History (Minor)

History and Political Science Department

Anne E. Henderson, Ph.D., Chair
Therese Marie Dougherty, SSND, Ph.D. (Joint appointment with language department)
Jennifer L. Erdman, Ph.D.
David G. Hoovler, Ph.D.

Degrees offered

Minor

Campuses

Main Campus

Summary

The Minor in History equips students to analyze and interpret events of the past with the goal of building a better future. With its uniquely interdisciplinary focus, the Program of Study encourages students to augment their studies with coursework in the social sciences and humanities to gain a fuller understanding of the interplay of culture, politics, race, class, and gender in the shaping of history.

The Minor in History equips students to analyze and interpret events of the past with the goal of building a better future. It offers a strong grounding in political and cultural history in the United States and the world.  The Minor is distinctive for its focus on the role of women in history, as well as issues of justice and peace throughout human history.  It offers unique perspectives on historical problems of war, revolution, genocide, racism, religious intolerance, and violence against women, and provides students with experiential learning opportunities to explore the contemporary implications of these issues.

Students must earn a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 in all courses taken to complete the requirements of the History Minor.

The following courses fulfill the General Education Requirement in History: HIS-101, 103, 104, 200, 203, 206, 207, 208, 211, 215, 216, 219, 221, 222, 228, 230, 233, 235, 252, 260, 261, 290, 303, 312, 317, 320, 323, 325, 327, 328, 331, 335, 338, 340, 346, 350, 352, 355, 370, 372, 373, 390, 402, 404 and 410.

History courses which satisfy the General Education Requirement in Cross-cultural Studies: HIS 160, 207, 211, , 222, 228, 233, 252, 290, 317, 320, 325, 327, 328, 331, 335, 337, 338, 346, 370.

History courses which satisfy the General Education Requirement in Gender Studies: HIS-215, 261, 290, 303, , 323, 350, 352, 355, 402.

Programs of Study

Minor in History

The Department offers a Minor in History consisting of a minimum of 18 credits of course work in history.  HIS-101 Dynamics of History or HIS-456 Junior/Senior Seminar in History is required. The other courses are chosen in consultation with the department chair. Students who wish to Minor in History should consult the department chair.


Courses

GEO-206 Geography of the Major Regions Of the World

Surveys the different regions of the world with a focus on the dynamic relationships among them. Considers physical, demographic, ethnic and economic differences. A requirement for elementary education/liberal studies students. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-101 Dynamics of History

Introduces students to analysis of primary sources and to key aspects of critical thinking in history. Offers the opportunity to do history by exploring and interpreting print and online primary sources. Students consider the same historical materials as primary source, as written historical account (secondary source) and as film. A final project is an oral history interview. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-103 Ancient World

Concentrates on providing an overview of the birth, contributions and decline of classical civilization. Focuses on political, social, cultural and intellectual history of Greece and Rome. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-104 Early Europe: 800-1648

Concentrates on the cultural and institutional development of European self-consciousness as separate from its Greco-Roman origins. Emphasizes the development of European city-states and a divided Christianity. Fulfills the general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-160 Introduction to Peace Studies

This is an introduction to peace and justice studies. The course focuses on negative peace (i.e., eliminating direct violence, including war) as well as positive peace building (fostering an equitable economic system and ecological balance). The course analyzes the roots of violence and inequity as well antidotes to these problems. Fulfills general education requirement in cross-cultural studies and history. [3 credits]

HIS-200 Hrs: To Break the Killing Machine: Understanding, Preventing, and Overcoming Genocide

Examines the nature, causes and consequences of genocide in order to understand the possibilities and challenges of preventing genocidal violence in the future. The course introduced students to the controversies surrounding the definition and analysis of genocide. It begins with the contested question of what constitutes genocide, and how genocide stands apart from other forms of mass violence such as ethnic cleansing and massacres. The course then considers several approaches to theorizing the causes of genocide. In addition, we analyze the challenges of identifying potentially genocidal situations before the killing begins and of intervening to prevent and stop genocides. The course also studies processes of reconciliation in societies that have experienced, or teetered on, the brink of genocide. Using scholarly texts, works of fiction and films, we explore issues of causation, intervention and healing in cases including the colonial genocides of indigenous populations, the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Iraqi Kurds and Darfur. Ultimately, the course asks students to decide whether genocide is an inevitable scourge of the human condition or a tragic aberration that humanly has the power to transcord. [3 credits] Fulfills General Education Requirement: History

