HIS 103–104 - Europe from the Middle Ages to 1815 Two semesters; 3 credits each; Offered as required
This course explores cultural history in the broadest sense — economics, social structure, politics, religion, literature, and art from 300 to 1815.
HIS 105 - European History from 1648 to 1900 3 credits; Offered fall
This course studies the progress of European history from the end of the Thirty Year’s War to the dawn of the twentieth century. Special attention will be paid to the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte, the development of modern ideologies, the era of national unification, and imperialism.
HIS 106 - European History from 1900 to the present 3 credits; Offered spring
This course studies the progress of European history in the twentieth century. Special attention will be given to World War I, the rise of totalitarian dictators, World War II, the Cold War, and the evolution of the European Union.
HIS 107 - Survey of United States History I 3 credits; Offered fall
This course presents a general appraisal of United States history from the migration of Indian Peoples to the Civil War. Special attention will be paid to European Exploration, colonization, the struggle for independence, nation-building, the development of democracy, Manifest Destiny, and the division of the nation.
HIS 108 - Survey of United States History II 3 credits; Offered spring
This course presents a general appraisal of United States history from Reconstruction to the present. Fundamental political, economic, social, and cultural trends in American history are discussed.
HIS 124 - Introduction to Black Studies 3 credits; Offered as required
This course will analyze the experience and traditions of black people from across the globe. Particular emphasis is placed on culture and ideological battles against dominant power structures. Themes of identity politics, diasporic studies, and Pan-African debates frame the discussion of the black experience(s).
HIS 211 - African-American History from 1619 to 1877 3 credits; Offered spring
This course focuses on the complex historical experience of African-Americans in American society from 1619 to the end of Reconstruction. The early history of Africa and Africans is considered, as is the history of the African American in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Topics considered include: the Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery in America, the Civil War and Reconstruction.
HIS 212 - African-American History from 1877 to the Present 3 credits; Offered spring
This course focuses on the complex historical experience of African-Americans in American society from 1877 to the present. The life and times of Booker T. Washington, the involvement of African-Americans in the World Wars, the social and cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance, the epoch of Roosevelt, and the era of integration, civil rights, and the protests of the 1950s and 1960s.
HIS 213 - American Constitutional History 3 credits; Offered fall; Formerly offered as HIS 303
This course traces the development of the American Constitution from its colonial roots to its contemporary interpretations. The impact of the colonial experience, the American Revolution and the Articles of Confederation on the constitutional design adopted by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention will be analyzed in detail.
Basic constitutional principles and civil liberties will be examined in light of their historical evolution and their effects on political, economic and social change in American society.
HIS 251 - Survey of Latin American History from Colonization to 1800 3 credits; Offered fall; Formerly offered as HIS 305
This course covers the growth and development of Hispanic America from pre-Columbian times to the emergence of Independence movements.
The course stresses the transmission of institutions and ideas from Spain and Portugal to the Western Hemisphere and considers how those forces were altered or changed in the New World.
HIS 252 - Survey of Latin American History from 1800 to the Present 3 credits; Offered fall; Formerly offered as HIS 306
This course covers the growth and development of Hispanic America from the emergence of Independence movements to the present. Course stresses the post-revolutionary struggles of Latin American people.
H-HIS/PHI 309 - Honors History/Philosophy: Baseball and the American Tradition 3 credits
Within the context of the game of baseball, this course will examine significant historical/cultural aspects of American life.
The history of the game itself sets the stage for analyzing class stratification of rich and poor; race and gender relations; the “level playing fields” of baseball as a business; the inspiring influence the game has had on literature and the arts and the psychology of the human drama of triumph and tragedy played out on and off the field.
H-HIS/ENG 314 - Honors History/English: The European Renaissance 3 credits; Offered spring alternate years Course enrollment is limited to Honors students.
This “Heritage” course provides a detailed examination of the European Renaissance from its Italian origins to its unique manifestation in the literature and culture of England.
Students will explore the dynamic cultural history of a watershed moment in the transformation of the western world. They will interrogate important yet controversial notions of art, culture, and historical periodization—seen through the linked lenses of primary, secondary, and interdisciplinary sources.
HIS 315 - The Civil War 3 credits; Offered fall
This course offers a dramatic and detailed examination of causes, people, strategies, and battles that shaped the most violent and pivotal event in American history.
H-HIS 315 - Honors History: The Civil War 3 credits; Offered as required
HIS 321 - Media and History 3 credits; Offered as required
This course traces the development of the media in American history from the Zenger case to the blogosphere. Emphasis is on the development and utilization of new forms of media, as well as the democratizing effect of the new media.
HIS 330 - Greece and Rome 3 credits
This course studies the Greek and Roman foundations of Western thoughts and institutions.
HIS 331 - The Early and Antebellum Republic 3 credits; Offered as required
This course presents the history of America from the ratification of the Constitution to the end of the Mexican-American War. Students examine the development of political parties, the growth of industrialization in the North, the entrenchment of slavery in the South, and the evolution of American culture.
HIS 335 - Spike Lee’s America 3 credits; Offered as required
This course approaches American history through the eyes of one of the nation’s most controversial and iconic filmmakers, Spike Lee. Through this course, students will learn about the film writing and filmmaking processes as art forms.
Students will engage in critical analyses and extensive discussion about all aspects of filmmaking such as cinematography, acting, lighting, and editing.
