Department of History and Political Science
Justin Clardie (Department Chair), Matthew Millsap, and Stephen Morgan
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate content expertise in their respective disciplines.
- Students will offer well-reasoned, evidence-based arguments addressing core questions and debates in their disciplines.
- Students will apply theories and historical knowledge to explain and evaluate contemporary political, social and cultural issues.
- Students in departmental general education courses will demonstrate understanding of social science theories and their application to real world events.
- Students will be able to analyze cultural issues from a variety of perspectives and demonstrate intercultural competencies as they interact and collaborate with individuals of a culture different from their own.
- Students in departmental general education courses will develop an evidence-based historical analysis that illuminates the human story by examining events, ideas and values of past societies and culture.
Degrees and Certificates
History,Bachelor of Arts
History Education,Bachelor of Arts
Political Science and International Relations,Bachelor of Arts
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics,Bachelor of Arts
American Government/Political Science,Endorsement
HIST1030: The World and The West ICredits 3
HIST1040: The World and The West IICredits 3
HIST1070: United States History SurveyCredits 3
A study of American history from European exploration to the present, with attention to the founding of the United States, the major developments and events, and the role of the citizen in U.S. history. This course is designed for the general student and will not meet major requirements for degrees in history.
HIST2030: United States History to 1877Credits 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: United States History since 1877Credits 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.
HIST3010: Recent AmericaCredits 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.
HIST3020: Modern Europe (1800-Present)Credits 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.
HIST3040: Medieval EuropeCredits 3
HIST3050: Renaissance and ReformationCredits 3
HIST3094: Special Topics in HistoryCredits 2 3
HIST3250: History of American CultureCredits 3
HIST3260: America in the Age of RevolutionsCredits 3
HIST3330: U.S. Foreign PolicyCredits 3
HIST3440: History of Christianity in AmericaCredits 3
HIST3490: Modern AfricaCredits 3
HIST3580: Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary SchoolCredits 2
HIST3750: British and American EvangelicalsCredits 3
HIST3840: The HolocaustCredits 3
The Holocaust was one of the seminal events of the twentieth century, and has had profound effects on the language and concepts that we use to describe atrocities, the way that we interpret history, and even the ways in which we remember and memorialize the past. To put it simply, the Holocaust was more than a singular tragedy in the middle of the twentieth century. It was much worse than so many other tragedies. It was a watershed that created a new lens for looking at the past, present, and future. In this course, we will study the events that make up the Holocaust, the deeper roots of antisemitism that made it possible, and how the Holocaust has been remembered, portrayed and memorialized. We will think not only about what happened, but about how to make sense of what happened—how to grapple with a history that seems to defy understanding. Fulfills a General Education Cultural Competency (CC) requirement.
HIST4100: Ideas that Made AmericaCredits 3
HIST4970: Senior Thesis and CapstoneCredits 4
POLS1000: Introduction to American GovernmentCredits 2
POLS1010: American National PoliticsCredits 3
POLS1030: The Foundations of Politics: The Quest for Peace and JusticeCredits 3
POLS1050: Introduction to International RelationsCredits 3
POLS3094: Special Topics in Political ScienceCredits 2 3
POLS3100: GlobalizationCredits 3
POLS3310: Presidential Power: The Politics of LeadershipCredits 3
POLS3330: U.S. Foreign PolicyCredits 3
POLS3520: Theories of PoliticsCredits 3
POLS3610: Comparative PoliticsCredits 3
POLS4100: Ideas that Made AmericaCredits 3
POLS4410: Constitutional LawCredits 3
POLS4420: Civil Rights and Civil LibertiesCredits 3
A critical examination of U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving constitutional rights and liberties with special attention given to the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Topics will include religious freedom, freedom of expression, rights in criminal procedure, due process and equal protection, including racial and gender discrimination and sexual harassment.