HIS-203 Colonial America

Examines the development of the British colonies in North America into autonomous entities. Accounts for their rebellion from Britain and considers the establishment of the new nation. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-206 The United States in the 19th Century

Surveys the development of the United States from the ratification of the 1789 Constitution to the transforming election of 1896. Explores the maturation of American political, economic, social, cultural and legal life in the period. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-207 Ethnic Groups in America

Analyzes the American social fabric by examining the experiences of several ethnic groups, including, but not limited to, Native Americans, Asian and European immigrants, Hispanic Americans and African Americans. Fulfills general education requirement in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-208 The United States:1900-1945

Examines the transformation of the United States into an industrial-urban state and the impact of reform movements on American politics and life. Considers the rise of the United States as a world power. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-211 Introduction to East Asian Civilization

Focuses on major stages in the development of Chinese civilization from earliest times to about 1850. Also discusses the history of peoples who received their higher culture from China, such as the Japanese, and of nomadic groups that interacted with the Chinese over many centuries, such as the Mongols. Fulfills general education requirement in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-215 Women in American History

Surveys the historical significance of women's changing roles in American society from the colonial period to the present. Emphasizes differences on the basis of race, class and region. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-216 The United States, 1945 to the Present

Examines the United States since World War II with a focus on the origins and longevity of the Cold War, the war in Vietnam, and the social and political upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-219 The American Presidency

Examines presidential power, presidential elections, foreign and domestic policy, presidential decision-making, and relations with Congress with historic and contemporary examples. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-221 Early Modern Europe

Examines European history from the Renaissance to the French Revolution (ca. 1350-1800) in an investigation of the following question: Why and how did the modern world originate in previously backward Europe? Stresses use of primary sources. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-222 Europe: 1848 to Present

Examines the political and intellectual zenith of Europe in the 19th century and its decline during the two World Wars. We emphasize the changing intellectual outlook: imperialism, right- and left-wing totalitarianism, socialism, the formation of the European Union, the fall of communist governments in the east and current immigration problems. Fulfills general education requirement for history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-228 World History Since 1500

Introduces students to the history of the modern world. Students will examine political, economic, and social changes of the last five centuries, focusing on the relations between societies and cultures and how they have shaped the modern world. Emphasis will be placed on the rise of industry and technology, the changing role and nature of conflict, the worldwide evolution of political and religious ideologies, global and culture-specific shifts in gender roles, the development of international interdependence, and the impact of social movements on world history. Fulfills general education requirements for history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-230 People and Life in Maryland

Examines the political, social and economic history of Maryland from the colonial period to the 20th century. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-233 Europe and the World

Examines European diplomatic relations from the Congress of Vienna to the present. The course will focus on the major 19th century events as well as World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the post-Cold War periods. Fulfills general education requirements for history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-235 Post-Communist Experience

Explores the evolution of communist beliefs and institutions across the breadth of the 20th century. Studies the weakening and ultimate disintegration of those beliefs and institutions in the Soviet Union and its satellites151one of the most significant clusters of world events of the late 20th century. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-252 Latin American History and Politics

Analyzes the history or Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present, navigating through colonialism, independence, the formation of nations, military and personal dictatorships, to current imperfect democracies. The course reviews the economic swings between protectionism and neo-liberalism, and studies how different countries deal with income inequality, race, environmental issues, the changing role of women, cultural differences, and the role of religion. Case studies will focus on Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, and Cuba. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-260 Top/Themes Russian Hist

HIS-261 Winning the Vote: The History of Women's Suffrage in America

Uses primary and secondary sources to examine the struggle for women's suffrage from the colonial period to the 20th century. Focuses on suffrage leaders and the strategies they implemented to secure the right to vote for American women, with attention paid to racial and class differences. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-290 Women in Islamic Societies

