History

B.A. Degree — History Major

In addition to the general education requirements, History majors must complete 34 semester hours as described below:

Core Requirements 13 s.h.

  • HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2400 Historical Inquiry 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS4900 Senior Seminar I 1 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS4910 Senior Seminar II 3 s.h.

Pre-1800 Courses 3 s.h.

  • Students complete one of the following courses:
  • HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST3110 Gender and Women's History 3 s.h.
  • HIST/RELG3520 History of Christianity - The Last 1000 Years 3 s.h.
  • HIST3600 The Ancient Mediterranean World 3 s.h.
  • HIST3620 The Middle Ages 3 s.h.

Survey Courses 6 s.h.

  • Students complete two of the following courses:
  • HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2410 United States History to 1877 3 s.h.
  • HIST2420 United States History Since 1877 3 s.h.

Specialized Upper Division Courses 9 s.h.

  • Students complete three of the following courses:
  • HIST/POLS3240 United States Constitutional History 3 s.h.
  • HIST3360 The Civil Rights Movement 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3370 The American Presidency 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3460 United States Foreign Relations 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3470 British Foreign Relations 3 s.h.
  • HIST3550 Recent United States History 3 s.h.
  • HIST3640 Early Modern Europe, 1350 - 1815 3 s.h.
  • HIST3660 Modern Europe, 1789 - Present 3 s.h.
  • HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 3 s.h.

Additional History Electives 3 s.h.

  • Students must take an additional history course of their choice.

Students are strongly encourage to take at least two semesters of a foreign or classical language.

 

History Minor

A History minor consists of 18 hours or more in history including HIST2400, six upper division hours, and at least three hours in each of the following areas: United States History, European History, Non-Western or Ancient History.

Teacher Certification in History

FOR HISTORY AND NON-HISTORY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY AMERICAN OR WORLD HISTORY ENDORSEMENT (5-12):
Students desiring Iowa Teacher Certification with a secondary endorsement must complete the Secondary Education Program (with SOSC3390 Methods of Teaching Social Studies as the appropriate methods course), a major in History or Secondary teaching field, and
(A.) for American History endorsement:

(1) 24 s.h. in American History or
(2) 30 s.h. in the broad area of Social Sciences to include 15 s.h. of American History, or

(B.) for World History endorsement:

(1) 24 s.h. in European and/or non-Western History or
(2) 30 s.h. in the broad area of Social Sciences to include 15 s.h. in European and/or non- Western History.

 

Courses in History

HIST1100 The History of Iowa 3 s.h.
A survey of Iowa from the 1600s to the present, including Native Americans, early European and U.S. settlement, the path to statehood, the development of agriculture, military conflicts, religion, education, and Iowa's role in the nation and world, with opportunities for students to explore local history resources. Offered online only. Does not fulfill a general education requirement.

HIST1280 History of the Community of Christ (Also RELG1280) 3 s.h.
The rise of the Latter Day Saint movement, the migration to the Midwest, the disruption at Nauvoo, the development of the Reorganization and other factions, and a survey of the conditions, trends, and problems in the contemporary Community of Christ and other factions of this unique American religious movement.

HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from earliest times to approximately 1500 A.D., combining broad chronological coverage with intensive concentration on a small number of selected topics. Those social, political, economic and intellectual themes which have a direct bearing upon contemporary culture and society will be stressed. Goal 4

HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4

HIST1700 History Museum Management Internship (Also HIST3700) 1-15 s.h.
A work-study program under the direction of the professional staff of a recognized historical collection, historical society, or historical site. This program consists of on-the-job training in various areas as determined by the student’s interests and needs. Areas available for study include museum interpretation, administration, management and staffing, display, publicity, preservation and restoration methods, acquisitioning, archives, research, records management, and development and care of properties. NOTE: No more than 6 hours of the internship will be applied to the normal history and social science major requirements. The hours involved will count as resident credit.

HIST2000 Individual Study Goal 1B 1-3 s.h.

HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B

HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B

+ HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilization I 3 s.h.
A survey of Middle Eastern civilization from the pre-Islamic Middle East to 1500 with attention to the origins and growth of Islam, the cultural and economic impact of the Islamic empire and the relationship with other regions. Goal 1B

+ HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilization II 3 s.h.
A survey of the Middle East from 1500 to the present, beginning with the rise of the Ottoman and Safavid empires. Attention will be given to the growth of European interests in the Middle East and the response to that interest, as well as the making of modern states in the Middle East. Goal 1B

HIST2400 Historical Inquiry 3 s.h.
An exploration of the nature, uses, and methodologies of historical inquiry. Designed to help students with an interest in history to better understand the discipline. Students formulate historical questions, engage in basic research, review literature, and investigate the nature of historical interpretation.

HIST2410 United States History to 1877 3 s.h.
A survey of the personalities, events, and ideas which have shaped United States history from the earliest colonial settlements to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis upon the struggle for independence, the establishment of government under the Constitution, and the succeeding political, social, and economic movements that culminated in the Civil War. Goal 1B

HIST2420 United States History Since 1877 3 s.h.
A survey of the personalities, events, and ideas that have shaped United States history since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis upon the rise of the industrial United States, 20th century adjustments to prosperity, depression and world war, and the political, social, and economic changes since World War II. Goal 1B

HIST2900 Topics in History Goal 1B 1-3 s.h.

HIST3000 Individual Study Goal 1B 1-3 s.h.

