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Morris Bulletin / Division Structure and Course Descriptions

History (Hist)

This discipline is in the Division of the Social Sciences.

Objectives—The history curriculum is designed to introduce students to the study of the human social past, including transitions of human ideas and institutions. Students are expected to critically evaluate historical interpretations of scholars. An understanding of history is indispensable as an aid to help the individual comprehend his or her role as a member of contemporary society. The curriculum emphasizes the role of the student as an active learner and encourages individualized learning experiences, including those outside of established coursework, and development of close working relationships between students and faculty.

Requirements for a Major include:

  • A demonstrated familiarity with a range of historical periods and cultures sufficiently broad to allow meaningful exploration of "alternative communities" in time and place and to develop an empathy with alternative solutions to life's problems.
  • A demonstrated ability to critically analyze, interpret, and synthesize various types of historical materials. These materials need not be limited to written documents.
  • A demonstrated awareness of how the pursuit of a knowledge of history relates to the student's own quest for personal and intellectual growth and how that pursuit in turn shapes the student's growth. In addition, an awareness of the way a society's search for historical explanations relates to that society's ideals, circumstances, and practices.
  • A demonstrated ability to initiate and develop a course of historical inquiry.

Hist 0100; 1101 or 1102 or 1103; and 45 additional credits in history courses, to include a minimum of 10 student-initiated credits, at least five of which will involve a comprehensive research project. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the major requirements.

The student must submit a file of materials to present evidence of meeting the first four requirements stated above. The file need not be limited to materials produced in history courses.

  1. At least five quarters before graduation, the student and adviser will assess progress toward the major and, consulting with the remainder of the history faculty, will determine what work remains to be completed for the major.
  2. The student will select the materials to be placed in the file, and the file will be available only to the student, the history faculty, and any persons designated by the student. The materials, as well as comments by faculty who have evaluated them, are to be placed in the file as they are completed.
  3. The file need not be limited to written materials but may include, for example, multimedia presentation materials or tape recordings of oral presentations. Written materials may include research papers, book reviews, essays, project reports, and similar work.
  4. The file must include a description of the plan of study and a description of the student's progress in the major. The student will be responsible for developing a plan of study in conjunction with an adviser from the history faculty. Together they will periodically assess the student's progress.
  5. The student should enroll in Hist 0100 for the quarter in which the completion of the major is expected. An S grade from the adviser notifies the Registrar's Office that the requirements of the major have been met.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—Students seeking teaching licensure in any of the social sciences must complete a social science major. History majors seeking teaching licensure must also complete a social science major and the required professional education courses including methods (SScE 3940) and student teaching in social studies. Students should also gain some exposure to the subject of minority groups. Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

Course Descriptions

Hist 0100f,w,s. Competence Evaluation. (0 cr; required for history majors; S-N only)

Students enroll in this course for the quarter in which the completion of the major is expected. An "S" grade from the adviser notifies the Registrar's Office that the requirements of the major have been met.

Hist 1101f. Introduction to World History to 1500 A.D. (E2, E3; 5 cr)

Methods, themes, and problems in study of world history to 1500 A.D.

Hist 1102w. Introduction to World History 1500 to 1850. (E2; 5 cr)

Methods, themes, and problems in study of world history from 1500 to 1850.

Hist 1103s. Introduction to World History 1850 to Present. (E2; 5 cr)

Methods, themes, and problems in study of world history from 1850 to the present.

Hist 1140H. The Idea and Practice of Liberal Education, Past and Present. (W; 5 cr; applicable to Honors Program, also to history majors; prereq # for students not in Honors Program; offered when feasible)

Interplay of liberal education ideals and social realities in the Classical World, medieval Europe, early modern Europe, and 20th-century America. Emphasis on discussion, student written work, and the reading of primary texts in the history and philosophy of liberal education.

Hist 1200f. Introduction to United States History. (E2; 5 cr)

Methods, themes, and problems in the study of the history of the United States.

Hist 1302w. Introduction to Asian Civilization. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr)

History of major civilizations of Asia to the present.

Hist 1316f,s. Latin American History: A Basic Introduction. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr; not offered 1998-99)

Methods, themes, and problems in the study of Latin American history.

Hist 1400. Topics in the History of Women. (See specific topic for general education requirement categories; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Selected topics such as the history of women in Western civilization; sex role socialization in the United States; second-, third-, and fourth-world women.
Hist 1402w. Sex Role Socialization in the United States. (E8; 5 cr; offered 1998-99)

Hist 1500f,w,s. Exercises in Historiography. (1 cr; S-N only)

Current developments in historical scholarship and the changing nature of history as a field of study. Use of historical journals and abstracts emphasized. Required of social science majors.

