania's Founding and the World
The course examines the historical and contextual development of Pennsylvania from 1683 to 1824. As a methodology course, i focuses on the types of research and methods of presentation within a classroom setting. Cross-listed with ED 461.
HIS 493 (3 credits)
This course examines the processes by which history is written and created. In particular, it looks at the theories, ideas, and beliefs that underpin the study of history itself, using such thinkers as Foucault, Thucydides, Genovese, and Partha Chatterjee.
Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D.
Chair of Humanities
Francis Hall 216