HIST - History

Sean M. Quinlan, Dept. Chair, Dept. of History (315 Admin. Bldg. 83844-3175; phone 208/885-6253).

Note:  In jointly numbered courses, additional projects/assignments are required for graduate credit.

Prerequisite:  Two-semester courses in this field may be taken in either order.  Students may enroll in second-semester courses without having had the first.  Ordinarily six lower-division credits in history are advised for registration in upper-division courses.

HIST 100 What is the Study of the Past

Hist 100 What is the Study of the Past (1 cr)

This course introduces students to the basic study of the human past. Students will gain a broad overview of the historical discipline and learn about the diverse methods and means of studying peoples and cultures of the past. Note: this class is open for all interested students, not simply history majors.

HIST 101 History of Civilization

Hist 101 History of Civilization (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Contributions to the modern world, to 1650.

HIST 102 History of Civilization

Hist 102 History of Civilization (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Contributions to the modern world, 1650 to present.

HIST 111 Introduction to U.S. History

Hist 111 Introduction to U.S. History (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, American Diversity

Political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural history; earliest times to the present, to 1877.

HIST 112 Introduction to U.S. History

Hist 112 Introduction to U.S. History (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, American Diversity

Political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural history; earliest times to the present, 1877 to present.

HIST 180 Introduction to East Asian History

Hist 180 Introduction to East Asian History (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Survey of traditional and modern Chinese and Japanese history.

HIST 200 Seminar

HIST 204 Special Topics

HIST 211 Food through the Ages

Hist 211 Food through the Ages (3 cr)

The comparative survey and analysis of how the choice, preparation and eating of food not only shaped and formed cultures but also defined civilizations, from hunting and gathering to the present.

HIST 212 Sex and Gender through the Ages

Hist 212 Sex and Gender through the Ages (3 cr)

Comparative analysis of sex and gender in global historical setting. Focus upon changing sexual/gender behavior both inside and outside of marriage; shifts in sexual mentalities and moral values; and the efforts to regulate, repress, or encourage forms of sexual behavior and attitudes.

HIST 213 Race and Ethnicity through the Ages

Hist 213 Race and Ethnicity through the Ages (3 cr)

Comparative survey of race and ethnicity across region, culture, and time; factors that create social cohesion and/or conflict; political, sociocultural, and economic dimensions of racial and ethnic relations; the making of identity and cultural mentalities in international/global settings.

HIST 214 Warfare through the Ages

Hist 214 Warfare through the Ages (3 cr)

Comparative survey of war and military history from ancient times to present; emphasis on interrelationship of war, society, and technology; impact of war and violence upon human culture, environment, and everyday life.

HIST 270 Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization

Hist 270 Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

Same as FLEN 270. Survey of the development of Greek and Roman Civilization, 2000 BC-500 AD.

HIST 290 The Historian's Craft

Hist 290 The Historian's Craft (3 cr)

Introduction to the discipline of history, basic skills for course work and research, and major schools of historical writing.

HIST 300 Digital History

Hist 300 Digital History (3 cr)

This course introduces the theory and practice of digital history. Students will use digital technologies to help research and present history and related interdisciplinary subjects. Note: no prior special computing skills are required.

HIST 315 Comparative African-American Cultures

Hist 315 Comparative African-American Cultures (3 cr)

Gen Ed: American Diversity, International

Same as LAS 315. An overview of African American history in the U.S. from the late 19th century to the present; comparisons with the experience of African Americans in other parts of the Americas; study of important personalities and historical forces that have influenced African Americans and the societies in which they live.

HIST 318 Colonial America: A Collision of Peoples

Hist 318 Colonial America: A Collision of Peoples (3 cr)

Surveys North American history from the era preceding contact through the American Revolution. Emphasizes encounters and conflicts between Europeans and Native Americans, major political and economic developments, cultural and intellectual transformations, and the formation of American societies.

HIST 319 19th-century America: Expanding America

Hist 319 19th-century America: Expanding America (3 cr)

Surveys American history in the nineteenth century. Emphasizes contests over national expansion and inclusion, war and reconstruction, and cultural reform and invention.

HIST 320 20th-century America: The Colossus

Hist 320 20th-century America: The Colossus (3 cr)

Surveys American history in the twentieth century. Emphasizes growth of the United States as a world military and economic power, rising nationalism, battles for civil rights and reforms, and rise and consequences of popular culture.

