History (HIS)

HIS 502  Great Civilizations  (4 Credits)  

This course examines the rise of civilizations throughout the world, tracing the history of human societies from their beginnings until the European discovery of America. After surveying the prehistoric period and early civilization, the course focuses on the religious, political, and cultural characteristics of Asian and Arabic civilizations in the East and Middle East, and on Greco-Roman antiquity and the Middle Ages in the West.

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  1. Consider the relevance of historical knowledge for the elucidation of contemporary human experiences, and learn to identify persistent human concerns beneath the historical contingencies of time and place.
  2. Consider and evaluate the aims and theoretical problems of historical scholarship and of those social sciences, (e.g. archeology, anthropology) most useful in reconstructing and understanding past civilizations.
  3. Examine, judge, and synthesize historical information about the following: a. Evidence of and theories about the life of homo sapiens in the prehistoric period; b. Early civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China; c. The various societies that thrived on the invasion of early civilizations; d. The religious innovations of the ancient Hebrews; e. The political, cultural, and scientific developments of early and classical Greek civilization and of the Hellenistic age; f. The political and cultural achievements of ancient Roman civilization, and the development of Christianity in the Roman Empire; g. The cultural, political, and religious traditions of ancient China and Japan; h. The teachings of Mohammed, the rise of Islam, and the development of Arabic culture; i. The religious, political, and artistic developments in the Christian culture of western Europe during the Middle Ages, and the challenges to that culture presented by the social, political, and institutional changes experienced in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries CE.

HIS 510  United States History to 1865  (4 Credits)  

Examining the history of the United States from its earliest settlement through the Civil War, this course focuses on the origins and development of issues relevant to Americans today. Students study themes and events ranging from pre-Columbian Native American cultures through early European settlements; the triumph of British over French and Spanish settlers; the upheavals of the Revolution; the establishment of the United States; its expansion westward; and the threat to the country presented by the problem of slavery which culminated in the Civil War. Although this is a survey course, the focus will be understanding why and how our past and present society has been shaped, rather than committing factual details to memory.

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  1. Develop familiarity with the sequence and import of key historical events and key figures in early American history and use that knowledge as a foundation for analysis and interpretation of the historical themes listed below.
  2. Explicate major historical themes of the 16th and 17th centuries such as European expansion, decimation of American native peoples, resource exploitation, ethnic and religious conflicts, the African diaspora, the rise of European imperialism and the first waves of European immigration.
  3. Explicate major historical themes of the 18th century before the American Revolution such as the Enlightenment in America, the Great Awakening, nascent capitalism, the slave trade, the movement westward and northward of the frontier and the rise of an American consciousness.
  4. Explicate major historical themes from the Revolution to the Civil War, including American expansion across the continent and American trade across the oceans, early industrialization, urbanization, and capitalism, the rise of King Cotton, the great waves of European immigration, the advent of reform movements and populist political parties, and the growth of human freedoms and democracy between the wars.
  5. Discuss the shaping roles of climate, geography, disease and food sources in early American history.
  6. Evaluate and use primary and secondary sources and material culture to develop patterns and themes in history.
  7. Analyze modern presentations of historical events for evidence of accuracy or bias, motivation, and agenda.
  8. Develop appropriate theses and narratives from an assemblage of historical evidence.

HIS 511  United States History: 1865 to the Present  (4 Credits)  

This course provides students with an understanding of modern American history that will meaningfully inform their awareness of and engagement in contemporary American society. Major developments that are subjects of interpretation and analysis include: reconstruction after the Civil War; industrialization and its consequences; themes and patterns of American foreign policy; the Progressive era and the New Deal; World War II, the Cold War, and America's role in the era of globalism; and domestic and foreign policy developments since World War II.