Hist 3110s. Topics in the History of Popular Culture. (E2, E8; 5 cr; repeatable with #; some topics may be offered as honors courses; not offered 1997-98)

Examination of a selected topic in the history of popular culture. Possible topics include the "golden age" of radio, television past and present, pre-television cinema, popular literature from dime novels to paperbacks, or the development of advertising.
Hist 3112H. Consumption and the Creation of Culture and Meaning in Mass Societies. (E2, E8; 5 cr; prereq # for students not in Honors Program; offered when feasible)
Hist 3113H. U.S. Television in Historical and Cultural Context: Approaches to Its Study. (E2, E8; 5 cr; prereq # for students not in Honors Program; offered when feasible)

Hist 3121f. Topics in European History I. (E2; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Political, social, intellectual, or economic history of Europe from the end of the Middle Ages to 1750. Possible topics include the Renaissance, the Reformation, royal absolutism, or the scientific revolution.

Hist 3151s. Topics in European History II. (E2; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Political, social, intellectual, or economic history of Europe from 1750 to the present. Possible topics include the fascist era, development of nationalism, World War I, World War II, or the era of the French Revolution and Napoleon.

Hist 3161f. Topics in European National History. (E2; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Political, social, intellectual, or economic history of selected European nations. Possible topics include Tudor and Stuart England, the English Civil War, modern Britain, modern France, imperial Russia, or Soviet Russia.
Hist 3165H. Radicalism and the English Revolution of the 17th Century. (E2; 5 cr; prereq # for students not in Honors Program)

Hist 3200s. Topics in United States History: The 17th and 18th Centuries. (E2; 5 cr; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Possible topics include societies of colonial America, the American Revolution, race relations in early America, or the making of the Constitution.
Hist 3201s. Red, White, and Black: Race and Culture in Early America. (W, E2, E3, Non-W; 5 cr; offered 1998-99)

Hist 3210w. Topics in United States History: The 19th Century. (E2; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Possible topics include slavery, the Industrial Revolution in America, Manifest Destiny, pacifism, or the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Hist 3220. Topics in United States History: The 20th Century. (E2; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Possible topics include the U.S. presidency, 20th-century foreign policy, World War II, or the U.S. since 1945.
Hist 3222s. The U.S. Presidency, 1900-Present. (E2, E4; 5 cr; offered 1997-98)
Hist 3223. The U.S. 1960s. (E2, E4; 5 cr; offered 1998-99)
Hist 3224s. World War II. (E2; 5 cr; offered when feasible)
Hist 3226f. Race Relations in World War II. (W, E2, E3, Non-W; 5 cr; offered when feasible)

Hist 3240. Topical Themes in United States History. (See specific topic for general education requirement category; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Possible topics include African American history, American Indian history, the history of education, or studies in American biography.
Hist 3241w. American Biography and Autobiography. (W, E1; 5 cr; offered 1997-98)
Hist 3242w. American Indians and the United States. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr)
Hist 3243w. African American History. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr)
Hist 3248f. American Immigration. (5 cr; offered 1997-98)

Hist 3270. Topical Themes in the History of Women. (See specific topic for general education requirement category; 5 cr; prereq 1101 or 1102 or 1103 or 1200 or 1402; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Possible topics include a historical study of women and religion, a historical study of thought about American women, a cross-cultural study of the history of women.
Hist 3271. Women and Religion: A History. (W; 5 cr; offered when feasible)
Hist 3272. A History of Thought About American Women. (W; 5 cr; offered when feasible)
Hist 3274. The History of Women in Western Civilization. (W, E2; 5 cr; offered when feasible)

Hist 3321w. Topics in Modern Asian History. (5 cr; repeatable with #)

Examines a selected topic in the political, social, intellectual, or economic history of modern Asia.

Hist 3331s. Topics in Asian National History. (E3; 5 cr; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Topics in the history of selected Asian nations.

Hist 3440. Topics in History. (1-5 cr; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Study of a historical topic that transcends the traditional chronological or geographical categories. Possible topics include the history of historical writing, science, or Christianity.

Hist 3450. Topics in Comparative History. (5 cr; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Examines a selected topic in the history of two or more cultural areas. Readings, research, and discussion.

Hist 3531w. Topics in Latin American Cultural and Social History. (E8, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Possible topics include historical examination of elites, women and the family, art, popular culture, urbanization, social structures, or religious ideologies.
Hist 3532Hw. Latin American Popular Culture. (E8, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq # for students not in Honors Program)

Hist 3537f. Topics in Latin American Political and Economic History. (5 cr; repeatable with #)

Possible topics include historical examination of the Cuban or Mexican Revolution, business history, dependence and underdevelopment, agrarian problems and peasant movements, organized labor, or political power.

Hist 3543. Topics in Latin American National History. (5 cr; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Topics in the history of selected Latin American nations, e.g., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, or Cuba.
Hist 3544H. Mexico. (5 cr; offered when feasible)

Hist 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Opportunity to study analytically a limited topic in history. Topic determined by the student and instructor.

Hist 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

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