HIST 331 The Age of African Empires

Hist 331 The Age of African Empires (3 cr)

Survey of the history of Africa south of the Sahara to 1800.

HIST 340 Modern India, 1757-1947

Hist 340 Modern India, 1757-1947 (3 cr)

Examines three crucial centuries of the world's largest democracy, focusing upon British rule, Indian reactions to imperialism, emergence of nationalism, science and technological advances, and socio-religious movements. Emphasis on what the categories of tradition and modernity have meant in the subcontinent and how these are associated with understandings of knowledge, community, culture, caste, and science and technology.

HIST 350 The Age of Enlightenment: European Culture & Ideas, 1680-1800

Hist 350 The Age of Enlightenment: European Culture & Ideas, 1680-1800 (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

History of thought, material culture, and mentalities in Enlightenment society; focus upon intersection between science and enlightenment values; new ideas about individualism, democracy, race, and gender.

HIST 357 Women in Pre-Modern European History

Hist 357 Women in Pre-Modern European History (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Survey of historical experience of women from the Greeks through the 17th century.

HIST 366 Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History, 1880-1980

Hist 366 Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History, 1880-1980 (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities, International

Evolution of major cultural attitudes and values in modern European society; relation between modernity and cultural modernism; the impact of war and revolution; key ideas and intellectual movements associated with Nietzsche, Freudianism, the avant-garde, existentialism, structuralism, and postmodernism.

HIST 371 History of England

Hist 371 History of England (3 cr)

Political, social, economic, and religious development of the British Isles, to 1688.

HIST 372 History of England

Hist 372 History of England (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Political, social, economic, and religious development of the British Isles. Hist 372: 1688 to present.

HIST 378 History of Science I: Antiquity to 1700

Hist 378 History of Science I: Antiquity to 1700 (3 cr)

Examines the changing nature of scientific thought, institutions, and technological advance from Western antiquity until 1700. Emphasis on the Scientific Revolution and the interrelations between science, culture, and society.

HIST 379 History of Science II: 1700-Present

Hist 379 History of Science II: 1700-Present (3 cr)

Examines the changing nature of scientific thought, institutions, and technological advance from 1700 to the present. Emphasis upon the rapid acceleration of scientific knowledge and practice in the global setting - particularly the physical sciences - as well as the strong interconnections between states, institutions, and broader sociocultural factors in the making of scientific knowledge.

HIST 380 Disease and Culture:History of Western Medicine

Hist 380 Disease and Culture: History of Western Medicine (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

Survey of Western medicine from Antiquity to the present. Examination of changing theories of disease, the scientific study of the human body, evolution of medical practices and treatment, the institutionalization of medical practice, and the evolution of public health policy. (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Junior standing or Permission

HIST 382 History of Biology: Conflicts and Controversies

Hist 382 History of Biology: Conflicts and Controversies (3 cr)

Explores the social and intellectual development of the life sciences as a discipline in Europe and North America, with focus on biology in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Emphasis on evolutionary thought, heredity, development, social uses of biology, and women and gender. (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Junior standing or Permission

HIST 388 History of Mathematics

Hist 388 History of Mathematics (3 cr)

See Math 388.

HIST 395 Themes and Issues in History

Hist 395 (s) Themes and Issues in History (3 cr, max 6)

Examines changing themes and issues in the historical discipline; emphasis on approaches and problems in historical research; key focus on research, reading, and writing in the historical field; content will vary according to instructor.

Prereq: Hist 290 or Instructor Permission

HIST 401 Seminar

Hist J401/J501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Research papers in U.S., Latin American, ancient, English, or European history.

Prereq: Permission of department

HIST 403 Workshop

HIST 404 Special Topics

Hist 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

HIST 405 Professional Development

Hist J405/J505 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)

HIST 412 Revolutionary North America and Early National Period

Hist 412 Revolutionary North America and Early National Period (3 cr)

Era of the American War of Independence; Confederation; Early Nationhood.

HIST 414 History and Film

Hist 414 (s) History and Film (3 cr, max 6)

Gen Ed: International

The course focuses on the history of the Americas since 1900. Through readings, discussion and film, historical events and individuals are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on themes related to culture, race, gender, and historical memory.

HIST 419 Topics in the American West

Hist 419 (s) Topics in the American West (3 cr)

Special Topics in the American West.