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  1. Develop familiarity with the sequence and import of key historical events and key figures in American history from the Civil War to the present and use that knowledge as a foundation for analysis and interpretation of historical themes.
  2. Explicate the major historical themes of the 19th century, paying particular attention to Reconstruction, Industrialization, Western migration and settlement, and the emergence of the U.S. as a world power.
  3. Explicate the major historical themes of the 20th century, such as the Progressive Movement and the New Deal, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, the Cold War, the emergence of corporate power and influence, and the growth of an information society.
  4. Critically evaluate primary sources for historical significance and importance.
  5. Analyze secondary sources for structure, evidence use, and historiographical significance.
  6. Analyze historical evidence for patterns and new understandings.
  7. Assemble evidence to form new interpretations and theses.

HIS 512  European History: Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution  (4 Credits)  

This course offers both a survey and a critical discussion of the foundations of modern western society. It considers the cultural, religious, and political changes associated with the Renaissance and the Reformation and the emergence of the modern state. It also examines developments in the sciences, the Enlightenment, revolutionary politics in theory and practice, and the Industrial Revolution.

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  1. Appraise more clearly the foundations of our contemporary society by studying and analyzing historical developments during and after the Renaissance.
  2. Identify and evaluate the historical struggles that produced the modern individual, modern state, modern science, and modern politics.
  3. Examine, judge, and synthesize historical information about the following: a. The religious, social, economic, and political order of the late medieval world and the challenges posed to that order in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; b. The political and cultural developments in Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; c. The end of the religious unity of western Christendom after the success of the Protestant Reformation, and the development of competing Catholic and Protestant cultures; d. The rise of the modern territorial state in the aftermath of the wars prompted by the Reformation; e. The intellectual changes from Copernicus to Newton that established modern science; the intellectual and cultural program of the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century; f. The development of modern political theory emphasizing natural rights, utilitarianism, and democracy; g. The causes and consequences of the French Revolution; h. The Industrial Revolution and its early economic and social consequences.

HIS 513  European History: 19th and 20th Centuries  (4 Credits)  

Examining the history of modern Europe, this course explores the origins and salient characteristics of the European community of nations as it has come to be today. Students study themes and events that have accompanied these countries’ passages from the last vestiges of feudalism to industrial powers; welfare states; mixed histories and governments with monarchical, dictatorial, and representative elements; and finally a budding union of sovereign nations. This is a survey course in which the primary concern will be understanding why and how past European societies have shaped the present.

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  1. Evaluate both the historical forces and the human choices that have shaped the modern world.
  2. Identify choices that may be possible in our own efforts to resolve problems and alleviate present dangers.
  3. Examine, judge, and synthesize historical information about the following: a. The development and influence of the Industrial Revolution, and of the legacy of the French Revolution in the early 19th century; b. The conflicting political ideologies of conservatism, liberalism, and radicalism throughout the nineteenth century as well as the rise of socialism, especially Marxism; c. The spread of nationalism, and its effect on relations among the Great Powers; d. The great increase in scientific and technological knowledge during the nineteenth century, the effects of this knowledge on European power and, hence, on the spread of European imperialism; e. The political and military rivalries among the European powers that led to the outbreak of World War I; the course and consequences of World War I, especially as demonstrated by the Russian Revolution; f. The development of new political movements after World War I, especially communism and fascism; the rise of totalitarian states, and the challenge they posed to liberal democracies; g. The factors contributing to World War II, the concentration camps, the Holocaust; the Cold War and the Atomic Age;

HIS 602  History of New England  (4 Credits)  

The course is a survey of New England's history and focuses on New England's role in the economic, political, and military history of our nation. In addition there is a focus on local New England communities and important historical events and forces that contributed to their development. The course spans a time period from the late 1600's to the present.

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  1. Identify and explain major events of New England history.
  2. Analyze these events in light of the political, economic, and social forces that shaped New England’s history.
  3. Discuss and evaluate the role of New England in our nation’s history.
  4. Relate historical developments, themes, and issues to contemporary regional developments and issues.
  5. Demonstrate research skills using primary and secondary sources and apply knowledge to successfully complete historical research.

HIS 610  Historical Methods  (4 Credits)  

In this course, students develop and employ historical methodology appropriate to the study of events, figures, periods, and cultures of the past. Building on General Education coursework in thinking, research, and writing, the course helps to develop a historical mindset through student practice with methods and processes of the historian, in designing viable projects to explore further, and in substantive written work. The course frames key questions and concepts in the discipline and prepares students for upper-level courses in the major.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 500 The Writing Process and CRIT 501 Critical Inquiry.