Examines the historical development and current realities of women's political, cultural, and economic roles in Islamic societies. The course explores the diversity of women's roles in Muslim countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, africa, and Asia. It examines how women have influenced, and been affected by, international trends such as the spread of democracy, the rise of religious fundamentalism, and the process of globalization. Students learn how Muslim women have defined themselves, and been defined, in the realms of political/social activism, work, the arts and culture, and the family. In addition, students critically analyze Western perceptions and stereotypes of Muslim women and their lives. Fulfills general education requirement in history, cross-cultural and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-303 Women in the Ancient World

Examines the contributions of women to the making of the ancient world through a study of their lives and writings. Looks briefly at women in Mesopotamia and Egypt; then focuses primarily on women in ancient Greece and Rome. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-312 From the Poor House to the Great Society: A History of Welfare in the United States

Examines changes in the delivery of aid to poor Americans from a system of charity by private institutions to one of public welfare provided by the state. Explores the "feminization of poverty" and the ways in which race, ethnicity, class, region and age affected the provision of services. Fulfills general education requirement in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-317 The African American Experience

Examines the experiences of African Americans in the United States from the 17th century to the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-320 The African Diaspora

Examines the historical experiences of Africans in the African Diaspora with a focus on the international dimensions and commonalities. Concentrates attention on the creation and definition of the African Diaspora, the chronology of significant events in Diaspora history, and the struggle by Africans to obtain social, political and economic equality in their respective global locations. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-323 Black Women in American History

Examines the historical experiences of African American women from the colonial period to the present. Focuses on the impact of race, culture and ethnicity; the chronology of significant events in African American women's history; significant contributions by African American women; and the struggle for social, political and economic equality. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-325 Revolution and Terrorism

Traces the causes, patterns and outcomes of the French, Russian, Cuban and Iranian Revolutions, and analyzes the similarities and differences between revolutionary movements and guerrilla and terrorist groups. The course looks at the ideological, ethnic and religious terrorist groups with a special emphasis on religious terrorism and its worldwide impact. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-327 Slave Freed/Afr Am Exp Md

This course examines the African-American experience in Maryland from the colonial period until the Civil War. The daily life of slaves and free blacks is examined as well as the struggle for freedom. The relationship and attitudes of white Marylanders toward their African-American neighbors is explored in terms of the state's policies regarding slaves and free blacks. The course also examines how Maryland's position as a border state with northern and southern characteristics and sentiments affected these policies. Fulfills General Education requirements for history and Cross-cultural Studies. 3 credits.

HIS-328 Post-Colonial Africa

Focuses on helping students understand the socioeconomic, political and cultural development of Africa in the post-colonial era. Students examine the struggle for and acquisition of independence from European powers, the experiences of early post-colonial regimes, and the threat of post-colonialism. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-331 Modern China

Illuminates today?s China by examining central themes in the modern revolution there, from 1850 to the present time. Focuses also on fundamental social and political change as human experience in Chinese literature and autobiographical writing. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-335 Modern Japan

Studies the modern transformation of Japan from the mid-19th century to the present day. Focuses especially on distinctive patterns of Japanese society and their influence on modernization, characteristics of Japanese cultural identity vis-?-vis the West, key factors in Japan's economic life and problems in Japanese-American relations. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-338 Russia Since 1917

Examines major problems of interpretation in the history of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union. Focuses especially on the fall of the Soviet Union and its aftermath in Russia and the independent states. Addresses cultural as well as political and economic issues. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-340 History of the Holocaust

Uses original and secondary sources, including memoirs, survivor and perpetrator testimonies, films, and scholarly texts, to examine the history of the Holocaust.  Examines the nature, causes, and consequences of the Holocaust, and introduces students to the controversies surrounding its analysis, meaning, and legacies.  Fulfills the General Education Requirement for History.  [ 3 credits ]

