Students engaged in negotiation during the French Revolution Reacting to the Past game in HIST 112
- HIST 102 - Western Civilization II
- HIST 112 - Western Civilization II (Reacting to the Past)
- HIST 190 - The Holocaust
- HIST 202 - US History since 1877
- HIST 241 - Early Modern World
- HIST 261 - American Environmental History
- HIST 285 - Thinking Historically
- HIST 344 - Special Topics in History: European History, Tudor History
- HIST 355 - History of Iowa
- HIST 363 - American Civil War
- HIST 370 - Europe and World War I
- HIST 101 - Western Civilization I
- HIST 111 - Western Civilization I (Reacting to the Past)
- HIST 385 - Historiography
Spring 2017 Courses
HIST 102 – History of Western Civilization II
Beginning with the early modern era, the survey of Western civilization continues during the second semester with a consideration of the changes wrought by the Intellectual and Scientific Revolution, English ferment, the French Revolution, and the growth of modern industry and nationalism. The course concludes with an examination of the great world upheavals of the twentieth century. CRITTHNK and CIVIC.
HIST 112 – Reacting to the Past Western Civilization II
This course is an introduction to the western tradition through reading, discussion, lecture, and historical simulation games. Students will play one or more multi-week historical simulations as part of the course. Beginning with the early modern era, the survey of Western civilization continues during the second semester with a consideration of the changes wrought by the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the growth of modern industry and nationalism. The course concludes with an examination of the great world upheavals of the twentieth century. COLLABLDR and ORALCOM.
- What’s the difference between HIST 102 and 112? In 102, you’ll probably have a textbook, but you’ll also spend time reading and discussing primary sources. HIST 112 is taught in a ‘Great Books’ format where you read longer primary sources, including classic works on philosophy, religion and literature, and can expect to have lots of discussions as well as engage in a role-playing game.
HIST 190 – Special Topic: The Holocaust
This class focuses on understanding the Holocaust in its historical context and its representation in popular culture (including film) and historical memory. The course will also introduce students to historical thinking and methods. Applied for HISTRCL.
HIST 202 –US Since 1877
An introductory analysis of the factors, which have defined our history from the Reconstruction after the Civil War to America's position in the twentieth century. Emphasis on industrialization, urbanization, and the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. HISTRCL and INFOLIT.
HIST 241 – Early Modern World
This course will explore early modern Europe, c. 15th through 18th centuries, a period of fundamental transformations for the individual, the state and Christendom as a whole. Here the seeds of the modern world were sown. How did Renaissance ideas about the value of Man change and challenge one's relationship with God, the state and each other? In what way did art bring human beings closer to God and each other? What was worth dying for in a world wracked by civil and religious war? How did politics affect the religious and vice versa? What impact did the discovery of 'new' worlds have on the imagination? These are some of the questions that students will have the opportunity to explore through lecture, discussion and examination of primary sources. ETHICS.
HIST 261 – American Environmental History
This course deals with the interaction between people and the natural world in North America from colonial times to the present. Various ideas of nature, the environmental consequences of European settlement, the spread of market agriculture, and the impact of industrialization are among the topics that will be examined. Offered every other year. CRITTHNK, HISTRCL, and INFOLIT.
HIST 285 – Thinking Historically
This course introduces students to different types of history, the methods and practices used by historians, and the foundation of historical philosophy. It should be taken in the sophomore year by students intending on majoring or minoring in History. Prerequisites: Two History courses or permission of instructor.
HIST 344 – Special Topic: European History, Tudor History
This seminar course will explore the history of England during the tumultuous times of the Tudors. How and why does the English Reformation come about? Was it really because Henry VIII just wanted new wives or was he deeply concerned about the stability of his kingdom? Was Mary really as bloody as popular legend has her? And what about Elizabeth – was she nearly as awesome and amazing? (Yes). What was the experience of the average Englishman or woman during the era of religious and political tumult? These are some of the topics that we will explore through readings and discussion during the semester. This course may include a Reacting to the Past game, depending on enrollment. Prerequisite: Take at least one 200-level History course or permission of the instructor. HISTRCL.
HIST 355 – History of Iowa
This course surveys Iowa and its people from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis will be placed on key personalities and the social, cultural, economic, and political developments that have impacted the lives of Iowans. COLLABLDR and HISTRCL.
HIST 363 – American Civil War
HIST 370 – Europe and WWI
This course examines aspects of World War I including the causes of the war, military tactics and innovations, the impact of war on both soldiers and civilians, the global impact of the war, the resulting peace treaties, and the depiction of the war in art, literature, and film. Prerequisite: Take at least one 200-level History course or permission of the instructor. GLOBAL, INFOLIT, and WRITCOM.
Fall 2017 Courses
HIST 101 – History of Western Civilization I
A brief examination of cultural contributions of the ancient Middle East, followed by a survey of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome and an investigation of the rise of Christianity. A survey of the Middle Ages serves as a background for the development of European life culminating in the era of the Renaissance and Reformation. CIVIC, and CRITTHNK.
HIST 111 Reacting to the Past Western Civilization I
This course is an introduction to the western tradition through reading, discussion, lecture, and historical simulation games. Students will play one or more multi-week historical simulations as part of the course. The course will cover the ancient Middle East, the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, the development of Christianity, medieval Europe, and the Renaissance and Reformation. COLLABLDR and ORALCOM.
HISTORY 385 – Historiography
A senior seminar which seeks to explore the methodological problems in historical research, followed by a survey of the important theories of history. Against this background in historical interpretation, the course considers selected topics in European and American historiography. Open only to seniors (or juniors with permission) whose major field of concentration is history. WRITCOM.