HIST 420 History of Women in American Society

Hist J420/J520 History of Women in American Society (3 cr)

Gen Ed: American Diversity

Examination of the roles of women (social, economic, and political) in U.S. history from colonial times to the present.

HIST 424 American Environmental History

Hist J424/J524 American Environmental History (3 cr)

History of changing American attitudes and actions toward the environment over three centuries.

HIST 426 Red Earth White Lies: American Indian History 1840-Present

Hist J426/J526 Red Earth White Lies: American Indian History 1840-Present (3 cr)

Gen Ed: American Diversity

Hist 426 same as AIST 426. Survey 1840 to present; dynamics and themes of Indian history with emphasis on Indian-White relations in the U.S. Additional work required for graduate credit.

HIST 430 U.S. Diplomatic History

Hist J430/J530 U.S. Diplomatic History (3 cr)

World power through war and the quest for peace, 1898 to present.

HIST 431 Stolen Continents, The Indian Story: Indian History to 1840

Hist J431/J531 Stolen Continents, The Indian Story: Indian History to 1840 (3 cr)

Gen Ed: American Diversity

Hist 431 same as AIST 431. Survey 1400 to 1840; dynamics and themes of Indian history with emphasis on Indian-White relations in the U.S. Additional work required for graduate credit.

HIST 438 Modern Mexico and the Americas

Hist 438 Modern Mexico and the Americas (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Hist 438 same as LAS 438. Survey and analysis of political, economic, social, and cultural aspects from independence to present; emphasis on Iberian and Amerindian legacies, economic development, relations with U.S., and social revolution of 1910-1920.

HIST 439 Modern Latin America

Hist J439/J539 Modern Latin America (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Hist 439 same as LAS 439. Political, economic, social, and cultural development; search for stability; growth of nationalism.

HIST 440 Social Revolution in Latin America

Hist 440 Social Revolution in Latin America (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Hist 440 same as LAS 440. Analysis and comparison of 20th-century social revolution in selected Latin American countries: Cuba and two others; emphasis on origins of movements for social change, economic development issues, impact of the revolutions, and relations between new governments and the U.S.

HIST 441 Slavery and Freedom in the Americas

Hist 441 Slavery and Freedom in the Americas (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Same as LAS 441. Analysis of the way in which African slavery became the predominant labor force in the Americas from 16th century to 19th century. Emphasis on slave resistance and the international abolitionist movement. (1760s to 1888).

HIST 442 The Medieval Church: Europe in the Early and High Middle Ages

Hist J442/J542 The Medieval Church: Europe in the Early and High Middle Ages (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Hist 442 same as RelS 442. Evolution of medieval Christian society from reign of Constantine (c. 300) to pontificate of Innocent III (1215), as expressed in monastic and mendicant orders, crusades, 12th-century Renaissance, and heresy.

HIST 443 The Medieval State: Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages

Hist J443/J543 The Medieval State: Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Hist 443 same as RelS 443. Analysis of how the vitality of particular medieval princes, of the commercial revolution, and of such movements as development of common law was harnessed in the evolution of medieval government from feudalism to the modern state.

HIST 445 Medieval English Constitutional and Legal History: 1066-1485

Hist J445/J545 Medieval English Constitutional and Legal History: 1066-1485 (3 cr)

The study of the origins and development of English law and the English constitution during the Middle Ages. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

HIST 447 The Renaissance

Hist J447/J547 The Renaissance (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Hist 447 same as RelS 447. Explores the transformative movement known as the European Renaissance. Examines how humanism not only shaped and formed art, music, literature and philosophy but also informed one's relationship to the state. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

HIST 448 The Reformation

Hist J448/J548 The Reformation (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Hist 448 same as RelS 448. This course examines the social and economic as well as the theological dynamic of the Reformation. The course begins by examining the thought of Erasmus and More, continuing through that of Luther, Calvin, and Loyola, to the Anabaptists. Religious upheaval lead not only to the political and military upheaval of the Religious Wars, but also to religious debate, the echoes of which resound through to the present. Additional projects/assignments required for gradate credit.

HIST 449 Tudor-Stuart Britian 1485-1660

Hist J449/J549 Tudor-Stuart Britain 1485-1660 (3 cr)

Hist 449 same as RelS 449. This course examines the brilliance of the 1485-1660 period in British history. It is organized around three themes: the religious revolution and its consequences; the transformation of personal government of dynasties into Parliamentary government; and the cultural, social and economic ramifications that both drove and was driven by these movements. Recommended Preparation: Hist 371. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

HIST 452 Europe in the Age of the Revolution, 1770-1880

Hist 452 Europe in the Age of the Revolution, 1770-1880 (3 cr)

The social, political, and cultural dimensions of revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848, and 1870; impact of industrial revolution upon daily life; process of European nation-building; new ideologies of liberalism, socialism, conservatism, and romanticism.

