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Degrees/Courses

 
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Degrees
Requirements for a History Major
  • Thirty-three (33) semester hours, including:
  • HY 101 or HY 102 American History
  • HY 161 or HY 162 World History
  • At least one non-Western History course chosen from the following: HY 221, 222, 230, 271, 303,304, 312, 360
  • At least one European History course chosen from the following: HY 250, 260, 263, 267, 316, 320, 270, 371, 381, 384, 422
  • HY 357 Historiography
  • At least one 400 level history course
  • History Electives (15 semester hours)
A transfer student majoring in History must complete a minimum of 18 hours in history at Aquinas. N.B. All history majors must take an assessment examination in the spring semester of the senior year. This is a standardized, national examination from the Educational Testing Service. Its purpose is to measure the performance of Aquinas students against that of a national pool of students.
 
Requirements for a History Minor
  • Twenty-four (24) semester hours, including:
  • HY 101 or HY 102 American History
  • HY 161 or HY 162 World History
  • At least one non-Western History course chosen from the following: HY 221, 222, 230, 271, 303, 312, 360
  • History Electives (15 semester hours)

A transfer student pursuing a minor in History must complete a minimum of 12 hours in History at Aquinas.

 
Requirements for a History Major seeking Teacher Certification
  • Thirty-three (33) semester hours, including:
  • HY 101 and HY 102 American History
  • HY 161 and HY 162 World History
  • At least one non-Western History course chosen from the following: HY 221, 222, 230, 271, 303, 304, 312, 360
  • At least one European History course chosen from the following: HY 250, 260, 263, 267, 316, 320, 270, 371, 381, 384, 422
  • HY 357 Historiography
  • At least one 400 level History course
  • History Electives (9 semester hours)
Required classes outside of the department (credits do not apply toward fulfillment of the HY major):
  • PS 101 American Government and Politics
  • ES 212 Macroeconomic Principles
  • GY101 Earth Environments
  • GY 120 Human Geography
 
Requirements for a History Minor seeking Teacher Certification
  • Twenty-four (24) semester hours, including:
  • HY 101 and HY 102 American History
  • HY 161 and HY 162 World History
  • At least one non-Western History course chosen from the following: HY 221, 222, 230, 271, 303, 204, 312, 360
  • History electives (9 semester hours)
Required classes outside of the department (credits do not apply toward fulfillment of the HY minor):
  • PS 101 American Government and Politics
  • ES 213 Macroeconomic Principles
  • GY101 Earth Environments
  • GY 120 Human Geography
Students planning to teach in Michigan are strongly encouraged to take GY/HY 130 Geography and History of Michigan or HY 235 Michigan History as an elective.
 
Policies

History majors who pass CLEP exams in American History may apply such credit toward the 33 hours required for the major. Students who do so, however, should not register for the equivalent courses (HY101–102), but should instead elect 200 level courses or above. In no case will both the CLEP exam credit and equivalent course credit be counted as part of the history major. All courses are open to freshmen unless otherwise noted in the registration schedule.

No more than 6 hours of CLEP and/or AP credit can be applied to the history major or minor.

The History Department will only recognize for history credit AP Scores of 4 or 5.

All History Majors must submit a portfolio of their best work to the History Department prior to graduation.

 
Courses
I. Introductory Courses
HY101 American History (3) HP
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from discovery of the New World to the end of Reconstruction
 
HY 102 American History (3) HP
A survey of the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present.
 
HY161 World History I (3) HP
Survey of World History from the advent of settled farming communities until the maritime revolution of the fifteenth century (roughly 10,000 BC-AD 1500). Special topics covered include prehistory, the advent of civilization, the expansion of trade and cultural exchange, the social-political organizations of pre-modern societies and the emergence of the world’s great religious traditions.
 
HY162 World History II (3) HP GP
Survey of World History from 1500 to the present. Major topics covered include the development of the scientific world view, the industrial revolution, imperialism, revolutionary movements, modern ideologies, world war, decolonization, and the Cold War.
 
II. American History
GY/HY130 Geography and History of Michigan (3)
An examination of the history and geography of Michigan from its beginnings through contemporary times, emphasizing the political, economic and social developments as they occurred across the changing physical and cultural landscape of the state. Special Note: Not open to students who have HY235 credit.
 
