History Courses

History (HIS)

111 American Society to 1865  (3 hours)
This course follows changes in social, political, economic and cultural institutions from the first European contact with North America through the American Civil War. Emphasis is on understanding events in historical context. Students work with primary and sec­ondary source materials to develop both content knowledge and process skills.
Prerequisite: ENG140  Offered Fall odd numbered years
112 American Society since 1865 (3 hours)
Considers issues of economic development, territorial expansion, changes in the ethnic, cultural and racial composition of American Society, and the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. Writing assignments require independ­ent research. Lecture and discussion format with increased emphasis on student participation. Prerequisite: HIS111  Offered Spring even numbered years
190, 290, 390 Special Topics  (3 hours)
Topics will vary.  Prerequisite: None, unless listed in the schedule of courses.    
191 Non-Western Civilizations (3 hours)
This survey course focuses on the history, culture, geography, and economies of major world civilizations not traditionally covered in Western Civilization surveys. Appropriate areas of interest may include Africa, the Far East, India, or pre-Columbian America. Prerequisite: ENG141  Offered As Needed 
211 Western Society to 1500 (3 hours)
This course introduces students to the evolving civilizations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas before 1600.  It seeks to make students aware of the evolving cultures, key events, and major themes that drove human history during these times.   A special effort will be made to highlight those areas where cultures intersect.  The lecture and discussion format holds the expectation of active student participation. Fall even numbered years.
212 Western Society since 1500 (3 hours)
This course completes the study of European, Asian, African, and American civilizations.  The emphases and expectations remain the same.  Prerequisite: HIS 211   Spring Odd numbered years.
225 United States Diplomatic History Since 1895  (3 hours)
Students will learn the concepts, institutions and personalities that have driven the rise of America as a world power since 1895.  Particular attention is placed on the post-World War II period, when the United States took a leading role in world affairs. Students
will also assess the benefits and pitfalls of America’s role in the world today.
Prerequisites: HIS112, ENG142 or equivalent high school courses
Offered Fall odd numbered years
226 United States Military History Since 1895  (3 hours)
Students will trace the development of America’s military power since 1895. The course will focus on the transformation of the United States military and the rise of air power as the predominant arm of military power during World War II. It will also assess the challenges posed to traditional military operations by terrorism.
Prerequisites: HIS112, ENG142 or equivalent high school courses
Offered Spring even numbered years
312 History of the Middle East  (3 hours)
This course focuses on an in-depth study of the history of the Middle East, including the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the fight for independence from European rule. It is designed as a sequel to History 191, “Non-Western Civilizations.
Prerequisites: ENG141  Offered Fall
313 History of East Asia  (3 hours)
This course examines the history of East Asia, specifically focusing on the major countries in the region, i.e., China, Japan, South East Asia, and the two Koreas. It is designed as a sequence to History 191, “Non-Western Civilizations.”
Prerequisites: ENG141  Offered as needed
320 Ohio History (3 hours)
This course introduces students to the history of the state of Ohio.  It begins with the prehistory of Native people, follows the struggles among Europeans for the area during the colonial period, and traces the development of the region after statehood in 1803.  The course will address a wide range of topics including the key role of Ohio during the late 19th century industrialization of the country, its contributions to national politics, the state’s changing demographics, and its relation with other states in the Midwest.  Student field trips and the use of primary source material will also be encouraged.
Spring even numbered years.
350 The History of Science and Technology (3 hours)
Students will study the interaction of technological innovation and historical change over time.  The focus of the course will be how the major technological contributions of key historical periods/individuals altered the course of world history.  Fall odd numbered years.
425 Historiography (3 hours)
This capstone course investigates how history has been written, with special emphasis placed on competing historical theories.  The course will use samples of historical writing from representative historians over time.  Students will address such questions as: how can past events be interpreted to fit present needs, how the present influences historical interpretation, and can (or should) historians achieve objectivity?  The course format will be based on reading-guided discussion.  Prerequisite: HIS111 & HIS112 or HIS211 & HIS212  Offered as needed.