HIST 453 Studying History in an International Setting

Hist 453 (s) Studying History in an International Setting (3-6 cr)

Introduction to studying history in an international setting and history as expeditionary learning. Course covers on-site historical experience, including: museums, archives, libraries, historical monuments, daily life and culture, material culture, language, and cultural awareness and sensibility. Travel is a required part of course experience.

HIST 455 Modern Europe

Hist J455/J555 Modern Europe (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

The political, social and economic evolution of Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, since the beginning of the 20th century.

HIST 456 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

Hist 456 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

The roots and character of European anti-Semitism from the Roman Empire to the Nazis and beyond; special focus on the Third Reich and World War II.

HIST 457 History of the Middle East

Hist J457/J557 History of the Middle East (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Survey of the Middle East from the beginning of the Islamic period to the present.

HIST 460 Conspiracies and Secret Societies in History

Hist J460/J560 Conspiracies and Secret Societies in History (3 cr)

The notion that human affairs are shaped by conspiratorial and occult forces bent on the achievement of secret agendas has attained wide currency. The idea that the world is governed by powerful, unseen forces has a long history that this course will explore. Additional work required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Hist 101 and 102. (Alt/yrs)

HIST 461 Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

Hist 461 Idaho and the Pacific Northwest (3 cr)

Gen Ed: American Diversity

Political, economic, social development; earliest times to the present.

HIST 462 History of the American West

Hist 462 History of the American West (3 cr)

Gen Ed: American Diversity

Survey of major developments in the American West, from the Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean and beyond, including racial and ethnic diversity, environment, gender, politics, and economics.

HIST 466 Eastern Europe Since 1774

Hist J466/J566 Eastern Europe Since 1774 (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Nationality, nation-building, and dissolution; emphasis on Poland, the Habsburg Empire, and the Balkans.

HIST 467 Russia to 1894

Hist J467/J567 Russia to 1894 (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Russia from medieval origins to 1894; development of Tsarist autocracy and serfdom; reaction, reform, and rise of the revolutionary movements.

HIST 468 Russia and Soviet Union Since 1894

Hist J468/J568 Russia and Soviet Union Since 1894 (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

The last years of Tsarism; revolutions of 1905 and 1917; development of the Soviet Union under Lenin, Stalin, and their successors.

HIST 481 America's Wars in Asia

Hist J481/J581 America's Wars in Asia (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Focus on the three wars the United States fought in Asia between 1941 and 1975, the Pacific Theatre of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Emphasis on military, diplomatic, political, and cultural developments. Perspectives from all sides explored. Additional work required for graduate credit. Recommended preparation: Hist 111 and 112. (Alt/yrs)

HIST 482 Japan, 1600 to Present

Hist J482/J582 Japan, 1600 to Present (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Western impact on the political, cultural, and economic fabric of Japanese society.

HIST 484 Modern China, 1840s to Present

Hist J484/J584 Modern China, 1840s to Present (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Last century of Qing dynasty, 1911 Revolution and Republican experiment, Revolution of 1949, and People's Republic of China.

HIST 485 Chinese Social and Cultural History

Hist J485/J585 Chinese Social and Cultural History (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Survey of Chinese culture and traditions during the first millennium. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.

HIST 495 History Senior Seminar

Hist 495 History Senior Seminar (3 cr)

Directed research in primary and secondary sources, culminating in substantial research paper. Course themes and instructor will vary semester to semester.

Prereq: Hist 290 or equivalent

HIST 498 Internship

HIST 499 Directed Study

Hist 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

HIST 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Hist 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

HIST 501 Seminar

Hist 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

See Hist J401/J501.

HIST 502 Directed Study

Hist 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

HIST 503 Workshop

HIST 504 Special Topics

Hist 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

HIST 505 Professional Development

Hist J405/J505 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)

HIST 514 Colloquium in American History

Hist 514 Colloquium in American History (3 cr)

Intense reading in the historical literature on American society, focusing upon questions of race, gender, class, and geographic region. Emphasis on changing approaches to historical problems, different schools of historical thought, methodological issues, and implementation in the classroom. Content will vary with instructor.

