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Links to the various Elective Areas:

Following certain course descriptions are the designations: F, Sp, Su. These indicate the semesters fall, spring, summer in which the course is normally offered and are intended as an aid to students planning their programs of study.


HIST 101 The United States to 1865 (3) A survey of United States history from colonial times through the Civil War. Majors in elementary education must take History 101 or 102. No prereq. Sp, Su, F

HIST 102 The United States since 1865 (3) A survey of United States history from the end of the Civil War to the present. Majors in elementary education must take History 101 or 102. No prereq. Sp, Su, F

HIST 111 World Civilizations I, Beginnings to 1500 (3) The development of the major civilizations, Western and Non-Western, from their beginnings to 1500. The cultural achievements of these civilizations are studied in their historical contexts. Majors in elementary education must take History 111 or 112. No prereq. Sp, Su, F

HIST 112 World Civilizations II, 1500-Present (3) The development of the major civilizations, Western and Non-Western, from 1500 to the present. The cultural achievements of these civilizations are studied in their historical contexts. Majors in elementary education must take History 111 or 112. No prereq. Sp, Su, F

HIST 130 Issues in American History (3) A selection of issues which focus on understanding aspects of American history within a national and global framework. This course offers first and second-year students an alternative to History 101 and/or 102. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. No prereq.

HIST 140 Issues in World History (3) A selection of issues which focus on understanding particular aspects of world history within a global framework. This course offers first and second-year students an alternative to History 111 or 112. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. No prereq.

HIST 298 Historical Methods (3) An exploration of the principles of historical research; students will implement these with a particular focus on developing critical and analytical methodologies. Significant writing component required. Prereq: one 100- or 200-
level history course, or consent of instructor.

HIST 398 Historiography (3) The study of historical thought and writing, which will explore representative examples of the major historiographical schools, their tools, methods and ideas as developed over time. Prerequisites HIST 298 or consent of instructor.

HIST 454 History and Film (3) Examines film as an important factor in our understanding of the past. Explores the context in which films are produced, the interpretations of the past they offer and how audiences' historical perception is affected by films. Topics will vary. Prereq: Any 100-level History course or consent of instructor. 

HIST 498 Senior Seminar in American History (3) A research course in selected fields of American history at the senior level. Students conduct historical research with close guidance from the instructor and write extensive, well-documented papers. History 498 or 499 is required for history major and History 398, 498 or 499 for history minor. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. If taken twice for major, or in addition to History 499, it will count in Elective Area I. If taken twice for minor, or taken in addition to 398 or 499, it will count in Elective Area I. Prereq: History 101 or 102 and 298, or consent of instructor. Sp, F

HIST 499 Senior Seminar in World History (3) A research course in selected fields of World History at the senior level. Students conduct historical research with close guidance from the instructor and write extensive, well-documented papers. History 498 or 499 is required for history major and History 398, 498 or 499 for history minor. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. If taken twice for major, or in addition to History 498, it will count in Elective Area II. If taken twice for minor, or taken in addition to 398 or 498, it will count in Elective Area II or III, depending on the topic of the course. Prereq: History 111 or 112 and 298, or consent of instructor. Sp, F


