History Emphasis

Do you have an interest in how the events and movements of the past have shaped our modern world? An emphasis in History will give you the research and analytical skills needed to investigate the past and to analyze the evolving forces that will continue to shape the future. You will study events, institutions, and human communities within their historical context. As you evaluate historical events and trends from a global perspective, you will consider the significance of social and cultural developments within a broad historical context. Through the reading and interpretation of important primary resources, you will learn how to discuss and debate the nature of historical events and how to create arguments based on evidence, a critical skill for any field of study or profession. This emphasis includes the following courses:

Undergraduate History Emphasis Courses

HIS 311 Gender in History

3 Credits

This course examines the changing roles and relationships of individuals and groups within specific historical contexts in an exploration of gender’s centrality to the study of the past. Students will assess gender as a category of socially constructed difference that reveals the complexity of peoples’ experiences as historical actors. Starting from a broad discussion of gender history and theory, the course moves chronologically and geographically through major themes including the family, economic life, ideals and laws, religion, political life, education and culture, and sexuality. Within each topical area, emphasis is placed on the ways that gender is integral to other relations of power, which have affected human lives in multiple ways over time and place. Prerequisite: ENG 122.

HIS 340 Recent American History

3 Credits

This course will examine the foreign policy, political, cultural and social developments in the United States in the years after World War II. Prerequisites: ENG 122.

HIS 379 The Atlantic World

3 Credits

The history of the Atlantic basin from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth, including the interactions of Africans, Europeans, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the societies their interactions produced. Themes covered include the Columbian exchange, migrations (forced and voluntary), empire-building, strategies of resistance, identity formation, and the transatlantic dimensions of the American and French Revolutions. Prerequisites: ENG 122.

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