HY211 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3)
Development of the American colonies from the 16th Century through the American Revolution. Special topics include the relationship of the colonies to the British Colonial system, relationships among the diverse peoples of America, the causes, events, ideas, main developments of the American Revolution from 1763-1789.
 
HY212 The Early American Republic, 1789-1850 (3)
Development of the United States from the end of the American Revolution to the middle of the nineteenth century. Special topics include the emergence of political parties, the Second Great Awakening, the expansion of slavery and opposition to it, the Mexican War and the growing divide between North and South.
 
HY213 The Civil War and Reconstruction 1850-1877 (3)
Military, social and political history of the United States in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
 
HY214 Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3)
Survey of United States social and political history from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to 1920. Special topics include Gilded Age politics, gender relations during the Victorian era, the Woman Suffrage movement, the social and political movements of the Progressive era, and challenges to free speech during World War I.
 
HY 215 The Modern United States: 1920-1960
Comprehensive history of the United States covering the social and cultural changes of the Roaring twenties, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the U.S. in World War II, its emergence as a world power in the postwar era, and the coming of the Cold War.
 
HY216 United States since 1960 (3)
Special topics include the Civil Rights Movement and the social changes of the 1960s, the Vietnam War, the Watergate crisis and the cultural liberalism of the 1970s, the conservative resurgence of the 1980s, the ending of the Cold War and post-Cold War America of the 1990s and the challenges of the new millennium.
 
HY218 African American History (3)
A survey of the history of African Americans in the United States with an emphasis on African contributions to American culture, the nature and effects of slavery, and leaders in the struggle for justice and equality.
 
HY/WS309 Women in American History (3)
A social historical introduction to history from a feminist perspective focusing on women’s lived experience in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Topics include American Colonial women, Native American women, the impact of slavery on all American women, nineteenth and twentieth century social movements (Suffrage, Temperance, Social Reform, Women’s Liberation, Equal Rights Amendment, etc.) and women’s legal issues.
 
HY311 American Catholic History (3)
Development of the Catholic Church from immigrant status to major denomination within the pluralist context of American society.
 
HY312 Special Topics in World History (Variable)
Variable topics in world history offered on an occasional basis.
 
HY317 The United States in Vietnam (3)
United States involvement in the Vietnam War through successive applications of the containment policy from Truman to Nixon.
 

III. European History

HY250 Russian History (3)
A general overview of Russian history, beginning with its origins in 9th century Kiev. Special origins include Russia under the Mongols, the rise of Muscovy, the expansion and expansion of the Russian Empire, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia.
 
HY260 Ancient History (3)
An investigation of the political, social, and cultural history of Greece and Rome from the Late Bronze Age until the fall of the Roman Empire. Topics covered include the emergence of city-states, the golden age of the fifth century, the Peloponnesian Wars, Alexander the Great, evolution of Roman government, the Punic Wars, the Civil Wars, the Pax Romana, the rise of Christianity, and the decline of the Western Empire.
 
HY263 The Middle Ages (3)
A survey of European political, social, and intellectual history from ca. 450 to 1450 Major themes covered include the relationship of church and state, scholasticism, gender roles, feudalism, and the religious and intellectual diversity of the Middle Ages.
 
HY267 Early Modern Europe (3)
A survey of European history from the Thirty Years’ War to the French Revolution. Major topics covered include early modern social life, the scientific revolution, the English Civil War, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, and the rise of Russia as a major European power.
 
HY270 Modern Europe (3)
A survey of European history from the French Revolution 1789 to the present. Major themes include the revolutionary and Napoleonic era, nineteenth-century ideologies, industrialization, imperialism, modernism, the women’s movement, World War I, totalitarianism, World War II, the Cold War, the European Union, Decolonization, and the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
 
HY177 History of Christianity (3)
This course is an investigation of the history of the Christian Church from its origins in the 1st century to modern times. The class focuses on the Western Catholic Church and will spend the bulk of the semester investigating Latin Christianity in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.
 