Elective Area I: United States History

HIST 301 Native American Civilizations (3) Historical survey of early American civilizations. Emphasis is on cultural, religious, social, governmental, and economic developments. Attention is given to the historical significance of the European intrusion and the interchange of American, European, and African ideas, resources, products, and peoples. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 302 Colonial America to 1740 (3) Analysis of European discovery and colonization of the Americas, particularly North America. Attention is given to European exploration, interaction with Native American cultures, and the beginnings of colonial development. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 303 The American Revolution, 1740-1787 (3) A detailed history of the last decades of the English colonies in America, the forces leading to the American Revolution, and the creation of the United States up to the writing of the Constitution. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 304 The Early American Republic, 1787-1848 (3) History of the United States from the creation of the Constitution to the end of the war with Mexico, emphasizing economic growth, territorial expansion, and social change. Substantial attention is given to slavery and antebellum reform. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 305 Civil War America, 1848-1877 (3) A study of the United States from the end of the war with Mexico to the end of Reconstruction with emphasis on the coming and course of the Civil War and the reunion of the nation at the warís end. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 306 The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1914 (3) An examination of the social, economic, political, religious, and intellectual developments and controversies that helped shape modern America. Special attention is given to issues raised by industrialization, urbanization, immigration, science, and technology. The Labor, Populist, and Progressive movements are studied closely. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 307 The United States and World War, 1914-1945 (3) American history from involvement in World War I to the end of World War II. In addition to exploring Americaís impact on both world wars and their consequences for United States history, the course analyzes the social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and diplomatic history of the interwar period, 1919-1941. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 308 United States since 1945 (3) An introduction to American history in the years of the beginning and collapse of the Cold War. The course examines the rise and weakening of the postwar economic and social order, especially during and after the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the Middle East crises of the 1970s. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 309 Contemporary America (3) A review of the major events and themes of the late 20th century and of the growth, development, and transformation of the nation after 1975. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 311 Women and Gender in America (3) Places the experiences of American women in an international context and considers the contribution of women to American history. Particular attention is given to gender relations, the importance of race and class, and the diverse nature of womenís experiences from the colonial period to the present. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 313 Immigration and Nationality in America (3) An exploration of the sources and patterns of immigration in American history from the early 1600s to the present. The course also treats the acculturation and assimilation of immigrants and the contributions of ethnic and racial groups to the course of American history. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 321 Introduction to Historic Preservation (3) A survey of built environment history and the historic preservation movement. Structures, sites, and collections are studied in the context of fund and museum development and management. The relationship of historic sites to local, state, and national organizations and agencies is examined. Student projects include on-site experience. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 322 Introduction to Historical Administration (3) An introduction to the field of Historical Administration presenting both management and historic material. The course provides an overview of the not-for-profit manager and the basic functions of the historian in public service. Includes on-site visitation and emphasis upon work areas with a historical focus. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 400 Topics in American History (3) An intensive examination of a theme or an era in American history. Substantial reading, class discussion, and a major writing assignment are required. The focus of each course offering is determined by the instructor and the history department. May be taken twice for credit toward history major and minor. Prereq: History 101 or 102, or consent of instructor.

HIST 411 Religion in America (3) An examination of the impact of religious values and institutions on American history. Special attention is given to the rise, decline, and legacy of mainstream Protestant culture, religious pluralism in the 20th century, the religious origins of social and cultural change, the continuing importance of civil religion, and the implications of the First Amendment for religious expression in America. Prereq: History 101 or 102, or consent of instructor.

HIST 419 Communal Utopias in America (3) A study of the utopian thought and historical development of religious and social movements that have employed communal methods of organization in America from colonial times to the present. Shakers, Harmonists, Owenites, Fourierists, Mormons, Oneidans, Hutterites and communal groups since the youth movement of the 1960s are emphasized. No prereq.

HIST 431 The American South (3) A study of the American South from its colonial beginnings to the present. Southern society, economy, culture, and politics are examined to assess their influence upon the growth of the nation from the time of slavery to the era of civil rights. Prereq: History 101 or 102, or consent of instructor.

HIST 432 The American West (3) The American experience as seen through the movement of people westward with major attention given to the trans-Mississippi west. Prereq: History 101 or 102, or consent of instructor.

HIST 433 American Foreign Relations to 1900 (3) The history of United States relations with foreign nations from the War of Independence to 1900. Emphasis is upon the diplomacy of the American Revolution, neutral rights, Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny, territorial expansion, relations with native American tribes, Civil War, and Imperialism. Cross-listed as Political Science 433. Prereq: History 101 or 102, or consent of instructor.

HIST 434 American Foreign Relations Since 1900 (3) United States relations with other nations from 1900 to the present. Emphasis is upon the diplomacy of World Wars I and II, intergovernmental organizations, Latin America, the Cold War, Vietnam, China, collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Middle East. Cross-listed as Political Science 434. Prereq: History 102, or consent of instructor.

HIST 439 History of Indiana (3) A survey of the history of Indiana from early to modern times. No prereq.

HIST 490 Internship/Special Studies in History (1-3) This course offers an internship in public and applied history through an assigned project at a historic site, museum, library, archive, or other approved institution. The course also may be used to gain credit for special studies in history associated with attending and/or participating in events such as seminars, conferences, and field work or doing honors research. Credit hours available for each offering is determined by the instructor and history department. Course may be repeated for up to 6 hours credit toward history major or minor. Prereq: History 101 or 102, and 298, or consent of instructor.