Prereq: Graduate Standing or Permission of the Instructor

HIST 520 History of Women in American Society

Hist 520 History of Women in American Society (3 cr)

See Hist J420/J520.

HIST 522 Colloquium in European History

Hist 522 Colloquium in European History (3 cr)

Intense reading in the historical literature on European society. Emphasis on changing approaches to historical problems, different schools of historical thought, methodological issues, and implementation in the classroom. Content will vary with instructor.

Prereq: Graduate Standing or Permission of the Instructor

HIST 524 American Environmental History

Hist 524 American Environmental History (3 cr)

See Hist J424/J524.

HIST 526 Red Earth White Lies: American Indian History 1840-Present

Hist J426/J526 Red Earth White Lies: American Indian History 1840-Present (3 cr)

Survey 1840 to present; dynamics and themes of Indian history with emphasis on Indian-White relations in the U.S. Additional work required for graduate credit.

HIST 530 U.S. Diplomatic History

Hist 530 U.S. Diplomatic History (3 cr)

See Hist J430/J530.

HIST 531 Stolen Continents, The Indian Story: Indian History to 1840

Hist 531 Stolen Continents, The Indian Story: Indian History to 1840 (3 cr)

See Hist J431/J531.

HIST 539 Modern Latin America

Hist 539 Modern Latin America (3 cr)

See Hist J439/J539.

HIST 542 The Medieval Church: Europe in the Early and High Middle Ages

Hist 542 The Medieval Church: Europe in the Early and High Middle Ages (3 cr)

See Hist J442/J542.

HIST 543 The Medieval State: Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages

Hist 543 The Medieval State: Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages (3 cr)

See Hist J443/J543.

HIST 544 Colloquium in Global History

Hist 544 (s) Colloquium in Global History (3 cr, max 9)

Intense reading in the historical literature on topics in global history. Emphasis on changing approaches to historical problems, different schools of historical thought, methodological issues, and implementation in the classroom. Content will vary with instructor.

HIST 545 Medieval English Constitutional and Legal History: 1066-1485

Hist 545 Medieval English Constitutional and Legal History: 1066-1485 (3 cr)

See Hist J445/J545.

HIST 547 The Renaissance

Hist 547 The Renaissance

See HIST J447/J547.

HIST 548 The Reformation

Hist 548 The Reformation (3 cr)

See Hist J448/J548.

HIST 549 Tudor-Stuart Britian 1485-1660

Hist 549 Tudor-Stuart Britain 1485-1660 (3 cr)

See Hist J449/J549

HIST 555 Modern Europe

Hist 555 Modern Europe (3 cr)

See Hist J455/J555.

HIST 557 History of the Middle East

Hist 557 History of the Middle East (3 cr)

See Hist J457/J557.

HIST 560 Conspiracies and Secret Societies in History

Hist 560 Conspiracies and Secret Societies in History (3 cr)

See Hist J460/J560.

HIST 566 Eastern Europe Since 1774

Hist 566 Eastern Europe Since 1774 (3 cr)

See Hist J466/J566.

HIST 567 Russia to 1894

Hist 567 Russia to 1894 (3 cr)

See Hist J467/J567.

HIST 568 Russia and Soviet Union Since 1894

Hist 568 Russia and Soviet Union Since 1894 (3 cr)

See Hist J468/J568.

HIST 581 America's Wars in Asia

Hist 581 America's Wars in Asia (3 cr)

See Hist J481/J581.

HIST 582 Japan, 1600 to Present

Hist 582 Japan, 1600 to Present (3 cr)

See Hist J482/J582.

HIST 584 Modern China, 1840s to Present

Hist 584 Modern China, 1840s to Present (3 cr)

See Hist J484/J584.

HIST 585 Chinese Social and Cultural History

Hist 585 Chinese Social and Cultural History (3 cr)

Hist J485/J585

HIST 590 Issues and Methods in History

Hist 590 Issues and Methods in History (3 cr)

This course introduces graduate students to key methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary standards of history; and the significance of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding historical developments.

HIST 597 Practicum: Teaching College History

Hist 597 Practicum: Teaching College History (1 cr, max 4)

Required for graduate students assigned to survey course sections. Does not satisfy 78-cr requirement for doctorate. Graded P/F. 

HIST 598 Internship

HIST 599 Research

Hist 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

HIST 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Hist 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)