History Course Description(s)
HIST1030 The World and The West I (3)
This course begins with the classical eras, both east and west (ca. 600 BC) and ends in about 1600. Its goal is two fold: to understand both the primary cultural heritages of the world and their growing interconnectedness, and to put the energy and distinctiveness of the Western tradition into perspective with other political worlds and religious world-views.
HIST1040 The World and The West II (3)
This course begins in 1600 and proceeds to the present, trying to understand and assess the parallel and increasing interactive developments in the West and other parts of the world. Colonial enterprises of many types interact with indigenous cultures and systems in what we now call "third world" areas. Nation-building with competitive empires affects Europe, Africa and Asia. Very different independence struggles punctuate 19th and 20th century history.
HIST2030 Conflict and Consensus: American History to 1877 (3)
An introduction to American history from the period of exploration and colonization to the conclusion of reconstruction. Major themes and events include the European settlement of North America, Native American responses to European development of colonial America, the war for American independence, nation-building in the Early Republic, the development of slavery, Western expansion, and the Civil War and reconstruction.
HIST2040 Conflict and Consensus: American History from 1877 (3)
An introduction to American history from the conclusion of reconstruction to recent times. Major themes include Western expansion, industrialization and urbanization, imperialism, two world wars, American life between the wars, radicalism and revolt, and the post-Cold War world.
HIST3040 "Not the Dark Ages" (3)
This course celebrates those who preserved and extended worship, literature and community in most unsettled times, from 500 to 1100 AD. Dynamic centers of energy belie the term "Dark Ages": great families of monks, the Anglo-Celtic passion for spirituality and education, Islamic cities and culture in Spain and rulers like Charlemagne, Alfred the Great and Otto the Great. The course culminates in the remarkable fertile and energetic 12th century. Offered: Alternate years
HIST3050 Renaissance and Reformation (3)
This course begins with seminal figures and movements in the pivotal 13th century, then explores the dynamic economic and cultural flourishing which underlies the long and exciting phenomenon we know best as the Renaissance. Reforms in several versions arise from that energy, culminating in profound changes in the Roman church as well as new long lived configurations of faith and practice. Impacts upon and developments in political conceptions and practice complete the picture. Offered: Alternate years
HIST3094 Topics in History (2-3)
A thematic approach to historical interpretation, may be conducted in a seminar format. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit by permission.
HIST3210 Social Science Research Methods (3)
The study and application of empirical research methods in the social sciences, with an emphasis on political science. The course will include discussions relating to the philosophy of science, an overview of research designs, the conduct of empirical research, and the organization and preparation of research papers. Offered: Alternate years.
HIST3250 History of American Culture (3)
An examination of the social currents of American thought and culture, emphasizing ideas and concepts that have influenced the development and growth of American institutions and values from the colonial era to the present. General themes include gender values, race relations, and class conflicts. Offered: Alternate years Prerequisites: ENGL1030, or instructor's approval.
HIST3330 US Foreign Policy (3)
An in-depth examination of the factors influencing the U.S. as a participant in the international system, especially from the end of World War II to the present. Topics include U.S. foreign policy and ideology, domestic politics and interest groups, public opinion and the media, and historical events considered chronologically. (See POLS3330). Offered: Alternate years
HIST3390 Recent America (3)
An in-depth exploration of modern America from 1945 to the present emphasizing the political, economic, diplomatic, and social aspects of the period. The course will investigate the origins of the Cold War, McCarthyism, increasing presidential power, the U.S. and the Third World, the civil rights struggle, women's movement, student revolts, Vietnam, Watergate, and the New Right and post-Cold War America. Offered: Alternate years Prerequisites: ENGL1030, or instructor's approval.
HIST3440 History of Christianity in America (3)
A study of American Christianity from the colonial period to the present. The course will focus on the varieties of the religious experience in historical context. Included will be such themes as Puritanism, the Great Awakenings, Christian utopias, the Social Gospel, Fundamentalism, and liberation theology. Emphasis will be placed on the mutual influence of religion and American culture. Offered: Alternate years
HIST3480 Modern Europe (1800-Present) (3)
An in-depth exploration of Europe from the political and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries through contemporary European society and culture, including 19th century "isms" (romanticism, liberalism, socialism, nationalism, imperialism) and world wars.
HIST3490 Modern Africa (3)
An exploratory survey of African history below the Sahara and from the 18th century to the present. In addition to dealing with the extraordinary historiographic challenges, serious attention will be given to the impact of slaving operations, the persistence of tribal life and loyalties, the effects of colonial government, the movements to independence and the challenge of current situations. Offered: Alternate years
HIST3500 The Dragon and the Rising Sun (3)
This course traces the both parallel and interlocked histories of China and Japan from 1800 to present. With common cultural factors but very different settings, the response of these two peoples to the challenge of the West to their states and autonomy, as well as issues faced by internal dissension and tension fills the period of the 19th century. In the 20th century, the extraordinary military and economic strength of Japan and the long struggle to find balance and cohesion fills the story. Finally, the current potential and problems of each people are assessed. Offered: Alternate years
HIST3580 Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School (2)
Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to this subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for students to observe and teach a minimum of 20 hours in a secondary classroom. (See EDUC3580) Prerequisites: Junior classification., Program admission required. Corequisites: EDUC3750, EDUC3510
HIST3850 British and American Victorians (3)
An exploration of Victorian culture, especially in Great Britain and the United States. Particular attention will be paid to transatlantic networks of social reform, politics, and evangelical faith.
HIST4030 Roman Empire and Christian Community (3)
This course explores the parallel development of two parallel "worlds", the imperial system inaugurated by Caesar Augustus and the community launched by Jesus Christ. Roots of each "world," in the Roman Republic and the Jewish heritage, are presented first. The political framework of the Empire then serves as framework as the social history of the Roman people is explored along with economic and religious factors. Offered: Alternate years
HIST4540 American Constitutional History (3)
A survey of United States Constitutional history from its origins to the present. Emphasis is placed on the constitutional system as a whole, rather than on constitutional law as developed by the Supreme Court. The course examines the origins and general principles of constitutional thought, traces their elaboration in the founding and development through the crises over state rights and union in the nineteenth century, the Civil War amendments, controversy over liberty of contract, New Deal intervention and the crisis of the court, the developing doctrine of civil rights and civil liberties, and the growth of the administrative state. Offered: Alternate years
HIST4970 Senior Thesis and Capstone (4)
This course, required for all history majors, consists of two parts. The departmental component (Thesis) is an independent research paper of 25-30 pages, which includes demonstration of historical methods and the use of primary sources. It will be written under the supervision of the history faculty. The university component (Capstone) includes a careful evaluation of the fulfillment of the university outcomes in the growth and experience of the student while at NNU, in discussion and an extended paper of 8-10 pages. Prerequisites: Senior standing.