HIST 498 Senior Seminar in American History (3) A research course in selected fields of American history at the senior level. Students conduct historical research with close guidance from the instructor and write extensive, well-documented papers. History 498 or 499 is required for history major and History 398, 498 or 499 for history minor. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. If taken twice for major, or in addition to History 499, it will count in Elective Area I. If taken twice for minor, or taken in addition to 398 or 499, it will count in Elective Area I. Prereq: History 101 or 102 and 298, or consent of instructor. Sp, F


Elective Area II: European History

HIST 341 Ancient Greece to Alexander (3) A detailed survey of the origins and flowering of Greek culture against the backdrop of its archaeology and history, 2000-338 B.C. Prereq: sophomore standing. F, A

HIST 342 The Hellenistic Age, Alexander to the Roman Conquest, 338-31 B.C. (3) A political, economic, religious, social, and intellectual history of the Hellenistic world from 338 to 31 B.C. The course explores the massive change brought about by Alexander the Greatís unification of the Near East and Greece. Prereq: sophomore standing. Sp, A

HIST 343 The Roman Republic (3) An intensive study of the Roman Republican experiment in orderly representative government by law until the revolution that brought on the Roman Empire in 31 B.C. Prereq: sophomore standing. F, A

HIST 344 The Roman Empire (3) This course studies the Roman Revolution under Augustus which transformed the Republic into the Empire, Romeís assimilation of the heterogeneous peoples of Europe and the Near East, the cultural and religious dimensions of Romeís Silver Age, and the fall of the Empire in 476 A.D. Prereq: sophomore standing. Sp, A

HIST 345 Medieval Europe, 500-1300 (3) The reconstruction of a new European civilization upon the ruins of the old Roman Empire through the alliance of the Greco-Roman cultural traditions, Christianity, and the vitality of the new Germanic peoples. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 346 The Renaissance, Dante to 1600 (3) An analysis of the great intellectual outburst which produced Dante, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and the beginning of the Modern era. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 347 The Reformation, Wyclyf to 1648 (3) The Protestant Reformation and the Catholic response as seen in the context of the political, social, and intellectual history of Europe. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 348 Europe, 1648 through Napoleon (3) A study of Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution in their political, economic, religious, social and artistic aspects, from Descartes and Newton through the French Revolution and Napoleon. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 349 Europe, Napoleon to World War I (3) An analysis of the impact upon Europe of Conservatism, Liberalism, and Socialism under the impetus of the Industrial Revolution. Emphasis also is upon the relationship of Social Darwinism, Imperialism, and Nationalism to the beginning of the First World War. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 351 Europe, World War I to the Present (3) A survey of European society, economy, and politics since 1914. Topics include World War I, Russian Revolution, rise of Fascism, World War II, Cold War, and end of the Soviet Union. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 353 England to 1600 (3) English history from the Celtic period to 1600, with accent upon the political and cultural growth of the English nation. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 354 Britain since 1600 (3) Examines British history beginning with the seventeenth-century origins of the modern Parliamentary state, with special consideration of the political, cultural, social, economic, imperial and religious issues that shaped the development of the nation's history from that time to the present. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 362 History of Paris (3) This course surveys the political, cultural and social history of Paris from the late Middle Ages through contemporary times. Among the topics to be covered are the roles of the Catholic Church and the French monarchy in the city's affairs; the growth in population beginning in the seventeenth century; the city's history of revolutions from 1789 through 1871; and long-term developments in architecture and urban planning. Among the political and cultural figures to be examined are Etienne Marcel, Henri IV, Louis XVI, Maximillien Robespierre, Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Louise Michel and Simone de Beauvoir. Prereq: one 100-level history course and sophomore standing.

HIST 365 Crusades (3) An intensive study of the holy wars between Western Europe and Islam that took place in the Holy Land and Europe from the late eleventh century to the late fifteenth century. Special emphasis is placed on an analysis of the crusading ideal, the motivations of the crusaders, the changes in crusade ideology as well as Muslim response to Christian military attacks. Cross-cultural exchanges between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the territories affected by the crusades are also examined. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 420 Topics in European History (3) An intensive examination of a theme or topic in World History. Substantial reading, class discussion and a major writing assignment are required. The focus of each course offering is determined by the instructor and the History department. May be taken twice for credit towards history major or minor. Prereq: History 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.

HIST 451 French Revolution and Napoleon (3) Seeks to understand how the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte helped to usher in the modern world. Stresses the impact of the Enlightenment, development of political systems, and the military and diplomatic repercussions of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Empire. Prereq: History 112, or consent of instructor.

HIST 452 European Revolutions (3) A study of Europeís extraordinary revolutionary history, emphasizing the French and Russian Revolutions and the Revolutions of 1848. Focuses on a comparison of patterns, along with gaining an understanding of the impact of industrialization and the role of ideas. Prereq: History 112, or consent of instructor.