HIS-346 History of Middle Eastern Politics

Engages in a comprehensive analytical examination of Middle East politics with a special focus on four problem relationships: The Israelis and the Palestinians; the Arabs and the Persians; the Turks and the Kurds; and the Indians and the Palestinians. The role of the United States in each of these conflicts--as well as the continuing unrest in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq151will be discussed. The Palestinian situation will be a topic of intense concentration. Fulfills the general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-350 Harlots and Helpmates: The History of Women in Europe, 1750-1945

Examines the changing relationship of European women to the family, the workplace and the state during the 19th and 20th centuries. Places particular emphasis on French and English women. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-352 Honors: Educating Women in the United States

Examines women's education from the colonial period through the mid-20th century. Pays particular attention to the contributions of key educators and on the ways race, class, ethnicity and gender shaped decisions about who was to be educated, by whom, and for what purpose. Assesses contemporary issues in women's education. Prerequisite: Morrissy scholar or permission. Fulfills the general education requirements in history and gender studies. [3 credits]

HIS-355 Women and Work: The American Experience

Examines the historical origins of the current status of women in the American work force with a focus on the effects of technological and economic change, on social attitudes toward working women, and on women's efforts at unionization. Pays attention to differences among women on the basis of race and class. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-370 Honors: The City in History

Considers the reality that, before 1800, most people everywhere lived in rural villages or small towns, in a world of long-familiar faces. More recently, many have lived in cities of more than one million in population in what one sociologist calls a "world of strangers." What difference does it make? How does society control individuals in a big city? How do individuals experience urban life? Social scientists have long debated these questions, and the course examines the major answers that they have proposed. It also considers the implications of those answers for the solution of today's city problems. Prerequisite: Morrissy scholar or permission. Fulfills general education requirements in history and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

HIS-372 Classical Archeology

Studies the material remains of ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to printed materials, uses films, slides and Internet access to examine and discuss several major archaeological sites and the effect of their excavation on our knowledge of the ancient world. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-390 Environmental Policy at the U. S. State and National Level

Focuses on U.S. state and national environmental policies regarding air and water pollution, use of public lands, climate change, and alternative energy sources. The course will also focus on risk assessment and environmental justice issues. Students will analyze the historical development of policies as well as current and evolving political processes. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-402 Women, War and Peace

Examines the wartime experiences of women in Europe, the United States and Asia. Addresses question of how perceptions of women and "female nature" inform attitudes about women's wartime roles. Uses historical monographs, literature, art and film to examine and evaluate the relationship between war and gender. Also assesses women's role in the international peace movement. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [ 3 credits ].

HIS-404 United States Foreign Relations in the 20th Century

Examines United States foreign relations from the end of World War I to the post-Cold War Era. Focuses on the Cold War, its aftermath and the fallout from September 11. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-410 Law and Society in America

Explores the history of law in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Considers the symbiotic relationship of law and social/political developments. Fulfills general education requirement in history. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-427 Study Tour

Combines study with travel to various parts of the world. Organized by faculty members of the department. Offered periodically in summer and Winterim. [ 3 credits ]

HIS-456 Senior Seminar in History

Applies ideas, methods, and approaches from history, political science, and international studies to the exploration of selected topics. Students situate their discipline within the context of related fields, while also advancing the skills necessary for professional work in their own areas. In this team-taught course, history majors address the selected topic through focusing on the history of history, the politics of history, and the art of writing history based on original sources. Meanwhile, political science and international studies majors use the selected topic as a focal point for synthesizing their understanding of the diverse theories and methods of their disciplines. All students will, in consultation with their professors, select, design and write an original research paper to be presented to the class at the end of the semester. Serves as the capstone course for history, political science, and international studies majors. Pre-requisites: POL 101 or 103 and POL 361 for Political Science and International Studies majors; HIS101 for History Majors.  [3 credits]

HIS-463 Independent Study in History

Provides opportunities for individual study of a specific topic of special interest in history, usually involving research under the guidance of faculty of the department. [ 2-6 credits ]

HIS-465 Directed Readings: Selected Topics in History

Provides an opportunity for individualized study, under the guidance of a department member, with regular discussions of written works. Permits a student to do an intensive examination of an area or topic of special interest. [ 3-4 credits ]

HIS-527 Study Tour