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  1. Discuss key concepts in the field of history.
  2. Develop research questions framed by an understanding of these concepts.
  3. Employ historical methods to research events, figures, and cultures of the past.
  4. Differentiate among approaches to history.
  5. Explore primary and secondary sources, reading them critically.
  6. Articulate challenges of studying the past.
  7. Synthesize and organize research findings.
  8. Write effectively, including proposals, literature reviews, and substantive analyses.
  9. Practice effectively constructing an argument in dialogue with sources, citing in keeping with the norms of the academic discipline.

HIS 611  Themes in World History  (4 Credits)  

This course examines the political, social, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the development of world civilizations from 1000 CE to the present. Using a historical perspective, students will critically examine the history of the world with a particular focus on globalism, multiculturalism, nationalism, and religious conflict.

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  1. Identify and explain the major political, economic, social, and cultural forces in World History over the past millennium.
  2. Analyze those political, economic, social, and cultural forces in World History with regard to their interrelationship and interdependence over time, their relative impact on the development of the world, and their continued presence and influence in a contemporary globalized society.
  3. Chart the progression of world societies relative to globalism, multiculturalism, nationalism, and religious conflict.
  4. Identify and understand the central historical processes that have confronted the world in the past millennium and how those processes continue to shape and influence the world today.
  5. Demonstrate research skills using primary and secondary sources, and apply that knowledge in successfully completed historical research.
  6. Evaluate and use primary and secondary sources and material culture to develop patterns and themes in history.
  7. Analyze modern presentations of historical events for evidence of accuracy or bias, motivation, and agenda.

HIS 618  History of World War II  (4 Credits)  

This course is an historical survey of the Second World War. It begins at the end of the First World War, moves through the decade of the 20's to the Depression and the rise of Fascism, to the onset of the war on both major fronts, and finally to the peace agreements and their effect on the future of the world. In particular it looks at industrial, agricultural, and democratic developments and their impact on the war, and diplomatic and military blunders from WWI that led to WWII.

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  1. Relate chronologically the series of events leading up to and through World War II.
  2. Identify key figures and their roles before, during, and after the conflict.
  3. Understand the economic, social, and military circumstances of the 1917-1945 period.
  4. Be able to relate learned facts to present-day issues.

HIS 627  Vietnam War: An Historical Perspective  (4 Credits)  

Beginning with the history of French Colonial Indochina, this course examines three decades of struggle in Southeast Asia during which communist-led Vietnamese revolutionaries battled first the French, and later the Americans and their Vietnamese allies. The course also examines the impact of the war on American society and uses primary sources including documents and video film to allow students to form judgments about the basis of the conflict and the outcomes.

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  1. Develop a basic understanding of Vietnam history and culture.
  2. Understand the attitudes of our leaders and the free world in the post world war II period.
  3. Explain and evaluate the rationale for America’s stance in 194
  4. 4.Identify and describe the shifts that have occurred in the political and social milieu over the next three decades and analyze the reasons for these changes.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, and economic factors that bear upon conflicts of this type.
  6. Trace the inter-relationships between various groups of this era and explain the impact of social processes on the political process.
  7. Evaluate the treatment of the veterans and the ensuing problems.
  8. Analyze and critically reflect upon a specific aspect of the Vietnam War.

HIS 660  Integrative: Project in History  (4 Credits)  

This capstone course for History majors is designed to integrate learning from the entire major in an individually-customized project. Students demonstrate competency in history by producing a substantive original essay based on in-depth research.

Prerequisite(s): CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking, IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, and all major requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in this course. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed. NOTE: Students who were admitted to the college before Fall 2019 and have remained active in their original catalog year are not required to take IDIS 601.

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  1. Develop an historical question for extended exploration.
  2. Conduct thorough research.
  3. Demonstrate critical analysis of sources.
  4. Write a major paper employing advanced skills of exposition, argument, and synthesis.
  5. Employ responsible quotation and citation practices based on impeccable documentation.