HIST 490 Internship/Special Studies in History (1-3) This course offers an internship in public and applied history through an assigned project at a historic site, museum, library, archive, or other approved institution. The course also may be used to gain credit for special studies in history associated with attending and/or participating in events such as seminars, conferences, and field work or doing honors research. Credit hours available for each offering is determined by the instructor and history department. Course may be repeated for up to six hours credit toward history major or minor. Prereq: History 111 or 112, and 298, or consent of instructor. F, Sp

HIST 499 Senior Seminar in World History (3) A research course in selected fields of World History at the senior level. Students conduct historical research with close guidance from the instructor and write extensive, well-documented papers. History 498 or 499 is required for history major and History 398, 498 or 499 for history minor. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. If taken twice for major, or in addition to History 498, it will count in Elective Area II. If taken twice for minor, or taken in addition to 398 or 498, it will count in Elective Area II or III, depending on the topic of the course. Prereq: History 111 or 112 and 298, or consent of instructor. Sp, F


Elective Area III: World Regions (African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Russian/Soviet History)

HIST 271 History of the Middle East (3) A political and cultural survey of the history of the Islamic peoples, with emphasis on the Arab and Ottoman Empires, the emergence of independent modern states including Israel, and the new Arab nationalism. No prereq.

HIST 285 History of Africa (3) A survey of the history of African peoples and nations from earliest humankind to the present. Considers the major geographical regions of Africa, the impact of Islamic and Christian invaders, 19th-century European colonialism, and the movement toward African independence. No prereq.

HIST 301 Native American Civilizations (3)

HIST 331 Colonial Latin American History (3) Assesses the Spanish and Portuguese conquest and rule of the Americas; focuses on interactions between Europeans, natives, and Africans in creating colonial societies. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 332 Modern Latin American History (3) The main events in the history of Latin America from independence to the present, including issues of class, race, gender and ethnicity. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 333 Gender in Latin American History (3) Examines the construction of gender identities over the past 500 years in Latin America. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 334 US-Latin American Relations (3) Examines the relations between the United States and its neighbors to the south from 1820 to the present, focusing on Latin American reactions to US policy and presence. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 342 The Hellenistic Age, Alexander to the Roman Conquest, 338-31 B.C. (3) A political, economic, religious, social, and intellectual history of the Hellenistic world from 338 to 31 B.C. The course explores the massive change brought about by Alexander the Greatís unification of the Near East and Greece. Prereq: sophomore standing. Sp, A

HIST 365 Crusades (3) An intensive study of the holy wars between Western Europe and Islam that took place in the Holy Land and Europe from the late eleventh century to the late fifteenth century. Special emphasis is placed on an analysis of the crusading ideal, the motivations of the crusaders, the changes in crusade ideology as well as Muslim response to Christian military attacks. Cross-cultural exchanges between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the territories affected by the crusades are also examined. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 371 Tsarist Russia (3) The main currents of Russiaís history from earliest times to the Revolution of 1917, including the rise of autocracy and serfdom, foreign policy concerns, and the factors leading to the Revolution. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 372 The Soviet Union (3) A study of the Russian Revolution, Marxism-Leninism, the creation of the Stalinist system, the Cold War, and the demise of the Soviet Union. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 391 History of China (3) Chinese civilization from its beginnings to modern times. Emphasis is on the traditional Chinese value system, its permeation of society, and its modification under Communism and beyond. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 392 History of Japan (3) A historical survey of Japan from the origins of the Japanese people through the post-World War II period. Prereq: sophomore standing.

HIST 410 Topics in World History (3) An intensive examination of a theme or an era in World history. Substantial reading, class discussion, and a major writing assignment are required. The focus of each course offering is determined by the instructor and the history department. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. Prereq: History 111 or 112, or consent of instructor.

HIST 490 Internship/Special Studies in History (1-3) This course offers an internship in public and applied history through an assigned project at a historic site, museum, library, archive, or other approved institution. The course also may be used to gain credit for special studies in history associated with attending and/or participating in events such as seminars, conferences, and field work or doing honors research. Credit hours available for each offering is determined by the instructor and history department. Course may be repeated for up to six hours credit toward history major or minor. Prereq: History 111 or 112, and 298, or consent of instructor.

HIST 499 Senior Seminar in World History (3) A research course in selected fields of World History at the senior level. Students conduct historical research with close guidance from the instructor and write extensive, well-documented papers. History 498 or 499 is required for history major and History 398, 498 or 499 for history minor. May be taken twice for credit toward history major or minor. If taken twice for major, or in addition to History 498, it will count in Elective Area II. If taken twice for minor, or taken in addition to 398 or 498, it will count in Elective Area II or III, depending on the topic of the course. Prereq: History 111 or 112 and 298, or consent of instructor. Sp, F