HIST3110 Gender and Women's History 3 s.h.
A research-based study of how “gendered” persons are related to the history of work, family, politics, education and social behavior in various world cultures throughout history. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an understanding of how gender labels were applied throughout history, how they affected a group’s access to power, and how those applications affected perceptions and societal roles. Goal 1B

+ HIST3240 United States Constitutional History (Also POLS3240) 3 s.h.
A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B

+ HIST3370 The United States Presidency (Also POLS3370) 3 s.h.
The evolution of the office of the President, the recruitment of Presidents, and the various functions performed by the President. Goal 1B

+ HIST3460 United States Foreign Relations (Also POLS3460) 3 s.h.
A history of the interaction of the United States with the people and governments of foreign nations from 1898 to the present.  Topics include United States imperial ambitions, the world wars, the Cold War, and United States concerns with foreign nationalist movements. Goal 1B

+ HIST3470 British Foreign Relations (Also POLS3470) 3 s.h.
Survey of Britain’s relations with governments and peoples in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the period 1815-1970. Topics include Britain’s role in shaping the post-Napoleonic order, development of imperial policy in the 19th century, Britain and the pre-World War I alliance system, the policy of appeasement, and the transition to a diminished world role after World War II. Goal 1B

+ HIST3520 History of Christianity - The Last 1000 Years (Also RELG3520) 3 s.h.
An advanced study of the history of Christianity as it developed from the Crusades into the 20th Century. Topics will include the Crusades, the Avignon Papacy and Great Schism, the push for unity, early reform groups, the Reformation, wars of religion, religious imperialism, modern challenges to Christianity, and the Church to Vatican II. Aspects of both continuity and change within the doctrine, popular belief and structure of Christianity will be emphasized. Goal 1B

HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 3 s.h.
A history of one of the world's most intractable conflicts; examines the origins of this conflict; the concept of Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel; the development of Palestinian nationalism; and outside forces-including Arab nationalism, colonialism and great power interests-that have had a major impact on the conflict. Goal 1B

HIST3540 United States Military History 3 s.h.
Role and evolution of the armed forces in the United States from the Revolutionary War to the present.  Emphasis on the major wars fought by the United States with an exploration of their causes and effects.  Other topics will include the impact of technology and leadership on the armed forces and the relationship between the military and U.S. society.  Goal 1B

+ HIST3550 Recent United States History 3 s.h.
The history of the United States since 1945 emphasizing political, economic, diplomatic, and social trends. Goal 1B

HIST3560 United States Environmental History 3 s.h.
An examination of the complex relationship between human society and nature from early settlements to the present in what is now the United States.  Important topics include the impact of human settlement, population growth, use of land and natural resources, the effects of industrialization, and the development of the conservation and environmental movements. Goal 1B

+ HIST3600 The Ancient Mediterranean World 3 s.h.
A thematic study of continuity and developments in the ancient Mediterranean world. Civilizations to be covered include Mesopotamia, Egypt, the development of Judaism as a culture and religion, Persia, Greece and the Alexandrian Empires, and the Roman Republic and Empire. Historical research and writing practices will be emphasized. Goal 1B

+ HIST3620 The Middle Ages 3 s.h.
A thematic study of the mingling of Germanic, Roman and Christian traditions in Europe from circa 300 through 1450. Major topics will include the establishment of Papal authority, the Crusades, Chivalry, and the Black Death, and the changes in political and religious authority throughout the period. Historical research and writing practices will be emphasized. Goal 1B

+ HIST3640 Early Modern Europe, 1350 – 1815 3 s.h.
An advanced study of the continuity, change and revolutions in Europe in the period between 1350 and 1815. Major topics will include the Hundred Years War, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Witch Hunts, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Empire. Historical research and writing practices will be emphasized. Goal 1B

+ HIST3660 Modern Europe, 1789 – Present 3 s.h.
An advanced study of the national and international developments in Europe from the French Revolution to the present. Major topics will include the Industrial Revolution, the revolutions of 1848, the rise of nationalism, World Wars I and II, and de-colonization during the Cold War. Historical research and writing practices will be emphasized. Goal 1B

HIST3700 History Museum Management Internship 1-15 s.h.
A work-study program under the direction of the professional staff of a recognized historical collection, historical society, or historical site. This program consists of on-the-job training in various areas as determined by the student’s interests and needs. Areas available for study include museum interpretation, administration, management and staffing, display, publicity, preservation and restoration methods, acquisitioning, archives, research, records management, and development and care of properties. NOTE: No more than 6 hours of the internship will be applied to the normal history and social science major requirements. The hours involved will count as resident credit.

HIST3800 History Practicum: Conference Presentation 1-3 s.h.
An advanced experiential course of study in which students propose, research, write and present a paper at a professional or student conference. Students will gain a detailed understanding of a particular topic in history as well as the process of abstract submissions, preparation of a paper of appropriate structure and length for professional acceptance, the process of presentation itself, and the following critique. Students will be encouraged to rework a paper that they have written for a previous history or political science class and earn 1 semester hour of credit. In exceptional circumstances, students may write a new paper and earn 3 semester hours of credit. Students need not be history majors to make a request to sign up for this course, but must work closely with a history or political science faculty member in order to prepare an appropriate conference paper. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Pass/Fail only. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours. No more than 6 hours may be applied to the history, political science, and social science major requirements. No credits earned through the Practicum may be applied to History area distribution requirements; all credits will be treated as electives. Goal 1B

HIST3900 Advanced Topics in History 1-3 s.h.
An in-depth study of topics selected from various areas of history such as Civil War, American West, American Constitutional History, Russian History, German History, etc. Course topics will be announced prior to each semester they are offered. May be repeated for credit. Goal 1B

HIST4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

HIST4900 Senior Seminar I (Also POLS4900) 1 s.h. Designed to help the history majors professionalize their knowledge and experience through writing a scholarly paper. History majors only. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" in HIST2400 Historical Inquiry. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

HIST4910 Senior Seminar II (Also POLS4910) 3 s.h.
The research, writing, and evaluation of the completed seminar paper. Prerequisite: HIST4900.

+Denotes an alternate year course.