HIS/ENG 368 - The Classical World 3 credits
Through the lens of cultural history, this course explores the rich life and heritage of the ancient Mediterranean world, with special attention to Greece and Rome.
The approach of the class is fundamentally interdisciplinary in scope, with an eye toward how developments in politics, art, education, literature, philosophy, and technology mutually inform one another in any proper assessment of the classical world.
H-HIS 376 - Honors History Pennsylvania: A History of the Keystone State 3 credits
This course covers Pennsylvania’s history from the colonial era to the present day. Special attention will be paid to Philadelphia’s central role in the colonial and revolutionary eras, to the ethnic diversity of Pennsylvania’s society, to the conflicts between labor and industrialists in late nineteenth century western Pennsylvania, and to the evolution of city politics in twentieth century Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
HIS 400 - Special Topics in History 3 credits; Offered as required
The instructor selects content of this upper-division course, keeping in mind the needs of the students and providing experimental coursework at an advanced level.
Consult the department chair for specific information on course content each semester.
HIS 406 - Comparative Revolutions 3 credits; Offered as required
Students study selected revolutions, including the French, American, Russian and Chinese, in addition to a study of revolutionary theory, philosophy and personality.
HIS 409 - American Colonial History 3 credits; Offered fall
This course presents the history of America from colonial times to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Students examine the political, economic, and social development of the American colonies with special emphasis on the coming of the American Revolution and the early Independence period.
HIS 410 - Twentieth Century United States History 3 credits; Offered spring
This course studies the domestic history of the United States in the twentieth century with emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that changed America from a rural, agrarian nation to an urban, industrial, technological state.
HIS 416 - America and the Vietnam War 3 credits; Offered fall
This course studies the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War that includes political, diplomatic, social and military analysis of the conflict both in the United States and Southeast Asia.
HIS 419 - Women and History 3 credits; Offered fall
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the global study of gender, sex, and sexuality. Topics include sexism, human sexuality, critical theory, gender studies, post-colonial feminism, and queer theory.
HIS 420 - United States Military and Diplomatic History 3 credits; Offered fall
This course presents the history of American foreign relations from the Revolutionary War to the present. Course stresses domestic and external factors in United States history that led to American foreign policy.
The second half stresses the rise of America to world power in the twentieth century. This course also considers the purpose and functions of the military in a democratic society, the use of American military in national security, and the evolution of the American armed forces through over two centuries of United States history.
HIS 424 - Comparative Slavery 3 credits; Offered fall
This course provides a comparative framework to examine the development of slavery across the globe. Students explore the history of slavery in Africa, Asian, Latin America, and North America. The course also examines slave cultures and slave resistance to and eventual independence from the exploitation.
HIS 425 - The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era 3 credits; Offered as required
This course presents the history of America from the end of Reconstruction to the end of World War I. Students examine the settlement of the American West, the emergence of the industrial “titans,” the growth of worker’s unions, the influx of immigrants to America’s growing cities, and the Populist and Progressive movements.
HIS 427 - The Struggle for Black Equality 3 credits; Offered as required
This course will examine efforts to break down racially-based segregation and inequality in Western social, economic, political, and cultural arenas.
This course will analyze these united efforts through the lens of moral and values-based motivations that led individuals and groups to challenge existing hegemonic structures. The course will highlight connections among Western struggles for the rights of black peoples and broader Pan-African and diasporic battles for the rights of people of African descent.
HIS 428 - Nazi Germany 3 credits; Offered as needed
This course presents the history of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany.
HIS 439 - World War II 3 credits; Offered as required; Formerly offered as HIS 417
This course covers the history of the Second World War, beginning with World War I and the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Japan’s surrender in 1945.
Students examine the causes of World War II, America’s reaction to the outbreak of war in 1939, America’s war effort in the European and Pacific theaters, Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime diplomacy, and the Allied victory over the Axis powers.
R-HIS 466 - Undergraduate Research 1-3 credits; Offered fall, spring, or summerPrerequisite: Department approval
This course offers an independent but directed collaborative course of study involving a specific research agenda in the discipline under departmental faculty supervision. Research projects typically require a review of the literature, a paper developing and defending a hypothesis, and a poster or an oral presentation of the completed research project.
HIS 487 - Historiography Seminar 3 credits; Offered spring; Formerly offered as HIS 401Course limited to History, Political Science, and American Studies majors. Must have approval of instructor.
This course surveys historical writing with readings of the great historians. Course includes extensive study of modern historical writing arranged according to type: political, social, economic, and so forth.
HIS 488 - Internship Credit to be arranged
Students have the opportunity to be involved with an internship in a museum, a library, or historical site.
HIS 489 - History Curriculum and Methods 3 credits; Offered fall Course required for those seeking secondary education certification in social studies. Students not enrolled in a teacher certification program must have the permission of the instructor.
This course is designed to help prepare students to become secondary school social studies teachers.
Coursework will involve the creation, delivery and evaluation of social studies lessons. History 489 is recommended only for students with a strong background in history and government and a desire to teach high school or middle school.
HIS 499 - Independent Study 3 credits; Offered fall and spring; Fee Prerequisite: Approval of instructor, department chair, and dean for academic affairs
This course offers independent but directed study of a special topic of interest to the student but not included in the regular course offerings.