History at Aquinas College

History Minor

Minor Requirements: Eighteen (18) semester hours.

  • At least nine (9) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • A maximum of six (6) semester hours of CLEP/AP may be applied to the minor.
  • A minimum of three (3) classes must be taken at the 200+ level.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.
HY101 or 102 American History to/since 1877 3.0
HY161 or 162 World History to/since 1500 3.0

At least one (1) class from two of the following categories for six (6) credits total:

Category 1: European History
HY250 Russian History 3.0
HY260 Ancient History 3.0
HY263 The Middle Ages 3.0
HY267 Early Modern Europe 3.0
HY270 Modern Europe 3.0
HY277 History of Christianity 3.0
HY280 History of Science and Medicine 3.0
HY316 History of War (European) 3.0
HY322 Modern Germany 3.0
HY371 Europe Since 1945 3.0
HY381 British History I 3.0
HY382 British History II 3.0
HY384 Irish History 3.0
Category 2: American History
HY211 Colonial and Revolutionary America 3.0
HY212 The Early American Revolution 3.0
HY213 The Civil War and Reconstruction 3.0
HY214 Gilded Age and Progressive Era 3.0
HY215 The Modern United States 3.0
HY216 United States Since 1960 3.0
HY 218 African American History 3.0
HY 240 Environmental History (American) 3.0
HY/SY/WS309 Women in American History 3.0
HY/CA311 American Catholic History 3.0
HY316 History of War (American) 3.0
HY317 The United States in Vietnam 3.0
Category 3: Non-Western
HY211 History of Asia 3.0
HY230 Latin American History 3.0
HY240 Environmental History (World) 3.0
HY303 The History of China 3.0
HY304 History of Japan 3.0
HY305 History of India 3.0
HY316 History of War (non-Western 3.0



  • HY101 American History to 1877 (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.

  • HY102 American History since 1877 (3) HP

    A survey of the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War era to the present.

  • HY161 World History to 1500 (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 since 1500 (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.

  • HY250 Russian History (3) HP

    A general overview of Russian history, beginning with its origins in 9th century Kiev. Other topics include Russia under the Mongols, the rise of Muscovy, the expansion and expansion of the Russian Empire, the establishment and collapse of the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia.

  • HY260 Ancient History (3) HP

    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) HP

    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) HP

    A survey of European history from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Major topics covered include the Reformation, early modern social life, the Scientific Revolution, the English Civil War, Absolutism, and the Enlightenment.

  • HY270 Modern Europe (3) HP

    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.

  • HY277/CA277 History of Christianity (3) HP

    An investigation of the history of the Christian Church from its origins in the first century to modern times. The class focuses on the Western Catholic Church in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.

  • HY280 History of Science and Medicine (3) HP

    This class offers a contextual survey of the history of science and medicine in the west from classical antiquity into the mid twentieth century. Major topics covered include origins of science in antiquity, the Thomistic synthesis, the Scientific Revolution, the Chemical Revolution, the birth of modern medicine, Natural History and the theory of evolution, and modern physics & astronomy. The course is a vehicle for the integration of science and humanities, especially the question of the historical interaction of the scientific and philosophical/religious mentalities.

  • HY316 History of War (3)

    This is a variable topics course that will explore the history of different wars. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the history of the Mexican-American War, the Boer War, WWI, and WWII.

  • HY322/WL322 Modern Germany (3)

    Survey of German history with emphasis on 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.

  • HY381 British History I (3) (WI)

    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) (WI)

    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 and 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.

  • HY211 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3) HP

    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) HP

    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) HP

    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) HP

    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.

  • HY215 The Modern United States: 1920-1960 (3) HP

    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) HP

    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) HP

    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.

  • HY240 Environmental History (US or Global) (3) HP

    An introductory historical survey of the interaction of humans with the environment focusing primarily on the post-Columbian period. The class will engage the influence of the natural environment on history (including climate, plants, animals, and microorganisms) as well as the impact of humans on the natural world. Topics will include pre- and post-Columbian ecological impacts, increasing environmental challenges of industrial and agricultural modernization, and the origins of the contemporary and environmental crisis.

  • WS309/HY309 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. This course is not accepted for the General Education Humanities requirement.

  • HY311/CA311 American Catholic History (3)

    Development of the Catholic Church from immigrant status to major denomination within the pluralist context of American society.

  • 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.

  • HY221 History of Asia (3) HP

    This course examines the cultural, economic, political, and religious development of East Asian civilizations from ancient times until today, with an emphasis on China, Korea, and Japan. Throughout the semester we will examine the ways in which patterns of East Asian political systems, cultural values, religions and social structures developed during the modern era. We will also explore each country’s distinct identity, the modernization process, and the fate of traditional institutions, systems, and customs.

  • HY230 Latin American History (3) HP

    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.

  • 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, Daoism, Buddhism, European imperialism, the Communist Revolution, and U.S.-China relations.

  • HY304 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.

  • HY305 History of India (3) HP

    This course survey's the history of the Indian subcontinent from the first Agricultural Revolution until the present day.