HY315/GE310 The Holocaust: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
This course examines those relationships and organizations that led to prejudice, ethnic cleansing and mass murder using the Holocaust as the most unique example of prejudice in human history. The study of the Holocaust is enhanced through an examination of the perspectives of history, in particular, and environmental, political, economical, technological and cultural forces, in general, that resulted in the mass murder of eleven million people. Aspects of genocide and their ramifications for the 21st century will be explored.
 
HY316 World War II (3)
Special topics include the failure of the Versailles settlement, the growth of the Axis Power alignment, military history of World War II, and diplomatic relationships that shaped the post-war world.
 
HY/FH320 Modern France (3)
Survey of French History focusing on the French Revolution, the Bourbon Restoration, the July Monarchy, the Second Republic and the Second Empire, the Third Republic, Occupied France, the Fourth Republic, the Gaullist Revolution, after De Gaulle: Pompidou and Giscard and from “La Grande Alternance” to “Normalisation.” Particular emphasis will be given to the role of political memory, the contribution of women and the impact of colonialism and post-colonialism.
 
HY322 Modern Germany (3)
Survey of German History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics covered include the end of the old regime, German unification, the German Empire, World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, World War II, postwar Germany, and reunification.
 
HY371 Europe Since 1945 (3)
Special topics include consolidation of the eastern bloc, the Cold War, the Marshall Plan and economic recovery of Europe, the trauma of de-colonization, collapse of the Soviet system, and movements toward a European union.
 

HY381 British History I (3)

Survey of British history from the Stone Age until the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89. This course emphasizes the medieval and early-modern periods. Topics covered include the relationships among the three nations of England, Scotland, and Ireland, the development of English constitutionalism, religious conflict and Reformation(s), the origins of the British Empire overseas, and the foundations of British economic and political dominance in the 19th century.
 

HY382 British History II (3)

Survey of British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 until the present day. This course emphasizes the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics covered include the strengthening and devolution of political ties among England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, the development of Parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom, Victorian social and intellectual life, the rise of fall of the British Empire, the historiographical problem of secularization, the development of a socialist Labour Party and the invention of New Labour, and Britain’s role in two World Wars.
 
HY384 Irish History (4)
A study of the Celtic, Christian, continental, and British influences in the development of Ireland. Semester-in-Ireland participants only.
 
IV. World History
HY221 East Asia I (3)
Cultural, political, and economic development of China and Japan from ancient times to 1600. Special topics include Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Shinto.
 
HY222 East Asia II (3)
Cultural, political, and economic development since 1600, with emphasis on modernization in Japan and the 20th Century Chinese revolution.
 
HY230 Latin American History (3)
A study of the history and culture of Latin America from the first European contact to the present. Special emphasis is placed on Latin American relations with the United States.
 
HY271 The Middle East (3)
Political, cultural, and economic development from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Islam, the Ottoman Empire, Zionism, the Arab-Israeli dispute, the Palestinians, and oil.
 
HY303 The History of China (3)
A study of the cultural, political, and economic development of China with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Special topics include Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, European imperialism, the Communist Revolution, and U.S.- China relations.
 
HY 304 History of Japan (3)
A study of the cultural and political development of Japan from ancient times to the present. Special topics include Buddhism, Shinto, the Samurai code, the Shogunate, the modernization of Japan, and U.S. - Japan relations.
 
V. Historical Literature and Methodology
HY310 Special Topics in History (Variable)
Variable topics in history offered on an occasional basis.
 
HY357 Historiography (3)
An introduction to the history of historical writing with emphasis on major schools of interpretation in history.
 
HY397 Field Experience in History (Variable)
Up to three semester hours of credit may be earned through an internship or experience in a field directly related to history. Terms of the internship will be negotiated between the major advisor and the student. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
HY399 Independent Study and/or Readings (Variable)
Individually negotiated research project of defined nature or readings, established by contract between the instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
HY401 Senior Research Seminar (Variable)
Senior level research seminar on selected problems in American, European or world history. The seminar is designed with the intention of demonstrating skills in historical research, critical analysis, and communication. The chief product of the class will be a major research paper based on primary sources that displays awareness of the tradition of historical interpretation in its subject. Highly recommended for history majors. Students may take the seminar more than once as long as the topic varies. Prerequisites: At least two history courses (including one from the 200 or 300 level) or the approval of the instructor. All non-majors must seek instructor approval before enrolling.