Department of History Courses

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The Department of History offers the following courses:

HIST 105 -- World Civilization I -- 3 credits (every Fall)

This course covers the history of the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, East Asian, Indian, Greco-Roman, Islamic, Early African, Ancient American, and European civilizations to the year 1500. Its goal is to give students an understanding of the history and diversity of world cultures as well as the common experiences of all human beings.

HIST 106 -- World Civilization II -- 3 credits (every Spring)

This course is a continuation of History 105, covering the history of European, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American civilizations since 1500. It emphasizes political, social, cultural and economic change, as well as encounters and conflicts within and among civilizations.

HIST 130 -- World Geography -- 3 credits (odd year Spring)

This course is designed to give students an introduction to world geography. It deals with the distribution of human activities and concerns around the world, including languages, religions, social customs, economic and political activities, migration and settlement patterns, and the availability and consumption of resources.

HIST220 -- American History I -- 3 credits (every Fall)

This course covers American history beginning with the experience of native Americans and continuing to 1865 with the end of the Civil War. It focuses on the economic, social, and intellectual forces that shaped nationhood in the region we know as the United States.

HIST 221 -- American History II -- 3 credits (every Spring)

This course covers United States history from 1865 to the present. It focuses on the ways industrial, demographic, and political change affected the people who lived in the United States. It attempts to help students assess the impact that recent historical developments have had on the development of modern culture in the United States. 

HIST 280 -- Research Methods in History -- 3 credits (every Fall)

Research Methods in History enables students to learn the techniques of historical research. Students also learn the basic principles of historiography to understand how historians have understood history and how they develop arguments that fit into a scholarly conversation. This class is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to find information in all its hiding places and learn how historians draw meaning from it. The course could be especially relevant to students in English, Religion, Philosophy, or the social sciences. HIST280 must be passed with a final grade of "C" or higher before student may take HIST499 (Senior Thesis).

HIST 300 -- Eras in American History -- 3 credits (every Fall)

This course provides students the opportunity to study a definite chronological period in American history. Students will be able to gain more insight into the complexities of historical change by assessing the political, social, and economic factors that affected specific decades or eras. This class is intended to provide more detail and analysis regarding those topics than can be gained during a survey course. Under different subtitles the course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include: The 1960s, The Civil War, The Roaring 20s, and America Now.

HIST 320 -- Hands-On History -- 3 credits (even year Spring and Fall)

This is a course that requires students to engage with the past using non-traditional methods of instruction. The instructional method may vary from year to year, depending on the instructor. Possible course concentrations are: creation of historical documentaries, research in and GPS mapping of historic locations, building web sites of historic documents, conducting field work, or participating in Reacting to the Past role play. Reacting to the Past games explore important ideas of the past by recreating the historical context that shaped them. Students engage one another as members of factions or in individual roles in a series of historic assemblies. The course focuses on evaluation of primary sources and the innovative presentation of those sources through collaborative activity. Under different subtitles the course may be repeated for credit.

HIST 350 -- Making History -- Great Events and Turning Points that Influenced the World -- 3 credits (Fall and Spring)

Making History -- Great Events and Turning Points that Influenced the World” is a rotating topics course that investigates important events, ideas, and decisions in history that have influenced, even changed, the world. The course focuses on cause and effect, acheivement and failure, and lessons learned througout history. Course subtopics may include areas such as Modern Latin America, the Cold War, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Holocaust and other Genocides, the World Wars, and the Emergence of the City and the Empire. Under different subtopics the course may be retaken for credit, per Liberal Studies and History Department policies. This course satisfies the Liberal Studies Requirement for Community and World Exploration. Prerequisite: ENGL120 or equivalent.

