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History Courses

NOTE: History 101, 102 and 103 may be taken in any order.

HIST 101 United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era surveys the political, social, economic, cultural and ideological characteristics of the 17th and 18th centuries, beginning with the earliest settlements through the establishment of the early American republic. Students are introduced to the techniques and strategies of historians through the use of historical texts, both primary and secondary, as well as the procedures of historical writing. Attention is given to multiple American cultures and their prevalent values and institutions; the explanations for change in such values and institutions; and relationships within the American colonies and the early United States both among the cultural groups comprising the national population as well as with those of Europe.
Fulfills the American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive requirements.

HIST 102 United States History: The 19th Century

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

United States History: The 19th Century surveys the political, social, economic, cultural and ideological characteristics of the United States from the early Republic to the Spanish American War. Students are introduced to the techniques and strategies of historians through the use of historical texts, both primary and secondary, as well as the procedures of historical writing. Attention is given to the prevalent values and institutions of America; the explanations for change in such values and institutions; and the interaction of the United States with the cultural groups comprising the national population as well as with specific nations of the world.
Fulfills the American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive requirements.

HIST 103 United States History: The 20th Century

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

United States History: The 20th Century surveys the political, social, economic, cultural and ideological characteristics of modern America beginning c. 1900. Students are introduced to the techniques and strategies of historians through the use of historical texts, both primary and secondary, as well as the procedures of historical writing. Attention is given to prevalent American values and institutions; the explanations for change in such values and institutions; and the relationship between the United States and other cultures.
Fulfills the American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive requirements.

HIST 103H United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors)

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Modern United States History from the end of the 19th century to the present with special attention to its relationship to other humanities and social sciences, and with an emphasis on historical theory and interpretation.
Prerequisites: None.
Fulfills Interpretive Studies requirement.

NOTE: History 121 and 122 may be taken in any order.

HIST 121 Global History I

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students examine the remote past to understand the roots of contemporary social institutions. Students study the Old World (Africa and Eurasia) and the New World (The Americas) in separate units, in order to emphasize that the two developed simultaneously and in isolation from each other, thus laying the groundwork for History 122, which begins with the breaking of that isolation.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies and Writing Intensive requirements.

HIST 122 Global History II

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students look at the roots of contemporary institutions and contemporary social problems by examining world events from the late fifteenth century onward, beginning with the initial contact between Western Europe and the Americas, and continuing until the present day.
Fulfills the American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive requirements.

HIST 142 Food History

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will study the historical relationship between human beings and the food they consume, as well as the social institutions that have evolved around the production and consumption of food across cultures and time periods.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies and Writing Intensive requirements.

HIST 150 History of American Health Care

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

A historical, conceptual survey of the origins and development of American health care from colonial America to the contemporary health care issues of the United States.
Fulfills the American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive requirements.

HIST 160 History of American Diversity

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course places the themes of race, ethnicity, gender, class and religion in a historical context from pre-Columbian America through colonial and revolutionary North America and into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It strives to be culturally inclusive and intellectually encompassing, emphasizing the actual experiences of ordinary citizens as well as those of extraordinary individuals.

HIST 170/RS 170 Religion in American History

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the origins, beliefs, practices and cultural significance of the major religious traditions and movements in American history. Close reading and interpretive analysis of primary texts constitute the major course activities.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity and Interpretive Studies requirements.

HIST 180 Women in History

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

The role of women in a multi-cultural context studied historically. Special emphasis on women’s cultural and social roles in diverse societies in different periods.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirements and Interpretive Studies.

HIST 220 African American History to 1877

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Making use of primary texts, this course surveys the social, cultural and political history of African Americans from enslavement through the Civil War and the post-war period, Reconstruction. Beginning in West Africa, the course examines three centuries of North American slavery, as well as the initial experiences of African Americans with emancipation and the promises of Reconstruction.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirements and Interpretive Studies.

HIST 221 African American History After 1865

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course surveys the cultural, social and political history of African Americans after the Civil War. Especially through close reading of primary texts, the course examines the experiences of African Americans during emancipation, urbanization, and the modern Civil Rights and Black Power eras.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirements and Interpretive Studies.

HIST 297H Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors)

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Ancient and medieval intellectual history with special attention to its relationship to other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and with an emphasis on historical theory and interpretation.
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirement.

HIST 298H Intellectual History: Modern (Honors)

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Modern History from the Reformation to the 21st century with special attention to its relationship to other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and with an emphasis on historical theory and interpretation.
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H.

Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.