Department Chair: Dr. Thomas Cragin
Professors: Malsberger, Tighe, Wilson
Associate Professors: Ouellette, Stein, Yankaskas
Assistant Professor: D’Haeseleer, Sanchez
Senior Lecturer: Clemens
The Department of History teaches students in the liberal arts tradition to understand and appreciate the past. The history curriculum develops students’ knowledge of the political, social, cultural, economic, and institutional forces that have shaped the world and enables students to find, synthesize, and interpret historical evidence. Because the history major requires research, writing, and critical analysis, it provides an excellent foundation for careers in law, education, business, and public service.
A student may complete honors in either semester of the senior year. The Department of History grants honors at commencement to majors who have fulfilled the following:
- A 3.75 grade point average in history and an overall 3.50 grade point average at the end of the semester before which the honors program is undertaken.
- The submission and approval of an honors essay by the Monday of the final week of classes of the semester selected. This essay, which may be developed from a paper submitted in a course, must include significant use of primary source materials and should be approximately 25-30 pages in length. (Honors candidates develop their papers by enrolling in their Senior Research Seminar or by enrolling in HST 970 - History Independent Study/Research .
- Passing of an oral examination conducted by three members of the faculty, at least two of whom must be from the History department. The student will meet regularly with the primary honors thesis supervisor and at least once prior to the defense with the other members of the faculty panel. The oral examination will be given at the end of the selected semester and will cover the field of the student’s honors essay.
Courses in History are numbered as follows:
RequiredAfrican HistoryEast Asia HistoryEuropean History
||100 - 149
||Acquaint beginning students with the academic study of history.
||200 - 299
||Concentrate on broad chronological studies of countries or regions. Generally intended for students with one prior college level history course.
||300 - 399
||Examine topics or themes in history. Generally designed for students with one or more prior college level history courses.
||400 - 499
||Capstone courses for majors and minors: Hone students’ skills and content knowledge.
Latin America & Caribbean HistoryMiddle East HistoryUnited States History
- HST 213, 214 - Seventeenth Century Europe
- HST 215, 216 - Eighteenth Century Europe
- HST 217 - Revolution & the Birth of Modern Europe (c. 1787-1919)
- HST 247 - Civil War, Holocaust, Crisis: Europe 1900-1945
- HST 249, 250 - From Cold War to Unification: Europe 1945-Present
- HST 251, 252 - Foundations of the British Peoples to c. 1485
- HST 253, 254 - From England to the United Kingdom: c. 1399-c. 1800
- HST 255, 256 - The British Empire/Commonwealth: Rise & Decline, c. 1760-c. 2000
- HST 263 - Imperial Russia
- HST 265 - Soviet Russia
- HST 307, 308 - Orthodox Christianity: A Root of Russia
- HST 315, 316 - Renaissance
- HST 317, 318 - Reformation
- HST 319 - The French Revolution & Napoleon
- HST 337 - France from Napoleon to the Great War, 1814-1914
- HST 377, 378 - Gender & Sex in European History
Internship and Independent Study/Research
- HST 221 - Colonial America
- HST 223 - Revolutionary America
- HST 225 - Nineteenth Century America
- HST 227, 228 - Twentieth Century America to 1945
- HST 229, 230 - Recent US History Since 1945
- HST 235 - American Civil War & Reconstruction
- HST 321, 322 - America Confronts a Revolutionary World: Foreign Policy Since 1890
- HST 323, 324 - Constitutional History of the United States
- HST 325, 326 - American Economic History
- HST 327, 328 - Women’s America
- HST 333 - American Military History
- HST 339 - Popular Protests: Parades, Riots, & Mass Movements in U.S. History
- HST 341 - Environmental History of the United States
- HST 345 - Disease & Medicine in American History
- HST 347 - History of Public Health in America
- HST 357, 358 - Alternative America: The Losers’ History of the United States
- HST 365, 366 - The African American Experience I: to 1896
- HST 367, 368 - The African American Experience II: since 1896