HIST 380 -- Reacting to the Past -- 3 credits (Fall and Spring)

“Reacting to the Past” is a rotating topics course that uses role playing to immerse students into particular moments of social, political, and intellectual debate and change. Students run these games and assume various roles in debates. In addition, students engage primary sources from the events and use them to defend their arguments, with the purpose of succeeding over others in difficult and complicated scenarios.The outcomes do not have to follow the actual historic events -- students are free to “alter” history, using the original sources to support their positions. Each course section will typically play 2-3 reacting games. Game topics may include Democracy in Athens, Revolution in France, The Trial of Anne Hutchinson, India on the Eve of Independence, The Council of Nicaea, The Reformation Parliament, The Trial of Galileo, and many others. Under different subtopics the course may be retaken for credit, per Liberal Studies and History Department policies. This course satisfies the Liberal Studies Requirement for Human Expression. Prerequisite -- at least one of the following: ENGL120, HIST105, 106, 220, or 221 or equivalents.

HIST 400 -- Studies in U.S. History -- 3 credits (even year Spring)

This course provides the opportunity for the intensive study of United States history. Under different subtitles, the course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include: Women's History, History of Religion and Politics, and History of Immigration in the United States.

HIST 410 -- History of Kansas and the Great Plains -- 3 credits (odd year Spring)

This course informs students about the development of the state of Kansas. It provides information about the geography, history, and character of Kansas as well as its role in the larger region of the American great plains.

HIST 420 -- Studies in European History -- 3 credits (even year Fall)

This course provides the opportunity for advanced study in European History. Under different subtitles the course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include: History of Nazi Germany, History of Spain, European Peasant Society, From Renaissance to Revolution, and History of Soviet Russia.

HIST 460 -- Internship -- variable (1-12) credits (Fall and Spring)

Students will work as interns in local institutions under the supervision of the institution and the History Department faculty. The goal is to develop practical skills outside of the classroom.

HIST 490 -- Directed Study -- variable (1-3) credits (on demand)

In consultation with the faculty, students may design special projects. With faculty approval, these may be substituted for required courses. See Independent Study or Directed Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit in the Academic Catalog for a more detailed description.

HIST 499 -- Senior Thesis -- 3 credits (every Spring)

This course will guide students through the capstone project of their undergraduate careers. Each student will write an original research paper based on primary sources, using the resources of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, the Smoky Hill Museum, or other local archives. The course is open to history majors as well as pre-law students and students from other majors who desire an advanced research experience. Prerequisite: HIST 280. HIST499 must be passed with a final grade of "C" or higher.

POLI 100 -- Introduction to Political Science -- 3 credits (even year Fall)

A comparative study of the theories of world politics, levels of political analysis, international law and international political economy. A strong emphasis will be placed on current situations and future projections of inter/intranational issues.

POLI 105 -- Grant Writing -- 3 credits (on demand)

This course is intended to introduce the student to grant seeking and proposal writing as a means to sustain or develop projects and activities that fulfill or ehance the service intent of the organization. The proposal components of goals, objectives, budgets, and assessments will be explored in detail.

POLI 200 -- Public Policy -- 3 credits (odd year Spring)

This course is an introduction to the public policy process in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on policy making at the national level, but the state and local process will also be explored. Students will be able to glean why public policies are adopted or rejected and how they affect individuals, families, and community. Prerequisite: SOCI201 or by consent of instructor. 

POLI 310 -- U.S. Constitution and Government -- 3 credits (odd year Fall) 

This course describes the workings of federal, state, and local governments. Students also learn about the media’s role in the political process, how the electoral system works, the function of political parties in the American governmental system, and how foreign policy is created.

POLI 320 -- Political History -- 3 credits (on demand*)

This course is classified as a history elective. It focuses on political events and theories in a historical context. Under different subtitles, the course may be repeated for credit. Possible subtitles may include: Comparative Totalitarianism, Democracy from Athens to Philadelphia, The Age of Revolutions, Colonization and Decolonization, or European Political Thought. (*This course is next scheduled to be offered in Fall Semester, 2014 with the subtitle "Comparative Totalitarianism.")